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Financial Times 13,176 / Hamilton

Posted by Agentzero on September 8th, 2009

Agentzero.

A new setter (I think).  If so, welcome!  An enjoyable puzzle.

Across
1, 4, 26 EASIER SAID THAN DONE cd
10 COLLAGE COLLEGE (Academy), removing E (English) and substituting A (amateur).
11 TICKLED TICK (mark) LED (was in first place).
12 LENT [re]LENT (back down), removing RE (about)
13, 24 GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE *(TALKING HEADS INTERIM + K (thousand))
15 PRECIS PRECIS[e] (particular) minus E (energy)
16 BLATHER LATHE (machine) in BR (Britain)
20 ASSISTS even letters of pAsSeS fIrSt TeSt
21 SOMBRE MB (graduate) in SORE (aggrieved)
28 YOGURTS GO reversed in YURTS (Siberian tents)
29 TROLLOP L, L (two apprentices) in TROOP (soldiers)
30 DRESSING dd
 
Down
1 ESCALOPE LO (“some LOcal”) in ESCAPE (avoid)
2, 31 SILENCE IS GOLDEN cd
3 ELAN hidden in dixiELANd
5 ACTUALLY ACT (go on stage) U (aristocratic) ALLY (partner)
6 DECIMATION *(AIM + D NOTICE)
7 HALON HALO (ring) N (neutral)
8 NUDISM SID (man) reversed inside N.U.M. (union).  The definition (“stark way of life”) raised a smile
9 GENRE GEN (information) RE (about)
14 MINISKIRTS cd
17 EMBROILED R (right) OIL (fuel) in EMBED (war correspondent)
18 STILLSON STILL (subdue) SON (boy); a Stillson is a pipe wrench
19 PETER PAN PETER (safe) PAN (criticise)
22 STAYED homophone of STAID (sober)
23 SKATE S (society) KATE (girl).  As in an ice skate or roller skate
25 INGLE [t]INGLE (shiver, not starting)
27 SOLO First letters (“introductions”) of “Strauss opera long on.”

2 Responses to “Financial Times 13,176 / Hamilton”

  1. Hamilton says:

    Many thanks for the blog Agentzero – you’re right, it is my cryptic debut (there was a Polymath puzzle a few months ago) and I’m very grateful for your encouraging comments!

  2. Conrad Cork says:

    Really impressive debut, Hamilton. Had me staring at the grid blankly for quite a while before I got started. Looking forward to more from you.

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