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Financial Times 13,189 / Gozo

Posted by Gaufrid on September 23rd, 2009


Nothing particularly difficult in today’s themed offering from Gozo. A few of the birds may not be familiar to some but they were easy enough to get from the wordplay.

I think there is an error in 6dn in that there is no insertion indicator for the ‘R’.

1 PIGEON  PI (letter) *(GONE)
4 HORNBILL  HORN (instrument) BILL (account)
9 ROLLER  dd – a kind of tumbler pigeon
10 STARLING  STAR (leading) LING (heather)
11 ORIOLE  O (nothing) *(LOIRE)
12 PARAKEET  RAKE (gardening tool) in *(TAPE)
13 JAY  J (jack) AY (always)
14 CONDOR  CONDO (US apartment) R (right)
17 KESTREL  hidden in ‘weaKEST RELative’
21 PETREL  *(PETER) L (left)
25 HEN  cd
26 ACCENTOR  ACCENT (grave) OR (gold) – a bird of the hedge sparrow genus
27 TOUCAN  homophone of ‘two can’
28 SCREAMER  *(AS MERCER) – a large spur-winged South American bird
29 GANNET  ANNE (girl) in GT (luxury sports car)
30 PHEASANT  *(SHAPE) ANT (worker)
31 MERLIN  hidden in ‘sumMER LINgerie’

1 PERFORCE  PERFOR[man]CE (fellow quitting dramatic production)
5 OUTLAY  LAYOUT (model railway) with halves swapped
6 NORWAY  R (rule or rule initially) in NO WAY (impossible) – there is no insertion indicator for the ‘R’, following the wordplay would give ‘nowayr’ or ‘rnoway’
7 IRISES  I (one) RISES (is excited)
8 LIGHTS  dd
12 PARTNER  PAR (on a level) *(RENT) or RENT reversed depending on how you read ‘review’ (revise or look back)
15 RED  dd
16 REP  dd
19 CRACKNEL  CRACK (form of cocaine) NEL[l] (young girl cut)
20 PLANKTON  PLANK (timber) NOT reversed
22 PASS UP  PASS (overtake) UP (on horseback)
23 ACCRUE  homophone of ‘a crew’ (a group of rowers)
24 IN-LAWS  W[ar] in *(SLAIN)
25 HOME IN  HOME (base) IN (popular)

3 Responses to “Financial Times 13,189 / Gozo”

  1. Surajit Bose says:

    1ac: Is “missing” an anagram indicator for *(GONE)? That doesn’t seem particularly satisfactory.

    8dn: Is “lights” a synonym for “innards”? That usage is new to me. Where could I find an example? I thought about the phrase “punch your lights out,” but that simply means “knock you unconscious,” doesn’t it?

  2. Paul B says:

    Something to do with a bag of innards from the butcher’s I believe. (Collins confirms this.)

  3. Gaufrid says:

    Hi Surajit
    Yes, in 1a ‘missing’ is the anagram indicator, as in astray, failing or not in the expected place.

    Regarding 8d, ‘lights’ are the lungs of an animal, so called because they are lighter than other internal organs, and ‘innards’ means entrails or internal organs of an animal so the two are connected.

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