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Financial Times 13,089 / Sleuth

Posted by shuchi on May 29th, 2009

shuchi.

A generous helping of long anagrams and letter picking clues in this puzzle. There is also a ‘dense’ mini-theme going on (7D, 8D, 9D).

Good stuff overall except that the clue surfaces felt strained in a few places.

Across

1 PRESENCE OF MIND (DEFINES PM ONCE)* around R
10 TEXAN TAN (curry, as in thrash) around EX. Still puzzling over the c/c indicator – doesn’t ‘tucked into by’ imply EX around TAN, not TAN around EX?
11 GALVANISE GALE (outburst) around VAN (leading lot) IS
12 POMPEII POM (Englishman) PE II (two from Rome). ‘pom’ was a new word for me.
13 TACITLY (LAST CITY)* – S. I thought of ‘cattily’ first and was amused with the euphemistic definition.
14 DISCO hidden in ‘ScotlanD IS COstly’
16 EMACIATED DETAI(-l) (military party, almost) CAME (turned out), reversed together.
19 BACKWATER (TRACK WEB)* about A
20 EAT UP (-s)EAT (chair without head) UP (at college)
22 MUDFLAT MD (leader of company) around U (posh) FLAT (property)
25 EPSTEIN EP (record) (SET IN)* &lit. Not a sculptor I’m familiar with, Wikipedia helped me here.
27 ABOMINATE sounds like ‘a bomb in eight’ Nice clue (though when I pronounce ‘bomb’ in my Indian accent the second B is not silent!)
28 SCONE S (second) CONE (figure)
29 THE ENTERTAINER (A TEEN THIRTEEN)* R

Down

2 ROXY MUSIC (US MIX CRY)* around O
3 SINGE hidden in ‘householderS IN GEneral’
4 NEGLIGENT charade of N (note), E(G)LI (priest inhibiting good), GENT (fellow)
5 EILAT charade of LIE reversed A(-bou)T. Interesting indicators here – ‘promoted’ for reversal and ‘island’ for deleting the insides. Update: Gaufrid shows  a simpler reading of the clue – I (island) in TALE (story) reversed.
6 FRANCHISE F (fine) RANCH (farm) IS E (beginning to ‘enjoy’)
7 IDIOT (-a)ID IOT(-a)
8 DOE-EYED DO before E(EYE)D
9 STUPID (DISPUTE)* – E
15 ORWELLIAN (ROLE IN LAW)* Eric Arthur Blair = George Orwell’s real name
17 AGREEMENT ME (Sleuth) in A GREEN (new) T(-ie)
18 TO THE FORE sounds like ‘To The Four’. Liked this.
19 BOMBAST MB (doctor) in BOAST (boast). Neat use of ‘stops’.
21 PINTER POINTER (dog) – O (ball). The last I entered into the grid. Ref. to Harold Pinter, playwright.
23 DRONE DONE (finished) around R (middle of ‘afteRnoon’)
24 TRADE Alternate letters from ‘sToRe AiD nEw’
26 SUSHI S US HI

4 Responses to “Financial Times 13,089 / Sleuth”

  1. Gaufrid says:

    Hi Shuchi
    25a I think the reference is to Brian Epstein, the manager of the Beatles, rather than Jacob Epstein the sculptor, particularly when 18d is taken into account.

    5d You have a very inventive parsing for this clue but I think it was intended to be – I (island) in TALE (story) reversed.

  2. nmsindy says:

    Good puzzle. TO THE FORE was my favourite and AGREEMENT the last I solved, quite intricate with a nice misleading join at lacking/harmony.

  3. Sleuth says:

    Thanks for the detailed blog and comments.

    Shuchi’s original reading of 25 across is in fact correct. The reference is to Jacob Epstein (rather Brian) with “bust” referring to a sculpture. Not sure how “bust” might be read in Gaufrid’s alternative interpretation – as a spree? The Beatles reference in the clue to 18 down was entirely coincidental!

    Gaufrid’s reading of 5 down is correct.

  4. shuchi says:

    Thanks for clearing up 25Ac, Sleuth, and thanks for this enjoyable puzzle.

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