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Financial Times 13,182 / Neo

Posted by Agentzero on September 15th, 2009

Agentzero.

Some amusing clues from Neo today. 

Across
1 AIR HOSTESS *(IS AS OTHERS)
7 PAVE P + AVE (prayer)
9 LYRA L (close to “lethal”) + *(RAY)
10 SECULARIST *(LETS ICARUS)
11 FLY-TIP SLY FLY (smart) TIP (advice)
12 ABSOLUTE cd referring to Jack Absolute from Sheridan’s play The Rivals
13 SCROFULA *(SO CAREFUL minus E [Spain])
15 GORE GO + RE (on) referring to former US VP Al Gore
17 ASTI hidden in SebASTIano
19 IDEOLOGY I DO LOG (Neo makes record) around E (drugs) + Y (“youth” leader)
22 RATAPLAN RAT[e] A PLAN (almost consider an idea)
23 YELLOW dd; referring to the fact that a yellow ball is worth two points when potted in snooker
25 CINCINNATI CINC (Commander-in-Chief) INN (pub) AT I (at 1 pm, i.e., lunchtime)  I glided past this the first time through, but as Richard points out, Cincinnati is a city, not a state.
26 CAGE dd, referring to avant garde composer John Cage
27 STAY T (time) in SAY (for example)
28 MAKING LOVE dd A bit risque! The second definition refers to tennis, of course
 
Down
2 IDYLLIC *(CDI LILY)
3 HEART EARTH (planet) with H moved to the front
4 SISYPHUS cd; the presence of “in” prevents this clue from quite working for me
5 EXCLAMATION MARK cd
6 SPLASH dd
7 PARALEGAL PAR (usual) ALE (beer) GAL (girl)
8 VISITOR V (5) IS IT (could it be) OR; a visitor is one who might STAY (27 across) over
14 OLIGARCHY *(HOLY CIGAR)
16 PEPYSIAN *(PANSY PIE)
18 SEAGIRT RIG (oil platform) reversed in SEAT (position)
20 GEORGE V G (good) + reversal of VEG (greens etc.) ROE (caviar possibly)
21 PLENUM [peo]PLE (people half seen) + N.U.M. (miners)
24 LOCAL dd; a “local” is a local anesthetic or “number”

3 Responses to “Financial Times 13,182 / Neo”

  1. Gaufrid says:

    Hi Agentzero
    11a may not be a term used in your part of the world but it is FLY-TIP.

  2. Richard says:

    Can you explain “State” in 25a?

  3. Agentzero says:

    Gaufrid,
    You’re quite right: the word was unfamiliar to me, and I assumed that “smart” would be SLY. (“Sly-tip” makes sense, in a way.) Corrected above.

    Richard, you’re quite right as well. Once I had the wordplay, I never looked back to notice that Neo had “state” rather than “city.” I don’t think there is any justification for “state.”

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