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Financial Times 14,179 by Dogberry

Posted by PeeDee on December 5th, 2012

PeeDee.

Consistently good and quite hard too, thank you Dogberry.

The first solution I entered contained Z and very soon after found X and Y, so I was then led astray by trying to force the remaining solutions into a pangram.   Only Q and J are missing, I wonder if this started out as a pangram attempt or if it is just chance?

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

Across
1 COCKLE COCK (bird) Laying Eggs (first letters of) – a shellfish
4 WARHORSE A RO (first letters of rhapsody’s origins) in WORSE (inferior) – children’s novel by Michael Morpurgo
9 URANUS UR (prefix meaning original) ANUS (orifice)
10 STARFISH FIR* (anagram=diseased) in STASH (hoard)
12 PRINCESS INC (incorporated) in PRESS (media branch)
13 SCREEN CREE (indian) covered in SN (tin, chemical symbol)
15 TEAL sTEAL (nick) missing head
16 SOUSAPHONE SO (thus) UNE (the, as said in Paris) holds (embraces) SAPpHO (Grekk poet, half hearted)
19 GUIDELINES DELI (food store) in GENIUS* (deranged=anagram)
20 STAB BATS (mad) reversed (going west, right to left on map) – have a go at
23 MISSUS MISS US (American beauty queen) – ‘dutch’ is slang for wife
25 RIGATONI RIGA (capital of Latvia) with TON (100) and I (1, Roman numeral) – type of pasta
27 LAUDABLE ELBA (island) DUAL (twin) reversed
28 DEVOUT (DUE TO V)* v=five, conversion=anagram
29 NIGHTCAP NIGH (comes close) to PACT (agreement) backing
30 KOSHER HOoKERS* lovelorn=missing O (love, zero)
Down
1 CRUMPET CRUET (jar) taking in (drinking) MP (politician), as opposed to ‘politician drinking jar’
2 CHARIVARI CHAV (yob) taking in (embracing) RI (religious instruction, scripture) and AIR* (anagram=dreadful) – a banging of pots, pans and general din-making
3 LAUNCH A in LUNCH (meal)
5 ALTO found in celestiAL TOrtoise
6 HARD COPY COP (bobby) splits (sunders) Thomas HARDY
7 RHINE HERNIa* (draining=losing A) anagram=developed
8 ENHANCE HENNA* before CE (Church of England)
11 OSMOSIS cOSMOS (everything, missing the start) IS
14 ASTERIX REST* (anagram=disturbed) in AIX (Gallic city) – Asterix the Gaul
17 OSTROGOTH (TO GO SHORT)*
18 RECUSANT FT (us, the newspaper) in RECANT (change one’s mind)
19 GAMELAN GAME PLAN (sporting strategy) missing P (piano) – an Indonesian instrument
21 BLISTER B (black) and Joseph Lister (scientist)
22 GAZEBO GAZE (look) OB (old boys) reversed (up)
24 STUNG STUN (amaze) G (guerrilla, first letter of)
26 FLEA ELF (a little person) reversed (turning) into (going next to) A

*anagram

4 Responses to “Financial Times 14,179 by Dogberry”

  1. jmac says:

    A top quality puzzle. I particularly liked the way that the more uncommon words were clued very clearly. Thanks Dogberry & PeeDee. My little quibble would be Yob = Chav, to my mind one might well be the other, but then again, not. However I’m sure it’s probably given in a dictionary – I don’t have access to one at the moment – and therefore o.k.

  2. Ferret says:

    My little quibble was the lack of an 18d in the online version :-(

  3. PeeDee says:

    The online version also had ACROSS spelled as AROSS. Some more careful editing needed!

  4. lenny says:

    Dogberry is a rare visitor but I really enjoyed his smooth surfaces and clever wordplay. Favourites were the clues to Uranus, Missus, Laudable, Kosher.. What’s the point? Too many to mention really.

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