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Financial Times no.14,114 by BRADMAN

Posted by Ringo on September 20th, 2012


A nice mix (unless you’re anagramphobic) from the boy from Bowral this morning. I learned a couple of words, sniggered admiringly once or twice, and have a question that perhaps a Whovian could answer for me…


1. BAD MANNERS  Spoonerisation of mad [extremely enthusiastic] + banners [flags]

6. IBIS  I [one] + bis(hop) [senior cleric]

9. HAIRCUT  Hair [rude show] + cut [shortened]

10. MOHICAN  Hic [Latin for ‘this’] within moan [grumble]: a Mohican is, of course, both a native American and a haircut (see 9ac.)

12. FLAMBOYANT  A Russian doll: boy [younger companion] within man [male] within flat [apartment]

13. LOB  Lobby [corridor] minus by

15. PARSON  Reversal of nos [numbers] + rap [talk]

16. RESIDING  E [English] +  [society] within Riding [former division of the county of Yorkshire]

18. NEONATAL  Anagram of alienation minus the two is [one repeatedly]

20. OBECHE  OBE [Order of the British Empire, award] + che [Guevara, guerrilla fighter]

23. SAT  Very nice double definition, with sat standing for Saturday [a day]

24. IN THE CLEAR  Anagram of hear client

26. ATINGLE  At [by] + ingle [fireside]

27. STORAGE  OR [Other Ranks, soldiers] within stage [theatre]

28. SLEW  Misleadingly simple (for me) double definition

29. FLORENTINE  Loren [Sophia] + (Pe)t(er) within fine [exquisite]


1. BAHT  Bath [English city] with the latter half ‘confused’

2. DAIMLER  Reversal of MI [M1, motorway] within dale [valley] + r [right]

3. ACCOMMODATING  Co [company, firm] within anagram of man dogmatic

4. NOTION  Not I [anyone but yours truly] + on [performing]

5. RAMPAGED  A + MP [politician] within raged [was angry]

7. BACILLI  B [British] + a + c [cold] + ill [bad] + i [one]

8. SANDBAGGER  Anagram of and beggars

11. HOT-AIR BALLOON  Anagram of oho all in abort

14. UPANISHADS  Pan [pagan god] + is + had [encountered] within US [American]

17. HARTNELL  H(aving) + art [skill] + n [name] + ell [measure of cloth]: the definition refers, I assume, to William Hartnell, the first Doctor Who, but the &lit seems a little obscure. Number one? Put name in here – “who”? Am I missing something, Who-heads? As Bradman kindly points out below, this is nothing to do with Who, but instead refers to the couturier Sir Norman Hartnell.

19. OUTLINE  Out [revealed] + line [policy]

21. CHAPATI  Cha [tea] + pati(o) [paved area, minus o [nothing]]

22. CENSER  Anagram of screen

25. FETE  F [fine] + ete [French for ‘summer’]



3 Responses to “Financial Times no.14,114 by BRADMAN”

  1. Bradman says:

    Sir Norman Hartnell was a famous couturier, hence the & lit. Thanks for the blog.

  2. Ringo says:

    Ah! Barking up thr wrong tree entirely. Thanks, Bradman, for the explanation, and of course the puzzle!

  3. JollySwagman says:


    SW took ages. Last in 17d – pearler that one. It’s been around before (maybe also as the Dr Who guy) but never clued as well as that.

    Thanks both.

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