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Financial Times 13,203 / Falcon

Posted by shuchi on October 9th, 2009


This was quite easy and pleasant. It helped to get the two long ones at 1,9 and 8,28 quickly.

There’s a slight ‘floral inclination’ in the bottom-right (17D, 21D), the checking and wordplay will be of good use to solvers like me who are unfamiliar with the plants’ names.

I still have 10A, 13A to annotate, they haven’t clicked yet so I’ll leave them open for your comments.


1, 9 TOO MANY COOKS SPOIL THE BROTH cd, the proverb implying that too many people undertaking a task ruin its result. Interesting that there’s a convenient opposite: ‘Many hands make light work’.
10 TRAILER A trailer is a mobile home…rambling rose?
11 TROLLOP TOP (upper part) around ROLL (bread)
12 IVIED I VIED (competed)
15 LONG-WINDED LONGED (yearned) around WIN (victory) + D (daughter)
16 AT IT A T (tense) IT (Italian)
18 LIFT L (line) IF (provided) T[eam]
20 NOTICEABLE ICE (diamonds) in NOTABLE (celebrity). ‘diamonds worn by celebrity’ suggests to me ICE around NOTABLE, not NOTABLE around ICE. What do others think?
22 CAREFREE CA (about, as in ‘circa’) REFREE (judge)
24 EAGER hidden in ‘homE A GERiatrician’
27 AFFRONT A F (female) FRONT (head)


2 ORATION ON around RATIO (correspondence)
3 MELTDOWN MELT (thaw) DOWN (from County Down, a traditional county in Northern Ireland)
4 NARK dd
5 COTTAGE PIE (GITE CAPOTE)* A clue that screams ‘anagram!’.
6 OVOID Two nothings – O and VOID.
8, 28 IT WILL ALL COME OUT IN THE WASH The metaphor was first used by Cervantes in Don Quixote (todo saldrá en la colada), to mean that things will turn out well in the end. With help from Wikipedia: The Wash, Lincolnshire is the mouth of River Nene.
17 FEVERFEW F (Friday) EVER (always) FEW (not many). A medicinal herb, the name derives from the Latin febrifugia, meaning ‘fever reducer’.
19 FARRAGO RAG (paper) in FARO (Portuguese resort)
21 BUGLOSS BUG (insect) LOSS (dying, noun, as in the process of ending)
23 FAUST U (suitable for children) in FAST (Lent)
25 CASH C[ongratulate] ASH (sounds like ‘Ashe’, of Arthur Ashe). Cash is Pat Cash, the men’s singles Wimbledon winner of 1987.

5 Responses to “Financial Times 13,203 / Falcon”

  1. C.G. Rishikesh says:

    10ac is DD. A trailer is also what is called a creeper, a rambling plant.

  2. C.G. Rishikesh says:

    13ac: As mentioned by you, it appears to be a CD.
    With O in the answer word, and ‘love’ in the clue, I looked in vain for some sort of wordplay.

  3. C.G. Rishikesh says:

    20ac: I think you have a point there!
    For example, take the clue in a DT crossword:
    Special garb or gear possibly worn by boxer (7)
    which is REG(ALI)A*
    But I would like to see some others commenting on this question.

  4. Gaufrid says:

    13a is *(TO A DINOR) – ‘with love for eastern’ indicates changing the E in ‘diner’ to O.

  5. C.G. Rishikesh says:

    Gaufrid: Re your anno for 13ac. We could depend on you to work it out!
    Sorry that I missed it completely.

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