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Financial Times 13,317 / Phssthpok

Posted by Agentzero on February 23rd, 2010

Agentzero.

A good offering from one of the less frequent FT setters.  Apologies for the late posting; I had solved this last night but didn’t have a chance to fill in the explanations until now.

Across
1 DISSOLVE LOSS (defeat) reversed in DIVE (pitch)
5 LOOFAH FOOL (clown) reversed + AH (cry out in surprise) I suppose “cry out in surprise” can be a noun; I was reading it as a verb 
10 PELICAN *(PLACE IN)
11 SALINES *(IL[l]NESS A)
12 LUNGE LUNG (organ) E (point)
13 STEADFAST STEAD[y] (endlessly consistent) FAST (quick)
14 AT FIRST SIGHT A + FIRSTS (degrees) in TIGHT (confining)
18 EXCHANGE RATE definition and reverse anagram; “exchange rate” could be a subsidiary indication for TEAR
21 CANTALOUP CAN’T (unable) A LOUP[e] (a magnifying glass almost)
23 SPOOR S (single) POOR (broke).  The word “reversing” in this case means that the order of the two parts of the charade is reversed, rather than that any of the parts is reversed
24 ARRAIGN homophone of A REIGN (a dynasty)
25 IRIDIUM I RID (flush out) I (iodine) U (uranium) M (mass)
26 TROUGH THROUGH (completed), minus H (hard)
27 EGGSHELL EGGS (incites) HELL (misery)
 
Down
1 DAPPLE D (dead) APPLE (fruit)
2 SPLINT N (midpoint of “bones”) in SPLIT (fracture) A nice & lit.
3 ORCHESTRA CHEST (box ) in OR (Ordinary Ranks) and RA (Royal Artillery)
4 VANISHING POINT d&cd  I especially liked this one.
6 OILED BOILED (cooked) minus B (its head)
7 FANDANGO hidden in DusseldorF AND ANGOla
8 HESITATE *(THE TEA IS)
9 ASSET-STRIPPING AS (when) SETS (companies) TRIP (stumble) + N (unknown number) in PIG (greedy person)
15 SATISFIES *(IF SATES IS)
16 PENCHANT PEN compose) CHANT (music)
17 SCENARIO *(I CENSOR A)
19 BODICE BO (box office) DICE (gamble)
20 PRIMAL RIM (ring) in PAL (friend)
22 AWING WIN (triumph) in AG (silver)

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