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Financial Times 13,388 / Jason

Posted by Agentzero on May 18th, 2010

Agentzero.

Unusual, but pleasant, to see a theme in a Tuesday FT.

For a moment I was afraid that a few clues would leave me in limbo, but I did a jig when the last twist was revealed and all of the dances fell into place.

Across
1 STRAWS S (second) T (time) RAW (freezing) S (son)
5 FATIGUES FAT (stout) I GUES[s] (endlessly I assume)
9 TRANSFIX TRANS (through) FIX (firm, as a verb)
10 NIECES I (one) in *(SCENE)
11 MINUET MI (note) + *(TUNE); a nice &lit.
12 ROOM-MATE OO (rings) M (married) M (maiden) in RATE (respect)
14 CONSTRUCTION CON’S (prisoner’s) TRUC[k] (vehicle almost) *(INTO)
18 HEART-TO-HEART *(ERATO HER THAT)
22 BARNACLE *(BALANCE + R[esistance]).  “Crusty lodger” is a fine definition.
25 BOLERO BOLE (bottom of tree) R (run) O (round).  “Bottom of tree” of course misled me into looking for an “E.”
26 JARGON J (judge) ARGO (old boat) N (new)
27 OUTMATCH OUT (open) MATCH (marriage)
28 RESTRAIN REST (a break) RAIN (shower)
29 REEKED REE[d] (cut grass) KED (fly).  The ked, an ovine parasite, though wingless, is indeed classified as a fly
 
Down
2 TURNIP TURN (roll) I P (start to prepare)
3 ANNOUNCER dd
4 SAFETY NET SAFE (peter) + Y (end of May) in *(TENT)
5 FOXTROT FOX (baffle) TROT (old leftwinger)
6 TANGO NAT[ive] reversed + G (good) O (old)
7 GLEAM L (left) and A (adult) in GEM (jet).
8 ELECTION *(I ONCE LET)
13 MAC MA (mother) C (caught)
15 ULAN BATOR *(BANAL TOUR)
16 TITILLATE I’LL (one will) in *(TATTIE)
17 SEPARATE *(A REP”S) + ATE (had meal)
19 TEA E (European) in TA (an expression of gratitude)
20 HOEDOWN O (love) in HE’D (that bloke would) + OWN (private)
21 ORACLE [c]ORACLE (heading away from boat)
23 NIGHT NIGH (almost) T (time)
24 CONGA C (clubs) ON (dealing with) G (grand) A (area)

4 Responses to “Financial Times 13,388 / Jason”

  1. Macca says:

    Hi Agentzero,
    could someone explain the ‘hostess in boob tube’ bit of 3dn ?

  2. Rishi says:

    Hostess in boob tube? I say!

    As mentioned above, it’s a double definition.

    The second definition is “I say”. One who says is an ANNOUNCER.

    The first definition is a hostess on a TV programme, ‘boob tube’ being American slang for a TV set. Otherwise known as ANNOUNCER.

  3. Rishi says:

    Macca
    I forgot to tell you that it has nothing to do with any ‘hot, sexy’ dress.

  4. Macca says:

    Ah, I see. I’ve heard of the ‘tube’ for TV but not the ‘boob’ bit. There you go.

    Thanks.

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