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Financial Times 13,171 / Gozo

Posted by Gaufrid on September 2nd, 2009

Gaufrid.

Some very easy clues in today’s puzzle in which all the across answers were items of clothing. I was held up briefly towards the end having confidently put in ‘stocks’ (an archaic term for stockings) at 1a which made 3d rather problematic until I realised the homophone. The shorts=securities in 1a is probably something a typical FT reader would know but it is possibly a little obscure for those outside the finance industry.

Across
1 SHORTS  dd – short-dated securities
4 STRAW HAT  *(ARTS) WHAT (which)
10 OVERALL  dd
11 SLIPPER  SLIP (position, in cricket) PER (for each)
12 KILT  hidden reversal in ‘don’T LIKe’
13 LEDERHOSEN  *(LEEDS RHONE)
16 CRAVAT  CR (credit) A (accepted) VAT (tax)
17 TILE-HAT  I (one) LE (French article) in THAT
20 BIRETTA  *(TRIBE) T[anzani]A
21 BIKINI  BIKIN[g] (cyclin’) I (Italy)
24 LEG-WARMERS  *(GREW SMAL[l]ER)
25 SHOE  O (nothing) in SHE (woman)
27 MITTENS  I TT (race) in MENS (loo)
29 SOUTANE  OUT (away from home) in SANE (reasonable) – a cassock
30 TROUSERS  *(US RESORT)
31 CHINOS  CHIN (feature) SO (thus) reversed

Down
1 SPOT KICK  SPOT (particular place) KICK (thrill)
2 OVERLOADING  *(GORDON ALIVE)
3 TOAD  homophone of ‘towed’ – ref. Wind in the Willows
5 TASTEVIN  A *(VEST) in TIN (can) – small cup for observing the colour and clarity of wine
6 ARITHMETIC  *(I CRIME THAT)
7 HOP  quadruple def.
8 THRONE  homophone of ‘thrown’ (cast)
9 FLIES  dd
14 SPANISH MAIN  *(PASHMINAS IN)
15 FACE-SAVERS  FACES (confronts) AVERS (asserts)
18 ATOMISER  *(TIMOR SEA)
19 PIKELETS  dd
22 SLUM IT  *(I L MUST)
23 GRASS  dd
26 RUTH  *(HURT)
28 TWO  [ne]TWO[rk]

2 Responses to “Financial Times 13,171 / Gozo”

  1. Richard says:

    A stock is a form of cravat (old fashioned but not archaic)and would seem to be the obvious answer but for the fact that toad does not start with a “k”. That was more than a little annoying.

  2. MMcC says:

    I must be an ideal FT reader: “shorts” came immediately after realizing “stocks” caused problems; “soutane” required a trip to this site…

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