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Financial Times 13,214/Viking

Posted by smiffy on October 22nd, 2009

smiffy.

Much like yesterday, a mish-mash of the hackneyed and the hand-crafted. There seemed to be a plethora of “remove a letter” devices today (e.g. 15A, 24A, 28A, 3D, 22D, 25D).

Across
1 OVERWROUGHT – rough in (over + t)
7 TEE -[s]tee[p]
9 EMCEE – homophone of “MC”
10 EXECRABLE – C in (relax + bee[r])*
11 REPAYMENT – a y[oung] m[an] in repent.
12 EVENS – (Self-contradictory) double def’n.
13 TIDINGS – ding in sit<
15 RATE – [c]rate (= an old banger)
18 OGRE – hidden reverse.
20 SURFACE – fac[t] in sure.
23 ODIST – alternate letters in “Old Vic set”.
24 EXPATIATE – expat[r]iate
26 PINEAPPLE – (plane + pipe)*.  A delightfully crafted and unrelated surface reading.
27 IMAGE – double def’n.
28 EVE – eve[n]
29 ENTITLEMENT – (n + tit) in element.

Down
1 OVERRATE
2 ESCAPADE – ad in E-scape.
3 WEEDY – wee + dy[e]
4 ONENESS – (no sense)*
5 GREATER – Homophone of “grater”.
6 THREE STAR – H[otel] in (retreat’s)*.  Another gem.
7 TABLET – bat< + let.
8 EVEN SO – Ref to answer at 12A + O
14 NEGOTIATE – ([v]egetation)*
16 DATABASE – dat[e]+abase.
17 VEHEMENT – He-men in vet.
19 EYE SPOT – E[cologists] + yes + pot
20 SAPIENT – P + E in Saint.  The “embracing” is segregated.
21 COUPLE – L in Coupe.
22 FIANCE – fi[n]ance
25 TWINE – twin[g]e

One Response to “Financial Times 13,214/Viking”

  1. nmsindy says:

    I enjoyed this puzzle, which was quite tough. I found SE corner by far the hardest, and liked how all the wordplays were so clear when worked out.

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