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Financial Times 13,230 / Neo

Posted by Agentzero on 10th November 2009

Agentzero.

Some pleasantly tricky clues from Neo today.

Across
1 PLASTIC SURGEON *(SUSPECTING ORAL)
10 HOGAN HOG (pig) AN (one).  The reference, of course, is to Hogan’s Heroes.  I can still hear the theme music from my childhood in my head.
11 EXAMINEES AM IN E (before noon in Spain) in EXES (former partners)
12 COULDN’T *(LUND) in COT (bed)
13 EVASIVE *(SAVE) + IV (four) E (Euoros)
14 ALLOW ALL (everything) O (nothing) W (West)
16 COD FILLET C (Cinephile’s instigation) + *(FT OLDIE L[eft])
19 STRANGLER STR[eam] + ANGLER (fisherman)
20 NUTTY dd
22 ARMREST M (Frenchman) in ARREST (detention)
25 CUTLASS CUT GLASS (crystal ornaments) minus the G (gravity)
27 TOSCANINI TOSCA (the opera) + IN (popular), reversed twice, yields the conductor
28 ROGUE GO (journey) reversed in RUE (sorrow) I think this is RUE as a noun.
29 PRISON SENTENCE *(SIN ONCE + SERPENT)
 
Down
2 LEG-PULLER LEG (cricket side) PULLER (one to attract a crowd)
3 SYNOD S[trateg]Y (“strategy on evacuation”) + NOD (go-ahead)
4,24 IDENTICAL TWINS cd, which fooled me until I had some crossing letters
5,17 STAGE DIRECTION RE (on) C (clubs) in STAG (men only) EDITION (magazine)
6 RUINATION *(OUT IN IRAN)
7 ELEMI hidden
8 NASCENT N (new) ASCENT (hill)
9 CHA-CHA dd
15 WINNEBAGO WIN (are victorious) BAG (land, as a verb) in NEO (“my”).  A tribe before it was a recreational vehicle.
18 LETHARGIC *(THE GARLIC)
19 START UP STAR (famous) TUP (sheep)
21 YES-MEN S (direction) in YEMEN (Arab state)
23 MASAI hidden
26 THREE H (hotel) in TREE (poplar).  Should perhaps be “Poplar, perhaps,” since it is defining the general with the specific.

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Independent 7198 by Nimrod

Posted by nmsindy on 10th November 2009

nmsindy.

Extremely impressive by Nimrod.    Fitting about a dozen examples of the themed answer LAND OF MAKE-BELIEVE into the grid.    Made very little progress till I worked out that thematic answer after about 20 mins, the whole puzzle took 53 mins.     One or two wordplays not yet understood, but have verified on Indy website that my answers are correct.

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Guardian 24853 – Paul

Posted by Uncle Yap on 10th November 2009

Uncle Yap.

dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

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