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Financial Times 12,907 by Viking

Posted by Gaufrid on October 24th, 2008

Gaufrid.

It doesn’t look as if Smiffy is going to be able to join us today. He must be otherwise occupied, or his pc has crashed, so here is a brief analysis of today’s puzzle. In the interest of saving time (I want to get on with the Listener) there is no elaboration but if anything is unclear raise it in a comment and I will respond.
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Across
1 HECTORS  *(TORE SCH[ool])
5 BUFFOON  BUFF O ON
9 NASAL  hidden in ‘prisoN AS ALarm’
10 ISOLATING  *(ALTO) in I SING
11 SHORT FUSE  SHORT F USE
12 TONNE  N in TONE
13 PROMO  PRO MO
15 ALLERGIST  cd – only entered after dermatologist wouldn’t fit!
18 SOLICITOR  SOL[eil] ICI TO R[edden] – ‘soleil ici’ = ‘sun here’ in French
19 RADAR  cd
21 RIDGE  [f]RIDGE
23 CONTRALTO  A LT in CONTRO[l]
25 APARTMENT  ART MEN in APT
26 UMBRA  UMBR[i]A
27 SEALANT  A LAN[e] in SET
28 ELEMENT  EL EM EN T[hat]

Down
1 HANDS UP  AND in PUSH reversed
2 CASTOR OIL  *(ROAST) in COIL
3 OWLET  alternate letters in ‘fOx WiLl EaT’
4 STIMULANT  ALUM reversed in STINT
5 BROKE  BROKE[r]
6 FLATTERER  LATTER in REF reversed
7 ORION  RIO in ON
8 NEGLECT  dd
14 ORCHESTRA  *(HORSE CART)
16 LORGNETTE  L *(GET TENOR)
17 INDELIBLE  DELI in *(BE[r]LIN)
18 SURPASS  *(AS SPURS)
20 RIOT ACT  *([d]ICTATOR)
22 DIANA  NA in AID reversed
23 CLEFT  C LEFT
24 ROUTE  homophone of ‘root’

3 Responses to “Financial Times 12,907 by Viking”

  1. nmsindy says:

    Excellent puzzle, tough to break into, then solving sped up as I got going. Agree with all the explanations above – O perhaps in 28 across = Oxygen (an element with symbol O)if I’ve read it right. Very imaginative idea, that.

  2. Gaufrid says:

    Yes, I noted it that way. O immediately follows LMN and is also the chemical symbol for the element oxygen. As you say, a very clever clue.

    Had I been preparing a full blog this would have been have been explained.

    PS Thanks for the comment, you have just made me realise that, in my haste, I didn’t give the full breakdown for this clue. I will now rectify this.

  3. Bradman says:

    I don’t get to solve my colleagues’ FT puzzles very often — but I loved this one. Whisked through it quickly but paused several times to admire good ways of handling dull words (eg NASAL). Thanks Viking!

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