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Financial Times 13,248 / Armonie

Posted by Agentzero on December 1st, 2009

Agentzero.

A typical collection of lapidary clues from Armonie.  I am always impressed by his concision and the natural surface readings.

Across
1 EVENING OUT EVEN (all the more) IN (concerned with) GOUT (foot problem).  “Trip in the dark” was a clever definition, I thought
7 EDGE HEDGE (plant) minus the initial H
9 CRAM C (bit of croissant) RAM (butter)
10 MEERSCHAUM *(EACH SUMMER)
11 RIDDEN RID (free) DEN (study)
12 AVERSION A (amateur) VERSION (portrayal)
13 CHAPATTI CHAP (fellow) ATTI[c] (Greek, cut)
15 AMEN hidden in steAM ENgines
17 RAFT R (runs) AFT (behind)
19 GANGSTER ANGST (uneasiness) in GER (German)
22 ADROITLY *(DORY [from 26 across] TAIL)
23 OBJECT dd
25 WELLINGTON WELLING (rising) TON (fashion)  I found this tricky; I spent some time looking for an anagram of IN FOOTWEAR, then some more time looking for a reversed word meaning “fashion” in a word meaning “footwear”
26 DORY O (Oscar) in DRY (overcooked)
27 TSAR S (small) in TAR (Jack)
28 COMPENSATE PEN (writer) SAT (settled) in COME (advance)
 
Down
2 VARNISH R (rex or regine, hence monarch) in VANISH (disappear)
3 NOMAD NO (not really) MAD (disturbed)
4 NOMINATE MIN (ministry) A (one) in NOTE (memo)
5 OPERATING SYSTEM *(STOP NASTY REGIME)
6 TESTER dd
7 EPHESIANS *(A SHIP SEEN)
8 GLUCOSE COS (Lettuce) in GLUE (sticky stuff)
14 PATROLLER PAT (Irishman) ROLLER (posh car)
16 ANNOUNCE ANN (girl) OUNCE (lightweight)
18 ADDRESS AD (hoarding) DRESS (clothing)
20 EXCERPT R (rare) in EXCEPT (bar)
21 ETHNIC N (kinght) in ETHIC (moral values).  A knight is abbreviated N in modern chess notation
24 JUDAS SAD (sorry) U (union) J (jack), all reversed.  The cryptic reading of this clue is not as smooth as it could be; I would have left out the first “is.”

2 Responses to “Financial Times 13,248 / Armonie”

  1. Eileen says:

    Thanks, Agentzero – nothing too difficult but enjoyable. [I liked 9ac and 8dn!]

    I may have been influenced by its appearance in today’s Guardian Rover ['plant with variegated edges'] but I took the plant in 7ac to be ‘sedge’.

  2. Richard says:

    Wait a minute, the indian bread in 13a should be “chapati” with a single “t”.

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