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Financial Times 14,203 by Bradman

Posted by Pete Maclean on January 17th, 2013

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of January 5, 2012

I have come to like Bradman’s puzzles a lot but, when first faced with one, I still sometimes get a little nervous because he does tend to use some obscure words (witness HETEROSIS, 15D and FORAYER, 26A in this puzzle) and Biblical references (but none on this occasion). However I worked through this one, a bit slowly but confidently. I did mess myself up for a while by entering a wrong answer for 26A which meant I was badly stuck trying to solve 14 and 22D. My top clues are 11A (CORRECTOR), 19D (ORDEAL) and 22D (FLOOR).

Across
1. PELOTON – PE (exercise) + LOT (group) + ON (forward). I knew this word from watching some of the Tour de France last year but could not quite remember it!
5. JUPITER – IT (sex appeal) in JU[m]PER (sweater, not male)
9. LEVEL – palindrome
10. GERMANIUM – [rheumatis]M in GERANIUM (garden plant)
11. CORRECTOR – COR (gosh) + RECTOR (cleric)
12. ARGON – [j]ARGON (specialized language leader’s put out)
13. GIVE UP THE GHOST – double/cryptic definition
18. ELDER STATESMAN – anagram of TAMED ALERTNESS
20. DRAKE – D (died) + RAKE (someone very thin)
22. FIREWATER – anagram of A FREER WIT
24. ALBATROSS – BAT (cricketer) + RO (minimal runs) together in A LOSS (a defeat)
25. DRIVE – DRIVE[l] (rubbish left out)
26. FORAYER – FOR (supporting) + AYER (British philosopher). As mentioned above, I got into trouble for a while by entering FORWARD here. This works because there is a English philosopher named Keith Ward but FORAYER works better since A.J. Ayer is much better known. On the other hand, FORAYER is a word I was unfamiliar with.
27. SENEGAL – SE NE (regional corners) + GAL (girl)

Down
1. PALACE – PAL (china) + A (a) + CE (church)
2. LIVER BIRD – LIVE (animated) + R (river) + BIRD (homophone “burred”). The liver bird is the symbol of Liverpool.
3. TULLE – [Jethro] TULL (agricultural pioneer) + [fi]E[ld]
4. NIGHTSPOT – Spoonerism of “spite not”
5. JUROR – cryptic definition
6. PHALANGES – N (any number) in anagram of SLAG HEAP
7. THING – THIN (without much substance) + G[uardian]
8. RUMINATE – RUM (drink) + IN (at home) + ATE (having dined)
14. EARNESTLY – NEST (her home) in EARLY (like bird that’s got worm)
15. HEREROSIS – HR (the man) + anagram of STORIES. I had never come across this figure of speech but managed to guess the word from the wordplay and then looked it up.
16. ON A STRING – double definition
17. RED DWARF – double definition. Bashful, one of the dwarfs from Disney’s adaptation of Snow White, might more precisely be characterized as a red-faced dwarf but let’s not quibble.
19. ORDEAL – O (nothing) + R (right) + DEAL (Kent location)
21. AMBER – AMB[l]ER (lake to be avoided by walker)
22. FLOOR – LO (look) in FOR (for). This is such a simple clue. And it took me so long (relatively) to figure it out!
23. WODEN – WO[o]DEN (devoid of emotion having lost a love)

4 Responses to “Financial Times 14,203 by Bradman”

  1. Sil van den Hoek says:

    Thanks, Pete.
    I like Bradman crosswords too.

    But I am puzzled by HETEROSIS.
    Chambers tells me it is ‘cross fertilization’ (like in Genetics).
    Or: “the increased size and vigour (relative to its parents) often found in a hybrid”.
    Figure of speech?

  2. Pete Maclean says:

    Hi Sil. I think I should have put something in the blog about this. Current usage seems to have HETEROSIS only in the meaning you cite. I had to do some digging to discover this definition in the 1913 edition of Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary:

    Heterosis noun [ New Latin , from Greek ... alteration, from ... other, different.] (Rhet.) A figure of speech by which one form of a noun, verb, or pronoun, and the like, is used for another, as in the sentence: “What is life to such as me?” Aytoun.

    Further study seems to suggest that this figure-of-speech meaning was suddenly dropped when the new meaning was coined in 1914.

  3. ernie says:

    Thanks,Pete.

    I was able to complete this one.

    My favourite clue was 13A.

  4. Pete Maclean says:

    Bravo! Yes, 13A was a good one too. Cleverly worded.

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