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Financial Times 13,385 / Orense

Posted by shuchi on May 14th, 2010

shuchi.

A simple crossword, no obscure words or circuitous wordplay. Newbies might want to cut their solving teeth with this. For old hands, it might seem a little uninspired.

Across

1 ADMINISTERED MINISTER (vicar) in (DEAD)*
10 FUSSPOT F (loud) US (American) SPOT (skin infection)
11 ORIGAMI (GI)< in (MAORI)*
12 ENTRY [s]ENTRY
13 ASTEROID A STEROID (hormone)
15 APPENDAGES A PP (very quiet) END (finish) AGES (a long time)
16 SNOW SN (partners, in bridge) OW (painful exclamation)
18 AMPS AS (when) around MP
20 COQUETTISH Q (question) in (IT TOUCHES)*
22 HEADGEAR HEAR (try, as in a court) around (AGED)*. ‘Bowler’ is an example of headgear.
24 AESOP POSE (pretence) reversed, A (Academician)
26 ON THE GO hidden in ‘wONT HE GOssip’. Nicely hidden answer.
27 GRIDDLE [drainin]G RIDDLE (sieve)
28 MONEYLENDERS cd

Down

2 DESKTOP DESK (work surface) TOP (best)
3 IMPLYING [s]IMPLY (‘easily’ executed) IN (at home) G (good)
4 INTO I (one) N (new) TO[ry]
5 TROUSSEAUX T[hinking] ROUSSEAU (philosopher) S (times). ‘S = time’ all right, but I wonder if ‘S = times’ also works. X (times, as in arithmetic). Thanks to Gaufrid.
6 RAISE sounds like ‘raze’ (level)
7 DRAGOON DRAGON (lizard) around O (duck). To shanghai is to coerce. Unusual containment indication: ‘duck-eating lizard’. What a difference a punctuation mark can make.
8 AFTER A FASHION AFTER (following) A FAD (fashion). Liked this.
9 WINDOW-SHOPPER HOPPER (skipper) WINDOWS (opportunities)
14 LABORATORY LAB (political party, short for Labour party) ORATORY (speechmaking)
17 STEADIED (DATE)* in (SIDE)*
29 PHANTOM PHAN (sounds like ‘fan’ i.e. cooler) TOM (cat). Not the best surface, and ‘the’ seems redundant.
21 INSIDER IN (home) SIDE (team) R
23 GREEN dd
25 AGUE ARGUE (have a row) – R (run)

5 Responses to “Financial Times 13,385 / Orense”

  1. Gaufrid says:

    Hi Shuchi
    I think 5dn is TROUSSEAUX (the alternative plural of ‘trousseau’) with ‘times’ = X (as in arithmetic).

  2. shuchi says:

    That must be it! Thanks Gaufrid.

  3. Rishi says:

    I liked solving this crossword and I too had tick marks against Clues 26ac and 8dn.

    As for 5d, I bet many would have entered TROUSSEAUS without any further thoughts about it.

  4. JamesM says:

    Thank you Shuchi. You are absolutely right. This is a cracker for newbies’ teeth and presents few solving problems.

    I am commenting here only because I think that this an all-time (ie 55 years)solving-time record for me. 7 minutes. Don’t think I will see that again!

  5. scarpia says:

    Some clever clueing,nothing contentiou – a well costructed puzzle.
    I don’t think we’ll see any quibbles over this one – over to you G.A.!

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