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Financial Times 14,143 by Cinephile

Posted by PeeDee on October 24th, 2012


Not difficult but very nicely done.  Thank you Cinephile.

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

1 CONVEYOR BELT (LOVE BY CORONET)* possibly=anagram
8 INSIDER sounds like “in cider”
9 COLETTE COTE (small house for animals) going araound (available without) LET (lease) – Sidone-Gabrielle Colette, French novelist. I am not completely sure on this, I would prefer small house to be COT, but then what about the E?
11 OFF DUTY double definition
12 RADIATE AID (help) reversed in RATE (speed)
13 CANED CAN (is it possible for) ED (editor, jouralist)
14 ILLEGALLY ILL (unhealthy) EG (for example, say) ALLY (friend)
16 CHALCEDON (LEND COACH)* out=anagram – Chalcedon was town in Asia Minor, the location for the Council of Chalcedon an important council of the early christian church and the mineral chalcedony mising the end letter.
19 MASON MA SON (mother and son, two generations) – a mason dresses stone
21 UNMEANT an encounter (getting together) of UN (a French), ME (the setter) and ANT (insect) – definition is ‘accidental’
23 MILEAGE MILE (distance) AGE (time)
24 TARTLET T (model T Ford) ART (painting) LET (permitted) – definition is ‘a single pastry’
25 RIOTOUS RIO (where the Olympics are going) TO US (the British)
26 BLASTED HEATH BL (first letters of Berners Lee) AS TED HEATH (former UK Prime Minister) – scene from Macbeth
1, 22 COSI FAN TUTTE CO’S (company’s, firm’s) InFANT (baby) dropping N (pole) UTTEr (complete, almost) – Mozart Opera
2 NED LUDD DEN (retreat) reversed and LUcky (some of) DD (ROman numerals, numbers) – the Luddites, followers (chronologically at least) of Ned Ludd who smashed two knitting machines during the industrial revolution
3 EARLY BIRD double/cryptic definition – an early communications satellite and a killer of worms
4 OSCAR OS (out size, large) CAR
5 BULLDOG double/cryptic definition – a bulldog clip and ‘a dog is a man’s best friend’
6 LET FALL LEFT* ALL (completely)
7 DIVORCE COURT (OCT I CURVED OR)* otherwise=anagram and1=I as Roman numeral
10 EVERYONE ELSE EVER (always) YON (those) EELS (fish) E (point, of the compass)
15 LONG MARCH definition and cryptic definition – a long March would delay the 1st April
17 ADMIRAL D (500, Roman numeral) MI (miles) in ARAL (sea) – definition is ‘officer’
18 CHABLIS CHAr (tea, not finished) BLISs (happiness, not finished)
19 MOLDOVA M (a thousand, a large number of) OLD (stale) OVA (eggs)
20 SEA LOCH SEAL (a beast) with OCH (Scottish expression) – definition is (Scottish water)
22 See 1 down


4 Responses to “Financial Times 14,143 by Cinephile”

  1. Eileen says:

    Thanks for the blog, PeeDee.

    Very nicely done, indeed. I particularly liked 26ac [you’ve accidentally left out TED] and 3,19 and 20dn.

    RE 18dn: CHA = tea is an alternative spelling [used that way in today’s Guardian Gordius puzzle] so the first ‘less than’ is not strictly necessary, except for the surface.

    I didn’t think twice about COTE until I saw your query, thinking that it was a variation of ‘cot’ and was surprised to see that it was in both Collins and Chambers only as an animal shelter. However, my SOED gives it as ‘a cot or cottage, now dialect’. [I’m sure I’ve seen houses called ‘The Cote].]

  2. Lynette says:

    Not difficult? I beg to differ. Thanks for the blog, though.

  3. Richard says:

    Thanks for being an EARLY BIRD with the blog, PeeDee. I’m afraid this was a rather LONG MARCH for me during my time OFF DUTY at lunchtime, so I ILLEGALLY looked at your blog for the answers and consoled myself with a glass of CHABLIS.

  4. PeeDee says:

    Thanks for the pointing out the omission Eileen.

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