Never knowingly undersolved.

Financial Times 14,232 by Flimsy

Posted by Jed on February 8th, 2013


Straightforward puzzle today






1 PENTHOUSES luxury flats PEN writer (THOSE US)*

7 MUGS triple definition

9 DATA evidence A TAD< (a little lad overturned)

10 CHARIOTEER Porphyrius or Calliopas the Roman I[dols] in (OTHER RACE)*

11 UPKEEP running costs UP excited KEEP part of castle

12 REPRISAL compensation REP salesman (LIARS)*

13 MELODEON small reed organ ME this setter L left ODEON concert hall

15 RHEA bird R run HEA[r] catch tailless

17 ISLE key [a]ISLE part of church missing A

19 PROPHESY predict PRO professional HE man in (SPY)* (getting shot)

22 METAPHOR eg the woman’s an animal (A ROMP THE)*

23 BRIDAL about a wedding – sounds like BRIDLE take offence

25 FLUID OUNCE volume of water FLUID changeable OUNCE jaguar

26 ABLE clever [f]ABLE story

27 SHUN deliberately avoid S sun HUN Barbarian



2 EXAMPLE case EX outside AMPLE large enough

3 TRADE calling T tenor RADE sounds like RAID offensive

4 OCCUPIED tied up CU copper in (COPIED)*


6 SKIMPY mean KIM Kipling novel in SPY agent

7 MATRIARCH dominating female T[u[R[n]I[p] in MARCH tramp


14 OPERATION influence COOPERATION willingness to help minus CO

16 SOMRERO hat SOMBRE joyless OR< or uplifting

18 STEALTH secrecy STEAL appropriate TH[e]

20 SCARLET red SCAR mark LET obstacle

21 PHLOEM plant tissue (ELM HOP[e])*

24 INANE empty [nest]S from INSANE cuckoo

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


8 Responses to “Financial Times 14,232 by Flimsy”

  1. Conrad Cork says:

    Soory Jed, don’t get 9. I thought it had to be data, but couldn’t explain.

  2. Conrad Cork says:

    Have now looked in Chambers and understand. Memo to self, always check with the BRB just in case it has the answer.

  3. Pelham Barton says:

    Thanks Flimsy for an enjoyable and straightforward puzzle and Jed for the blog.

    Conrad @1 re 9ac: Tad can be a male forename and is possibly a diminutive, hence “little lad”, which is how I read it. I think is the same as Jed is saying.

    1ac: Always nice to have an easy first clue, but I thought the anagram “those US” becoming THOUSES was somewhat feeble.

  4. Pelham Barton says:

    Conrad @2 re 9ac: I too should have looked in Chambers before commenting. For anyone bemused by these remarks, Chambers defines tad as “a little lad”.

    P.S. For the first time since it was introduced, I managed to get the Captcha calculation wrong. Fortunately the system allowed me to try again without having to reconstruct my comment.

  5. Ferret says:

    A little quibble with 25a or perhaps it is my lack of feline knowledge. I’ve always known the ounce as the snow leopard with a jaguar being a totally different variety of big cat?

    Thanks to setter and blogger.

  6. Conrad Cork says:

    Pelham @ 3, and maybe off the subject.

    My publishing company was called Tadley Ewing Publications, after Tadley Ewing Dameron, a jazz composer and pianist. He was always called Tadd, but with a double d.

    I expect the little lad thing is short for tadpole.

  7. mike04 says:

    Ferret @5
    I had similar thoughts about the Ounce when solving. Here’s what the BRB has to say:

    n. originally, and still sometimes, a lynx: now generally the snow leopard: the jaguar: the cheetah: sometimes vaguely any moderate-sized wild beast of the cat tribe.

    So it’s an Ounce that’s frightening all the birds away from my garden!
    Thanks Flimsy and Jed.

  8. Sil van den Hoek says:

    We haven’t seen Flimsy for a long long while (and his Indy alter ego Nitsy even longer).

    The puzzle was enjoyable enough, yet there was a mismatch between the time we had to wait for Flimsy and the quality of this crossword. In my opinion, that is.

    I am not against easy crosswords but I expected a bit more after seeing the name of the setter today, as I really liked most of his previous puzzles.
    Blame it on me.

    Nothing wrong with the clueing as such, but it was over all too soon – even for an average solver like me.

    Despite all this, many thanks to Flimsy – and Jed, of course.

Leave a Reply

Don't forget to scroll down to the Captcha before you click 'Submit Comment'

XHTML: You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

eight − = 7