Fifteensquared

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Financial times 13,200 / Armonie

Posted by Agentzero on October 6th, 2009

Agentzero.

Nothing too difficult here; a pretty quick solve.  Meanwhile, the FT seems to alternate between posting the puzzles days late or (as in this case) a few hours after midnight London time the day of publication.

Across
1 ACCOUNT A C (=Conservative=Tory) COUNT (nobleman) 
5 TITIAN I (interest) in TITAN (superman)
8 LASSITUDE *(LADS USE IT)
9 ARROW BARROW (burial site) minus B (bishop).  I initially questinoed the definition but it turns out that a “flight” is a type of arrow: a long, thin one designed to travel long distances
11 NOISY I (one) in NOSY (curious)
12 GALANTINE AN + TIN (element) in GALE (wind)
13 OVERTIRE OVERT (unconcealed) IRE (anger)
15 ABSEIL BSE (beastly disease) in AIL (sicken).  To abseil is to descend (a cliff, for example) with a rope.  Thus, one’s decline is “limited;” presumably, an unlimited decline would be a free fall
17 DESIRE DE (“of,” French) SIRE (father)
19 TAVERNER VERNE (French writer) in TAR (sailor)
22 IMPUDENCE IMPRUDENCE (thoughtlessness) minus R (right)
23 LAPSE homophone of LAPS (circuits)
24 ELOPE POLE (European) reversed + E (Spain)
25 POTENTIAL *(TO PIT LANE)
26 LESSOR LESS (short) OR (of gold)
27 DWELLER WELL (intimately) in RED (communist) reversed
 
Down
1 ALL IN GOOD TIME ALL IN (exhausted) GOOD TIME (pleasure)
2 CASTILE *(ELASTIC)
3 UNITY UNIT (detachment) Y (fourth of July)
4 THUGGERY HUG (keep close) GE (IVR for Georgia) in TRY (attempt)
5 TREBLE TREMBLE (quake) minus M (millions)
6 TRAINABLE RAIN (bad weather) in TABLE (plateau)
7 AIRLINE dd
10 WHEELER-DEALER WHEELER (cyclist) + *(LEADER)
14 TIREDNESS *(DISSENTER)
16 TALENTED TALE (report) NT (Bible) ED (editor)
18 SUPPOSE S (son) UP (finished) POSE (model)
20 NUPTIAL UP (well-versed) in *(LATIN)
21 SNIPER SNIPE (bird) R (right)
23 LANCE hidden in unbaLANCEd

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