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Financial Times 13,155 / Falcon

Posted by shuchi on August 14th, 2009

shuchi.

I was pressed for time today and so I’m happy there is an easyish Friday puzzle for a change. The RHS came together very quickly; the LHS took longer as I had a couple of words (GUILLEMOT, AUSTER) to look up and I wrongly entered AFTER (AFT + ER) at 21D.

Pretty good overall, with some outstanding ones like AVIATOR (24A).

Across

1 PLAYGROUP PAY (shell out) around L (fifty) GROUP (band)
6 SCRAP S[now] CRAP[s]
9 PASTIME cd. PA’S TIME
10 LOOK OUT dd
11 STEAL (TALES)*. I liked this one for its cogent surface.
12 AXMINSTER X in A MINSTER (large church)
14 ACE dd. In golf, ‘ace’ is a hole-in-one.
15 MIDDLEMARCH cd. The fictional town is from Eliot’s novel of the same name.
17 STRETCH LIMO (MERC THIS LOT)*
19 VIM VI (six) M (miles)
20 CHARLATAN homophone of ‘Charlotte’ + AN
22 SCRUB dd
24 AVIATOR I in A VAT (tub) + OR. ‘Crate’ is slang for a decrepit aeroplane.
26 IMITATE I (yours truly) + MATE (friend), around IT
27 EDGAR (GRADE)*
28 BEEFEATER cd

Down

1 PEPYS PE (SPY)*. Refers to Samuel Pepys (1633-1703), English naval administrator who is now most famous for his diary.
2 AUSTERE AUSTER (wind) E[verest].  From Wikipedia, AUSTER in Roman mythology is: “the embodiment of the sirocco wind, who brought heavy cloud cover and fog or humidity”.
3 GUILLEMOT GULL (aquatic bird) around I, + (TO ME)<
4 OPEN AND SHUT cd
5 PAL LAP<
6 SHORN [bras]S HORN (instrument)
7 ROOSTER (TOREROS)*
8 PETERSHAM PETER (boy) SHAM (put on)
13 MILLIONAIRE (MINERAL OIL I)*
14 ASSOCIATE dd
16 MOONSHINE dd
18 READING dd
19 VARIANT VA (Virginia) (TRAIN)*
21 LATER LATE (behind) [mothe]R
23 BLEAR B (British) LEAR (British humorist Edward Lear, I think)
25 RUB RU (game i.e. Rugby Union) B (key)

2 Responses to “Financial Times 13,155 / Falcon”

  1. johnson says:

    University lads here, and real good to see the FT puzzles back up on the site. So much free time when you’re a student, and plenty of wit-sharpeners needed. But…. it wasn’t great this one! Better get over to the others quick.

  2. Nathan Jesurasingham says:

    Hi Schuchi

    Thanks for the review. I particularly liked your explanation of 24a (aviator). I did not understand the word play until reading your excellent explanation of this.

    With 15a (Middlemarch), I think this is a charade rather than a cryptic definition: central = middle and parade = march.

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