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Financial Times 13,293 / Phssthpok

Posted by Agentzero on January 26th, 2010

Agentzero.

I enjoyed solving this puzzle but when it came to writing the blog I realized there were several clues that I wasn’t quite happy with, as noted below.  That said, I thought there were also a number of deft clues in the puzzle. 

I solved this just after getting to yesterday’s Brendan in the Guardian; on the coincidence front, Phssthpok has a wine, a cheese, and twice as many Nelsons (a full to Brendan’s half).

Across
1 STROBE ST (street) ROB (raid) E (illegal drug) I initially wrote a comment complaining that a strobe would not make a very good searchlight, then found through Google that there are in fact a number of “strobe searchlights” out there.
4 HOT AIR HOT (popular) AIR (music)  This was an amusing clue (“Idiocy of popular music”)
8 PROFILE PROF (academic) + L (left) in IE (that is)
9 MALAISE *(A MEAL IS)
11 WHITE NOISE *(HIT I NOW SEE)
12 NARK N (name) ARK (chest).  As in the Ark of the Covenant
13 SUSHI Initial letters (the “begins”) of Smell Unless Someone Heats It.  I don’t think “begins” is a good word here; better would be “starts.”
14 ELECTRON “ELECT RON” could have been Reagan’s slogan.
16 EYESIGHT EYES RIGHT (a military order) minus the R (“run [taken] from”)
18 MAJOR dd
20 GARB BRAG (crow) reversed
21 FULL NELSON FULL (well-stocked) NELSON (Admiral)
23 SKILLET KILL (butcher) in SET (some games, in tennis).  There seem to be two container indicators here: “involve” and “jumping in.”  So one of them is redundant.
24 SHRIVEL SHRIVE (confess) L (lake)
25 DETEST ET (alien) in DEST. (destination)
26 PLEDGE PLED (begged) + EG (for example) reversed
 
Down
1 SYRAH reverse hidden in ZacHARY Sometimes
2 REFUTES *(TURF SEE[d])
3 BELONGING dd
5 ORATE O (nothing) RATE (admire)
6 AGAINST AGAIN (one more time) ST (street)
7 RESERVOIR *(RIVER ROSE) The anagram fodder works well with the surface here
10 LIFESTYLE *(FILE) + STYLE (title)
13 SKYLARKED SKYLARK (songbird in heavens) ED (journalist)
15 EMMENTHAL *(HAM MELT [wh]EN)
17 SUBPLOT A naval drama could be a SUB PLOT
19 JELLIED A homophone, more or less, of GELID
21 FREES FREE (without charge) S (society)
22 OBESE OBEs (medals) E (“earn”['s] first place)

One Response to “Financial Times 13,293 / Phssthpok”

  1. benington says:

    Thanks agentzero. As you say an enjoyable one with some nice clues.

    I tend not to notice the little points you’ve picked up on. As long as I know what the setter is getting at and he/she knows that I know, that’s all that counts for me!

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