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Financial Times 13,376 / Armonie

Posted by Agentzero on May 4th, 2010

Agentzero.

A good puzzle from Armonie.  As alwyas, the clues are concise and generally have smooth, natural surface readings.  I wasn’t excited about any of the two-word anagrams but I particularly enjoyed 3, 10 and 13 down.

Across
1, 4 ARTFUL DODGER *(TELFORD GUARD)
8 SLEIGHT homophone of SLIGHT (insignificant)
9 PATIENT dd
11 BY AND LARGE *(DYLAN) in BARGE (boat)
12 TOUT [s]TOUT (ale)
13 SPRAT R (royal) in SPAT (argument)
14 SUBTRACT BUS (transport) reversed + TRACT (area)
16 IMPAIRED IMP (brat) AIRED (broadcast)
18 TUMID TUM (spare tyre) I’D
20 TROT dd
21 BOWIE KNIFE *(WIFE ON BIKE)
23 MAJORCA MAJOR (officer) CA (about)
24 ROMANIA RO[yalist] MANIA (enthusiasm)
25, 26 DOMINO EFFECT *(ME INFECT FOOD)
 
Down
1 ALLEY dd
2 THINNER INN (pub) inside THE R (bartender finally)
3 UPHOLSTER UP (top) HOLST (composer) E (direction) R (restricted)
5 ORATE O (love) RATE (rebuke)
6 GLITTER G (girl) LITTER (puppies)
7 RENOUNCED OUNCE (cat) in REND (split)
10 DRESS DOWN DRESS (trim) DOWN (blue)
13 SAMARKAND A MARK (spot) in SAND (desert)
15 BETTER OFF BETTER (gambler) OFF (out)
17 ART FORM A (American) RT (right) FOR (in favour of) M (market leader)
19 MANDATE MAN (worker) DATE (time)
21 BACON CO (firm) in BAN (boycott)
22 FLIRT R (Romeo) in FLIT (flutter)

One Response to “Financial Times 13,376 / Armonie”

  1. Sil van den Hoek says:

    Hi, Agentzero, I am not writing this post to let you feel not thát lonely today.
    I’ve just completed this Armonie, and it was indeed a good crossword.
    But I feel there’s still not enough variety in his way of clueing [to my taste, that is].
    Again, an overdose of “A in B” and charades.
    Highlight for me the BOWIE KNIFE of 21ac. Not that I’m a violent person [far from that], but I liked the somewhat more ‘adventurous’ surface.
    BTW, the surfaces were – as you said – quite good.
    Wasn’t familiar with some abbreviations like ‘R’ for ‘restricted’ and even ‘G’ for ‘girl’.
    Anyway, nice friendly puzzle of a setter who’s style seems to be not completely my cup of tea [after solving a few Armonies & Chifonies] – mainly due to the limited number of devices.

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