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Financial Times 13,098 / Armonie

Posted by Agentzero on June 9th, 2009

Agentzero.

Some good concise cluing by Armonie. Nothing really requiring special comment, but no complaints either. The usual level of difficulty for a Tuesday FT.

Across
1 NOTICE OT (Old Testament = books) in NICE (amusing)
4 CHAPLAIN CHA (tea) PLAIN (frank)
10 PETTINESS PRETTINESS (beauty) minus R (Romeo in the NATO alphabet)
11 SCOLD S (Bob, as in shilling) COLD (reserved)
12 TALE T (Tory leader) ALE (porter)
13 IMPALEMENT A (American) in IMPLEMENT (device)
15 SCARLET CARL (Carl Nielsen, the Danish composer) in SET (group).  “Sinful” as in The Scarlet Letter.
16 EASTER E (East or Oriental) ASTER (flower).
19 REGENT E.G. (for example) in RENT (breach)
21 BLOATER L (large) in BOATER (gondolier)
23 COLLATERAL COL (pass) LATERAL (to the side)
25 LEAN LEA (meadow) N (nitrogen)
27 MASAI MA’S (mother’s) AI (A-1, in good health)
28 APOLOGIST A POLO (game) GIST (point)
29 NOSINESS SINE (a relationship) in *(SONS)
30 BLITHE B (bishop) LITHE (flexible)
 
Down
1 NEPOTISM *(ME IN POST)
2 TITILLATE I TILL (I work [the land]) in TATE (art gallery)
3 CHIT C (college) HIT (buffet)
5 HOSTAGE HO (Home Office) STAGE (present, as in to stage a play)
6 POSSESSION SOP. (soprano) reversed + SESSION (term)
7 ABODE A + BODE (herald)
8 NUDITY *(DUTY IN)
9 PELMET *(TEMPLE) A new word for me; my wife, looking over my shoulder, knew it immediately
14 ALLEGATION A L (the Latin sinister) LEGATION (a diplomatic mission)
17 EXTREMIST *(SETTER MIX)
18 BRUNETTE RUN (leak) in BETTE (Miss Davis)
20 THE OAKS THE (article) OAKS (trees).  The (Epsom) Oaks is one of the Classics of horse racing
21 BEACON Francis BACON around E (energy)
22 ACUMEN AC (bill) U (initially, “upset”) MEN (people)
24 LISTS dd
26 TOLL dd

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