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Financial Times 14,017 by Dogberry

Posted by PeeDee on May 30th, 2012


Enjoyable and straightforward with a broad range of devices but nothing too obscure.

Hold the mouse pointer over any clue number to read the clue.

1 TRIPPY I (one, roman numeral) Popping Pills (initially) in TRY (hear, in court)
4 PAPHOS PH (public house, pub) in SOAP (Eastenders perhaps) reversed – a district of Cyprus
8 PECKISH PECK IS (Gregory’s)and Hot
9 BALLOON ALL (everyone) in BOON (blessing)
11 DISTRESSED shorn=dis-tressed, having tresses (hair) removed
12 CUTE CUE (signal) about Time
13 STASI STASIs (immobility) less than=not finished – former East German secret service
14 REBUTTAL BUTT (posterior) in REAL (bona fide)
16 PASTORAL PARASOL* (brandished=anagram) carrying (conducting) BeeThoven (fourth letter) – Beethoven’s sixth symphony
18 MAPLE P (piano, quiet) in MALE (man) – definition is ‘tree’
20 TOMB aTOM Bomb
21 TABULA RASA TAR (sailor) containing (adopting) AB (another sailor) Univeristy L (student) AS (when) given A – definition is ‘fresh start’
23 ATACAMA reversed inside ObAMA CATAlogue – a desert in South America, lots of empty space
24 ABIGAIL anagram (concocted) of A Good ALIBI
25 YEOMEN O (love, zero in tennis) in YEMEN (country) – definition is ‘country fellows’
26 PEANUT PE NUT (fanatical gym-user) containing (swollowing) A – definition is ‘bit of food’
1 TREVI dIVERT (amuse) top missing and upside-down – a fountain in Rome
2 INKATHA (KNIT A HAt)* anagram=moved, almost=not finished – definition is ‘political movement’
3 POSTERIOR RIO (South American city) in POSTER (blogger)
5 AWARD A and DRAW (raffle) reversed (picked up)
6 HELL CAT Left in CHALET* ruined=anagram
7 SHORTCAKE TRACK* (anagram=off) in SHOE (sounds like choux) – definition is ‘pastry’
10 ASTROLABE A STROBE (disco feature) including LA (‘the’ in French)
13 SEAWORTHY E (ecstasy, drug) A WORT (weed) in SHY (diffident)
15 BUMBLEBEE BEELZEBUB* with Z (last) swapped for M (minute) anagram=turned into
17 TOBACCO John or Sebastian CABOT (explorer) reversed (raised) CO (commanding officer) – definition is ‘weed’
19 PARAGON Portugal and ARAGON (part of Spain)
21 TEMPE TEMPLE (house of God) missing L=left
22 SHIFT double definition


9 Responses to “Financial Times 14,017 by Dogberry”

  1. crypticsue says:

    Just right for solving while watching over a long photocopying job. Lots to smile at so thank you to Dogberry and PeeDee too.

  2. MikeC says:

    Thanks PeeDee and Dogberry. The “last-minute” device in 15 was ace, I thought.

  3. Richard says:

    Thanks PeeDee and Dogberry.

    This was most enjoyable. Some superb clueing with beautiful surfaces. However, I’m afraid 21 was far too obscure for us.

  4. jmac says:

    Yes, this was a lovely sparkling puzzle. Most enjoyable.

    Re Sil’s query about so few commentators on Mudd’s puzzle yesterday, yes it was an outstanding puzzle. I wish I had said so.

  5. Sil van den Hoek says:

    And jmac, this one was also outstanding.
    Two Biggles (or Johns, if you prefer) in a row, both high quality.

    I agree with MikeC about the last-minute swop in 15d. My PinC called it ‘novel’, but ‘ace’ is probably a better qualification.
    1d (TREVI) is almost an &Lit, very good surface.
    7d (SHORTCAKE): another favourite.

    Most enjoyable crossword.
    Many thanks, PeeDee, for your blog and JY for your fine puzzle [even though we had some bums-in-disguise again – seems to be a favourite subject for setters called John …. :) ]

  6. PeeDee says:

    Funny, I was expecting zero comemnts on this one, but it seems to have something that has really clicked with many people.

    Sil – how is 1d almost &lit? ‘Trevi’ is the name of a fountain certainly, but it doesn’t have anything to do with going topless or standing on one’s head at all. Just standard wordplay really.

    Lastly – I forgot to thank Dogberry in the preamble. Thank you Dogberry.

  7. Sil van den Hoek says:

    Well, PeeDee, I just had to think of that famous scene in Fellini’s La Dolce Vita (1960). As Wikipedia puts it: “Anita Ekberg’s uninhibited cavorting in Rome’s Trevi Fountain remains one of the most celebrated images in film history”.

  8. Dogberry says:

    I don’t suppose anyone is reading this any more but thanks for all the kind remarks. And thanks to Sil at #7 for the ingenious reading of 1dn. I liked the image of someone cavorting topless in the Trevi fountain but was quite unaware Anita Ekberg had actually been filmed doing so.

    In case I get into trouble for posting under different names, BTW, I am of course the same person as Shed, I’m just wearing a different hat here.

  9. PeeDee says:

    Thanks for dropping in Dogberry. Apparently in the original takes the full-bosomed Anita Ekberg was actually filmed cartwheeling upside down and topless in the Trevi fountain. Frederico Fellini had the scene re-shot upright and fully clothed when he realised that the cinema audience was not able to see her face.

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