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Financial Times 13,278 / Adamant

Posted by Gaufrid on January 8th, 2010

Gaufrid.

Mostly straightforward today with some very easy clues and one or two slightly more tricky ones.

I have a couple of minor quibbles (24ac & 8dn) but rather liked 11ac, 12ac, 27ac, 6dn and, in particular, 21dn.

Across
1 PROSPECTS dd
6 PUMPS dd
9 THEOREM THE *(MORE)
10 GLACIER E in *(GARLIC)
11 HEART *(EARTH)
12 ENIGMATIC *(GIN IT CAME)
14 ALE A LE (French article)
15 MAINTENANCE MAIN (chief) TEN N (name) in ACE (one)
17 CATERPILLAR CATER (provide food) PILLAR (supporter)
19 ASS A S (small) S[tate]
20 SWEETENER dd
22 IOTAS *(AS TO I)
24 REACTED *(CREATED) – ‘another’ as an anagram indicator?
26 BASENJI BASE (bottom) NJ (state in America) I (one)
27 LAYER LA[w]YER (wife leaving barman)
28 GUESSWORK *(GROUSES KW)

Down
1 PITCH dd
2 OPERATE OPERA (Norma perhaps) T[iresom]E
3 PART-TIMER PART (role) TIMER (watch)
4 COMPETITION COM (communist) PETITION (plea)
5 SAG S (son) A G (grand)
6 PSALM cd
7 MOISTEN MOI (in France I emphatically) STEN (gun)
8 SPROCKETS SP (bet) ROCKETS (fireworks) – SP is the starting price rather than a bet
13 INTOLERABLE *(NOT RELIABLE)
14 ANCESTRAL *(CATS LEARN)
16 NARCISSUS cd
18 THERAPY RAP in THEY (these people)
19 ANTONIO A *(NOTION) – the Merchant of Venice
21 TUTOR TU (brothers, trade union) TO R (right, homophone of ‘write’)
23 SLICK dd
25 DIG dd

3 Responses to “Financial Times 13,278 / Adamant”

  1. smiffy says:

    G’day Gaufrid,

    Admittedly it’s a touch ambiguous, but I think 11A was intended as a hidden clue rather than an angaram?

    8D, I think, is just about acceptable. When “investing” on a racehorse, you can often have the choice of your bet being at current odds or the SP. In that context, SP can be considered a “bet” (although maybe only in betting shop conversations; plus that’d still make it an unflagged definition-by-example!).

    I also picked out 12A and 27A as faves. But had never encountered “Com” as Communist before (4D).

  2. smiffy says:

    Please consider the imbecilic comment on 11A retracted! It must be national “Bring Your Dyslexia to Work Day”…

  3. Gaufrid says:

    Hi smiffy
    You weren’t alone regarding 11ac. I initially looked for a hidden word as well. Fortunately I quickly noticed the superfluous E.

    Sorry but I will have to disagree with you about 8dn. I can find no justification in any of the usual references for SP being anything other than the odds at the start of the race. However, my knowledge of betting parlance is non-existent, never having been in a bookmakers or to a race meeting.

    Com is in Chambers and Collins but not COED.

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