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Financial Times 14.215 by Cincinnus

Posted by Pete Maclean on January 31st, 2013

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of January 19, 2013

Here’s another fine Cincinnus puzzle with a couple of tricky clues, 12A (STOA) and 14D (TOURNEDOS), and as usual a few outstanding ones, for my money 22A (BEEFBURGER), 28A (LANDLORDS) and 24D (DEAR). I also found 10A (AFTERNOON) a challenge; I got the answer quickly enough but failed to see the significance of reversing MP!

Across
1. NEEDINESS – S (small) + ENID (girl) together in SEEN (seen) all backwards
6. AEGIS – [l]A[w] + EG (say) + IS (is)
9. TOTEM – hidden word
10. AFTERNOON – MP backwards is PM (post meridiem)
11. EVENTUALLY – VENT (outlet) in EU + ALLY (partner)
12. STOA – “A TO S” (19 letters [of the alphabet]) backwards. Tricky if you have not seen this type of clue before. I have once that I can recall.
14. TOO TRUE – TOOT (binge in US) + RUE (regret). I had not known this meaning of ‘toot’.
15. DISCARD – DIS (police officers) + CARD (comb)
17. UPSTART – P (quiet) in US (American) + TART (floozie)
19. STELLAR – STELLA (woman) + R (resistance)
20. NOTE – double definition
22. BEEFBURGER – BEEF (complaint) + (RE (about) + GRUB (food) ) backwards
25. DISREPAIR – S (son) in DIRE (dreadful) + PAIR (couple)
26. UNTIE – [a]UNTIE (family member scratching head)
27. SLYER – SL[a]YER (a missing killer)
28. LANDLORDS – [footbal]L + LORDS (cricket venue)

Down
1. NITRE – anagram of INERT
2. ENTRE NOUS – anagram of EN[c]OUNTERS
3. IMMATERIAL – IM (this setter’s) + MATERIAL (stuff)
4. EMANATE – MANATEE (sea cow) with bottom (E) shifted to the top (up)
5. SETTLED – SETT (badger’s home) + LED (was first)
6. AWRY – homophone (“a rye”)
7. GHOST – G[ay] + HOST (army). That is, a ghostwriter.
8. SANTANDER – anagram of STAND NEAR
13. AS PER USUAL – AS (like) + U (university) in PERUSAL (reading)
14. TOURNEDOS – anagram of NURSE TO DO. The definition is ‘cut’ as in a cut of meat.
16. ALLIGATOR – ALL (everyone) + GI (soldier) backwards + A (a) + TOR (peak)
18. THE MALL – THEM ALL (every Tom, Dick and Harry)
19. SAFFRON – anagram of FOR FANS
21. TESTY – TEST[if]Y (give evidence but not if)
23. RHEAS – anagram of SHARE
24. DEAR – double/cryptic definition

4 Responses to “Financial Times 14.215 by Cincinnus”

  1. John Newman says:

    Thanks Pete.

    I couldn’t get 12A. So pleased to see your explanation. I am not over happy with the clue though. When I look up the internet now it says that a Stoa as a covered walkway, normally with columns on one side. It doesn’t say that it is the name of “some columns”.

    I tried very hard to think outside the box on this one. I looked at 19A and 19D but couldn’t see their relevance. I also noticed that the phrase “In Athens some columns” has 19 characters. But the verb conjugation for this is “has” and not “have” as in the clue. And Cincinnus doesn’t make that sort of fudge. I looked to see what the 19th letter of the Greek alphabet was. All to no avail.

  2. Bamberger says:

    For 12a I had ?t?a and no idea waht was going on either. I’ll remember that.

  3. Wil Ransome says:

    Pedantic point, Pete: I don’t think 12ac is A to S backwards, because that would give SOTA. It’s just S to A.

  4. Pete Maclean says:

    John, You make a good point about stoa. My dictionary defines it as a portico or roofed colonnade. But I vaguely remember seeing it clued as columns before so that is something we may have to live with. The clue is a tough one with no specific hint for someone who has not seen one of the type before.

    Wil, Ah, yes. I think it is “A to S” backwards but, true, not in the sense that one usually means that in a crossword.

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