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Financial Times 14,221 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on February 7th, 2013

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of January 26th, 2013

One of my solving buddies referred to this puzzle as a slow burner. Meaning, as I took it, that you don’t get completely stumped anywhere but it takes a while to work through it. And it did take me a while. It has some lovely clues, especially for me 1D (RUGGED) and 9D (PARTIAL ECLIPSE), plus some others that are very clever, notably 1A (ROSEBUSH) and 6D (OTTER). And then it has one that I am not sure I completely understand, 12A (ENNUI).

Across
1. ROSEBUSH – anagram of E SHRUB SO. This qualifies as an &lit, no?
5. PONCHO – ON + CH[ap] together in PO (river)
10. GARBAGE – B (black) in GARAGE (place for wheels)
11. ARTICLE – [p]ARTICLE
12. ENNUI – U (university) in INNE[r] (not entirely private). Is this right?
13. WATERGATE – WATER GATE (means of access for a current)
14. INFOTAINMENT – anagram of MENTION IN FA[c]T. This was the most difficult clue for me.
18. MOUNT OF VENUS – anagram of FOOT NUM[b] + VENUS (beauty). I had to look this up. I had heard of the Girdle of Venus, but not the Mount.
21. ANTIVIRAL – anagram of RAIN VITAL
23. ALLOT – L (left) in A LOT (a heap)
24. REGARDS – reverse hidden word
25. PIG IRON – GIRO (income support) in PIN (secure)
26. DE TROP – PORTED (carried) backwards
27. PENDANTRY – ED (journalist) in PANTRY (store)

Down
1. RUGGED – double/cryptic definition (a rug by the hearth is so typical)
2. STRING – double definition
3. BRAZIL NUT – BRAZIL (yellow shirt) + NUT (fan). The Brazilian football team wear yellow jerseys.
4. SHERWOOD FOREST – anagram of HOOD REFERS TO W[ill] S[carlet]
6. OTTER – O[ver] T[he] T[op] (extravagant) + -ER (more)
7. CYCLAMEN – CYCL[e] (series almost) + AMEN (the last word)
8. OMELETTE – O (old) + LETT (continental) in MEE[t] (contact not entirely)
9. PARTIAL ECLIPSE – cryptic definition
15. NEURALGIA – anagram of AN UGLIER + A[ffliction]
16. IMPAIRED – IMP (little rascal) + AIRED (put out, as in broadcast)
17. BUST A GUT – BUS (coach) + TAG (ticket) + [o]UT (out, top clipped)
19. CLARET – CLARE (college) + T[o]. Hmm, rather familiar!
20. STINGY – double/cryptic definition
22. VIRGO – R (right) in VIGO (Spanish port)

4 Responses to “Financial Times 14,221 by Mudd”

  1. Sil van den Hoek says:

    A fine puzzle by Mudd.
    Only a shame that he repeated himself with CLARET (19d).
    Yes, Pete, you’re right, rather familiar.
    In Mudd’s previous prize crossword we had “Blood college spilt in the end” (31ac).

    Unlike you, I do not like clues like 9d.
    “Ecl” is, of course, literally a ‘partial eclipse’.
    But as “Ecl” as such doesn’t mean anything, I find this clue rather pointless.
    I know that John Halpern every now and then throws in clues like this for fun (especially in the Guardian), but they are not really my cup of tea.

    Nothing wrong with your parsing of 12ac.
    U (university) inside a reversal of INNE (which is almost ‘inner’, ie ‘private’).

  2. Bamberger says:

    I couldn’t get 5a, 8d and 27a.

    Not happy about 8d . While I have eaten many omelettes, I can categorically state that I have never had one for breakfast nor would I wantone for breakfast. Lunch yes, dinner yes but breakfast absolutely no way. Definitely not breakfast food.

  3. Pete Maclean says:

    Sil, Thanks for your comments and confirmation about 12ac.

    Bamberger, A few months ago we had a clue that included ‘breakfast food’ as a definition and had the answer CRUMPET. I noted in the blog that I thought few if any people ate crumpets for breakfast; I enjoy them at afternoon tea. The same thing struck me about OMELETTE although this time I was not sure enough of myself to mention it. (I am allergic to eggs and don’t eat omelettes at all.)

  4. Keeper says:

    As a Yank, I find nothing wrong with OMELETTE as a breakfast food. Indeed, most Americans would think of it exclusively as such. I’m sad for those like Bamberger who have never enjoyed a tasty Denver omelette in the morning. You don’t know what you’re missing.

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