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Financial Times 12494/Crux – Not quite an 1A 27A.

Posted by neildubya on June 26th, 2007

neildubya.

Another FT, another new name for me. I really enjoyed this one – lots of excellent clues and just the right amount of difficulty.

Across
1 (PUT ONE’S HAND)* – nice anagram and a smooth-reading clue.
9 THE,TA
13 (THOSE AT)*
18 initial letters of “State Promise Usual Rubbish” – and another good surface reading.
20 SEEKING – “sea king”. I think this is right but I’m not 100% convinced. If it is right then would this count as an indirect homophone I wonder?
23 R(ic)H,ONE – the “banks” gag is a bit of an old chestnut but I liked this clue, probably because the surface reading (“Extremely rich individual with banks in Switzerland“) is so convincing.
26 AMEN,I,TIES
27 (LOVES)*
29 (A LIMITED ONE)*
 
Down
2 (TOY THE O E)* – EYE TOOTH. Nice bit of deception here. “Canine” and “old English” both make you think of dogs.
4 D,RAG OUT
6 (TO BE LAIRD)* – TIDAL BORE. I’d never heard this phrase before but the definition (“kind of swell”) led me to TIDAL which left E,R,O and B in the anagram fodder so it was either TIDAL ROBE (hmmm) or TIDAL BORE and I went for the latter. They’re actually quite interesting.
7 BANG ON – a favourite phrase of mine in the “talk at length” sense so I was pleased to see it in a puzzle.
14 EUPHEMISM – the clue itself being an example of one.
16 (SAID)*,BLED
17 EGGSHELL – I was expecting (eggspecting – ha ha) the clue to have a question mark since it is a pun on “layers” for hens.
20 SIGN,SON
22 K.O,PECK – of which there are 100 in a ruble (rouble?).

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