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Financial Times 14,008 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on May 31st, 2012

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of May 19, 2012

Here’s another somewhat tricky puzzle from Mudd. Clue 8A (POOL CUE) took me a while; it’s a difficult one because pool is more an American than a British game and, without the checked letters, I think it would be hard to feel sure that one had the right answer. My top clues are 15D (TENDERISE) and 17D (SO THERE). So there!

Across
1. VESSEL – double definition
4. CHERUB – ER (Queen) in CHUB (fish)
8. POOL CUE – cryptic definition
9. CRYSTAL – CRY (keen) + anagram of LAST
11. BANANA SKIN – BANANAS (loopy) + KIN (family)
12. TYPE – double definition
13. SWAZI – Z (Zulu) in SWAI[n] (lover endlessly)
14. NITROGEN – O[rganization] in anagram of RENTING
16. PERSONAL – R (right) + SON (issue) together in PEAL (ring)
18. NATTY – homophone (“gnatty”)
20. OMIT – OM (order [of merit]) + IT (it’s for afters)
21. FINGERNAIL – anagram of LEARNING IF
23. RESERVE – double definition
24. LIMEADE – MEAD (drink) in LIE (story)
25. THEORY – HE (man) in TORY (politician)
26. SEETHE – SEE (ecclesiastical domain) + THE (the)

Down
1. VIOLA – (slightly) cryptic definition
2. SULTANA – double/cryptic definition
3. EDUCATION – A[ssignment] in EDUCTION (drawing out)
5. HURON – HUR (Ben) + ON (over)
6. RISOTTO – SOT (drunk) + T[ake] together in RIO (port). Explanation corrected thanks to comment #4.
7. BLASPHEMY – anagram of SHAPELY B[u]M
10. SKINFLINT – SKIN (hide) + STONE (flint)
13. STEAMIEST – anagram of ESTIMATES
15. TENDERISE – TEN (figure) + anagram of RIDES + E (English)
17. SO THERE – THE (article) in SORE (upset)
19. TANGENT – TAN (beat) + GENT (chap). With a nice cryptic definition.
21. FIVER – REV (minister) + IF (provided) all backwards
22. INDIE – IN (popular) + DIE (stop)

5 Responses to “Financial Times 14,008 by Mudd”

  1. Bamberger says:

    Failed on
    8a I had ???? ?u?. I thought the second word must be gun but couldn’t think what the first word would be.
    2d Didn’t know that a sultana was also a queen.
    26a I get the the see bit but why is “the” a domain, please?

  2. Pete Maclean says:

    Ah, yes, I too started out thinking that 8a must be some kind of GUN. I bet most people did. As for 26a, please read the explanation again. ‘The’ is not a domain but is picked up as is from the clue.

  3. Bamberger says:

    Pete
    Yes mea cupla .

  4. Sil van den Hoek says:

    For various reasons, I am a bit late to this party.
    Yet, I would like to say something about 6d (RISOTTO) which I parsed slightly different from you, Pete.
    I saw it as: {SOT (drunk) + T (beginning to take)} in RIO (port).

  5. Pete Maclean says:

    Sil, Ah, yes, you are obviously right about that. Thank you!

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