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Financial Times 14,146 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on November 8th, 2012

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of October 27, 2012

The last Mudd in this space was unusually, surprisingly difficult. This one was a breeze; I finished it in a single sitting. My top clues in it are 3D (RUGGED), 4D (CHATELAINE) and 21D (CHARGE).

Across
1. FLAT RACE – FLAT (note) + RACE (people)
5. SOCCER – homophone (“socker”). ‘American football’ presumably defining football as it is called by Americans.
9. INTEGRAL – anagram of LARGE TIN
10. DETAIL – DE-TAIL (remove the end, you might say)
11. LISTENER – E[ars] N[ormally] in LISTER (recorder)
12. PRESTO – anagram of TOPERS
14. PALINDROME – D (daughter) in PAL IN ROME (amico)
18. PURITANISM – anagram of PRIM AUNT
22. THANKS – H (hospital) in TANKS (military)
23. SLAPDASH – SLAP (strike) + DASH (career)
24. EDITOR – hidden word
25. CO-WORKER – OW (pained cry) in CORKER (something great)
26. SHEATH – HEAT (fever) in SH (mum)
27. ENTRANCE – double definition

Down
1. FRILLY – ILL (green around the gills) in FRY (fish)
2. ATTEST – AT TEST (watching over). Watching an over in cricket, that is!
3. RUGGED – cryptic/double definition
4. CHATELAINE – anagram of ETHICAL AN + E (English)
6. OVERRIDE – anagram of DRIVER O[n]E
7. CHAT SHOW – HATS (pillboxes, say) in CHOW (dog)
8. ROLLOVER – ROLL (bread) + OVER (finished)
13. TINSELTOWN – anagram of WENT LOST IN. I asked a Los Angeleno friend what she understood Tinseltown to mean. She told me she considers it to be Hollywood as an idea, and largely Hollywood as an idea from a different era. So definitely part of LA but perhaps not a geographical part.
15. SPOTLESS – S[ylph] + POTLESS (with a flat stomach)
16. ORGANISE – anagram of IS ORANGE
17. STAKEOUT – S (seconds) + TAKEOUT (kill)
19. UPROAR – UP (out of bed) + ROAR (homophone of “raw” meaning bloody)
20. PARKIN – PARKIN[g] (stoppin’)
21. CHARGE – double definition. When my father finished a meal in a restaurant and wanted to know the cost, he would typically ask, “What’s the damage?”.

4 Responses to “Financial Times 14,146 by Mudd”

  1. Bamberger says:

    It may have been a breeze for you but it was a hurricane for me.
    I couldn’t get
    1d , 2d,,7d, 5a , 10a &.11a.
    I think 7d is very hard -may be a doddle if you have all the crossing letter but not so without them.
    11a Lister =recorder is not something that ever would have occured to me.
    That said I got very little of Dogberry 14152 out and can’t wait until next week to see how hard that was thought to be.

  2. Pete Maclean says:

    I grant you that 7d would be a tough clue to solve in isolation.

    The DogBerry was a challenge for me, more I think because I am unfamiliar with the setter’s style than because it was hard. It took me a while to get started and then another good while to finish off the last few clues. And I had trouble fully understanding a couple such as 5a and 18a.

  3. Wil Ransome says:

    Typo from the FT in 12ac, saying ‘gettig’, which didn’t mislead me because I didn’t notice it, but it might have done.

    Good crossword but I didn’t like the dreadful grid, which really makes it into four separate little crosswords once you’ve got the long ones.

  4. Pete Maclean says:

    Wil, Ah I remember now that I noticed that typo when I solved the puzzle. But I must have forgotten about it and failed to spot it again when I wrote the blog. Thanks for mentioning it.

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