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Financial Times 13,249 / Satori

Posted by Gaufrid on December 2nd, 2009

Gaufrid.

Not the friendliest of grids with the NW and SE corners only connected to the rest of the puzzle by one clue each. Add to this some misleading (not in a bad way) clues and the result was a puzzle towards the harder end of the FT spectrum (as is usually the case on a Wednesday).

I have a minor quibble regarding 10a, and have reservations about 3,23, but apart from that the clues were fair (once you had been able to unravel some of them).

Across
1 SCARCE C (about) in SCARE (alarm)
4 PSYCH OUT *(THUS COPY)
9 NOODLE dd
10 AIR POWER *(WAR PERIO[d]) (war period died out) – definition ‘might with planes’ but I’m not too happy with ‘as turbulence’ for the anagram indicator, ‘turbulent’ would have been fine but would have ruined the surface.
12,22 ROLL NECK ROLL (register) NECK (brass)
13 MONTE CARLO *(MORTAL ONCE)
15 MIXED-ABILITY hidden reversal in ‘delaY TIL I BADE XIMenes’
18 LIFE SENTENCE LIFE (being) SENTENCE (words)
21 FERTILISER *(STERILE IF) R (right)
24 APPENDIX [h]APPEN (Cockney’s come about) DIX (10, in French)
25 HERNIA HER[o]N (bird wanting love) I[s] (endlessly is) A
26 DATELINE DATE (appointment) LINE (provide backing for) – line=back as in covering the outside of a book to reinforce or strengthen it.
27 STOLID TO in SLID (slipped)

Down
1 SYNDROME *(DEMONRYS)
2 APOPLEXY O (band) in APPLE (fruit) XY (axes, on a graph)
3,23 COLD FEET COD (fish) FLEET (boats) with L (line) moved from the latter to the former – is there sufficient indication in the clue that the ‘l’ moves from ‘fleet’ to ‘cod’? As it reads, it should be L (line) in COD (fish) to a four letter word for ‘boats’. Perhaps ‘when fish takes line from boats’ would have been more precise.
5 SHIRT-SLEEVES cd
6 CAPACITATE A C[ollege] in CAPITATE (like a head) – ‘incapacitate’ is probably better known.
7 ONWARD O (nothing) DRAWN (tied) reversed
8 TERROR ERR (get it wrong) in TOR (height)
11 DOUBLE VISION cd
14 ADDITIONAL *(LAD TO AID IN)
16 INFERNAL IN (batting) N (point) in FERAL (wild)
17 DECKHAND DECK HAND (gaming terms)
19 AFRAID [s]AF[e] (pointlessly safe) RAID (attack)
20 ARMPIT *(IMPART)

5 Responses to “Financial Times 13,249 / Satori”

  1. Eileen says:

    Thanks, Gaufrid.

    I thought this was sheer delight and didn’t want to finish it, since it might well be the last Satori puzzle. [We've already had the final Taupi in the Guardian']

    I agree with your observations on 10ac and 3,23dn but they are very small niggles indeed.

    I thought the &lit in 15ac was superb – and I liked 2dn a lot, too.

  2. Conrad Cork says:

    I wonder if this is the last Satori.

  3. Conrad Cork says:

    Snap Eileen. Identical posting times.

  4. dr b says:

    I never gave 3, 23 a second thought as in the US “boats” is slang for “feet” (I have been told more than once to move my big boats). Hence, CO(L)D FEET. Not so in the UK, I guess.

  5. Gaufrid says:

    Hi dr b
    I have not heard the term ‘boats’ as slang for ‘feet’ here in the UK and cannot find any support for it in the usual references. We would normally use the Cockney rhyming slang ‘plates of meat’.

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