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Financial Times 13,353 / Sleuth

Posted by Gaufrid on April 7th, 2010

Gaufrid.

Nothing too difficult today so a very quick, though pleasant, solve. Only two clues required dictionary assistance to confirm the wordplay (the container in 10ac) or the answer (16dn) but both were entered from the wordplay/checked letters and then verified afterwards.

Across
1 SAMPLE  MP (one with majority) in SALE (rugby side)
4 BACCARAT  C[hic] CARA (woman) in BAT (one out at night)
9 ANNOY  [t]ANNOY (speaker short of time)
10 BETE NOIRE  E (English) TEN (figure) in BOIRE (drink, in French)
11 PREFACE  REF (match official) in PACE (step)
12 ELEANOR  LEAN (list) in ROE (eggs) reversed
13 DROP  dd
14 STEALTHY  TEAL (duck) T[raverse] H[abitat] in S[urre]Y
17 ANGLESEY  ANGLE (devious motive) YES (certainly) reversed
19 ECHO  hidden in ‘restrictivE CHOice’
22 BIRETTA  *(TRIBE) TA (sign of gratitude)
24 INERTIA  *(I RETAIN)
25 ON THIN ICE  dd
26 MIMIC  MI MI (two notes) C (chapter)
27 BROOKLYN  homophone of ‘Brooke’ (poet) L (line) NY (New York) reversed
28 STANZA  A NZ (bunch of Kiwis) in STA (station)

Down
1 STAMPEDE  cd – neat = cattle
2 MINNESOTA  *(NOMINATES)
3 LAYMAN  LAY (song) MAN (crew)
5 AT THE SAME TIME  *(MATE HATES ITEM)
6 CONTEXT  CON (read) TEXT (message on mobile)
7 REIGN  homophone of ‘rein’ (something to restrain)
8 THEORY  HE (ambassador) in [s]TORY (tale initially discounted)
10 BREATHE EASILY  d&cd
15 YACHTSMAN  cd
16 FOCACCIA  F (fellow) CC (two hundred) in *(CIAO) A – cheer = food. “A flat loaf of Italian bread made with olive oil and topped with salt, herbs etc” according to Chambers and COED and Collins has “a flat Italian bread made with olive oil and yeast” but the translation according to an Italian/English dictionary is “a type of pizza or a bun”.
18 GATWICK  G[row] AT WICK (place in Scotland)
20 ABSORB  AB (sailor) SORB (service) – sorb = the service tree, the wild service tree, or (sometimes) the rowan tree (Chambers)
21 HELMET  HELM (direct) E[mergency] T[eams]
23 RATIO  hidden in ‘celebRATIOns’

One Response to “Financial Times 13,353 / Sleuth”

  1. nmsindy says:

    Enjoyable puzzle which I too found fairly easy, did have to go for help with 16D which was new to me.

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