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Financial Times 14,170 by Falcon

Posted by Pete Maclean on December 6th, 2012

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of November 24, 2012

The last Falcon I blogged was a considerably difficult puzzle. This one I found very easy and I know that some others did too. My choice clues of the week are 5A (GASLIGHT), 3D (NOSTALGIC) and 7D (IN-LAW).

Across
1. MAGNUM – A (a) + G (good) + N (number) all in MUM (mother)
5. GASLIGHT – GA (Georgia) + SLIGHT (insignificant)
9. PRISONER – anagram of RIPS + ONE + [governo]R
10. NYLONS – N (new) + anagram of ONLY + S (son)
11. POP ART – PA (personal assistant) in PORT (harbour)
12. FLATWARE – FLAT (set) + anagram of WEAR. I think of ‘flatware’ as a very American term (and one I do not care much for). Is it commonly used in Britain?
14. GLOBE THEATRE – anagram of BE ALTOGETHER
18. ALICE SPRINGS – SPRING (bound) in ALICES (girl’s)
22. CONQUEST – C (chapter) + ON (on) + QUEST (search)
25. SHAMAN – SHAM (not genuine) + AN (article)
26. LARIAT – anagram of A TRIAL
27. BROWNING – B (British) + [tennyso]N in ROWING (arguing)
28. MODERATE – MODE (way) + RATE (speed)
29. NUDIST – anagram of DUSTIN

Down
2, 6. AYRTON SENNA – AY (always) + R (right) + ANNES NOT (girl’s not) backwards
3. NOSTALGIC – anagram of LOSING CAT
4. MONSTROUS – MONS (WWI battle site) + anagram of TOURS
5. GIRAFFE – I (one) + R (river) both in GAFFE (mistake)
7. IN-LAW – IN (home) + LAW (rule)
8. HONORARY – H (husband) + ON (working) + OR (soldiers, i.e. other ranks) + A (a) + RY (railway)
13. TIE – double definition
15. HANDS DOWN – HANDS (crewmen) + DOWN (losing)
16. ABSTAINED – A (a) + B (bishop) + STAINED (spotted)
17. EL DORADO – anagram of LOADED OR
19. EMU – hidden word
20. RATABLE – RA (artist) + TABLE (food)
21. CANNES – SENNA (6) + C (clubs) all backwards
23. QUITE – QUIT (give up) + E (Ecstasy)
24. EXTRA – double definition

One Response to “Financial Times 14,170 by Falcon”

  1. John Newman says:

    Thanks Pete

    An enjoyable puzzle just the same. Interesting I thought the use of “close to” in 9A. That is two Saturdays in a row now where this meaning of “close” has been used. I do not recall seeing it before in my solving.

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