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Financial Times 13,001 by Gozo

Posted by Pete Maclean on February 26th, 2009

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Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of February 14

I don’t recall coming across Gozo before. I liked having a different sort of puzzle for a change but the nature of it made it unusually easy — I probably finished it in record time. All the across clues are straight paired anagrams, so need no explanations.

Across
1. FRANCESCA
6. CALEB
9. ROBIN
10 ANASTASIA
11. MARGUERITE
12. JACK
14. GERAINT
15. DEIRDRE
17. ELSPETH
19. ANEURIN
20. SEAN
22. CLEMENTINE
25. ALEXANDER
26. OLIVE
27. SADIE
28. SYLVESTER

Down
1. FORUM – [j]U[ly] in FORM (class)
2. AMBERGRIS – BERG (shipping hazard) + R (right) in MIS[t] (unending fog)
3. CONCUBINES – CU (copper) + BIN (stand) in CONES (pyramids). I could quibble that, while similar, cones and pyramids are distinct enough that one should not be used to clue the other.
4. SEA-FRET – anagram of TEES FAR. “Fret”, in this sense, is new to me.
5. ADAPTED – ADA (girl) + PTED (did some gym apparently)
6. CUTE – double definition
7. LASSA – initial letters
8. BLACK BEAN – anagram of BANK CALEB
13. PIGEONHOLE – double definition
14. GREY SEALS – GREYS (dragoon) + EALS (“heals”)
16. DARWINIST – anagram of WAS IN DIRT
18. HALIDES – anagram of ISLE HAD
19. ADMIRAL – RIM (edge) in LADA (car) all backwards
21. AMEND – MEN (loo) in AD (notice)
23. EMEER – ME (me) in EER (always)
24. FARE – homophone (“fair”)

3 Responses to “Financial Times 13,001 by Gozo”

  1. John in USA says:

    3D How does ‘stand’ give BIN? There seems to be no overlap between the dictionary definitions in Collins.

  2. Geoff Moss says:

    John
    From Chambers: bin – a stand or case with compartments in which to store bottled wine in a wine cellar.

  3. Pete Maclean says:

    The clue led me to think of an umbrella stand which, generically, is more of a bin.

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