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Financial Times 14,237 by Bradman

Posted by Jed on February 14th, 2013


Clever, witty and enjoyable






1 SHIPPING transport – sounds like SIPPING (after a few)

5 SPLASH much rain ALPS< (mountains to the west) SH[owers]

10 EVADE skirt round A D[erriere] in EVE temptress

11 WHOLEMEAL bread MOLE spy HEEL end of loaf (Spoonered)

12 GUINEVERE King Arthur’s wife IN (at home) EVER (always) in GUE[sts]

13 COMBO band COMB (skiffle item with paper) O (old)

14 WAIVER surrender I in WAVER (tremble)

15 POT LUCK taken in hope OT (scripture) in PLUCK (courage)

18 CHESTER see – diocese ST (saint) in CHEER (acclaim)

20 MAENAD frenzied woman (&lit) ENA woman in MAD frenzied

22 TEMPO speed TEMP (stand-in employee) O[ffice]

24 SALOON BAR drinking area SAL girl O ON (nothing on) BAR ban

25 REPLICATE copy REP corded cloth CAT (animal) in LIE (story)

26 PATCH mend C[inema] in PATH pavement

27 EVENTS competitions E electronic VENTS outlets

28 DECLARED asserted E eastern CLARE girl in D[a]D (heartless father)


1 SLEIGH vehicle SLEIGH[t] (dexterity for the most part)

2 INANIMATE lacking in spirit ANI (ego) in INMATE (prisoner)


4 NEW YEAR when revellers turn out WYE (river) in NEAR (close)


7 ABEAM across ship AB (sailor) E (energy) AM (morning0

8 HILLOCKS raised lumps ILL bad in HOCKS joints

9 BO-PEEP agricultural girl PEE (accident) in BOP (dance)

16 ULAN BATOR capital of Mongolia (URBAN LOT A)*

17 SCOT FREE totally exempt (COST)* (could be)

19 RASCAL no-good person hidden in [sand]RAS CAL[lous]

20 MALTESE islander MALT whisky E[xport] S[ome] E[verywhere]

21 ORCHID plant ORC monster HID concealed

23 MAPLE tree AMPLE (wide) with M (maiden) moving to the top

( )* = anagram    [ ] = omit    < = reverse

2 Responses to “Financial Times 14,237 by Bradman”

  1. Pelham Barton says:

    Thanks Bradman for an enjoyable puzzle and Jed for the blog.

    12ac: I am not sure I would spell this confidently without help – the precise wordplay left no doubt.

    19dn: Not just hidden, but hidden centrally (in terms of letter count), as precisely indicated by “at heart”.

  2. Sil van den Hoek says:

    Enjoyed this crossword very much.
    There is so much right about it.
    As always great surfaces, wit (1ac, 9d), cleverness (20ac).
    And above all, it’s very precise.

    Perhaps, I will vote for this crossword to be my FT CoM.

    Only one serious comment so far, which I find quite out of proportion compared to what is happening at “other places”.

    This puzzle is, in my opinion, sheer quality.

    Thanks Jed for blogging and Don for another well-appreciated puzzle.

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