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Financial Times 13,230 / Neo

Posted by Agentzero on November 10th, 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.

3 Responses to “Financial Times 13,230 / Neo”

  1. Neo says:

    Well, erm, just you and me then Agent Zee. And maybe some of the financial wizards of the world.

    The Poplar one at 26dn had a ‘say’ appended to it in the original submission, almost as per your suggestion, but some pollarding seems to have been applied.

    Ta very much for the blog.

  2. Andy says:

    I enjoyed that, Neo.

  3. Neo says:

    Thanks, Andy!

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