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Financial Times 14,176 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on December 13th, 2012

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of December 1, 2012

I found this to be a moderately easy puzzle. My top clues are 14A (DJIBOUTI), 18A (ARES), 22A (FIRM) and the marvelous anagram of 3D (PAUL ROBESON).

Across
1. TADPOLES – TAD (little) + POLES (Europeans)
6. RARELY – RA (artist) + RELY (bank)
9. JAGUAR – AG (silver) + U (you say) together in JAR (grate)
10. RIVETING – double definition
11. ODER – OD[d]ER (disheartened stranger)
12. SUNDAY BEST – anagram of NUDES BY SAT
14. DJIBOUTI – DJ (presenter on radio) + BOUT (fight) in II (2)
16. TAIL – T[he] A[rrows] I[f] L[ooking]
18. ARES – hidden word
19. GARDENER – anagram of RED ANGER
21. MAINSPRING – MA (mother) + IN SPRING (when tulips appear)
22. FIRM – FIR (wood) + M[olten]. Hands up those who started by filling in DEAL. Sort of works but, always remember, Cincinnus is usually impeccable and ‘solid wood’ just does not work well to define DEAL.
24. FISHMEAL – FISH (possible smelt) + MEAL (dinner). No, no, not that fish is smelly but the species of fish called a smelt.
26. NEISSE – anagram of SEINES. This one I had to look up. I understand that the full name of the river is the Lusation Neisse, it forms part of the border between Germany and Poland, and it is a tributary of the Oder (11A).
27. ANIMAL – IM (this writer’s introduced) in LANA (Turner) backwards
28. TALISMAN – L (lake) + I (isle) together in [Abel] TASMAN (navigator). I did not originally understand what ‘navigator’ clued here and help was supplied; see comment #1 below.

Down
2. AWARD – A[nnoy] + WARD (old guard)
3. PAUL ROBESON – anagram of SOPRANO BLUE
4. LARKSPUR – LARKS (singers) + UP backwards + R (right)
5. SHRINKING VIOLET – SHRINK (trick cyclist, in its meaning as a psychiatrist) + anagram of IN VEIL GOT
6. REVEAL – A (a) in REVEL (live it up)
7. RUT – TUR[n] backwards
8. LANDSLIDE – LAND (country) + anagram of IS LED
13. BUTTERFLIES – BUT (only) + FRET (worry) backwards + LIES (stays). Skippers are a family of butterflies, generally small and found worldwide.
15. JORDANIAN – JO (little woman) + R (runs) + DAN IAN (boys)
17. ORIGINAL – O (old) + RIG (equipment) + anagram of NAIL
20. APPEAL – double definition
23. RASTA – R[e]A[d]S [a]T[l]A[s]
25. HAM – HAM[burger]

5 Responses to “Financial Times 14,176 by Cincinnus”

  1. Sil van den Hoek says:

    Thanks for another Cincinnus blog.
    28ac is: {L (lake) + I (isle)} inside TASMAN (navigator, Abel Tasman).

  2. Pete Maclean says:

    Ah, Abel Tasman, of course! Thank you, Sil.

  3. Bamberger says:

    22a was the first in -could there be an easier anagram than lead?
    Don’t recall too many hold ups but I couldn’t explain 28a or 13d.

  4. John Newman says:

    Thanks Pete,

    When I did this I couldn’t see the cluing of ANIMAL. Now I am certain that these crosswords are only for us oldies. My kids would never have heard of either Paul Robeson or Lana Turner. I’m glad they are though, because I am not familiar with modern actors and singers.

  5. Pete Maclean says:

    Hi, John. I have been a little surprised when Cinephile had used the name of some very contemporary artist but, yes, many if not most such references are to old-timers like these two. But I know from this blog that there are some relative youngsters who manage to solve these puzzles.

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