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Financial Times 13,113 / Falcon

Posted by shuchi on June 26th, 2009

shuchi.

Fairly easy, pleasant puzzle today. I was briefly held up in the NE corner, I thought COLOGNE and BETEL were cleverly clued and it didn’t help to not know the two Lancs towns (which I got in the end, through guessing + Google).

Plenty of long anagrams, including 15-17A, of which 13D and 16D are especially nice.

Across

1 ROLE MODEL ROLE (character) MODEL (form)
6 BACUP BACKUP (help) – K. The last word to go into the grid.
9 WINSLOW WINS LOW. The character from Rattigan’s play ‘The Winslow Boy‘.
10 MATILDA MAT (rug) (LAID)* Reminded me of school. I had read this poem as part of my English course.
11 RIOJA RIO (port) JA(-w) (talk, shortened) . I’m curious about the surface. What does the italicized ‘Short’ refer to?
12 TOP FLIGHT dd
14 DON D (duke) touching (ON)
15, 17 KEEP ONES EAR TO THE GROUND (OUTSPOKEN HERO GENERATED)* Liked this.
19 SAD hidden in ‘HastingS A Development’
20 HORSESHOE The wordplay didn’t strike me instantly. I see now that it is HORSE (hack, as in a horse for common hire) SHOE (from ‘Oxford shoe’)
22 RAMBO O BAR, reversed around M
24 AMATEUR A (RU TEAM)*
26 APOSTLE ALE (beer) around POST (job). ‘just the opposite’ inverts the container-content indication.
27 NANCY dd. Ms. Drew’s adventures formed a large part of my reading when I was twelve. Each chapter in the novels ended on the lines of “…and her car fell off the cliff”, the next began with “…miracle! She was saved!”. Very engrossing for that age.
28 POTENTATE TEN (number) in POT (cannabis) AT E (‘Eton’, initially)

Down

1 ROWER ROW (commotion) E (east) R (river)
2 LINCOLN dd
3 MILWAUKEE IL (‘the’ in Italian) W A (with a) UKE (musical instrument) in ME (middle-east)
4 DOWN-TO-EARTH
5 LOM Hidden in ‘CoLUMbia’
6 BETEL BET (stake) EL (‘the’ in Spanish). The ‘climbing’ threw me off-track. I was looking for reversed words, realizing much later that ‘climbing’ was part of the definition. The betel leaf is a main ingredient of paan, a traditional breath freshener eaten in India.
7 COLOGNE GO (turn) reversed, in COLNE (Lancs town)
8 PLASTERED (SLATED REP)*
13 PROTUBERANT P (quiet) (BAR NOT TRUE)*
14 DUTCH BARN DUTCH (language) BA(-i)RN (heartless child)
16 EIDERDOWN (I WONDERED)*
18 TERRAIN (TRAINER)*
19 SUMATRA hidden reversed in ‘pART A MUSt’
21 ELEGY ELY (see, as in jurisdiction of a bishop) around EG (ends of ‘engaging’)
23 OBESE O.B.E.s (honours) E (first letter of ‘expedition’)
25 RIP dd

One Response to “Financial Times 13,113 / Falcon”

  1. C. G. Rishikesh says:

    Some clues like the one for OBESE were refreshingly new, I thought.
    However, the anagram at 16dn is not an absolutely new discovery. A couple of years ago Everyman had this on one occasion: I wondered about getting a bedcover (9)
    And on another occasion: What might keep me warm I wondered shivering (9)
    In the latter instance the punctuation leaves much to be desired but that could be an oversight in the Indian paper that reproduced the crossword.

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