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Financial Times 14,007 by Gurney

Posted by Jed on May 18th, 2012

Jed.

Very straightforward with lots of anagrams – couldn’t explain 9 across

 

 

ACROSS

1 IN THE FIRST PLACE double definition

9 AS USUAL

10 CURRENT double definition

11 INDIE [w]INDIE[r]

12 TRAGEDIAN (GRANT IDEA)*

13 NARRATIVE arrival ARR in NATIVE

15 LEADS (DEALS)*

16 EDICT order E[nglish] DICT[ionary]

18 BATTLE-AXE tongue in cheek double definition

20 MALICIOUS catty (MUSICAL I O)*

23 WIPER WI REP<

24 UNCIVIL discourteous [b]UNC[h] [f]IV[e] [v]IL[e]

25 ORINOCO river [ma]ORI NO CO no company

26 HIT BELOW THE BELT act unscrupulously (TELL HOW HE BET BIT)*

DOWN

1 ITALIAN VERMOUTH drink and reference part of New York City

2 THUNDER express anger TH[e] UN French DER German

3 EXUBERANT cheerful (UNTAX BEER)*

4 INLET opening, hidden in [cha]IN LET[ter]

5 SACRAMENT religious ceremony (MAN REACTS)*

6 PURSE funds S in PURE

7 AMERICA (AIR CAME)*

8 EAT ONE’S HEART OUT (AUSTERE THANE TOO)*

14 IMBROGLIO confused situation (OIL RIG MOB)*

15 LILY-WHITE innocent (I TELL WHY I)*

17 ILLICIT hidden in [Church]ILL I CIT[ed]

19 APPROVE give green light A PP  a parish priest ROVE travel around

21 CUVEE batch of wine, odd letters from CRUS VIEWED

22 SPORT cheerful guy S[ay] PORT drink

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

5 Responses to “Financial Times 14,007 by Gurney”

  1. Eileen says:

    Thanks, Jed and gurney.

    9ac: two anagrams of USA + L, which foxed me for a while but I’ve just seen is the number of states!

  2. Eileen says:

    Apologies, Gurney, for decapitalising you. ;-)

  3. Thomas99 says:

    Thanks to Jed for the blog and to Gurney for a confidence-building solve on a day of rather easy puzzles (Chifonie in the Guardian is similar).

    I’m a little bemused by your parsing of 1d. Mine is simply “centre of city” = “it” = “Italian Vermouth” as in “Gin and it” (cocktail of Gin and Italian Vermouth). Which part of New York City were you referring to?

  4. crypticsue says:

    Thanks to Jed and Gurney. Not many problems with this one. Agree with Thomas @3 that the IT is definitely the Vermouth. Turns up very regularly in cryptics.

  5. Gurney says:

    Many thanks, Jed, for the excellent blog and I can confirm that what was intended for 9A and 1D is as explained by Eileen and Thomas99.
    Many thanks to all who commented.

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