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Financial Times 13,164 / Jason

Posted by Agentzero on August 25th, 2009

Agentzero.

I had a number of questions or quibbles here.

Across
1 GOSSIP-WRITER *(I REPORT SWIGS)
10 REELING EEL (fish) in RING (bell)
11 VANILLA AN in VILLA (home in Rome).  Vanilla is an orchid extract.
12 MUSIC MU (Greek character) SIC (thus)
13 KERCHIEF homophone of “cur chief” (head of scoundrels)
15 TRANSCRIBE N (name) and CRIB (cheat) in *(TEARS)
16 UGLY homophone of UGLI
18 CHER dd
20 GOOD FOR YOU *(DUO OR GOOFY)
22 ROCK BASS ROCK (pop) B (beginning to bug) ASS (jenny)
24 BIG UP BIG (huge) UP (increase).  Hmm.  I have heard the slang phrase “Big ups to …” generally meaning “kudos to …”  I never heard of it being used in the singular. 
26 NARRATE *(RARE ANT)
27 SUNBURN SUN (star) BURN (to make CD)
28 TWENTY-TWENTY dd
 
Down
2 OPEN SEA *(EUROPEANS minus UR (hesitation))  First time I’ve seen UR rather than ER for hesitation.
3 SUITCASE SUIT (appropriate) (how are these the same parts of speech?) CASE (cartridge).
4 PAGE P (quiet) AGE (period). 
5 REVIEW BODY REVIEW (assess) BODY (corpus).  IMHO, clues in which a two-word phrase are based on indicators for each of the two words separately generally aren’t that interesting.
6 TUNIC hidden in PashTUN I Caught
7 ROLLING [st]ROLLING (promenading when street’s blocked)
8 DRAMATIC IRONY *(CRY + ADMIRATION)
9 BARFLY JUMPING I think this is BAR (but) FLY (cunning? more slang?) JUMPING (vaulting).  Apparently the practice of jumping up against a wall while wearing a velcro suit.
14 ORION’S BELT ORION’S (hunter’s) BELT (career, as in to move fast and somewhat wildly).  Same comment as re 5 down.
17 SORBONNE SOR (homophone of SAW = “witnessed”) BONNE (“good,” French)
19 EXCERPT R (Romeo) in EXCEPT (bar)
21 YOGHURT *(HOG) in YURT (tent)
23 BLAME B (second-rate) LAME (golden fabric)
25 ISN’T I (one) + N (new) in ST (outer parts of “Somerset”)

3 Responses to “Financial Times 13,164 / Jason”

  1. Pogel says:

    ‘Big up’ can be a verb…

  2. Gaufrid says:

    Hi Agentzero
    I am not going to spend time typing extracts but bug up = show approval, to appropriate = to suit and fly = cunning can all be justified in Chambers.

  3. Agentzero says:

    Thank you both; this has prompted me to renew my online subscription to Chambers. Having done so, I note that to appropriate = to suit is listed as archaic. Is there a general view on archaic usages?

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