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Financial Times 13,208/Aardvark – In Ulm, um Ulm und um Ulm herum

Posted by smiffy on October 15th, 2009

smiffy.

Across
1 TARIFF – RA(<) in tiff.
4 AT RANDOM – Rand in atom.  Thank god for an accurate definition “indiscriminately”. My current peeve of the month is people wh;ve started using the word “random” to mean unexpected or surprising.
9 ICEBOX – I + EB in cox. I wasn’t familiar with the abbreviation EB (for Epstein-Barr).  So much more genteel than Herpes 4!
10 MONARCH – on in march +[part]y
11 POLONY – polo +n[eatl]y; which I take to be a variation on the theme of baloney(/bologna).
12 PATIENCE – (tie + [salesma]n) in pace.  I liked the surface here.
13 WAN – w+a+[cor]n[ish].
14  PINTER – hidden
17 RUBELLA – b in Rue + all(rev)
21 MIDDEN – (I +d+d) in men (=”primates”!).
25 ETA – in “fElT sAd”
26 AYRSHIRE – homophone of “air shyer”.
27 SCYTHE – SC (special const.) +they*.
28 ARCADIAN – (cad + I) in Aran (jumpers).
29 ADROIT – oi[l] in dart*
30 DOWNSIZE – (in SW)* in doze.  An ugly word, per se,  and not particularly redeemed here by a slightly awkward clue.
31 STATUE – tat in Sue

Down
1 TAILPIPE – (ail + PI) in pet*
2 RIESLING – (lies)* in ring.  The middle class alternative to saying “cheese” when being photographed.
3 FLOUNDER – l in founder
5  TROJAN – r[i]oja in TN (Tunisia)
6  ACACIA – a[rid] c[onditions] (x2) + I[biz]a
7 DECENT – descent – s[easoned]. A very appropriate surface reading for my neck of the woods.
8 MAYHEM –  M + ay (“always”) + hem.
12 PALETTE – let in pate.
15 RUM – U in RM.  A questionable &lit (hence the punctuation, presumably).
16  ULM – hidden.  A tenuous excuse for me to reference possibly it’s most famous resident
18 AIR CADET – I in arcade +t[ear]
19 EDITS OUT – studio* in E.T. (“film”)
20 UNSETTLE – [s]unset + let*
22 HAZARD – AZ (alphabetical “extremists”, hmmmm) in hard.
23 CRACOW – car< in cow
24 SHADES – double def’n
25 ERSATZ – (star)* in Ez (book of Ezekiel)

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