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Financial Times 13367 / Falcon

Posted by C G Rishikesh on April 23rd, 2010

C G Rishikesh.

I am returning to 15sqd as a stand-in for Shuchi.

A none-too-difficult crossword, though there are a couple of unusual words, which are easily obtainable from wordplay. Clueing mostly fits the bill, which is modest.  Obvious word divisions for a couple of answers (e.g., JACK SPRAT, STALEMATE)  leaves the solver unexcited.


1 IRISH SETTER – IRIS (girl) + H SETTER (anag. of TETHERS), ‘barking’ being the unusual anagram indicator; I wonder if the setter wants us to take it in the sense of ‘stripping’.
7 ASS – AS (in the role of) + S (head of state)
9 SMALL – S (square) + MALL (shopping area)
10 STALEMATE – STALE (old) + MATE (china or china plate is rhyming slang for ‘mate’)
11 ALERTNESS – anagram of ERNEST and SAL (ignoring the conjuntion ‘and’)
12 ORLOP – R (king, R being an abbreviation for Rex) in OLOP (reversal of POLO, game). It is the lowest deck in a ship, a covering to the hold.
13 CALEPIN – anagram of PLACE IN. ‘Calepin’ is not in the Chambers dictionary or the COD. For confirmation I had to go to the online source
15 TOGA – A (article) + GOT (obtained), AGOT, reversal of which gives the answer
18 OSLO – by deleting the initial and last letters of GO SLOW (industrial action)
20 SANTA FE – ANT (worker) in SAFE (sheltered)
23 DITCH – D (Dominican) + IT (it) + CH (church)
24 FREE AGENT – FREE (release) + AGENT (spy)
26 JACK SPRAT – JACK (salt) + SPRAT (fish), the nursery rhyme character who “could eat no fat”.
27 TULSA – T (tons) + L (left) in USA (country). This place, once known as the oil capital of the world, is still heavily involved in the oil and gas industries
28 BAY – A triple definition clue as ‘bay’ means the colour chestnut [of horses], a horse of that colour and the laurel tree. The setter, in using the interrogation mark at the end of the clue, wants us to look at ‘horse’ as a verb, meaning ‘[to] mount’.
29 EX-DIRECTORY – EX (former partner) + DIRECTOR (auteur) + Y (close to Woody)


1 INSTANCE – IN (fashionable) + STANCE (attitude)
2 ISABELLA – IS (is) + A(a) + BELL (ring) + A. Question mark inits own right.
3 HOLST – L (Latin) in HOST (landlord). Ref. to Gustav Holst (1874-1934), English composer.
4 EPSTEIN – EP (abbreviation for an Extended-Play record which is now outdated) + STEIN (anagram of INSET). Got from wordplay. Help needed for the definition part.
5 TRANSIT – deleting M (male) from TRANSMIT (send), we get TRANSIT (carriage)
6 REED ORGAN – anagram of ONE REGARD
7 ARABLE – ARAB (horse) + LE (after deleting the last letter in ‘lea’, meadow)
8 SHERPA – HER (that woman) in SPA (hydro, informal for ‘hydropathic establishment’). A guide may be a Sherpa but not all Sherpas are guides.
14 POST-HASTE – Anagram of HAS TO STEP, ‘off’ being the anagram signal. Nice clue.
16 WATERLOO – Double definition. battle in which Napoleon was defeated/song in ABBA album
17 BESTIARY – anagram of SYBARITE. The dictionary definition for this is “a book of a type popular in the Middle Ages, describing animals, both real and fabled, allegorized for moral teaching purposes.”
19 OFFERED – Rather a weak double definition. Proposed / bid (as def. for word reqd. it is in the past tense)
20 SWEATER – S (the initial letter of summer) + WEATER (“wetter”). I expect homophones to be pucca words.
21 ODDJOB – ODD (strange) + JOB (task). Weak charade. I know ‘odd-job man’ or ‘odd-jobber’ but ‘oddjob’, that too unhyphenated, in itself meaning servant, is new to me.
22 STOCKY – STOCK (cattle) + Y (yard)
25 ATTIC – Double definition – classicallly elegant (attic = of Athens) / upper room

8 Responses to “Financial Times 13367 / Falcon”

  1. jmac says:

    Re 4 dn. Brian Epstein was manager of the Beatles.

  2. Srinivasaraghava says:

    Re 8 Dn
    A sherpa may be a guide but not all guides are sherpas!

  3. Gaufrid says:

    Hi Rishi
    Thanks for standing in.

    As you say, 13ac cannot be found in any of the usual references but it is in Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable.

    I assumed 21dn was a reference to the character in one of the 007 films as I cannot find it defined as manservant in any of the three Cs.

  4. Mister Sting says:

    I assumed that barking in 1ac was the short form of “barking mad”.

  5. Tony Welsh says:

    Another “none-too-difficult” puzzle! I have read a lot of these posts and never have I seen the solver admit that he found it hard. Actually, even I found this one relatively easy, though I had to look up Orlop and Calepin and was flumoxed by 10ac. I know little about pop music, having for example never heard of the song Waterloo, but even I knew Epstein was Beatles manager.

    Re 8dn, I think Srinivasaraghava misses Rishekesh’s point. For the clue to be correct as it stands, it is not necessary that all guides be Sherpas but it is necessary that all Sherpas be guides. (Whereas in fact some Sherpas are people who do not work as guides while still others are British Leyland vans!) A question mark might have been used to indicate that the answer is more general than the definition would otherwise imply. Thus if the answer to a clue is Toyota, “car” is an adequate definition, but if the answer is “car” the definition needs to be something like “Toyota maybe?”

  6. Tokyo Colin says:

    Gaufrid is correct (as usual.) Oddjob was the name of Bond’s bodyguard in Goldfinger.

  7. Gaufrid says:

    Sorry to have to disagree with you Colin but, according to Wikipedia, Oddjob was Auric Goldfinger’s lethal Korean manservant. Now that you have indicated which film it was I was able to check.

  8. Richard says:

    I wasn’t entirely happy with 28ac as in horses the colour Bay, meaning brown with a black mane and tail, is distinctly different from Chestnut.

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