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Financial Times 13,305 / Armonie

Posted by Agentzero on February 9th, 2010

Agentzero.

As usual, Armonie’s clues are impeccably written: clean and concise, with smooth surface readings. I found myself wishing, though, for a surprise or two. A few too many of these seemed to be often-clued words, with breakdowns we have seen before, e.g., AD + MIRE, S + TENCH, C + ARIES.

Across
1 STENCH S (Saturday) TENCH (fish)
4 FETCHING F (fine) ETCHING (art)
10 PRETENDER dd (PRE-TENDER would be “before the bid”)
11 AROMA hidden in FigARO MArcellina
12 LEAD dd.  “lead” = “life” in, e.g., the phrase “to lead one’s life”
13 DISTILLERY STILLER (more clam) in DIY (housework)
15 ENTHUSE *(THEN) + USE (employ)
16 CASING CA (accountant) SING (spill the beans)
19 CYGNET homophone of SIGNET (a small seal)
21 WOODCUT WOOD (golf club) CUT (snubbed)
23 BOAT RACING BOA (snake) TRACING (hunting)  Best of the puzzle, I think
25 HARM R (rare) in HAM (poor player)
27 CLIMB C (caught) LIMB (arm or leg)
28 TERRORISE ERROR (misdeed) in *(SITE)
29 SUSPENSE US (American ) P (power) in SENSE (reason)
30 FLEECE FLEE (leave) CE (church)
 
Down
1 SUPPLIER I (interest) in SUPPLER (more flexible)
2 ELEGANTLY *(TANGLE) in ELY (see)
3 CHEW C (Charlie) HEW (cut)
5 ERRATIC RAT (vermin) in ERIC (boy)
6 CHARLESTON CHARLES (prince) + NOT reversed
7 IN ONE dd
8 GLADYS G (good) LADY’S (woman’s)
9 ADMIRE AD (poster) MIRE (slough)
14 VULNERABLE *(A BULL NEVER)
17 NECTARINE *(AREN’T NICE)
18 STAMPEDE TAMPED (crammed) in SE (corner of the compass)
20 TACITUS *(CATSUIT)
21 WINTRY WIN (land) TRY (tax)
22 ABACUS A (American) + AC (bill) in BUS (coach)
24 ARIES [c]ARIES
26 COWL C[onfine] + OWL (raptor)

2 Responses to “Financial Times 13,305 / Armonie”

  1. Eileen says:

    Thanks, Agentzero.

    I agree entirely with your preamble – nothing to object to but no great ‘ahas’, either.

    I did quite like GLADYS – and a nice little touch was that STAMPEDE ran down into the SE corner of the puzzle.

  2. Mike04 says:

    Thank you, Agentzero

    I’d go along with all your comments too. I also liked GLADYS and the other two clues where so much is expressed in only 2 or 3 words: 12ac and 3dn.

    I didn’t see the obvious parsing for 7dn as stated in your blog. After
    much head-scratching I thought it must be at=in, and the first attempt=a=one!

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