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Financial Times 13,160 / Flimsy

Posted by Gaufrid on August 20th, 2009

Gaufrid.

Smiffy is on holiday so we will not be seeing his cheerful avatar for a couple of weeks.

Nothing particularly difficult or outstanding in today’s puzzle and I got a feeling of déjà vu whilst solving because there was some repetition both in the type of clue and the wordplay (eg America/American & university). Part of the wordplay in 4d is topical with the start ot the fifth Ashes test today. 

Across
1 SUBSTANCES  dd
7 PACE  P[rofiteroles] ACE (hole in one)
9 TUBE  BUT (only) reversed E (east)
10 PLAYGROUND  P (softly) LAY (deposit) GROUND (earth)
11 CUCKOO  *(U COCK) O (old)
12 AWAKENED  A *(WEEK AND)
13 ELEPHANT  *(THE PLANE)
15 SETS  S[w]E[e]T[e]S[t]
17 FAIR  F[l]AIR (aptitude but no zeal ultimately)
19 REMARKED  MARK (boy) in REED (grass)
22 PRECIOUS  dd
23 RECIPE  EC (Ecuador) in RIP (tear) E (European)
25 INDUSTRIAL  IND (India) US (America) TRIAL (contest)
26 ARAB  A (one) BAR (obstacle) reversed
27 PELE  PE (exercise) L[ost] E[nergy]
28 DISHARMONY  *(HORNY MAIDS)

Down
2 UNUSUAL  US (American) U (university) in *(LUNA)
3 SLEEK  KEELS (barges) reversed
4 APPROVAL  A PP (parish priest) R (runs) OVAL (cricket ground)
5 CHARACTERISTICS  CHAR (tea) *(IS RACIEST C[herry] T[angerine])
6 SIGNAL  *(SAIL[i]NG)
7 PROFESSOR  *(REFS POOR [basi]S)
8 CONTENT  dd
14 PARACHUTE  cd
16 UMBRELLA  cd
18 ARRANGE  A R[age] *(ANGER)
20 EXPLAIN  EX (former) L[umbago] in PAIN (suffering)
21 SORTED  S[p]ORT (remove pressure from competitive games) ED (education)
24 CLAIM  I (island) in CLAM (shellfish)

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