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Financial Times 13,424 / Armonie

Posted by Agentzero on June 29th, 2010


One of my favourite FT setters, Armonie always has clues with clean, natural surface readings. Maybe a few too many old chestnuts (11 across, 16 across, 18 down have been seen more than a few times, I think), but many compensating clues where definition and subsidiary indication form a seamless whole. Also, I always comment on Armonie’s economy of language, but I am always impressed by it.

And 22 down is a helpful rule we all (menfolk) can live by, I think!

1 SNAPPY NAP (sleep) in SPY (agent)
4 REGICIDE a nice and misleading cd
10 LOOK SHARP LOOK (inspect) S (small) HARP (instrument)
11 ARIES [c]ARIES (dental decay)
12 TIER TIE (secure) R (royal)
15 REELING EEL (swimmer) in RING (clink)
16 STRAND dd
19 ETHANE E (earl) THANE (Scottish noble)
21 OUT OF IT O[scar] in OUTFIT (costume)
23 IMMODERATE M (1000 and therefore “many”) MODE (fashion) in IRATE (angry)
25 BRIE hidden in GaBRIElle
27 HINDI HIND (deer) I[sland]
28 IRON CROSS IRON (smooth) CROSS (foil)
29 REASSIGN ASS (fool) in REIGN (command)
30 AMUSED *(MEDUSA)  Another great surface: “Entertained Medusa unwisely,” indeed.
2 ATONEMENT A TONE (manner) MEN (people) T (initially “take”)
3 POST dd
5 EXPRESS EX (old) PRESS (reporters)
6 INACCURATE I (one) + *(CAN) + CURATE (clergyman)
7 IBIZA I (one) BIZ (profession, commonly) + A
8 ENSUED SUE (petition) in END (intention)
9 PARANG PA (father) RANG (called).  A Malaysian knife, similar to a machete.
18 STRESSED DESSERTS (sweet dishes) reversed
20 EARRING A in ERRING (wrong)
21 OPTION OPERATION (surgery) minus ERA (time)
22 WITHER WIT (humour) HER (woman). “Humour woman or perish” is the amusing clue.
24 MANTA ANT (social worker) in MA (mother)
26 SCAM SCAM[p] (rascal)

3 Responses to “Financial Times 13,424 / Armonie”

  1. Ferret says:

    Nice smooth puzzle as you say AZ, if a little too straightforward. I start my journey in Shoeburyness and this was a Chalkwell.

    My only gripe is the use of ‘unwisely’ as an anagrind….am I missing something?

    I arrived at 10a in another way. Having realised the answer straight off, I hastily thought of SHARP as being a medical definition for a small instrument (as per the yellow buckets)….however, your definition makes far more sense.

  2. Steve says:

    Thanks Agentzero,

    I arrived at 18d slightly differently and read ‘upset’ as an anagrind rather than a reverse indicator. But same result either way.

  3. brr says:

    Thanks Agentzero,

    This was my first try at a puzzle by Armonie and I enjoyed it. As a solver operating at the easier end of the scale, I’ll be back for more.

    I too went for the medical definition of SHARP, but S + HARP sounds spot on.

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