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Financial Times 13,995 by Dogberry

Posted by Jed on May 4th, 2012


Smashing puzzle with shed loads of wit and ingenuity





1 GENDARME low-down GEN (DREAM)*

5 DECAMP de Camptown ladies sing this ..

9 UNDERAGE too tender (U GRANDEE)*

10 MIMOSA flower MOS medics in AIM< back end

11 BALDNESS honesty SEND post in SLAB chunk all reversed

12 FRIEND companion [lu]N[ch] in FRIED

14 PROPENSITY inclination ROPE pearls NS poles all in PITY sympathise

18 STOCK-STILL replenishes STOCKS float TILL

22 HIKING rambling HI KING

23 HAIR LOSS ref to clue 11a IR S[etter] in HALOS signs of sanctity

24 DROVER herdsman  R rex in DOVER port

25 VIGNETTE sketch (GENT)* in VITE inVITE

26 LAMBDA Greek letter LAMB become parent DA parent



1 GRUBBY soiled G[reen] B black in RUBY

2 NODDLE bonce turn over LD lord in NODE lump

3 ARRANT complete [w]ARRANT authorisation

4 MAGISTRATE beak GIST thrust RA middle letters of 3d in MATE 12a

6 EMIGRANT one on way out GRAN in TIME<

7  ALOPECIA clue 23a A LOPE run CIA spooks

8 PLAY DAYS free time (LADY)*  in PAYS shells out

13 SPOLIATION plunder (I TAIL)< in SPOON kiss

15 ASPHODEL  flower (L SHAPED O)*

16 BOOKWORM keen reader (WORK)* workout in BOOM

17 SKINHEAD ! SKIN hide HEAD noddle

19 CRINGE shrink RING call in CE church

20 BOTTOM bed B book MOTTO<

21 ASPECT look P quiet in A SECT a faction

( )* = anagram    < = reverse    [ ] = omit

6 Responses to “Financial Times 13,995 by Dogberry”

  1. Eileen says:

    Thanks, Jed, for the blog [I appreciated the ‘shed loads’ ;-) ] and Dogberry for an excellent puzzle.

    Favourite clue: 25ac.

  2. mike04 says:

    Thanks, Jed.

    A superb puzzle from Dogberry, one of my favourite setters in the FT stable.
    DECAMP was a nice touch. Do you remember when every crossword had a Quotation Clue?

    I liked VIGNETTE too, Eileen. It seemed to be part of a minitheme:
    INvite, OVERlord and workOUT. Not to everyone’s taste – but the device appeals to me!

  3. Eileen says:

    Me too, mike04!

  4. Sil van den Hoek says:

    May I join the choir who thought this was a great crossword?
    Also one that – I thought – was much harder than recent Sheds (which added to the/my/our fun).
    Maybe it was also because of these cross-references that it felt a bit like that other Biggle :).
    Never heard of SPOLIATION or APHODEL (quite a clever anagram) but perfectly gettable.
    A very evenly clued crossword in which, perhaps, 25ac was my/our favourite too.
    Thumbs up for Dogberry.
    Thank you, Jed, for your blog.

  5. Sil van den Hoek says:

    May I join the choir of those who thought this was a great crossword? [was what I meant to say] :)

  6. Dogberry says:

    Thanks all. The pile-up of prepositions noted by mike04 was purely fortuitous, I hadn’t noticed it myself. I was rather expecting to get accused of racism for 5ac but everyone seems to have taken it in the spirit in which it was intended.

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