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Financial Times 14,187 by Hamilton

Posted by Jed on December 14th, 2012


Tricky – 23 across still not resolved






9 INSTRUMENTALIST one who plays IN at home STRU[t] swagger MENTALIST mind reader?

10 ALIGN co-ordinate sounds like A LINE (12 across clue)


12 TWENTY-TWO 22 metre line in rugby 30 – 8 = 22

14 AWARD medal WAR conflict in AD modern times

16 SELECT COMMITTEE tongue in cheek definition

19 NYMPH beautiful girl – last letters of been my …

21 ENDEAVOUR dd Colin Dexter’s eponymous detective

23 MODERATOR internet site foreman TOR rise

25 ESTRO enthusiasm hidden in [ma]ESTRO[s]



1 BIPARTISAN supported by two members

I PART IS one region is in BAN injunction


3 FRENETIC distraught F fellow (ENTERIC)*

4 SMUT obscenity TUMS< guts rejected

5 UNREFORMED original NU anagrammed

6 CAMERA shooter CAME arrived RA gunners

7 VIGILANT on the lookout (LIVING AT)*

8 ETCH inscribe hidden in [far-f]ETCH[ed]

13 TICKET TOUT sells tickets for entry

15 DEEP-ROOTED confirmed (ROOT support in PE gym) in DEED act

17 LAME DUCK bankrupt Spooner’s DAME LUCK

20 HAREMS ladies’ rooms M maiden in HARES hurries

22 OUTWIT better OU in French (Nancy – French town) TWIT dope

23 MAUL ill-treat [e]M[m]A[n]U[e]L

24 RUIN relic BRUIN bear minus B bishop

( )* = anagram    [ ] = omit    dd = double definition   < = reverse



8 Responses to “Financial Times 14,187 by Hamilton”

  1. DavidA says:

    Jed, I suppose in 23 across, modest=moderate, and taking 25% off we have modera.

  2. AID says:

    18 down I dare say
    Ares was the Greek god of war contained by 1 day.

  3. Pelham Barton says:

    Much to enjoy in this crossword, especially the cryptic definitions at 16ac and 13dn, so thanks Hamilton for those, and thanks Jed for the blog.

    2dn: The word “that” seriously disrupts the cryptic grammar to me.

    7dn: Here on the other hand, “at” seems to be doing double duty, as part of the anagram fodder and anagram lead.

    23dn: “even Emmanuel” to mean “even numbered letters of Emmanuel” is too much of a stretch for my liking.

    As always, I have no quarrel with those whose views on precision of cluing differ from mine.

  4. Pelham Barton says:

    Further to 3 re 2dn: I think the clue would work much better as “Aim to disrupt leadership that has held out” – possibly the word “has” got lost?

  5. Robi says:

    Good puzzle; thanks to Hamilton, and Jed for the blog.

    PB@2; ‘the fort that held out against Indian attack’ seems OK to me. 7d ‘at’ is doing double duty, but I don’t think it really spoils the clue. ‘Even Emmanuel’ seems OK to me, but as you say, horses-for-courses. :)

  6. Pelham Barton says:

    Robi @5: I am happy to agree to differ on 7dn and 23dn, but feel it appropriate to point out that the devices used do not have universal approval.

    I am not sure I understand your first comment – the surface grammar is fine, but 2dn reads (at least on the online version I was using) “Aim to disrupt leadership that held out”. I do not see how that can reasonably be interpreted as an instruction to remove the letters H-E-L-D from an anagram of “leadership”.

  7. Ferret says:

    Nice solve……spent far too long playing with old advertising slogans and Roman gods trying to justify 18d as A MARS BAR :-)

  8. fearsome says:

    thanks Jed and Hamilton,
    Unfortunately I was well beaten by this one :(

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