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Financial Times 13,307 /Hamilton

Posted by smiffy on February 11th, 2010

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My first encounter with Hamilton, although our search archive suggests that he/she has appeared at least a couple of times before in previous months (perhaps Gaufrid can induct Hamilton into our setters’ Roll of Honour page…. is there a minimum number of puzzles threshold?).  Overall, this was an enjoyable enough romp.  On the Hamiltonian entertainment scale, I’d rate it closer to the Lewis grade than the ‘Diddy’ David level.

Across
1 BIRTH RATE – cryptic def’n.
7 PEARL – ear in PL.
11 ORESTES – (seers to)*.  The anagrind here needs to be taken as an imperative here, I think.
12 RAMPAGE – amp in rage.  I consider the quivalence between amp and “current” a tad sloppy (shouldn’t that be amperage?) but forgivable.
13 GOO – goo{d}
14 MOMENTARILY - moment + homophone of “airily”.
17 SIEVE – IV (rent asunder) in see.
18 MOA – hidden.
19 PINED - pi + NE + d[aughter].
21 TRENT BRIDGE - T[endulkar}  + (b + deterring)*.
23 TUB – {s}tub{s}.
25 IMMORAL - I’m moral.
27 LAID OFF – (dial)< + off.  Another personal quibble, but device-by-(not)-antonym  wordplay always seems logically ambiguous to me.
28 HONED – {p}honed.
29 NIGHTFALL - (light flan)*.

Down
1 OBLONG – OB + long.  I refer the Honourable Gentlemen to the peccadillo I raised at 27A.
2 GRUESOME – homophone of “grew some”.
3 THE TEMPEST - The + (E + MP) in test.  For a while I thought this was a faulty clue, before realising that our politico here is a hybrid (European + MP) rather than a straight MEP.
4 JAWS – double def’n.
5 HEARING AID
6 SPAM – (maps)<
7 SAFARI – alternate letters in “staff carry it”.
8 BLUE-EYED – (Oxbridge) Blue + eyed.
15 MEMORY LANE – (more laymen)*.
16 APPRECIATE – double def’n.
17 SIT TIGHT – (it +t{o}) in sight.  My favourite clue of the bunch.
20 NOTIONAL – not + {reg}ional.
22 ERMINE – Rm in eine.  A rare outing for the feminine variant of the Teutonic ‘a’.
24 BAFFLE - double def’n.
26 RIDE – (dire)*.
28 LOGO – initial letters.

One Response to “Financial Times 13,307 /Hamilton”

  1. Nathan Jesurasingham says:

    Very enjoyable puzzle. I liked 25a, 4d and 8d.

    How long has Hamilton been setting FT puzzles?

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