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Financial Times 13,056 / Armonie

Posted by Agentzero on April 21st, 2009

Agentzero.

Another smooth, cleanly-clued puzzle from Armonie.  I am a big fan of concise clues, and the brevity of these clues is impressive; I make it an average of exactly five words.

Across
1 REPRESENT REP (theatre company) RESENT (dislike)
6 BASIS I (interest) in BASS (deep)
9 NOISE N (northern) OISE (French river)
10 FLAGSTONE FLAGS (notes) TONE (quality)
11 ELASTICITY LAST (survive) I (independence) in E (eastern) CITY (metropolis)
12 FELL dd
14 ENDURES END (kill) URE (river) S (salmon, initially) I thought this was a nice surface
15 ROOSTER ROSTER (roll) with O (nothing) in it: I slowed myself down by putting ROASTER in here for some reason
17 CURATOR RAT[e] (price, cut) in CU (copper) and OR (gold)
19 DEFIANT *(FAINTED)
20 ACRE R (king) in ACE (champion)
22 JUST AS WELL JUST (only) A + SWELL (balloon)
25 TENTATIVE TENT (shelter) AT [h]IVE (bee’s home)
26 ARSON *(NORA’S)
27 DWELL D (500 and therefore “many”) WELL (fit)
28 EAST ENDER E (ecstasy) AS (since) TENDER (offer)
 
Down
1 RANGE hidden in HonduRAN GEneral
2 PHILANDER PHIL (Prince Philip) AND ER (his queen).  This was amusing
3 ELECTORATE E (English) LECTOR (reader) ATE (fed)
4 EFFECTS EFFECT (achieve) + S (second)
5 TRACTOR TRACT (leaflet) on OR (alternative)
6 BUST dd
7 SWORE SORE (angry) around W (wicket)
8 SMELL A RAT *(LETS ALARM)
13 CONFISCATE *(TONIC CAFE’S)
14 ENCHANTED *(AND THENCE)
16 TRAVERSED TRA (ART reversed) VERSED (practised).  Negotiated as in “negotiated difficult terrain”
18 ROUTINE IN (popular) in ROUTE (a way)
19 DITHERS DI (detective inspector) TS (Eliot) holding HER.  The term always reminds me of my favourite DI, Helen Mirren
21 RINSE N (nationalist) in RISE (revolt)
23 LINER LINE (queue) on R (river)
24 CALL C (“charlie” in the NATO phonetic alphabet) ALL (full)

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