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Financial Times 14,131 by Cinephile

Posted by PeeDee on October 10th, 2012


A colourful crossword from Cinephile today.


From what I can see Cinephile is missing only SABLE to complete the set of heraldic metals and colours (as defined by Wikipedia).  Thank you Cinephile.

I can’t explain 4 down, any help appreciated.

Hold the mouse pointer over any clue number to read the clue.

9 ONE ACROSS OCEAN* with the ROSS sea in Antarctica
10 AZURE sounds like “has your” spoken commonly (lacking enunciation)
11 PURPURE PURe (clean, nearly) and PURE (clean)
13, 18, 23 RUE THE DAY (A DUTY HERE)*
14 IN RECESSION IN RE (on the question of) CESSION (surrender)
17 AVERT A VERT (heraldic colour)
18 See 13
19 GULES GLUES (adhesives) with two letters transposed (slightly adjusted)
21 FRAUDULENCE FRAU (woman, european) DUNCE (a fool) going about LE (the, european)
23 See 13
25 UPTIGHT UP (elevated) TIGHT (drunk)
27 See 26
28 NORMA opera by Bellini and Norma Major wife of former UK prime minister
29 ARGENTINA ARGENT (heraldic metal) IN A
1 TORPOR T (tee, name of letter) and P (pee, name of letter) with OR (heraldic colour) on each
2 REPRIEVE PRIE (pray, French) in REVE (dream, French)
3 ACQUAINTED QUAINT (funny, old fashioned) at heart of ACED (defeated by serve at tennis)
4 LOVE NONE Double definition? Why does this mean all? Love is a zero score in tennis, could be love-all at the beginning of a game, ‘Love is Everything’, ‘All You Need is Love’ – songs
5 ESCUTCHEON CUT (don’t talk to) CHE (Guevara, revolutionary) in NOSE reversed
6 GARB BRAG (boast) reversed
7 MUESLI anagram of U (last letter of you) and SMILE
8 TERMINUS TERM (school time) IN US (America)
15 RATTLETRAP Simon RATTLE has PART (role) reversed (up)
17 AFFLUENT FLUE (an opening) N (the north) with A FT around it (in circumference)
20 LADYSHIP giving (assigning) LADY (traditional gender) to SHIP (vessel)
22 ATTIRE A TT ( a teetotaller) with (leading to) IRE (anger)
24 YEOMAN YE (solvers) OMAN (sultantate) – the Yeoman of the Guard, ceremonially the Monarch’s bodyguard, is the oldest division of the British Armed Services
26, 27 across GRAN TURISMO GRANT (permit) URI’S (belonging to Hebrew boy) MO (moment, short time)
27 TOGO TO GO (leave)


20 Responses to “Financial Times 14,131 by Cinephile”

  1. oldham says:

    Thought 4d might be love but not sure why.

  2. PeeDee says:

    I think LOVE is better than NONE. I’ll put it in, though its not a great clue if this is the answer!

  3. Eileen says:

    Thanks, PeeDee, for the inventively colourful blog.

    I was surprised that ‘sable’ wasn’t included, as it must be one of the easiest to fit in, as a suffix.

    Like you, I went for NONE at 4dn, without a hope of justifying it. I wonder if it’s a reference to ‘Love is everything’ / ‘All you need is love’?

    Re 24 dn: the saying ‘yeoman [‘significant sort of’] service’ rang a bell, so I looked it up in Chambers, which gives ‘powerful aid, such as came from the yeomen in the English armies of early times’.

    [There’s a slight typo at 7dn in the spelling of MUESLI: you must have had it right in the grid. 😉 ]

  4. crypticsue says:

    Thank you to Cinephile and PeeDee. Knew all those GK crosswords would come in handy one day as I knew all the colours. I put NONE too but…???

    Eileen @3 – I haven’t found a blogger yet who can type MUESLI, however they put it in the grid it always turns out wrong in the review. It’s one of those words.

  5. Eileen says:

    Hi crypticsue

    I know what you mean – I had to stare at it for a bit and look back to see if I’d spelt it right myself! [In case anyone thinks I’m completely mad, it’s been amended now. ;-)]

  6. Wanderer says:

    Thanks PeeDee and Cinephile for a puzzle I enjoyed very much.

    I entered HOLE at 4d, without convincing myself. I saw it as a homophone of WHOLE (‘all’, perhaps justifying the question mark as a rudimentary homophone indicator…) and of course a hole could be an absence, or ‘nothing’. Like I say, I wasn’t happy with it but I couldn’t see anything else.

