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Financial Times 14,262 by Bradman

Posted by Jed on March 15th, 2013


Ingenious stuff – well worth a try






7 UNDER WAY progressing (humourous dd)

8 VIVACE lively (music) VI (little female) V (very) ACE (very good performer)

11 BASIC &Lit (ABC IS)*

12 NO CONTEST one-sided fight CONTE (old boxer) [senseless]S in NOT

13 REALIST one who doesn’t fantasise ER< (hesitate about) A-LIST (celebs)

14 TAPIOCA food I PA (one old man) in A COT (a bed)< (all rejected)


18 NAIROBI African city (RAIN)* OBI (witchcraft)

20 ORTOLAN bunting O[ur hospita]L in OR (yellow) TAN (brown)

22 HOI POLLOI vulgar rabble I POLL (I vote) in [r]OO[m] all in [t]HI[s]

23 STEAL bargain E[vening] in STAL[l] (stand running short)

24 RIALTO famous city district hidden in [mate]RIAL TO[urists]

25 STARLETS actresses for minor roles LE (the French) in STARTS (begins)


1 NUMBER CRUNCHER &Lit (ME BURN)* cruncher anagram indicator

2 ODESSA Ukrainian city ODES (poetic pieces) SA (sex appeal)

3 FRICTION disagreement R (resistance) in FICTION (story)

4 MAGNETIC FIELD cryptic definition

5 KIDNAP abduct KID (small child) NAP (sleep)

6 CAREWORN stressed-out ROWER< (oarsman thrown up)


10 ECOTERRORISTS extreme Greenpeace types (ESCORT RIOTERS)*

16 CLINICAL detached CL (class) IN (elected) I CAL[l] (term almost)

17 ARTISTRY skill [ve]R[se] (ITS)* in A TRY (an attempt)

19 OPORTO Portugese city OP (work) OR (men – other ranks) TO

21 LIEDER German songs LIE (story) DER (the in German)

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

6 Responses to “Financial Times 14,262 by Bradman”

  1. Rowland says:

    Good stuff, very succinct. Enjoyed in particular 1 down, plus ‘racing certainty’.

    Cheers to Bradman and Jed


  2. Ferret says:

    Thanks to setter and blogger

    I think 8a reads better as VIV+ACE ?

  3. jmac says:

    Lovely puzzle. I read 8ac as Jed.

  4. ernie says:

    I read 8a as Ferret did.
    Viv being short for Vivien plus ace (performer who is very good).

    Otherwise v for very is out of place.

    Thanks for the blog, Jed.

  5. StuM says:

    Re 12ac: is ‘old boxer’ referring to John Conteh? What happens to the H?

  6. Bradman says:

    What indeed? Let’s say ‘boxer almost’. Sorry!

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