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Financial Times 14223 Jason

Posted by scchua on January 29th, 2013


Another enjoyable offering from Tuesday regular, Jason.  All straightforward, except perhaps 20, my last one in, and of which I’m not totally certain.  Thanks to Jason.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.  [[The pictures at the bottom have unidentified links to the puzzle.]]

1 Food sheikh’s dished out and child cut (5,5)

SHISH KEBAB : Anagram of(dished out) SHEIKH’S plus(and) “baby”(child) minus its last letter(cut).

7 Hold back this sly look (4)

PEEK : Reversal of(back) KEEP(to hold;to retain).

9 River right in Ukraine beside lake (4)

URAL : R(abbrev. for “right”) contained in(in) UA(the code for Ukraine, eg. in International Vehicle Registration or Internet domain) plus(beside) L(abbrev. for “lake”).

Answer: A river in central Russia flowing into the Caspian Sea.

10 Where ladies goa place for explosive stuff (6,4)

POWDER ROOM : Double defn: The euphemism for the Ladies’ (loo), where they also powder their noses, etc.; and 2nd: Storage place for barrels of gunpowder, when it was the most common explosive.

11 Women confuse The Penguin’s gait? (6)

WADDLE : W(abbrev. for “women”) + ADDLE(to confuse).

Answer: How a penguin walks – good swimmer, but clumsy walker.

12 The French heroes are moved by a site of possible shipwreck (3,5)

LEE SHORE : LE(French for the article “the”) + anagram of(are moved) HEROES.

Answer: In nautical terms, the shore towards which the wind blows, and on which a sailing ship might thus be wrecked. Though “lee” has another meaning of “protective shelter”.

13 Blokes curse their clobber (8)

MENSWEAR : MEN(blokes;chaps) SWEAR(to curse;to use profane language).

Defn: British slang for clothes for men, or in general, their personal belongings.

15 Bombshell stripping off outerwear in public display (4)

EXPO : “sexpot”(a bombshell;a sexually attractive female, perhaps derived from “fleshpot”;places of unrestrained pleasure or amusement) minus its outermost 2 letters(stripping off outerwear). Great surface!

Answer: An exhibition or show open to the public, derived from “exposition”.

17 I’ll leave Luigi stewing fruit (4)

UGLI : Anagram of(stewing) “Luigi” minus(…’ll leave) “I”.

19 Prawn cocktails? Comparatively sharp within two seconds (8)

STARTERS : TARTER{comparative for “tart”(sour or acid;sharp to the taste)} contained in(within) S,S(two abbrevs. for “seconds”, as when denoting a time).

Answer: Courses to start a meal with.

22 Record in new demon cut (8)

DOCUMENT : Anagram of(new) DEMON CUT.

23 This riddle‘s a cipher (6)

ENIGMA : Double defn: 1st: A riddle;a mystery; and 2nd: With an initial uppercase letter, the name of the enciphering machine used by the Germans in WWII.

25 Finished like an audience after umpteenth curtain call? (7,3)

CLAPPED OUT : Cryptic defn: Whimsically, an audience would run out of claps;applause after the umpteenth curtain call and hence also exhausted;finished.

26 Eye up part of 18 (4)

OGLE : Hidden in(part of) “googled”(answer to 18 down).

27 Month starts with atrocious days and rain (4)

ADAR : Initial letters respectively of(starts) “atrocious days and rain “.

Answer: The sixth month of the Jewish calendar, or the twelfth month if you’re talking religion.

28 When all else fails try this campsite at Land’s End? (4,6)

LAST RESORT : Cryptic defn: The last place you could pitch your camp before you reach the sea at Land’s End, the westernmost point of England.

2 Pasture’s thyme time? (7)

HERBAGE : HERB(an example of which is “thyme”) + AGE(a period of time).

Answer: Vegetation in pastures, grazed by animals.

3 Unhappy about a lovage’s tip in cold meal (5)

SALAD : SAD(unhappy) containing(about) [A + the first letter of(…’s tip) “lovage”]. Nice surface as you might well find lovage in your salad, and you don’t like the taste of lovage!

4 I p-perked up, having been made dry and cured (8)

KIPPERED : Anagram of(up) I P-PERKED.

5 Acts of cleaning up the “sharp end” with unusual dilatoriness (15)

BOWDLERISATIONS : BOW(the “sharp end” of a ship, say) plus(with) anagram of(unusual) DILATORINESS .

