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Financial Times 13,320 / Falcon

Posted by shuchi on February 26th, 2010

shuchi.

The usual from Falcon, elegant and not too taxing.

One new word for me, at 24A, nothing too obscure otherwise.

The parsing for 27A is foggy still, help invited. // 27A updated.

Across

1 PICKLED PICK (cream, as in the best) LED (was first)
2 SPOUSE ESPOUSE (support), ‘losing face’ => remove the first E
8, 25 ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA (LADY ON AN ACT ONE PART)*
9 TONIC TO NIC[k] (take, endlessly)
11 IGLOO I (one) GLOOMY (dimly lit) – MY. Very good!
12 AMSTERDAM (SMART MADE)*
13 GO PUBLIC GO (shot, as in ‘Have a shot/go’) PUBLIC (official, as in ‘intended for the notice of the public’)
15 APPEAL A P (quiet) PEAL (ringing of bells)
17 ABOARD A BARD (poet), around O (nothing)
19 UPSTREAM UP (ahead) (MASTER)*
22 TERMINATE TERM (name) IN (fashionable) AT E[ton]
23 ALIEN AN (article) around LIE (invention). A lovely way to define ‘lie’.
24 SAMBO A MB (doctor), in SO (very good). I can’t think of a sentence where ‘so’ can be substituted with ‘very good’. Anyone?
25 See 8
26 INVERT IN (wearing) VERT (green). Another good clue.
27 ALCHEMY I can see ‘a gold may not mean a gold’, but ‘Olympic event’? // Updated with Gaufrid’s comment: ARCHERY, an Olympic sport where even if you score a gold (the centre of the target) you are not certain to get a gold medal.

Down

1 PRAYING MANTIS PRAYING MAN (chap in church) (TIS)<
2 CAT FLAP cd. ‘Ginger’ refers to the popular cat name, I suppose. The last answer entered into the grid. // ‘Ginger’ is the color/type of cat, Gaufrid adds at comment#1.
3 LINGO hidden in ‘DubLIN GOlfers’
4 DRAMATIC dd
5 SADIST AD (notice) IS, in ST (street)
6 ON THE SPOT dd
7 SINE DIE (DEN IS)< IE
10 COMPLEMENTARY sounds like ‘complimentary’ (free)
14 BARBITONE B (bass) in BARITONE (singer). Same as Veronal, popularly used for murder in Agatha Christie novels.
16 EPHEMERA (E HEMP ARE)*
18 OARSMEN (MOANERS)*
20 EPISTLE E (English), ST (saint) in PILE (stack)
21 MASCOT M (maiden) ASCOT (racecourse)
23 ASPIC A S (small) PIC (photograph

3 Responses to “Financial Times 13,320 / Falcon”

  1. Gaufrid says:

    Hi Shuchi
    27ac is ARCHERY, an Olympic sport where even if you score a gold (the centre of the target) you are not certain to get a gold medal.

    I think perhaps ‘ginger’ 2dn refers to the colour/type of a cat rather than its name. I used to have a ginger tom many years ago.

    A slight typo in 22ac, you have missed the AT in the wordplay.

  2. Stephen says:

    “So, let’s move on…”

    “Very good, let’s move on… ?

    Just a thought.

  3. smiffy says:

    An enjoyable puzzle. My only quibble is that, at 5A, spouse and espouse both derive from essentially the same root.

    I also understood ‘so’ = ‘very good’ along the same lines (a kind of disposable introduction to a sentence; see also ‘okey doke’, ‘right-o’ etc).

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