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Financial Times 13,414 – Jason

Posted by smiffy on June 17th, 2010

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A well-balanced mix of tractability and trickiness . I came unstuck in the SW quadrant, due to an over-impulsive stab at 17D, but overall the answers manifested themselves  at a satisfyingly steady and consistent pace.  Leaving me ample time to devote to celebrating St Gondulphus of Berry’s feast day.

Across

1 WILDFOWL – wild + f + owl.
5 TWELVE – t + we + l + v(iz) + {hous}E.
9 SINFULLY – (silly fun)*.
10 FRINGE – ring in Fe.
11 BARONESS – (r + on) in (bases)*.  When it comes to the ‘peer’ group, I always seem to forget about baronesses.  At least, on this occasion, it wasn’t, erm, caught short by the other more cryptic usage.
12 FRUSTA – (surf)< + ta.  These are “slices of bodies” in the geometric sense.
14  GO FOR BROKE - R in (forge book)*.  One could quibble about the arm’s-length anagrind, perhaps.
18 ARITHMETIC – (term t’ai chi)*.  The definition and anagram fodder segue together neatly, via ‘summer term’.
22 BATHOS – Bath (erstwhile Aquae Sulis) + (so)<.
23 BONA FIDE – (naf{f} + I{nvective}) in bode.
24 DAINTY - NT replacing L in daily (e.g. the FT).
25 HESITATE - (ties)* in hate.
26 SKEWER - w in (reeks)<.  My initial error at 17D led to hold-ups here – trying to justify SCENTS to fit the checkers of S_E_T_.
27 RAP SHEET – (a PS) in (three)*.  Given my struggles over the preceding clue, I was excessively misled by the  use of ‘previous’ to denote a criminal record (rather than as a cross-reference to 26).

Down
1 WASABI – hidden; and an embarrassingly elusive one for me, to boot.
2 LINERS - double def’n.
3 FLUENT – ‘flu + ENT (Ear/Nose/Throat).
WELL-SPOKEN - wells + ok in pen.  Very economical.
6 WARDROBE - ward + (Ebor)<.  More Roman-era municipal activity.  York = Eboracum (which lives on in the Ebor horse race).
LONG SHOT – L{inger} + (snog)* + hot.
ELEVATED - (E + V) in elated.
13 COMIC OPERA – Co + mi + cop + era.
15 BARBADOS - barb + ados.  A ‘fluke’ is the barbed part of a harpoon, or similar.
16 DIATRIBE - (aid)< + tribe.  Despite my wishful imagination, it would appear that ‘Philippic’ refers to Philip II of Macedon (by way of Demosthenes), rather than deriving from the Duke of Edinburgh.
17 THROTTLE - double def’n.  I got into problems by putting in RHEOSTAT here, despite that rendering the clue highly ungrammatical. Took a while to repair the damage.
19 RADIOS - {enginee}R + adios.
20 PIRATE - {shi}P + I rate.  A valid &lit, but one that just seems to lack a little va-va-voom.
21 REPEAT – re: peat.

2 Responses to “Financial Times 13,414 – Jason”

  1. Uncle Yap says:

    I have always thought Jason is easy meat until today. Finished all the clues in extra quick time and then there were four stubborn clues in the lower left hand corner. I learned that bard is fluke (Chambers3) and there is such a word as BATHOS. The “heart of kebab” got me trying in vain to form a word with the letter b (middle of keBab). In the end, it was the insertion of W (with) in reversal of REEKS (smells) for SKEWER

    Well done Jason, you got my knickers in a twist for a while.
    Thank you, Smiffy for a good blog

  2. nmsindy says:

    Great puzzle and great blog. I thought there were quite a few clues to savour in this, WILDFOWL, SINFULLY, ARITHMETIC (my favourite), SKEWER, RAP SHEET, LONG SHOT, RADIOS, REPEAT (this was my last answer).

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