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Financial Times 13,400 / Armonie

Posted by Gaufrid on June 1st, 2010

Gaufrid.

Quite straightforward today, nothing obscure or contentious and decent surfaces in the main.

Across
1 INVOCATION  IN (trendy) VOCATION (career)
7 DHOW  D (departs) HOW (in what manner)
9 ISIS  [cr]ISIS (trouble loses credit)
10 NEBULOSITY  *(BOUNTY LIES)
11 CRATER  CRATE (jalopy) R (runs)
12 APOLLYON  A POLLY (girl) ON (concerned)
13 FLAPJACK  FLAP (stew) JACK (Ferrari supporter)
15 ACTS  dd – Acts follows John in the New Testament
17 VEGA  hidden in ‘actiVE GAlaxy’
19 NORSEMAN  O[rchestra] in *(MANNERS)
22 DEATH ROW  DE (Delaware) A (atomic) THROW (project)
23 COFFER  homophone of ‘cougher’ (hacker)
25 STOCK STILL  STOCKS (keeps) T (old Ford) ILL (laid up)
26 ARID  A (article) RID (free)
27 HAIL  dd
28 SWEETBREAD  SWEET (dear) BREAD (money)

Down
2 NOSTRIL  *(RIOTS) in NL (Netherlands) - ‘airport’ needs to be split into ‘air port’ as the definition
3 ONSET  ON (working) SET (class)
4 ABNORMAL  NORMA (operatic heroine) in A BL (barrel)
5 IN BLACK AND WHITE  cd
6 NELSON  dd
7 DISPLEASE  PL (Poet Laureate) in DISEASE (illness)
8 OUTPOST  OUT (dated) POST (mail)
14 PRACTICAL  *(ARCTIC) in PAL (friend)
16 BRACELET  BRACE (couple) LET (hire out)
18 ELECTRA  *(TREACLE)
20 AMERICA  AM (in the morning) ERICA (Heather)
21 GRASPS  GR (Greek) ASPS (snakes)
24 FLAIR  FL (sunshine state, Florida) AIR (utter)

6 Responses to “Financial Times 13,400 / Armonie”

  1. walruss says:

    Yes Gaufrid, quite a straightforward puzzle. Nothing contentious, perhaps nothing too exciting either? Thanks for a very accurate blog.

  2. nmsindy says:

    Not too difficult, esp liked INVOCATION and BRACELET. Thanks for explaining ACTS, I guessed that might be reason but was not sure.

  3. Scarpia says:

    I found this harder than usual for Armonie(not a complaint).
    Struggled with 2 down until getting all the check letters and 12 across took me a while,even though I’ve read Pilgrim’s Progress a couple of times – retention is not what it was!

  4. Richard says:

    Thanks for the blog, Gaufrid.

    My first attempt at a weekday FT. I found this much harder than Saturday’s prize puzzle!
    Jack = Ferrari supporter?
    Barrel = BL? Atomic = A? PL = Poet Laureate? – Completely invented abbreviations, surely!
    I also don’t understand why Heather = Erica.

  5. Scarpia says:

    Erica is the genus to which heather belongs.

  6. Gaufrid says:

    Hi Richard
    Scarpia has already explained the heather = erica (also ‘ling’ in crossword clues).

    With regard to your other queries, jack as in the implement you use to raise a car when changing a wheel and the abbreviations can all be confirmed in Collins and/or Chambers.

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