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FT 12,804/Orense – Twin Shocks

Posted by smiffy on June 26th, 2008

smiffy.

In the interests of timely publication, I’ve kept annotations to a minimum today.  Nothing too untoward here, although the repeated use of “shock”=hair seems a touch gratuitous, and a couple of the single letter/abbreviation indicators are in questionable territory.

Across
1 BO(TT)LE
5 SCHOONER – double def’n, although I tend to think of a schooner glass rather than bottle.
9 OPERETTA – (a tree top)*
10 BEAK,ER
12 PHYSIC[-s],A,L
14 HAIR OF THE DOG – “setter” and “shock” are both stalwart cryptic indicators, and probably instantly familiar to seasoned solvers.
18 C,LOSING TIMES – “Copyright”=c is my bone of contention here. Isn’t that the slippery slope towards “Dollar”=$=s or “At”=@=a…?
22 WASHED UP – literally and figuratively.
25 BRA,N(D)Y
26 GO,B,LET
27 TUMB(L)ERS – (best rum)*.  Again “port”=left=L strikes me as tenuous.  Although, maybe no more so than the more readily accepted “student”=L in 12Ac?
28 EGG TIMER – (get grime)* and an &lit, thanks to the phrasing as a question.

Down
2 OP,POSE
3 TAR, NISHES – (shines)*
5 SHAM,POO – cryptic def’n, albeit telegraphed by “shock”.
6 HOB,B[-adl]Y
7 OK,A,PI
8 ELEVATOR – (leaver to)*.  A seamless join between anagrind and anagram fodder.
15 TIME BOMBS
16 EN,SNARLED
19 I(C)E – a nice idea, but probably not quite an &lit this time.
21A,D,ORES
23 HE,LOT
24 DA(T.U.)M

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