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Financial Times 14,103 by Bradman

Posted by Jed on September 7th, 2012


Really enjoyable smooth solve





1 GASBAG (chatterbox) ASB[o] (brief restriction) in GAG (joke)

4 ACHILLES (hero) CHILL (cold) in SEA< (ocean returning)

9 ASTERN (behind) like AS TERN (bird with long forked tail)

10 ANGELINA (girl) GEL I (set one) in ANNA (money and/or girl)

12 HOLD WATER (stand up to scrutiny) ‘There’s a hole in my bucket, dear Eliza’

13 SHUTE (novelist) sounds like SHOOT (thrust forward)

14 MERCHANT BANKER (financial specialist) (A BENCHMARK RENT)*


21 CLASS (first rate) C (3rd rate) LASS (girl)

22 GOOSANDER (large duck) GOO (sticky stuff) SANDER (smoother)

24 AGITATOR (A RIOT AT G[8])* (eight off)

25 MARVEL (wonder) Andrew MARVEL[l] metaphysical poet 1621-1678

26 SEED TIME (spring) (MEET SIDE)*

27 FIESTA (holiday) F (female) [s]IESTA (rest minus S[on])


1 GRAPHEME (letters) HEM (border) in GRAPE (fruit)

2 SETTLER (decisive blow) L (50) in SETTER

3 ARROW (put down marker) [h]ARROW (school minus H)

5 CONTRIBUTION (grant) BU (British uni) in CONTRITION (remorse)

6 IN ESSENCE (basically) (NICENESS)* E

7 LEISURE (casual wear) LEI (garland) SURE (certainly)

8 SHAKEN (disturbed) HAKE (fish) in SN (tin – element)

11 STANDING ROOM (nowhere to sit) STAND-IN GROOM

15 HEAD START (initial advantage) AD (notice) ST (saint) in HEART (spirit)

16 UMBRELLA (covering) (MARE BULL)*

18 REALISE (understand) (ISREAL)* [palestin]E

19 ENDIVES (plants) END (die) IVIES (climbers) minus middle letter

20 SCRAPS double definition

23 ACARI (mites) CAR (vehicle) in  A1 (road)

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

4 Responses to “Financial Times 14,103 by Bradman”

  1. mike04 says:

    Another fine puzzle from Bradman with (I thought) one or two tricky clues in the NW corner. In the SW, the ‘& lit.’ at 24ac is a cracker.
    Thanks Don and Jed.

  2. Paul B says:


  3. Ilippu says:

    loved 18dn! beautiful surface!

  4. mike04 says:

    Hello, Paul B.

    In 24ac, I took ‘Organiser of’ as the anagram indicator for “a riot at G” after the remaining part of the clue has removed the 8.
    Reading again, I’d say the whole clue defines AGITATOR quite well.

    Why is 24ac not ‘& lit.’?


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