Never knowingly undersolved.

Financial Times 14,109 by Falcon

Posted by Jed on September 14th, 2012


An enjoyable puzzle





1 POLTERGEIST (supernatural being) (ROGET SPELT I)*

7 HOP (short journey) H (husband) OP (work)

9 SOFIA (capital of Bulgaria) SO (very) F (fine) I (one) A

10 UNTENABLE (indefensible) NET< (clear revolutionary) in UNABLE (powerless)

11 BARTENDER (local worker) BAR (bank in river) TENDER (sympathetic)

12 POINT dd

13 OFFICER (policeman) F I (fellow I) in (FORCE)*

15 MANE (long hair) Edouard MANE[t] (French painter trimmed)

18 BEST (worst as in win) opposite of worst (most bad)

20 MARTINI (Italian drink) MARTIN (swallow) [Chiant]I

23 ODOUR (smell) O (duck) DOUR (grim}

24 ROUNDHEAD (antimonarchist) ROUND (in revolution) HEAD (chief)

26 BROADCAST (programme) (BAD ACTORS)*

27 OUIJA (board) OUI (French yes) JA (German yes)

28 YET (still) hidden in [Sk]YE T[erriers]

29 PONY EXPRESS (Western film) ON in P[aisle]Y EXPRESS (say)


1 PASSBOOK (bank book) PASS (spend) BOOK (order)

2 LIFE RAFT (emergency kit) (FLAT FIRE)*

3 ERASE (delete) A (article) in ERSE

4 GO UNDER (sink) (GROUND [lan]E)*

5 INTERIM (caretaker) IN (popular) I (current) in TERM (word)

6 TIN-OPENER (kitchen item) TIN (bread loaf) OPENER (key)

7 HYBRID (cross) hidden in [patriars]HY BRID[ge]


14 CLEARED UP (explained) LEAR (king) ED[itor] in CUP (chalice)

16 FIRESIDE (home) F I (female one) RESIDE (live)

17 WINDLASS (winch) WIND (turn) LASS (wench)

19 TERRAIN (ground) P (soft) from TERRAPIN (turtle)

20 MOUNTIE (policeman) MO (modus operandi) UNTIE (free)

21 TOY BOY (young lover) rhyming words

22 COP OUT (avoid commitment) COP (police) OUT (mistaken)

25 DROOP (be despondent) (POOR (inferior) D (diamonds)< (brought over)

( )* = anagram    < = reverse    dd = double definition    [ ] = omit

2 Responses to “Financial Times 14,109 by Falcon”

  1. rowland says:

    Another well-written, tight puzzle, no frills adnittedly, but very sure and accurate. I too enjoyed it!

    Thanks both,

  2. flashling says:

    Stuck for a little while on fireside, but otherwise fine friday fun, thank you both.

Leave a Reply

Don't forget to scroll down to the Captcha before you click 'Submit Comment'

XHTML: You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

7 − one =