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Financial Times 14,104 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on September 20th, 2012

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of September 8, 2012

What a stonker of a devious geographical clue is 20A (PALERMO) — loved it! Other fine clues here include 10A (MEASURE), 31A (SLOPPY) and 9D (BEARD).

Across
1. LAHORE – AH (I see) in LORE (customs)
4. EDUCATOR – anagram of COURTED A
10. MEASURE – ME (setter) + A (a) + SURE (sure)
11. ACROBAT – A (a) + ROB (hold up) in CAT (tame animal)
12. NUTS – dual/cryptic definition
13. BROWNED OFF – double/cryptic definition
15. DESERT – double definition
16. COMPOST – CO (firm) + P (phosphorus) in MOST (nearly all)
20. PALERMO – PAL (China) + anagram of ROME
21. SNEEZE – N (unknown figure) in SEE (view) + Z[on]E
24. OUT OF ORDER – double definition. I messed myself up a bit by initially entering OUT OF PLACE which, I think, works just as well.
26. STOP – POTS (sinks, as in snooker) backwards
28. PARSNIP – PINS (pointed items) + RAP (knock) all backwards
29. BURGHER – homophone (“burger”)
30. EYE CHART – [responsibilit]Y in anagram of TEACHER
31. SLOPPY – LOP (prune) in SPY (mole)

Down
1. LEMONADE – A (a) in LE MONDE (French daily)
2. HEALTH SPA – H[igh] + anagram of THE ALPS A
3. ROUT – R (runs) + OUT (away)
5. DEADWOOD – DEAD (late) + WOOD (club, as in golf)
6. CORRESPOND – double definition
7. TABOO – BO (embarrassing problem) in TAO (universal principle)
8. RATIFY – FIT (suit) backwards in RAY (swimmer under water)
9. BEARD – BEAR (hairy thing) + D[inner]
14. GREENFINCH – anagram of E and G (engaging flankers) and IN FRENCH. A lot of finches have been appearing recently in the puzzles I have blogged!
17. SWEATSHOP – anagram of TWO PHASES
18. IMPROPER – IMP (naughty child) + ROPE (hanging equipment) + R[oof]
19. HEN PARTY – spoonerism of PEN HEARTY (writer warmly exuberant)
22. COUPLE – UP (ahead) in COLE (cabbage)
23. DERBY – double definition. The second definition, one I had not known before, refers to a sporting event between two local teams.
25. TERSE – hidden word
27. ORAL – [m]ORAL (head gone in decent)

4 Responses to “Financial Times 14,104 by Mudd”

  1. Sil van den Hoek says:

    Thanks Pete, for the blog.
    But … you fooled yourself a bit in 24ac, as it is indeed OUT OF ORDER!

    I see 12ac (NUTS) as a double/cryptic definition.
    When one has a screw loose, one’s NUTS (perhaps). And when a screw’s loose, nuts might help – think nuts and bolts.

    Although it doesn’t make much difference, I think 14d should be read as an anagram of EG (engaging, wingers only) and IN FRENCH. Not EG inside an anagram of IN FRENCH.

    Good puzzle, TABOO being my favourite perhaps.

  2. Pete Maclean says:

    Sil, Thanks for pointing that out about 14d. I must have been sloppy; perhaps saw two ‘ins’ where there is but one. I have corrected the blog.

    I was thinking the same as you about 12ac but don’t see it as a double definition as the two are not separate and distinct. Perhaps we could call it a cryptic/dual definition.

  3. John Newman says:

    Thanks Pete. As Sil says, 24A has to be out of order.

    For 21A I had written a question mark above “unknown figure”. I thought x and Y were the traditional letters for an unknown. Can you enlighten me about N?

  4. Pete Maclean says:

    Oh dear, I got 24A backwards in the blog. Of course it is, and has to be, OUT OF ORDER. I have corrected it now.

    I don’t think I can give you a full explanation about unknowns but my sense is this: X and Y (and even Z) are typically used to represent unknown numbers in mathematics while N is more commonly used to refer to an unknown integer in general conversation (as in, say, “I am fed up to the Nth degree”).

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