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Financial Times 13,990 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on May 10th, 2012

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of April 28, 2012

Here is another cracking Cincinnus sporting a repeated clue with different answers (20A and 27A), an outstanding anagram in 22A (BY ALL MEANS), and a couple of other gems in 13D (ARCHIMEDES) and 24D (ARNE).

Across
1. MACEDONIA – anagram of A COMEDIAN
6. PLEAD – P[unk] + LEAD (heavy metal)
9. BLIND – double definition
10. RECURRENT – R[ar]E + CURRENT (flower)
11. LA GIOCONDA – IOC (sporty body, i.e. the International Olympic Committee) in LAGONDA (car). La Gioconda is another name the painting that is best known to English speakers as the Mona Lisa.
12. STUN – NUTS (crackpots) backwards
14. BOILERS – BO[w]LERS (cricketers) with I (one) replacing W (wickets)
15. APRICOT – RIC[e] (cereal, mostly) in A (a) POT (container)
17. ARMREST – M (mate) in ARREST (check)
19. SCHEMER – anagram of M[a]RCHESE
20. SITE – homophone (“sight”)
22. BY ALL MEANS – anagram of BALLYMENAS
25. CAPERNAUM – anagram of CAR UP AMEN
26. DRAMA – DRAM (drink) + A (a)
27. SCENE – homophone (“seen”)
28. LONG SINCE – LONG (hanker) + SINCE (as)

Down
1. MABEL – M (married) + ABEL (man). This clue could just as well clue MADAM.
2. CLINGFILM – CLING (hang) + FILM (picture)
3. DID YOU EVER – Y[outh] in DIDO (queen) + anagram of REVUE
4. NARROWS – [chairma]N + ARROWS (directors)
5. ARCADIA – CAD (swine) in ARIA (song)
6. PERT – hidden word
7. EVERT – double definition
8. DETONATOR – NOTED (observed) backwards + A (a) + TOR (hill)
13. ARCHIMEDES – anagram of HIDES CREAM. I love the surface!
14. BRASSICAS – BRASS (money) + I (one) + CAS[t] (almost threw away). The swedes here, in the cryptic reading, are vegetables.
16. COME AGAIN – double definition
18. TRYSAIL – anagram of R[o]YALIST
19. SOLOMON – SOLO (not attended) + MO (second) + N (knight)
21. TEPEE – [pu]T + EPEE (sword)
23. STATE – double/cryptic definition
24. ARNE – A[r]R[a]N[g]E[r] (arranger, oddly enough)

4 Responses to “Financial Times 13,990 by Cincinnus”

  1. Bamberger says:

    I didn’t know that evert meant turned out and I couldn’t see the wordplay for 19d so thanks for that.
    Solver needed for 14d & 25a.

  2. John Newman says:

    Thanks Pete. I couldn’t work out 11A and couldn’t see why Narrows worked.

    I had many difficulties with this crossword and I became annoyed. Not my favourite Cincinnus. I don’t like “plead” as a synonym for “sue”. I still need you to tell me how “blind” works and as you point out there are two answers for 1D (maybe more). Having put “madam” in it was impossible to get 9A and 11A. Changing it to Mabel got blind without my knowing why but I was never going to get 11A. When the setter sets a really difficult clue he shouldn’t have an ambiguous intersecting clue.

    I didn’t like the use of sandwiches to point to a hidden word.

    I also did not know the word “evert”.

    But 8d was for me almost saving grace. Let’s hope this Saturday’s is a bit more enjoyable.

  3. Pete Maclean says:

    Hi John, I had trouble seeing how NARROWS worked as well. The BLIND clue works as a double definition because a screen (as, say, on a window) can be called a blind and something that is closed on one end can be termed blind (as in a blind alley). I agree that 1D was unfortunate but I assumed that it was a mistake and not intentionally ambiguous. If I am wrong then I would agree that it was a poor choice.

    I happened to know EVERT from another crossword puzzle.

  4. fearsome says:

    As a Ballymena man it was a pleasure to find my home town mentioned in my experience for the first time in a crossword. Thanks as ever for the blog

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