Answer: After Thomas Bowdler, who published an expurgated (cleaned up of indecent passages) version of Shakespeare’s works intended to be more appropriate for 19th century women and children. The term is now associated with censorship of not only literature.

6 Who makes porter‘s brown jug? (6)

BREWER : BR(abbrev. for “brown”) + EWER(a jug;a pitcher with a wider mouth).

Answer: One who might make porter;a dark brown ale from malt.

7 Dry people start to tan skin (9)

PARCHMENT : PARCH(to dry up;to lose liquid or moisture) + MEN(people, or about half of people) + initial letter of(start to) “tan“.

Answer: The skin of sheep, goats, etc. used as writing material in olden days.

8 This boosts, for example, ordinary journey (3,4)

EGO TRIP : EG(abbrev. for “exempli gratia”, Latin for “for example”) + O(abbrev. for “ordinary”, as in “O-Levels” in the British education system) + TRIP(a journey).

Answer: An act, experience or course of behaviour that boosts the ego.

14 A particularly thick woollie for winter olympian, perhaps (3,6)

SKI JUMPER : Cryptic defn: A possible noun for a thick woollen sweater that a skier might wear.

Defn: One of the;perhaps contestants in a Winter Olympics.

16 Voracious huntress with long hair at hospital dept (3-5)

MAN-EATER : MANE(long hair, as a lion’s) + AT + ER(abbrev. for “emergency room” a facility;a department in a hospital). The surface conjures up the image of a cougar with long hair turning up in ER after one of her exploits had gone wrong?

18 Searched for broken leg in use (7)

GOOGLED : Anagram of(broken) LEG contained in(in) GOOD(an advantage or benefit;a use for, as in “what’s the good/use of worrying?”).

Answer: Searched the Internet for information using that particular search engine, though the term has gone into common usage to include the use of any other search engine as well.

20 She goes on and on about trek? (7)

RAMBLER : Cryptic defn: If she has been on a trek;a ramble, she might very well be talking incessantly;rambling on and on about it. I’m not totally certain here, as “ramble” suggests a leisurely easy stroll, whereas “trek” suggests a purposeful and difficult journey.

21 Something for brekkie is right after church (6)

CEREAL : REAL(right;not merely nominal or for show, as in “he’s a real/right idiot”) placed after(after) CE(abbrev. for the Church of England).

Answer: Something you might have for breakfast;brekkie in slang.

24 Solid vagrant objects to worship (5)

IDOLS : Anagram of(vagrant) SOLID.



Answer to pic#3 please click here and here

8 Responses to “Financial Times 14223 Jason”

  1. mike04 says:

    Thanks for a splendid blog, scchua.
    Thanks too, to Jason, for a nice easy puzzle today. I liked the long word anagram
    in the long clue down.

    A trek is usually made on foot. It’s a long, arduous journey and you have to keep going
    on and on. So I thought that ‘on and on’ was probably implied for the cryptic definition.

  2. crypticsue says:

    A nice easy puzzle but very enjoyable. I have been on several rambles that turned out to be treks so didn’t see anything particularly wrong with the wordplay of 20d.

    Thanks to scchua and Jason too.

  3. jmac says:

    I thought 20d was a double definition with “rambling on and on” referring to talking aimlessly for a long time, as well as the trekking sense. thanks Jason and Scchua

  4. NormanLinFrance says:

    [[Eddie the Eagle jumping his way to half the distance of anyone else and glory, the Coastguard or Air-Sea Rescue setting course for the lee shore and 2 Penguins, Burgess Meredith in character, Danny de Vito not, so maybe another link I’ve not spotted]]

  5. scchua says:

    [[Yes, that was Eddie the Eagle, ski jumper of sorts, and sometimes it’s not always true that only winners are remembered. And the link was the 2 Penguins – Danny De Vito in his make-up would have been a giveaway, but not so much with Burgess Meredith, I thought. I’ve added links under the pictures for the answer to #3.]]

  6. ernie says:

    Re 20D
    I wondered why ‘she’ was in the clue.
    Could Jason be referring to rambler as a rambling rose?
    And rose may be Rose (she).
    Just a thought.

    Thanks Scchua.

  7. Mirlan says:

    A couple of small typos:
    In 22a “Record” should be underlined, as it’s the straight definition.
    In 27a “with” must be excluded when collecting initial letters.

  8. scchua says:

    Thanks Mirlan, typos now corrected.

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