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Financial Times 13,039 / Armonie

Posted by Agentzero on March 31st, 2009

Agentzero.

Apologies for the late-ish blog.  I was hoping to do this last night before going to bed but the puzzle was not posted on the website at the usual time.

Across
1 FAREWELL FARE (food) + WELL (good)
5 USURER USURPER minus the “p”
9 DECADENT AD (publicity) has DECENT (suitable) without
10 HOLMES L (sinister, the Latin word) in HOMES
12 RAISE CAIN dd
13 NADIR *(DRAIN)
14 FLEE L (sovereign as in pound) in FEE (charge)
16 GARBAGE B (bishop) in GARAGE (lockup)
19 REIGNED RESIGNED (stoical) minus the S.  “Holy man” in puzzles more commonly denotes ST
21 MOLE dd
24 GUSTO hidden in anGUS TOuchily
25 RESONANCE *(ON A SCREEN)
27 EGRESS [r]EGRESS
28 MANGROVE MAN (island) + GROVE (plantation)
29 THEBES THE (article) + BES[t] (chief) Unbeknownst to me, there was an Egyptian Thebes in addition to the more well-known Grecian one
30 AESTHETE *(ATE THESE)
 
Down
1 FEDORA O (old) RA (artist) under (“bearing up”) FED (ate)
2 RECOIL RE (touching) + SNAKE (coil)
3 WEDGE WED (join) GE (earth goddess) Ge, also spelled Gaea, was the mother of Cronus and the Titans in Greek mythology
4 LINEAGE LINE (row) AGE (a long period)
6 SCOUNDREL *(DON ULCERS)
7 REMEDIAL R.E. (Royal Engineer) M.E. (Mechanical Engineer) DIAL (call up)
8 RESERVED R.E. again (this time identified as a “soldier”) SERVED (made do)
11 SNUG Reversal of GUNS.  The lion who is not in fact a lion in Midsummer’s Night Dream
15 LANGOUSTE G (good) OUST (throw out) in LANE (alley)
17 FRAGMENT RAG (ridicule) MEN (people) in FT
18 DIES IRAE *(I DESIRE A)
20 DIRK D (penny, formerly) IRK (trouble)
21 MISTAKE IST (first) in MAKE (model)
22 INCOME IN + COME (advance)
23 DELETE LET (as in “without let or hindrance”) in DEE (surely the most common crossword river)
26 NIGHT homophone of KNIGHT (cavalier)

2 Responses to “Financial Times 13,039 / Armonie”

  1. Geoff Moss says:

    Hi Agentzero
    7d – Your parsing works but it could also be REME (Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers). This would avoid the use of RE in consecutive clues.

  2. Agentzero says:

    Thanks, Geoff, I wasn’t aware of that abbreviation. No doubt that was what was meant.

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