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Financial Times 14,097 by Gurney

Posted by Jed on August 31st, 2012

Jed.

Smashing puzzle from Gurney

 

 

 

Across

1 CAMSHAFT (engine part) MAC< (Scot returned) SHAFT (small handle)

5 ÉCLAIR (cake) (CAL[o]RIE)*

10 SCAMPER (run) S (second) CAMPER (van)

11 UKRAINE (country) UK (country) RAIN (wet weather) E[nter]

12 AMOUR (secret  love) A M (male) OUR (of us)

13 IRON OXIDE (compound) (INDOOR EXI[t])*

14 MIND-BOGGLING (astonishing) MIND (object) BLOGGING moving L[abour]

18 FRANKINCENCE (gum) (FREE INN SNACK)*

21 UNINSURED (having no cover) (NUDE IS RUN)*

23 ALTER (make changes) sounds like ALTAR (church table)

24 TBILISI (capital of Georgia) BIL[l] in IS IT<

25 PRIVATE (whispered) IV (4 in Roman) in PRATE (talk)

26 RATHER (prefer) RAT (pest) HER (that woman)

Down

1 CASUAL (relaxed) AS (when) U in CAL

2 MEADOW (rural location) hidden in [bla]ME A DOW[nturn]

3 HYPERLINK (web feature) (IN REPLY)* in HK (Hong Kong)

4 FORBIDDEN FRUIT (not allowed) (RUB OFF DIRT DINE)*

6 CARGO (it’s carried) oCeAn ReGiOn

7 AB INITIO (Latin from the beginning) AB (seamen) IN (at home) IT (computers) IO (moon)

8 RE-EMERGE (appear again) REE[l] MERGE (join together)

9 OUT OF ONES DEPTH (at sea) (THE E FOOT POUNDS)*

15 GESTATION (development over time) (AGE ITS NOT)*

16 AFLUTTER (nervous) A[bandon] FL (Florida) UTTER (state)

17 PACIFIST (non-fighter) IF (provided) I (island) in PACT (agreement)

19 AT EASE (not worried) A TEASE (guy)

20 GREEDY (very eager) ERG< (work over) ED (editor) Y[ell]

22 SEINE (river) (I SEEN)*

( )* = anagram    [ ] = omit     < = reverse

5 Responses to “Financial Times 14,097 by Gurney”

  1. mike04 says:

    No 14ac clues today! Thanks, Gurney, this was great fun.

    Although not a full “& lit.”, I thought CARGO at 6dn was quite brilliant.
    It’s so simple: has it been done before?

    When solving, I stopped for a moment at 26ac. PREFER and RATHER are
    easily interchangeable in sentences (so fine) – and yet one is only a verb
    and the other is only an adverb. Does this happen often in crosswords?

    In 1ac, I went for S + HAFT for ‘small handle’.

  2. flashling says:

    Thanks Gurney for a nice gentle end of week puzzle, and Jed for the blog, not 9d today

  3. nmsindy says:

    Many thanks, Jed, for the excellent blog and to you and the commenters for the kind remarks. Re RATHER, I guess that the inclusion of ‘would’ might be regarded as understood in the case of ‘rather’ with “I’d rather A to B” = “I prefer A to B”.

  4. Gurney says:

    Comment #3 should have had the by-line Gurney.

  5. ernie says:

    for completeness
    27a Chancery (court) chancer (one exploiting any opportunity) + y (end of the day)

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