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Financial Times 14,214 by Orense

Posted by Jed on January 18th, 2013


Straightforward and enjoyable






1 MORASS confused situation OR (men) in MASS (service)

4 EMISSARY government agent E (Spain) MISS (young lady) A R[ac]Y

10 SEPTEMBER 30 days (PEST)* EMBER (burning wood)

11 ARGON element hidden backwards in [por]NOGRA[phy]

12 ISLE of Man hidden in [h]IS LE[gs]

13 CALL CENTRE workplace

A LL C (a couple of lines caught) in CENTRE (middle)

15 UNICORN mythical animal UNI CORN (humour)

16 SCYTHE cut down [dr]Y in (CHEST)*

19 FELLOW chap FELL (cut down) OW (cry of pain)

21 WHEELIE move on bike – rhymes with REALLY

23 COVER NOTES insurance papers O (old) in (COST NEVER)*

25 STAY check A (answer) in STY (pen)

27 CLUNG held on tight C (caught) LUNG (breather)

28 EXPRESSLY with specific intentions EXPRESS (state) L[argel]Y

29 ETHEREAL very light THERE (that place) in (ALE)*

30 CLOSED clinched deal CLOSE (muggy) D (day)


1 MYSTIQUE aura (QUIET SM[arm]Y)* minus ARM (weapon)

2 REPULSIVE RE (soldiers) I V (single victory) in PULSE (evidence of life)

3 SUEZ canal ZEUS< (god is up)

5 MARBLES dd (as in loosing your marbles)

6 SPARE TYRES enlarged waistlines from overeating

7 ANGST anxiety NG (National Guard) in A ST (way)

8 YANKEE bet YANK (pull) EE (ecstasy tabs)

9 OBTAIN get O (nothing) TA (volunteers) in BIN (wine store)

14 JOLLY ROGER flag JOLLY (party) ROGER (message understood)

17 HALITOSIS bad breath – very personal property


20 WOOMERA test range site in Australia

WOO (court) ME (setter) RA (artist)

21 WHELPS puppies W (wife) HELPS (gives assistance)

22 ICICLE cryptic definition

24 VOUCH guarantee V (against) OUCH (cry of pain)

26 TEAL duck [s]TEAL (nick losing head)

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

4 Responses to “Financial Times 14,214 by Orense”

  1. MikeC says:

    Thanks Jed and Orense. My thoughts exactly.

  2. Pelham Barton says:

    Thanks indeed Orense for a thoroughly enjoyable puzzle and Jed for the blog. I missed out on 3dn but I have no excuse for that: I should have got it from the pangram.

    11ac: I think we need “Element” to be part of the wordplay, but I would then be happy with the clue as a partial “*& lit”.

  3. fearsome says:

    thanks Orense and Jed
    I missed it was a pangram
    a couple I didn’t fully parse – very enjoyable

  4. dropo says:

    Very enjoyable. I missed SPARE TYRES, on two counts because I’m American. TYRES was the less important, but for “corporate” in the bodily sense we tend to say “corporal,” so I could not imagine a body-related answer.

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