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Financial Times 14,297 by Bradman

Posted by Jed on April 26th, 2013


An enjoyable solve






1 PERICOPE a few words of Scripture

PER (one) I (in) COPE (priestly garment)

5 IAMBUS part of poem 1am transport

10 CONKING hitting on head – presume reference to Emperor’s New Clothes CON KING – although it was an emperor who was conned by two weavers

11 INDIANA Jones IN (at home) DIANA (moon goddess)

12 LAIRD landowner I (one) in LARD (fat)

13 OVERTAKEN passed OVERT (obvious) A KEN (little man)

14 BE OFF WITH YOU go away O (nothing) in (WE BIFF YOUTH)*

18 PLEASANTRIES polite conversation

PLEAS (requests) [m]AN (chap losing maiden) TRIES (attempts)

21 LANDSLIDE big electoral victory

LAND (country) SLIDE (go?/going? downhill)

23 CLONE person resembling someone else CL (class) ONE

24 ALL OVER entirely finished – re Geoff Hurst in 1966 World Cup

25 GRANDMA relation GRANDMA[ster] chess champ minus (REST)*

26 ENSURE guarantee [c]ENSURE (reprimand)

27 WRETCHED unhappy RETCH (sign of being sick) in WED (spouse)


1 PICKLE preserve PICK (the best) L (left) [wors]E

2 RANCID sour RAN (acted as) CID (police organisation)

3 CHILDLESS &lit (tot – child)

4 PIGEON-FANCIERS (homer – homing pigeon)

6 AUDIT financial investigation A U (university) [ha]D IT

7 BLACK EYE result of fight LACKEY (servant) in BE

8 STANNOUS of bivalent tin (ANTS)* NOUS (common sense)


15 TRENCHANT keen [ba]R in TEN (number) CHANT (sing)

16 SPILLAGE something wasted S (second) PILLAGE (sack)

17 REYNOLDS Sir Joshua (LORD YEARNS)* minus RA

19 HOWDAH seat on elephant (WHO HAD)*

20 REPAID returned REP (theatre) AID (help)

22 SEVER divorce [bitternes]S EVER (always)

( )* = anagram    [ ] = omit

4 Responses to “Financial Times 14,297 by Bradman”

  1. Muffyword says:

    RE 1 ac PERICOPE – isn’t this I = one in a (PER) priestly garment (COPE)?

    I agree that an emperor is different from a KING!

  2. Rowland says:

    Nice solve – good tught clues!!


  3. Thomas99 says:

    Re 10a – But the song goes “The King is in the altogether…” surely? It seems Andersen wrote Emperor (“Kejseren”) but his source was about a King. (Courtesy of wikipedia)

  4. Muffyword says:

    Thanks Thomas99@3,

    I withdraw my objection!

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