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Financial Times 13,296 / Falcon

Posted by shuchi on January 29th, 2010

shuchi.

A very good puzzle, I thought. Smooth surfaces throughout, and nothing too obscure other than one look-up I needed for 11a.

Picks for best clues: BLUEBOTTLE, WREN

Across

1 BACKHANDER HAND (cards) in BACKER (gambler)
7 SNAP SN (bridge partners) A P (quiet)
9 LADY LAY (song) around D (daughter)
10 SYCOPHANTS (CHAPS TYSON)*
11 FIRKIN F (loud) IR (Irish) KIN (family). ‘Firkin’is a British unit of capacity, usually equal to about 1/4 of a barrel or 9 gallons.
12 WINDLASS WIND (get short of breath) LASS (young woman)
13 FENG SHUI (FUNGI HE’S)*
15 TUNA A NUT (fan), all reversed
17 STAB hidden in ‘cheST A Bobby’
19 TERMINAL A rare triple definition
22 CAST-IRON CAST (found, as in metallurgy) IRON (golf club)
23 MUFFLE MULE (cross) around F (fine) F (female). Clever pun on ‘cross’.
25 BLUEBOTTLE BLUE (low) BOTTLE (nerve, as in courage). A very nicely misleading surface.
26 OGRE GO (shot) reversed, RE (about) // Update: Thanks to CGR for the anno.
27 WREN NEW (original), reversed, around R (king) &lit.
28 SUNGLASSES SUN (star) G (German) LASSES (girls)

Down

2 AVARICE (CAVIARE)*
3 KAYAK A palindrome
4 ABSINTHE AB’S IN THE
5 DICK WHITTINGTON (KID NOTING TWITCH)*
6 RAPINE hidden in ‘tRAP IN Epping’
7 SCARLATTI (LAST CAR)* (IT)<
8 ARTISAN IS in [t]ARTAN (plaid, without a ‘hat’)
14 GO-BETWEEN GO (start) BET (gamble) WEE (small) N (northen)
16 CROMWELL ROW (argument) around M, in CELL (dungeon)
18 TRAILER dd
20 AT LARGE (LAGER AT)*
21 BROOKS B[ollywood] ROOKS (overcharges)
24 FLOSS F (female) LOSS (victim)

3 Responses to “Financial Times 13,296 / Falcon”

  1. C. G. Rishikesh says:

    26ac: I look at it as OG (‘go’ from SHOT, cf. ‘shot’ in 17ac, ’round’, rev ind) plus RE (about)

  2. shuchi says:

    That must be it, thanks!

  3. Gnome says:

    24 Down refers to George Eliot’s Novel “The Mill on the Floss”. The Floss being the fictional river, by the fictional village of St Ogg’s, in which the principal characters (brother and sister) drown. “Loss” as a synonym for “victim” is borderline in my opinion

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