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Financial Times 13,183 / Aardvark

Posted by Gaufrid on September 16th, 2009

Gaufrid.

Some good, misleading surfaces today with a few different anagram indicators, eg ‘building’, ‘created’, ‘rocking’ and ‘bumping’.

There were two unfamiliar words, 13a and 14d, which unfortunately intersected, and the latter needed a knowledge of German, or access to a German dictionary, to complete the wordplay which was perhaps a little unfair for those solving the puzzle during their daily commute.

Across
8 PORTIA  P (quietly) *(RIA[l]TO)
9 WINE GUMS  W (Welsh) M[arketing] in *(GENIUS)
10 ETNA  [spum]ANTE reversed
11 ROTISSERIE  ROT (rubbish) IS S[ome] ERIE (lake)
12 DAUB  D[ecorator] AU (gold) B (black)
13 MANGOSTEEN  *(ON STAGE) in MEN (staff)
17 PEER  dd
18 NERVE  hidden in ‘runNER VEering’
19 RICH  *(CH[a]IR)
21 LADY GODIVA  LAD (kid) Y[ank] G[o-kart] *(AVOID)
23 IBEX  BI (twice) reversed EX (late)
24 KENNEL CLUB  cd
28 NIKE  KIN (family) reversed [hous]E[hold]
29 REHEARSE  EARS (organ’s) in *(HERE)
30 NOSH-UP  H (hospital) in NO SUP (drink)

Down
1 BOAT RACE  dd
2 STRAWBERRY  WARTS (marks) reversed homophone of ‘Bury’ (somewhere in Lancashire)
3 SACRAMENTO  RA (artist) MEN (folk) in *(COATS)
4 TWIT  TWI[s]T (succeeded avoiding 60s dance)
5 ONUS  [b]ONUS (introduction of baby leaves extra)
6 OGLE  OGrE (man-eater) with ‘r’ changed to L
7 UMPIRE  RIP (split) in EMU (bird) reversed
14 NURMI  NUR (only, in German) MI[le] – Paavo Nurmi, 1920s middle and long distance runner
15 ONE-MAN BAND  *(NAME ON ) BAND (tape)
16 TURGIDNESS  *(TRUDGES IN) S[tifling]
20 CHECKOUT  HECK (fancy) in CO (company) U[pmarke]T
22 AXEMEN  A[irfield] X (10) MEN E (English) MEN (troops)
25 NEEP  PEE (wee) N[ursery) reversed
26 LYRE  L (learner) RY (tracks) reversed E (electronic)
27 LIEU  LIE (rest) U (university)

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