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Financial Times 13,318 / Gozo

Posted by Gaufrid on February 24th, 2010

Gaufrid.

A pleasant, gentle stroll today with nothing too 13ing, but I think there is an error in one of the clues (20dn) unless my parsing is incorrect.

It became clear quite quickly that the ‘A’ in twelve clues stood for ‘anagram’. This made the puzzle much easier as it meant that these twelve clues had two sets of wordplay, though it did result in rather a lot of anagrams overall as this device had also been used regularly elsewhere.

Across
1 BASMATI  *([l]AMB ASTI)
5 TSARINA  SARI (dress) in ANT (worker) reversed & *(ARTISAN)
9 STONE  cd & *(ONSET)
10 CANTINESS  *(ANTIC) NESS (head) & *(INCESSANT)
11 NOTARISES  NOT ARISES (doesn’t originate apparently) & *(SENORITAS)
12 EXTRA  X (unknown) in *(TEAR)
13 TACKS  homophone of ‘tax’ (levy)
15 ASSERTION  *(NOTARISES) & A NO 1 (top class) TRESS (lock) reversed
18 STRONG TEA  *(TARTS GONE)
19 MUSIC  M[elodies] U[nder] S[olti] I[n] C[oncert]
21 NEWER  hidden in ‘linguiNE WERe’
23 DIPLOMACY  DIPLOMA (university award) C[ivic] Y[outh]
25 TAROT CARD  A (ace) in TROT (red) CARD (joker)
26 SACRA  SACRA[ments] (half the rites)
27 ARTISAN  [p]ARTISAN (beheaded blind adherent) & *(SINATRA)
28 SATISFY  TIS (it’s poetic) F (force) in SAY (for example)

Down
1 BASINET  *(BEST IN A)
2 SPORTS CAR  SPORT (diversion) SCAR (mark)
3 AMEER  A M (large number) EER (always)
4 INCESSANT  *(CANTINESS) & SS (ship) in *(ANCIENT)
5 TONES  dd & *(STONE)
6 ASIDE FROM  *(DIORS FAME)
7 INERT  NER[o] (emperor loses nothing) in IT
8 ABSTAIN  AB (sailor) STAIN (shame)
14 SENORITAS  ONES reversed RITAS (girl’s) & *(ASSERTION)
16 STAMPEDES  *(PESTS MADE)
17 INSTANCES  IN (popular) STANCES (positions) & *(INCESSANT)
18 SINATRA  hidden in ‘memorieS IN A TRAnce’ & *(TSARINA)
20 CRY-BABY  BY reversed in *(CAR) BY – there is no reversal indicator for the first ‘by’ and ‘in car crash by’ cannot indicate an anagram of ‘car by’. This problem would have been resolved had the clue been “….. in crashed car, by and by”.
22 WORST  WORST[ed] (fabric young Edward removed)
23 DRAWN  DR (doctor) AWN (beard)
24 ONSET  *(TONES) & ON (go-go) SET (group)

One Response to “Financial Times 13,318 / Gozo”

  1. Mike04 says:

    Thanks very much for your blog, Gaufrid.

    For 20dn, I think your parsing and comments are quite correct.
    I also think a definition is missing in the clue for 4dn.

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