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Financial Times 13,064 / Adamant

Posted by smiffy on April 30th, 2009

smiffy.

I couldn’t spot anything here that required more than a cursory explanation, but please leave a message after the tone if you disagree…..beep….

Across
1 EARTHQUAKE – (heart)* + quake
7 CUFF – double def’n
9 DATA – (a tad)<
10 EAR TRUMPET – ear + p in (mutter)
11 JERKIN – jerk + in
12 PASTICHE – (it’s cheap)*
13 DRY CLEAN – i.e. the opposite of wet/dirty
15 SORT – (rots)*
17 THIS – t+ his
19 HONORARY – Hon. + O + (arry)*
22 IMPETIGO – I + (MEP)* + (I got)*
23 IMMUNE – I’m + (menu)*
25 ATMOSPHERE – double def’n.  Gratuitious  80′s pop culture link of the day available here
26 FLOP – F + l[ambasted] +  Op
27 URGE – hidden (four letters in a 16 letter string!)
28 CONSTRAINT – (non racist)* + t

Down
2 AMATEUR – a + (mature)*
3 TRACK – double def’n
4 QUEEN BEE – cryptic/pun
5 A DROP IN THE OCEAN – an unusual clue in that it doesn’t contain a definition, but merely a literal alternative.
6 EGRESS – (serge)< + s. A word that was misused with much success by PT Barnum in the pre-crossword era.
7 COMMISSAR – (OM +miss) in car
8 FRESHER – double def’n
14 CASSEROLE – (cases)* + role
16 INCIDENT – (dice)* in inn + t
18 HAMSTER – (the arms)*
20 RUN DOWN – double def’n
21 HIPPIC – hip + pic
24 MAFIA – (fa in aim) <

3 Responses to “Financial Times 13,064 / Adamant”

  1. C.G. Rishikesh says:

    Smiffy,
    Re 5dn: I have occasionally used this kind of clue giving a literal alternative but always adding … Not exactly!
    With all humility,
    Rishi

  2. Agentzero says:

    Hi Smiffy

    13ac made me laugh and was my favorite clue in the puzzle.

    On the other hand, there were three clues that I had a quibble with, on the grounds that they contained words that were unnecessary to, or did not quite fit with, the clue’s cryptic reading:
    10ac: “who might”
    19ac “Does” at the beginning of the clue, before the definition
    27ac This is a slightly different issue, but I think the fodder for a hidden clue shouldn’t include a word that does not contain any part of the answer (here, “research”)

    In 10ac, apparently “about” is being relied on both to indicate that “mutter” is being anagrammed and that the anagram surrounds P (for parking).

    In 19ac, it’s unclear whether “out” or “perhaps” is the anagram indicator for ARRY. Whichever it is, the other is unnecessary.

  3. C.G. Rishikesh says:

    27d: I didn’t solve this clue but after reading your blog I wondered what that 15-letter string was that contained the four-letter word (like, for instance, Oslo in Czechoslovakia, you know). Unfortunately I find that the hidden fodder has an extra word.

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