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Financial Times 14,040 by PHSSTHPOK

Posted by PeeDee on June 27th, 2012


For some reason there was no blog for the FT yesterday, so here is my effort…

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

7 GAS double defintion
9 DAMNS N (indefinite number) in DAMS (bars,blocks) – definition ‘convicts’
10 MAKESHIFT double definition
11 NONPLUSES NONE (noboby) S (succeeded) takes in (wins) PLUS (bonus) – definition ‘puzzles’
12 SIEVE I (one) in SEVE Ballesteros – definition ‘strain’
13 EDIFICE IF (providing) taken in by (is earned by) E (online) DICE (bet) – definition is ‘pile’
15 NEED NEE (born) D (died)
18 KRIS K (king) with SIR (knight) reversed – definition is ‘dagger’
20 PALOOKA A LOOK (spy) in PA (Panama) – definition is ‘bungler’
23 OPENS O (love) PENS (confines)
24 LIMESTONE LIMES (fruit) TONE (colour)
26 INTERFACE (REINFECT A)* device=anagram
27 RAISE sounds like (on the radio) “rays” (beams)
28 HOT sHOT (photo) with S=special omitted
29 EVENING STAR EVENING (becoming smooth) STAR (celebrity)
1 ENDANGER END ANGER (so bring peace) – definitio is ‘hazard’
2 ROMANTIC ROM (computer memory) ANTIC (hanky-panky)
3 SISAL S (success) IS AL (always) An ingredient of succesS IS ALways – fibre that string is made into string.
4 EN MASSE MASS (church service) in E, N and E (directions)
5 TAKES ON TAKE (kidnap) SON (child)
6 CAST STEEL STEEL CAST (set into a new shape) makes SLEET
7 GUIDES U (university) in Andre GIDE’S – definition is ‘tutors’
8 SETTER cryptic definition
14 IN RESERVE IN (fashionable) RESERVE (book)
16 MOTORIST One who takes (in this solution you will find) … OR (otherwise) in (acompanying) MOT (driving test, sort of) and IST (first) – definition is &lit I think
17 CAMELEER Over CAME is LEE containing (being cut by) R (river) part of (a cutting from) oveCAME LEE River
19 SALTATE SALT (season) ATE (wore away) – definition is ‘spring’ meaning jump
20 POMPEII starting letters of Panic Once Major Planetary Eruption Inundates Inland
21 POLISH double definition
22 BEAT IT “a small bird might BE A TIT”
25 SCRAG S (small) BLUFF (crag)


4 Responses to “Financial Times 14,040 by PHSSTHPOK”

  1. Bryan says:

    Many thanks, PeeDee, for riding to the rescue.

    I’ve never heard of CAST STEEL previously, only CAST IRON but it was nice to know thet I had guessed correctly.

    Also, many thanks Fishpok – which is how I pronounce your otherwise unpronounceable alias.

  2. Steve says:

    Thanks PHSSTHPOK and PeeDee for stepping into the breech. It took me a while to sort out the anagram at 1 across. There’s a minor typo at 18 across – should be ‘K’ for king. Also, I thought 3 down was a container: succesSISALways. Also, for 5 down you parsed this correctly but wrote in ‘TAKES UP’ rather than ‘TAKES ON’

  3. Ernie says:

    I took this just to be part of the consecutive letters (cutting) of
    (over)CAME LEE R(iver)

  4. PeeDee says:

    Thanks Steve and Ernie, these are much simpler explanations than my rather cumbersome ones.

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