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Financial Times 14,099 – Crux

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on September 13th, 2012

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Monday Prize Crossword/Sep 3

Sometimes it’s D-Day (i.e. Dante), sometimes it’s C-Day. C stands for Crux, a setter with a love for good surfaces. This particular puzzle which can be found here , was one that I experienced as considerably harder than usual. Perhaps, it was just me (I had even trouble to finish that week’s Everyman). Even though I had the answers, I couldn’t fully explain 16ac and 7d. Luckily I had the opportunity (Anax’s birthday bash) to ask the almighty [yes, right in front of me, I saw him solving a Nimrod puzzle within about 20 minutes!] Andy Wallace to help me. And there’s one clue (19d) that I probably did understand when solving the crossword, but cannot parse anymore. Ah well, we all get older and we know what that can do to the brain and/or one’s memory …….  :)

Definitions are underlined wherever possible or appropriate.


1 INVERTED  COMMAS    Quotes that limit what people say
    Cryptic definition, punning on two meanings of ‘quotes’
10    ELUDE Escape final Japanese offensive, we’re told
    [japanes]E + LUDE (homophone of LEWD (offensive))
11 ILL AT EASE     Uncomfortable being sick – relax!
    ILL (sick) + AT EASE (relax)
    I am not sure what to do with AT in this clue. Is it part of ‘relax!’ (as an exclamation)? Or is ILL positioned ‘at’ EASE?
12 OPENS UP Frank takes to drink and talks freely
    OPEN (frank) + SUP (to drink)
13 INFUSED Find out about employment, as the tea maker did
    (FIND)* around USE (employment)
14 LATTE Flat terrace needed for coffee production
    Hidden solution:   [f]LAT TE[rrace]
16 PUBLISHER Man with many titles damned by a duke
    Double cryptic definition

The ‘titles’ are ‘books’ here, while the second part of the clue refers to the Duke of Wellington saying “Publish and be damned” when in 1824 a publisher wanted to tell the world about the Duke’s liaisons with Harriette Wilson.  Now, it looks that I know all this, but that’s not the case. In fact it was only after Andy Wallace advised me to google ‘publisher’ & ‘damned by a duke’ that this came up.

19 POSSESSED Owned property that’s haunted
    Double definition
20 EARTH Fireside’s not hot where we live
    HEARTH (fireside) minus H (hot)
    Crux doesn’t tell us which of the two Hs to remove and I think he should have (as leaving out the second H also gives a existing word)
22 ROBOTIC Do nothing with jerky movement, unlike such dancers
    ROB (do) + O (nothing) + TIC (jerky movement)
25 ELAPSES Passes English with mistakes
    E (English) + LAPSES (mistakes)
27 INNERMOST Deepest swimming monster gets in first
    (MONSTER)* with IN placed in front of it, signposted by ‘first’
28 DROOL Dogs may when master returns bearing duck
    DROL (reversal of LORD (master)) around O (duck, meaning: nothing)
29    DOUBLE BREASTED     Style of blazers debaters exchange after a match
    (DEBATERS)* positioned after DOUBLE (a match, for example in tennis)
2 NAUSEATES A US Senate review causes disgust
    (A US SENATE)*
3 EVENS Makes equal sides with the French eliminated
    ELEVENS (sides, meaning: teams) without LE (the, in French)
4 TAILPIPES Dog whistles seen at back of car
    TAIL (dog, as a verb) + PIPES (whistles)
5 DELHI A capital city possibly held one
    (HELD)* around I (one)
6 OUT-OF-TIME     How item might be made too late
    Reversed anagram:  the word ITEM might be made ‘out of TIME’
7 MEANS Indicates an unpopular test
    Double definition
    I wasn’t familiar with ‘means test’ which appears to be an inquiry into the financial position of someone applying for financial aid. But Andy Wallace was, so – again – thanks mate!
8 SLENDER Fine associated with 7 suggests modest income
    In combination with ‘7’ (means) one gets ‘slender means’ which suggests modest income
9 RECOIL Kick start
    Double definition
15    ELECTORAL Prospective test concerning voters
    ELECT (prospective) + ORAL (test)
17 BED-SETTEE     Saint lets in tailless dog to sleep on this?
    BEDE (Saint, English monk and scholar (672-735)) around SETTE[r] (example of a dog minus the last letter (tailless))
18 HOROSCOPE     A prediction of dreadful things we’re told to manage
    HOROS (homophone of HORRORS (dreadful things)) + COPE (to manage)
19 PARTIED Had a good time and left, reportedly
    This must be a homophone of something, but I cannot see of what. As I didn’t make a note re this clue, I must have understood how it worked a week ago. Today, I am in for some help though!
21    HASSLE He admits Wally left to cause trouble
    HE around {ASS (wally, a stupid person – lower case!) + L (left)}
23 BANTU South African boycott starts to turn ugly
    BAN (boycott) + T[urn] U[gly]
24 COOMB Disheartened pack chase bird call into valley
    MB (MOB (pack) without its heart) coming after COO (bird call)
26 AIDES Helpful officers die as ordered!
    (DIE AS)*




6 Responses to “Financial Times 14,099 – Crux”

  1. flashling says:

    Hi Sil surely 19d is just “parted”

  2. Sil van den Hoek says:

    Yes, flash, but that doesn’t really sound like ‘partied’, does it?

  3. flashling says:

    Notorious things homophones Sil as we know…

  4. scchua says:

    Thanks Sil and Crux.
    PARTIED was the last one in, as like you, I had doubts about the dodgy homophone.
    For 11a ILL AT EASE, I took “at ease” = relax, as in the parade ground command (shortened from “stand at ease”), the exclamation mark indicating it’s shouted more often than not.

  5. Bryan says:

    Many thanks Sil and Crux and particularly for introducing me to Harriette Wilson.

    Having had a sheltered upbringing, your revelations caused me to faint.

    Luckily, Larry my butler had some smelling salts handy or who knows what would have happened?

  6. Bamberger says:

    19d Surely partied is pronounced par teed (as in golf ball) and parted is pronounced par (as in golf) and ted as in Ted Heath?

    How can they be the same?

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