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Financial Times 14,026 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on June 21st, 2012

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of June 9, 2012

There are some typically brilliant Cincinnus clues in this puzzle, notably 29A (HEAVENWARDS) and 4D (BALFOUR), a couple of very devious clues, 1A (WHEREABOUTS) and 13A (AVENGER), one that I find weak, 11A (TIGHTROPE), and one unusually difficult clue, 1D (WHEATEAR). I got 4D quickly but the rest of the top-left corner was a challenge.

Across
1. WHEREABOUTS – anagram of WE HEAR + BOUTS (fits). Not a homophone!
7. LAC – hidden word
9. ENROL – anagram of LONER
10. LAPLANDER – PLAN (scheme) in LA[r]DER (oust Russian leader in store)
11. TIGHTROPE – cryptic definition — and one that I am not enamoured of.
12. EIDER – RED (cherry) + IE (that is) all backwards
13. AVENGER – hidden word with a deeply cryptic definition. ‘One evening’ means one who evens scores! Hmm, brings back memories of Edward Woodward in The Equalizer.
15. NAYS – N[ationalisation] A[nger] Y[oung] S[ocialists]
18. EMUS – [r]EMUS (uncle’s no starter)
20. SUSTAIN – double definition
23. INUIT – UNI (university) reversed + IT (the very thing)
24. BRASSERIE – anagram of BERRIES AS
26. CAPRICORN – CAPRI (island) + C OR N (either side of coupon)
27. RIDGE – [b]RIDGE (part for game?). Is this right? I can think of no better explanation for ‘part of game’. Ah, but one of our commenters can; see below.
28. EVE – EVE[r] (always dropping back)
29. HEAVENWARDS – anagram of WARDENS HAVE

Down
1. WHEATEAR – HEAT (round) in WEAR (sport). A very difficult clue!
2. EARL GREY – [GRE] (more than half of green) in EARLY (before breakfast, say)
3. ECLAT – C (chapter) in TALE (story) backwards
4. BALFOUR – LAB (labour) backwards + FOUR (4)
5. UMPTEEN – anagram of E[q]U[i]MENT
6. SNAKE EYES – cryptic definition
7. LA-DI-DA – I’D (Cincinnus had) in LADA (car)
8. CURARE – A (a) + [docto]R in CURE (antidote)
14. GEMUTLICH – anagram of CLUE MIGHT
16. LABRADOR – BRA (garment) in LAD (young man) + OR (or)
17. INTEGERS – anagram of SEEN TRIG
19. SUB ROSA – A (a) + SORBUS (tree) all backwards. I had not been familiar with Sorbus which, Wikipedia tells me, is a genus of about 100–200 species of trees and shrubs in the Rose family. Species of Sorbus are commonly known as whitebeam, rowan, and mountain-ash.
20. SHAWNEE – SHAW (playwright) + NEE[ded] (required 50%)
21. CIRCLE – double definition
22. MUD PIE – anagram of IMPUDE[nt] (forsaking books, impudent)
25. SCREW – double definition

6 Responses to “Financial Times 14,026 by Cincinnus”

  1. Ernie says:

    Thanks for your blog, Pete.

    The actual crossword no. is 14,026 (not 14,020).

    I do not know whether you will be able change this.

  2. Bamberger says:

    I couldn’t solve 8d or 19d and while I guessed them I couldn’t parse 1d & 4d

    I’m grateful for the explanation

  3. scchua says:

    Thanks for the blog, Pete, and also Cincinnus.
    I too had the NW corner as the last one to be filled, thanks partly to a typo in the on-line version which was missing “than” in 2D “…more (than) half of green…”.
    BTW I think 27A RIDGE is (part)ridge = game (birds).

  4. Pete Maclean says:

    Ernie, Thanks for noticing that. I have fixed the title.

    sschua, I figure you are right about partridge. Thank you!

  5. John Newman says:

    Late with my blog as I was visiting the south of Ethiopia – Arba Minch. Very attractive place. Surprised nobody waxed lyrical about 4D. So let me. Great clue which I wonder how long Cincinnus had up his sleeve since he could only use it in one place.

  6. Pete Maclean says:

    Hi John, Yes 4D is brilliant in a couple of different ways.

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