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Financial Times 14,074 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on August 16th, 2012

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of August 4, 2012

I found this to be a very strong and satisfying puzzle from Mudd. I especially applaud 13A (THAW), 17A (FOIE GRAS), 15D (TANGERINE) and 21D (CANCAN).

Across
1. DESIST – hidden word
4. STEP ON IT – anagram of SET POINT
9. THROW – double definition
10. RIO GRANDE – anagram of RING ROAD + E (eastern)
11. NAME TAG – GATEMAN (or GATE MAN?) (guard) reversed
12. ANALYST – [w]AL[l] in ANY ST (anyway)
13. THAW – anagram of WHAT
14. TEA CHEST – TEACHES (trains) + T[rains]
17. FOIE GRAS – O (duck) in anagram of GAS FIRE
19. INCH – [c]INCH (piece of cake but no starter)
22. ILLEGAL – [k]ILLE[r] (murderer, wings away) + GAL (girl)
24. MEANEST – ME (me) + A (a) + NEST (house)
25. RACKETEER – RACKET (item for the court) + E’ER (always). This item for the [tennis] court is more usually RACQUET I believe but RACKET is also perfectly good.
26. CHINA – CHIN (punch) + A (a)
27. GLASS EYE – LASS (girl) + E (energy) together in G[u]Y + E (‘e)
28. INSECT – homophone (“in sect”)

Down
1. DETONATE – ETON (school) in DATE (see)
2. SCRUM HALF – SCRUM[py] (most of cider) + HALF (small beer)
3. SOWETO – SO (very) + WET (damp) + O (old)
5. THOMAS CRANMER – anagram of MONARCHS MATE + R (right)
6. PORTAGE – PORT (left) + AGE (time)
7. NINNY – INN (place to drink) in NY (US state)
8. TREATY – EAT (keep down) in TRY (tax)
10. ROGUES GALLERY – cryptic definition
15. TANGERINE – TAN (brown) + anagram of GREEN I
16. WHITE ANT – HIT (swatted) + [sho]E together in WANT (fancy)
18. INGRESS – INGRES (he painted) + [canva]S. This Ingres is Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, a French Neoclassical painter.
20. OIL RIG – OIL (painting) + RIG (set up)
21. CANCAN – CAN (john) + CAN (is able to)
23. LYCRA – L[ovel]Y + ARC (line) backwards

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