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Financial Times 13,352 / Phssthpok

Posted by Agentzero on April 6th, 2010

Agentzero.

I thought this puzzle was very creative. Several of the definitions were particularly well-hidden or clever, e.g., 14 down.

Across
1 SWASHBUCKLER S (“first: steam”) WASH (clean) BUCKLE (fold) R (“second: iron”).  Having just praised the puzzle overall, I have to say I wasn’t that fond of this clue, in particular the use of “first:” or “second:” to mean “first letter of” or “second letter of.”
10 NIRVANA I (one) RV (bible) in NANA (grandma)
11 MEMENTO MEME (persistent idea) + *(NOT)
12 ICHOR CHOIR (singers) with I moved to the front
13 BALSAMIC *(BASIC MALT minus T [for T-bone])
15 APPREHENDS dd
16 AKIN [f]AKIN[g]  Kudos to my fourteen-year-old son, who solved this when I could not.
18 AWRY A (article) WRY (mocking)  Another one he got before me.
20 WIRETAPPER PATER (father) reversed in WIPER (windscreen attachment); the definition is “it bugs”
22 STURGEON T (little time) in SURGEON (doctor)
24 DRAFT R (queen) in DAFT (silly)
26 READ-OUT dd
27 EMBARGO EM (measure) BAR (prohibit) GO (move).  A nice &lit.
28 BINARY SYSTEM dd
 
Down
2 WORSHIP ORS (alternatives) in WHIP (switch)
3 STARRIER S (southern) TARRIER (one who waits)
4 BRAD BRA (support) D (down)
5 COMMANDEER E (drug) in COMMANDER (captain)
6 LAMPS L (50) AMPS (A)
7 RUN AMOK reverse hidden in whacKO MAN URged
8 ANTIMACASSARS ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) in *(MASS TRAIN)
9 CONCENTRATION dd
14 HELICOPTER ELI (priest) COPT (Christian) in HER (woman’s).  What a great definition: “agent of revolutionary uprising”!
17 BAD DEBTS ADD (tote), B (Britain) in BETS (wagers)
19 RHUBARB dd
21 PRAIRIE odd (“uneven”) letters of PoRtAl Is RaIsEd
23 GROWN *(WRONG)
25 LENS LE (“the,” French) + N, S (directions) Lens is a town in France (specifically, Calais), defined in the clue by “here.”

3 Responses to “Financial Times 13,352 / Phssthpok”

  1. Tony Welsh says:

    Came here to check 25d. There does not seem to be a definition in the clue, so the answer could just as well be lees or even less. Am I wrong?

  2. Agentzero says:

    Tony,

    The definition in the clue is simply “here,” indicating that the answer is a place name (the town of Lens in France). I’ve updated the blog to make that clear.

  3. Tony Welsh says:

    Thanks, Agentzero. That’s actually quite clever; I did not even think of the place name.

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