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Financial Times 13,005 / Cincinnus

Posted by Gaufrid on February 19th, 2009

Gaufrid.

A relatively gentle stroll today but a very pleasant one due to the excellent surface of the clues. I had to smile at some of the clues, for example 14a, 25a and 11d though I did think that 8d might have been better without ‘primarily’.
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Across
1 ANACONDA  homophone of ‘anna’ (girl) ‘conned’ (took in) A
5 SWEARS  S (lead in spectator) WEARS (sports)
9 ESTIMATE  *(TEATIMES)
10 LESSEE  LESS (smaller amount) EE (mid-week)
12 STEER  dd
13 EDINBURGH  B (born) in *(HIRED GUN)
14 DREAMY  dd
16 SIDECAR  [o]S[r]I[c] (Osric ignoring the odds) RACED (hurried) reversed
18 OPPOSED  O (old) P (party leader) POSED (sat for artist)
20 CANOPY  CA (California) OP (work) in NY (New York)
22 BUFFALOES  BUFF (polish) ALOES (plants)
23 BRICK  dd
24 ATHENS  A (Albanian capital) THEN (followed by) S (Serbian capital)
25 MINISTRY  MINIS (short skirts) TRY (test)
26 SATIRE  R (end of summer) in SATIE (composer)
27 PREPARED  dd

Down
1 AVERSE  A VERSE (one part of Chapter)
2 AT THE DROP OF A HAT  *(FATER HAD POTATO)
3 ORMER  [d]ORMER (window not initially)
4 DITHERY  DIaRY (journal) with ‘a’ (article) changed to THE (definite)
6 WIESBADEN  WI (group of women) *(SEE BAND)
7 ABSTRACT PAINTER  ABSTRACT (take out) PA (old man) INTER (bury)
8 SHEPHERD  SHE (female) PH (public house primarily) E (mile end) RD (road)
11 HISS  hidden in ‘cottonmoutH IS Sibilant’ and dd
15 ABSTAINER  *(SEAT IN BAR)
17 TOP BRASS  POT (prize) reversed BRASS (money)
19 DROP  dd
20 CASHIER  dd
21 OKAYED  KAY (girl) in OED (dictionary)
23 BLIMP  becomes ‘blip’ (dot on radar) if M (miles) is removed

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