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Financial Times 13,074 / Armonie

Posted by Agentzero on May 12th, 2009


What a pleasant, if not difficult, solve.  No complaints here! 

1 STIMULATION T (time) in SIMULATION (replicated environment) 
7 CUP C (about) UP (finished)
9 SCOFF SC (special constable) OFF (turned, in the sense of food going bad)
10 IMPORTUNE IMPORT (bring in) UNE (a, French)
12 ADOBE AD (notice) OBE (decoration)
13 SLEIGHT homophone of SLIGHT
15 SHIP S (Bob, as in shilling) HIP (joint)
18 FARO FAR (extremely) O (old)
20 CONCEDE N CE (new church) in CODE (regulations)
23 ADORE AD (hoarding) ORE (foreign coin)
27 DROWN R (Romeo) in DOWN (drink)
28 RAT R (monarch) A T (a kind of bone).  “Defect” as a verb.
1 SUSPENSE US (American) P (president) in SENSE (appreciate)
2 IDOLATER I D (figure, as in Roman numeral) O (out) LATER (in time, as in “don’t bother me, I’ll get it done in time”)
3 UNFIT F (fellow) in UNIT (detachment)
4 ALIMENT LIME (fruit) in ANT (social worker).  This word was clued as an anagram in the Guardian a few days ago
6 NARRATION ARR (arrival) in NATION (people)
7 COUPON COUP (masterstroke) ON (feasible) I liked this one
8 PEELER dd, from the old nickname for a policeman derived from the name of Robert Peel
14 GRAPESEED APES (primates) in GREED (longing)
16 SEA TROUT SEAT (cause) ROUT (defeat)
17 RENOWNED RE (soldiers) N (Norway) OWNED (retained)
19 ORLEANS O R (operational research) LEANS (banks)
20 CART OFF CAR (vehicle) TOFF (swell)
21 PANDER AND (a joiner) in PER (person)
22 CORSET COR (French horn) SET (collection)
25 HEDGE H (hard) EDGE (trim)

5 Responses to “Financial Times 13,074 / Armonie”

  1. nmsindy says:

    Pleasing puzzle, as you say. Not quite sure, but wonder if in 2 down ‘figure out’ = ‘do’

  2. Agentzero says:

    Nmsindy, I thought about that as well, having in mind phrases like “figure out the puzzle.” But I ultimately thought that in those contexts “do” really just means “complete.” Chambers has “complete” among the definitions of “do,” but nothing more closely approximating “figure out.”

  3. Gaufrid says:

    Hi Agentzero
    Sorry, but I have to agree with Nmsindy on 2d. I also parsed it as ‘do’. None of the standard references support o=out (not even in cricket terms because o=overs). However, one of the definitions for ‘do’ in Collins is “to find an answer to (a problem or puzzle)” which surely equates to ‘figure out’.

  4. Agentzero says:

    Thanks, Gaufrid. I only have Chambers, not Collins–this must be one of those occasions where they differ–but based on your quoted definition I am sure you are right.

  5. John in USA says:

    16D Why SEAT = cause? I see no overlap in the definitions in Collins. Otherwise I found this puzzle unproblematic.

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