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FT 12,964/Falcon

Posted by smiffy on January 2nd, 2009

smiffy.

A fairly gentle pipe-opener to start the year off here. Despite an easy solve, I haven’t fathomed the wordplay behind 5D yet and am clutching at straws somewhat on 13A.

Across
1RE,FORM
4 DOG,MAT,ICĀ  – “Coaster”= (drink) mat, probably depending on which socio-economic environment you are quaffing in.
10 CONGE(NI)AL – I loved the piquant surface here: “Like-minded set found around Ulster?”. The question mark is probably not necessary, but to the reading.
11 IDIOT – (I do it)*. A hyper-transparent anagram.
12 DAT,A – A tad (rev).
13 LEG,A,L,EAGLE – I don’t fully see the “standard”= Eagle idea. Must be related to flags in some way. Edit:It’s a military thing, thanks Geoff.
15 L(EOP)ARD – Another tidy surface reading. Re: E.A. Poe.
16 STA(I)RS
19 ASY,LUM – (say)*. Lum is a chimney in Scottish. As in the tiding “Lang may yer lum reek”.
21 LIN(ACR)E – One of the more obscure coleges at Oxford, I’d hazard.
23 ALL HALLOWS – (shall allow)*. Again, a bit of a beginner-level anagram.
25 DE(A)N
27 T,RACE
28 SOUBRETTE – (stout beer)*. According to the online dictionary I referred to, soubrettes tended as a rule to be pert an/or flirtatious.
29 PITS,TOPS
30 OBE,R,ON

Down
1 ROCHDALE – The only thing I know about the town is that their football team holds the dubious distinction of having taken up near permanent residence in the bottom division of the league (30-odd years and counting..)
2 FUNCTIONS – double def’n.
3 REEL – homophone of “real”.
5 ORLEANS – AN in ORLES (the sides of a shield in heraldry) Again, thanks Geoff.
6 MAIDEN AUNT – a in (Man United)*
7 THIN,G
8 C,UTTER
9 BI(G EN)D – The phrase “Your big end’s gone, mate” being one of the more lucrative ones at a mechanic’s disposal.
14 PAR(LIAM)ENT
17 ROCHESTER – “crest hero)*. Reader, she married him.
18 SE(A,N B)EAN – with. Possibly to only man alive whose name looks like it should rhyme but doesn’t.
20 MILKS,OP
22 LAP,TO,P
24 L(E)AST
26 CRIB – initial letters. As in to crib exam notes.

2 Responses to “FT 12,964/Falcon”

  1. Geoff Moss says:

    Hi Smiffy
    13a an ‘eagle’ is a military standard carrying the figure of an eagle

    5d AN (one) in ORLES (borders, on a shield)

    19a a ‘lum’ is also a chimney-pot hat according to Chambers

  2. smiffy says:

    Thanks Gaufrid, I’ll update pronto.

    I did try to justify “An in Orles”, but the only definition of the latter I found online suggested that it was a crest rather than a shield. I wish Santa had brought me a 2nd copy of Chambers for the office..

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