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Financial Times 13,220/ Mudd

Posted by smiffy on October 29th, 2009

smiffy.

This one was something of a ripper (see 19D) in terms of trickiness for me.  Probably one of my slowest solves this year.  I found the NE-corner particularly tough to gain a toe-hold in, but was kicking myself about most of those on completion.

Across
1 CASTLE – double def’n. Chess”man”.
4 TEETHING – tee + thing.
9 LAUNCH – a in lunch. I’m sure I’ve encountered this before, but it still stumped me for a while.
10 HAIRLINE – Hair (“musical”) + line.
12 MAGELLAN – e.g.< in mall + an.  Ferdinand of that ilk.
13 MARINE – r in Maine.
15 TEST – double def’n. A new (to me) twist on an old staple.
16 SHANNON – Sh! + N in anon.
20 RWANDAN – [car]r[ots] + wand + an.
21 BOAR – homophone of “bore”.
25 RAPPER – double def’n.
26 SCREW TOP – (wet)* in (s + crop).
28 TANGIBLE – [b]ib in tangle. A well-concealed, lift-and-separate definition.
29 FREEZE – free +ze[ro] (=”cipher”).
30 DELEGATE – ([on]e + leg) in date.  A well-honed surface.
31 HEARTY – he + arty.

Down
1 CALAMITY – Cal + amity.
2 SLUGGISH – punning def’n.
3 LOCALE – (Co + l)rev + ale.
5 EXAM – (max + [rang]e)<
6 TARRAGON – tar + rag + on
7 IRITIS – IR + it is (“the confirmation”).
8 GEEZER – homophone of “geyser”.
11 DASHING – double def’n.
14 INFANCY – in fancy.
17 SWEEPING – s[ob] + weeping.   Isn’t “broad” deemed something of an derogatory term these days (unless you still happen  to be a gumshoe detective)?
18 FOOTWEAR – ea in (for two)*.
19 FRIPPER – ripper (predominantly Antipodean, methinks) in f[iner]y.
22 X-RATED – (extra)* = d[escription]. Naughty, but nice!
23 SPINAL – spin + (la)<. It took me a while to figure out the wordplay here, as I bacame preoccupied with the idea of “turn note up” indicating PS (reversed).
24 HEARSE – hears + [pac]e.
27 PLOT – double def’n.

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