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Financial Times 13,262/Orense

Posted by smiffy on December 17th, 2009

smiffy.

A bit of a doddle today, but with some fun elements – and a few items that piqued my quibblesome side this morning.

Across
9 ORIGINATE – I + GIN (“mother’s ruin”) in ORATE.
10 ALIBI – (BAIL)* + I
11 FRESHEN – FRESH =[m]EN[u]. Using “new” as a partial wordplay indicator strikes me as a pretty lazy self-reference.  Could easily have gone for “wholesome”, or similar?
12 DIGITAL – DIG + IT + A L
13 ERA – [piec]E + R.A.
14 SEARCH PARTY – punning def’n.
17 CHIDE – HID in C.E.
18 CON – CO[-r]N
19 LEVEL – verbal from. A rather arbitrary definition-by-example.
21REPOSSESSED – RE + POSSESSED
23 ROB – ROB[-e]
25 AFGHANI – No explicit def’n here, but I the quizzical “with?” aims to do enough smoke and mirrors duty on the surface.
27 TRIBUTE – UT(ah) in TRIBE.
28 KNOWS – Homophone of “nos” (or should that be “noes”?)
29 TASTE BUDS – a neat cryptic definition.

Down
1 COFFEE – F[ree] in CO + FEE.
2 LITERATI – IT in (RETAIL)*.  Again, none-t0o-smitten with the choice of anagrind (“trade”).
3 AIR HOSTESS – (ASSIST HERO)*.  Clue od the day, in my book.
4 TARN – TAR (=”salt”=sailor) + [tow]N.
5 MENDICANTS – CAN’T in (DENIMS)*.
6 BANG – BAN + [smugglin]G.
7 QINTAR – Q1 + (TARN)*.  The (sub)-unit of currency in Albania.  Obscure, but easily guessable.
8 DISLOYAL – I in (A SLY OLD)*.
15 ALCHEMISTS – L in (A CHE) + MISTS.  Surely the definition “their search for gold” suggests the practice (alchemy) rather than the practitioners?
16 PILE DRIVER – PILE + D(iamonds) + RIVER
17 CAR PARKS – PARK in CARS.  “Lots in America”, as in the “they paved paradise to put up a parking lot”.
20 VIRTUOUS – OUT< in VIRUS.
22 PIGEON – PIG + EON.  Basil Fawlty and Manuel famously had problems with dead pig-eons in their water tank, many moons ago.
24 BREAST – (SET BRA)*.  …cue a dirty chuckle from Sid James and a po-faced expression from Kenneth Williams….
26 APSE – APES with the S shifting.  But shouldn’t it be “finally moving forward“!?
27 TASK – [employmen]T + ASK.

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