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Financial Times 14,129 – Falcon

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on October 18th, 2012

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Monday Prize Crossword/Oct 8

While expecting another Crux, we got an enjoyable crossword from Falcon instead (which can be found here). I had a flying start, but just like in this setter’s recent puzzles for the Guardian (as Everyman) it wasn’t all plain sailing for me.  Some nice film references in this puzzle, especially in 12ac.

Definitions are underlined wherever possible and/or appropriate.


1 HEAR HEAR I agree that woman must ring a flightless bird (4,4)
    HER (that woman) around RHEA (flightless bird)
5 CRISIS Credit is doubled in emergency (6)
    CR (credit) + IS IS (‘is’ doubled)
10 DARTS Shoots game (5)
    Double definition
11 OVERBOARD Film made by past committee (9)
    OVER (past) + BOARD (committee)
    One of a few film-related clues: Overboard.
12   NINOTCHKA     Comic can think about Garbo’s last film (9)
    (CAN THINK)* around [garb]O
    Here’s another one. Quite a clever clue as Ninotchka is one of Greta Garbo’s last films – a pity that it wasn’t her last.
13 NIGHT Scary thing, darkness (5)
14 CRATER Large hole in case presented by barrister in conclusion (6)
    CRATE (case) + [barriste]R
15 GROUCHO Complaint by old comedian (7)
    GROUCH (complaint) + O (old)
    The comedian being, of course, Groucho Marx of the Marx Brothers fame.
18 ARDUOUS Difficult pair, in a hurry, docked (7)
    DUO (pair) in A RUS[h] (a hurry, docked ie missing the last letter)
20 SIDING Carol, cut by one before start of December, is a short track (6)
    {I (one) + D[ecember]} inside SING (carol)
22 ARROW A quarrel about right marker (5)
    A ROW (a quarrel) around R (right)
24 SERVE TIME     Work for the enemy, so go to gaol (5,4)
    Cryptic/Double definition: time’s the enemy, and one can serve ‘time’ in prison (ie gaol)
25 COMPLAINT     A disease in grouse (9)
    Double definition
26 LEARN Humorist, name to memorise (5)
    LEAR (humorist, Edward Lear) + N (name)
27 STANZA Verse stumped antipodean soldier? Almost (6)
    ST (stumped, in cricket) + ANZA[c] (Anzac is an Australian/NZ soldier during WW I)
28 CHOW MEIN     Chinese-style dish, food had by me at home (4,4)
    CHOW (food) + ME + IN (at home)
1 HIDING One may be if due one! (6)
    Cryptic definition, one meaning of ‘hiding’ being corporal punishment
2 AARONS ROD Plant from Andorra, so peculiar (6,3)
3 HESITATION WALTZ The dance to give one pause for thought? (10,5)
    Straightforward definition plus a cryptic element added to it.
    I am not a dancer, but here are the details: Hesitation Waltz.
4 ANOTHER Same again, or different? (7)
    Double definition
6 ROBIN GOODFELLOW     A mischievous sprite, or goblin of old, we suspect (5,10)
7 SLANG This may form part of one’s language (5)
    Hidden answer:  [one’]S LANG[uage] – the definition is the clue as a whole
8 SEDITION Rabble-rousing in second volume (8)
    S (second) + EDITION (volume)
9 PENANG Write article on good Malaysian state (6)
    PEN (write) + AN (article) + G (good)
16     CANDIDATE Informal note about a runner (9)
    {CANDID (informal) TE (note)} around A
17 DAMASCUS Barriers placed around a cenotaph, initially by us in ancient city (8)
    DAMS (barriers) around {A + C[enotaph] + US}
19 SISKIN Finch is seen flying over hide (6)
    (IS)* + SKIN (hide)
    Perhaps, the shortest anagram I have ever seen.
20 SCRATCH Withdraw money (7)
    Double definition
21 LEAN ON     The Parisian’s soon under pressure (4,2)
    LE (the, Parisian ie in French) + ANON (soon), positioned under it
23 RUMBA Steps taken by one graduate skipping dessert (5)
    RUMBABA (dessert) minus BA (one of the two graduates that are there)



One Response to “Financial Times 14,129 – Falcon”

  1. Bamberger says:

    I sat to solve this and got 1a,5a,13a,14a,18a,28a, 4d,5d,8d & 9d before coming to a grinding halt.
    I knew that 12a was an anagram of canthinko but I would never have got ninotchka.
    I knew that 2d was an anagram of andorraso but would never have got aaarons rod.
    I knew that 6d was an anagram of orgoblinofoldwe but couldn’t get that either.
    To try to make some progress I used an anagram solver and couldn’t work out why the Daily Mail’s racing tipster was being described as a mischevious sprite.Then I google and find you need Shakespearan knowledge – not fair.
    Even with the extra letters I made no further progress and eagerly awaited this. Sil if you had said this was easy I would have given the game up.
    20a I have never come across carol =sing. A carol as a noun yes but not as a verb.
    3d never heard of it
    16d I hadn’t come across candid =informal
    19d never heard of it
    20d I don’t think I have ever heard of money being called scratch. Is there a common phrase?
    23a A rumbaba -never seen one on Wetherspoons menu.

    Bring back Crux!

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