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Financial Times 12476/Highlander – Gentle start

Posted by neildubya on June 5th, 2007

neildubya.

We start our FT blogging with a nice and easy puzzle from Highlander. I’m not the world’s quickest solver but I think I managed this in something like 7-8 minutes. I haven’t commented on many clues as most of them are self-explanatory.

Across
4 R in SPOUT
8 (ENTER)*,A,L
11 BROAD’S,WORD
12 TAN,GO – “get Brown to leave” is another way of saying “Tan – go!”
18 NO(t)MAD
21 (SOAPS ELDER)* – well, you learn something every day. I filled in LEOPARDESS immediately but it seemed odd that it was defined as “panther’s mate” – I thought a leopard and panther were completely different things. Turns out, that a panther is just another for leopard, especially a black one, although in the US it’s a puma or jaguar.
23 FO,(AGILE)* – the definition (“leaves”) is nicely disguised and I liked the wordplay but the surface reading is a bit unconvincing – why would leaving the Foreign Office make you agile?
24 (DIGS TIN)*
26 IN,FAN,T
 
Down
2 (TRAINER)*
3 TOADS,LOOT (going up)
7 T,RA,VERSED – if you’re “experienced”, you might say you’re well versed.
10 A in (LOCATION)*
13 THRESH,OLD
17 I’M< in CHEST
19 MADE,IRA
21 LA,GER – “the French” is almost always going to be either LE or LA.
22 SIGHT – “site”

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