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Financial Times 13,418 / Courtier

Posted by Agentzero on June 22nd, 2010

Agentzero.

This is at least the third year running that “Courtier” has posted a puzzle with a timely theme.  Presumably it is one of the usual setters using a different pseudonym.  Any guesses?  I think the style is reminiscent of Armonie.

As to the puzzle itself, it was a pretty straightforward solve.  Maybe one too many anagrams for my taste, but no other complaints.

Across
1 OVERHEADS OVER (above average) HEADS (bosses). 
6 NADAL *(AN) + LAD reversed
9 CAPON CAP ON (wearing a chapeau)
10 DROPSHOTS DROP SHOTS (discard the photographs)
11 RELIANCE *(CLEANER I)
12 LEGEND EG (for example) in LEND (credit)
13 BOIL I in LOB (toss the ball) reversed
14 IMMIGRANT I’M + I’M reversed + GRANT (allowance)
18 IGNORANCE *(CANING OR) + E[xaminee]
19 PUSH dd
21 MURRAY dd; ref. the River Murray in Victoria and Andy Murray.  Not expected to make the finals but may last longer than England’s football team, I fear.
23 OSTEITIS *(TOES IS IT)
26 RED PEPPER RED (embarrassed) PEPPER (the Beatles’ sergeant)
27 PROWL PR (Puerto Rico) OWL (hooter)
28 EGRET [r]EGRET (be sorry)
29 WIMBLEDON I’M BLED (I’m drained) in WON
 
Down
1 OSCAR OS (large) + RAC (motoring organisation) reversed
2 EXPULSION cd
3 HENMAN HEN (layer) MAN (humanity)
4 ADDICTION DD (cleric) + I in ACTION (combat)
5 SLOG hidden in produceS LOGical
6 NEST EGGS cd
7 DRONE dd; “queen” as in queen bee
8 LAST DITCH LAST (final) DITCH (get rid of)
13 BAIN-MARIE *(ARAB IN ME I)
15 MAELSTROM *(MOSLEM ART)
16 ADULTHOOD *(DO OLD UTAH)
17 ORNAMENT OR + NAME (identify) NT (some old books)
20 PEN-PAL LAP (part of a journey) + NEP[al] reversed
22 RADAR D (a numner) in RA (Royal Artillery) + RA reversed
24 SALON AL (Alabama) in SON (relative)
25 SPEW WE + PS (reminder) reversed

3 Responses to “Financial Times 13,418 / Courtier”

  1. Godber says:

    Agentzero,

    Are you seriously suggesting that at 6ac there is an anagram of a two-letter unit standing next to a reversal of a three-letter one? Incredible.
    If not, and assuming the rest of the blog is accurate, then the anagram count is five and a half or six depending how generous you are on 18ac. Six is precisely the suggested number for a Times puzzle.

  2. walruss says:

    If Courtier only appears once a year, is the ‘timely theme’ not his only one?

  3. nmsindy says:

    Nice themed puzzle, the HENMAN clue was pretty good, also esp liked NEST EGGS, ORNAMENT, PEN-PAL.

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