  7. Andrew says:

    Thanks PeeDee and Cinephile – this was good fun, and easier than it seemed at first sight once I’d dredged the colours (which might appear on 5d) from my memory.

    Another small typo – 12a should be UNBOSOM, not UMBOSOM.

  8. Andrew says:

    The Chambers Word Wizard ( ) gives 128 possibilities for ?O?E, so there are plenty more to choose from if you don’t like LOVE (I agree with Eileen’s suggestions for the “all” part) or HOLE (quite plausible as an Aracuarian Cinephilean liberty).

  9. Bryan says:

    Many thanks PeeDee although I understand that TAWNY is also missing as a heraldic colour.

    Please note: Don’t believe everything that appears in the Wickedpedia.

    Like everyone I agonised about 4d before finally getting the correct answer.

    Well done, Cinephile and Many Thanks!

  10. Gaufrid says:

    Hi Andrew
    Chambers 12th Ed. has 141 matches (I went through them twice) so even more from which to choose.

    Hi Bryan
    The list of colours given in Brewer’s (probably more reliable than Wikipedia) doesn’t include tawny, quote: “….. azure (blue), gules (red), pupure (purple), sable (black) and vert (green). Argent (silver) and or (gold) are known as metals and the other ‘tinctures’ (the inclusive term for colours, patterns etc) are called furs (ermine, ermines, erminois, pean, potent and vair).”

    Thanks PeeDee. I had a shortlist of three for 4dn and eventually picked LOVE. It will be interesting to see the solution tomorrow.

  11. PeeDee says:

    Hi Bryan, Wikipedia did list others including Murrey, Sanguine and Tenne (Tawny), but classes them as ‘heraldic stains’ rather than ‘heraldic colours’. Seemingly they are different.

    Whether this is correct, and if Cinephine is deliberately avoiding them for that reason I really havn’t a clue as I know nothing about heraldry.

  12. Gaufrid says:

    The Heraldry Society in its list of colours has Tenne/Orange in addition to those given in Brewer’s. See:

  13. Richard says:

    OK, I’ll accept “love” for 4D, in the sense that “love is everything.” But it’s not a good clue, not up to the rest of this terrific puzzle. It would have been better if the clue had been “Hear all or nothing,” which would have given us “hole,” which is more fun.

  14. Thomas99 says:

    Re 4d
    When Auden said

    “He was my North, my South, my East and West,
    My working week and my Sunday rest,
    My noon, my midnight…”,

    I suppose he meant he was his love? I suppose there are a lot of cases of love being seen as a kind of plenitude – e.g. Plato’s Symposium – or as all-pervading. I think that’s what I was banking on anyway, when I filled it in – in ink but rather faintly. (Love as “all or nothing” might make poetic sense too, but then we’d be into “double duty”…)

  15. Sil van den Hoek says:

    When I saw the clue for 4d, I thought that must be a special one.
    Unlike some others (Richard @13, for example) I liked it very much.
    LOVE = “nothing” was clear enough, as was (for me) “LOVE Is All”:

    ONE ACROSS (9ac) was my first entry as I remembered a similar clue by Araucaria.
    As others (perhaps) said, very enjoyable puzzle.

    Thanks PeeDee, especially for the explanation of 17d.

  16. MikeC says:

    Thanks Cinephile and PeeDee. Mostly enjoyable but 4d foxed me – those cursed 4-letter words! My attempt was “sole”, which touched the “all” aspect, but I couldn’t really make sense of it otherwise. These short clues and answers seem to work like tie-breakers – great if you know them (they jump out at you) but impossible otherwise.

  17. JollySwagman says:

    Thanks both – very enjoyable.

    Went with the LOVErs at 4d but only by focussing on “nothing” first. Lots of songs and poems hint at the rest but none all that specifically. I suppose it’s only like “time” being an “enemy” but not so good in such a short clue with nothing else to nail it down with. Prolly other candidates have equally valid arguments. Seen the soln now – turns out it’s right.

  18. Paul B says:

    It’s frustrating to be denied surety. Thing with Araucaria is, much of the time, if you get it, you’re in. Bye bye otherwise, until the blog’s up.

  19. PeeDee says:

    PaulB – I have accidentally deleted your comment on this blog. Please re-submit if you are still reading this. My apologies, PeeDee.

  20. Gaufrid says:

    Re #19. No need to re-submit as I have recovered the original.

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