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Financial Times 13,410 by Falcon

Posted by Pete Maclean on June 24th, 2010

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of June 12
My first impression of this puzzle was that it was too easy. I tore through the clues, the only ones stumping me for more than a few seconds being 26A (TIP-AND-RUN), 29A (OPEN-AND-SHUT) and 21D (EARTHY). It is hard to complain though when there are clues as elegant as 15A (NOON), 20A (SORCERY), 1D (SOLITUDE), 5D (VILLAIN), 6D (RESERVOIR), 14D (CRESCENDO) and 19D (ENDORSE).

Across
1. SCREWDRIVER – S (second) + CREW (team) + DRIVER (club)
7. VAN – double definition
9. LOFTY – FT (newspaper) in LOY (Myrna, US actress)
10. COLOSSEUM – anagram of SOULS COME
11. TARANTULA – TAR (sailor) + A (a) + anagram of AUNT + L (large)
12. RANGE – [o]RANGE
13. DEFICIT – F (female) + IC (in charge) in anagram of DIET
15. NOON – NO (small number) + ON (about)
18. MERE – double definition
20. SORCERY – CE (Church of England) in SORRY (unhappy)
23. AD HOC – AD (notice) + HOC[k] (wine’s in short supply)
24. DARK HORSE – DARK (evil) + HORSE (drug)
26. TIP-AND-RUN – anagram of PAD TURNIN. I played what I knew as “hit-and-run” as a boy; I do not recall this variant of the name.
27. PLAZA – anagram of LA PAZ
28. YEN – double definition
29. OPEN-AND-SHUT – double definition

Down
1. SOLITUDE – anagram of L (left) and OUTSIDE
2. RIFF-RAFF – FF (very loud) + RA (artist) in RIFF (constantly repeated phrase)
3. WAY IN – WAY (system) + IN (at home)
4. RECOUNT – double definition
5. VILLAIN – VILLA (house) + IN (home)
6. RESERVOIR – anagram of RIVER ROSE
7. VIENNA – VI (six) + ANNE (girl) backwards
8. NUMBER – double definition
14. CRESCENDO – anagram of C (Charlie) + CENSORED
16. REPROACH – REP (agent) + [Hal] ROACH (film producer)
17. TYPECAST – TYPE (characters) + CAST (pitch)
19. ENDORSE – END (last) + [h]ORSE (nag, not first)
20. SYRINGA – NG (no good) in SYRIA (Mediterranean country)
21. EARTHY – EARTH (celestial body) + [mercur]Y
22. CHOPIN – CHOP (dispense with) + IN (popular)
25. HOPED – HOP (dance) + ED (journalist)

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