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Financial Times 13,330 / Io

Posted by smiffy on March 10th, 2010


A pretty challenging puzzle, with a rather curiously chosen mini-theme.  My own personal recommendation from the menu would be a No. 5, a No. 11 and a No. 25.

1 CAPITALLY – [to] cap it all + {sta}Y. A clever idea.
6 SINUS – s[quare] in US.
9 APNEA (an ape)*.
10 CHRONICLE – chronic + {menta}L {diseas}E.
11/14 MONTEZUMA’S REVENGE – (argues + Zen movement)*.  The exception to the adage that “revenge is a dish best served cold”.
15 MOROCCO – (R + {1}0CC)in moo.  The 70’s  musical combo 10CC came by their name via a rather testosterone-fuelled shot at one upmanship, if you catch my drift. (Explanation here, if you’re not easily offended).
17 SYSTOLE – lots< in (yes)*.
19/22 CHINESE RESTAURANT – (reassurance it then)*.
25 ISOLATION – (tail)* in I + soon.  Another tidy and readily plausible surface.
26 ADEPT – hidden/reversed.
27 GRAZE – homophone of “Gray’s“.
28 EASTERNER – aster in (Rene)<.

1 CLAIM – I in clam.
2 PENKNIVES – (seven in KP)*.  One of those pesky ones where the numeral is actually part of the wordplay or (indirect) anagram fodder, rather than a cross-reference to another clue.
3 TRADE UNION – (urinated on).  I hope you weren’t solving this one in tandem with your Great Aunt Agatha!
4 LECTURE – ECT (electroconvulsive therapy) in lure.
5 YARDARM – (my RADAR)*.  A simple, but neatly tangential surface.
6/12A SYNDROME – syn{o}d + Rome.  Ref: Chinese Restaurant Syndrome (or monosodium glutamate overdose).  Can “visit” be used as a linkage – instead of a container/contents – indicator?
7 NACHO – hidden.
8 STEVEDORE – (erode vets)<.
13 ARTICULATE – double def’n.
14 RESEALING – re: + homophone of “ceiling”.
16 CAESAREAN – punning def’n.
18 EREMITE – remit in ee (cummings).  Does the traditional rule when using famous surnames, of not intentionally uncapitalising, them also work in reverse?  If so, then this (probably unique) example should see the clue starting with a lowe case “c”!!
19 CATENAS – (enact as)*. A “series” of writings or manuscripts.
21 AGORA – double def’n.
23 TUTOR – tut + or.
24/20A TAKE AWAY – take a way.

3 Responses to “Financial Times 13,330 / Io”

  1. Uncle Yap says:

    A rare treat from Io. Yes, very challenging but scrupulously fair. I fear that if Io does not dumb down, his appearance at FT will be sparse … not many of the fee-paying readers of FT are of the calibre of the Times and Guardian solvers.

  2. Jake says:

    Yes tough…

    Nice puzzle though, the difficulty of Io is why (I guess), he only appears less than
    a handful of times in FT. As you say Uncle Yap – A rare treat !

  3. Jake says:

    I remember 1dn (this puzzle) being 21ac in Guardian 24,939 – which gave me a quick start,

    Cheers for the blog.

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