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Financial Times 13,017 / Falcon

Posted by Gaufrid on March 5th, 2009

Gaufrid.

A gentle mental workout today with nothing too difficult though the proverb at 14,18 is probably not one of the most well-known. 29a was nicely misleading and had me trying to think of a homophone of ‘Quito’ for a (very) short while.
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Across
1 ISABEL  IS AB (sailor) EL (the, in Spanish)
5 IMPUDENT  IMP (devil) [st]UDENT (undergraduate throwing stone)
9 SWEETSOP  SWEETS[h]OP (husband leaving place selling confectionary)
10 RENOWN  E (east) in RN (our sailors) OWN (have)
11 FERRET  RR (bishop) in FEET (walkers)
12 RANDOLPH  *(ARNOLD) PH (public house) – Thomas Randolph, 17th century English poet
14,18 HANDSOME IS AS HANDSOME DOES  HANDSOME (striking) I (one) SAS HANDSOME (good-looking) DOES (females)
22 TARTUFFE  TAR (sailor) TUFFE[t] (footstool briefly)
25 SALLOW  ALL (everything) in SOW (pig)
26 BANNER  dd
27 NOISETTE  SETT (badger’s earth) in *(ONE I)
28 MENSWEAR  MEN (husbands) SWEAR (use four letter words)
29 ESTATE  E (Ecuador’s capital) STATE (say)

Down
2 SAW RED  *(WADERS)
3 BEE ORCHID  OR (soldiers) in BEECH (tree) I (one) [almon]D
4,5 LAST TANGO IN PARIS  d&cd
6 PERON  *(PRONE)
7 DINGO  DIN (row) GO (shot)
8 NEWSPEAK  NEWS (noteworthy information) PEAK (summit)
13 DEE  DEE[p] (far from shallow for the most part)
15 MOONSHINE  dd
16 INSOLVENT  V[odka] in INSOLENT (rude)
17 CARAPACE  CAR (vehicle) APACE (quickly)
19 SOU  SOU[p] (starter not quite)
20 ELEANOR  *(ONE REAL)
21 TOMTIT  M[illet] in TOT (young child) IT
23 TUNIS  I (one) in TUNS (casks)
24 FORTE  T[sunami] in FORE (warning)

2 Responses to “Financial Times 13,017 / Falcon”

  1. Eileen says:

    Hi Gaufrid – thanks for the blog.

    As you say, nothing too taxing. I think the ‘proverb’ [I'd call it more of a saying - it's not particularly profound] is reasonably well-known but I wasn’t very impressed by the clue. In a long answer like this, it’s usual to have some elaborate wordplay: to clue ‘handsome’ as ‘striking’ and then ‘good-looking’, with SAS already supplied, is rather weak, I thought.

    However, there were some nice surfaces: 1, 28, 29ac, 16dn.

    Just one more niggle, re 5ac: there are postgraduate students, too.

  2. C.G. Rishikesh says:

    I too think the proverb is well-known. I don’t remember in which context but just a few days ago this came to my mind.

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