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Financial Times 13,454 / Neo

Posted by Agentzero on August 3rd, 2010


This Neo puzzle didn’t take too long, although I learned a new word (14 across). No complaints and some clever clues.

1 ACADEMIA ME reversed in ACADIA (Atlantic Provinces).  Whence the Cajuns of Louisiana fame. 
6 ESPIAL *(PIES) + AL[l]
9 RAISIN RA (artist) IS IN (available)
11 ERGO OGRE (flesh-eating giant) reversed
14 PIS ALLER LL (students) E (English) in *(PARIS)
16 ELAN ELAND (antelope) minus D (many)
18 MINI hidden in rooM IN Islington
19 PHARISEE H (hot) ARISE (spring) in PE (Peru)
21 SPANISH FLY SPANISH (some Europeans) FLY (go by air)
22 APSE P (piano) in A SE (corner, i.e., southeast)
26 ANIMAL LA (in Paris, the) MINA (Harker woman), all reversed.  Nee Murray, the heroine of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
27 MYSORE MY (compiler’s) SORE (angry)
2 CHAIR HAI (“yes” in Japanese, hence “confirmation from Tokyo”) in CR (credit)
3 DISLOCATION DIS (underworld god) + O[ld] CAT (feline) in LION (big one, i.e., feline)
4 MONOPOLY MO (second) NO (refusal) POLY (college)
6 ENTRAP PARTNE[r] (team-mate, almost) reversed
7 PEA P[ower] followed by first letters of Electrical Activity
8 ANCHORAGE dd.  This was very nice I thought.  A “road” is a sheltered area of water, e.g. Carrick Roads in Cornwall or Hampton Roads in Virginia
15 IDIOPATHY I (one) + OP (surgery) in *(DAY HIT)
17 MARYLAND MARY (Godmother (!)) LAND (property)
20 ASPIRE AS (when) + R (king) in PIE (confusion)
23 SPARE dd
25 RIO RIOT (rebellion) minus T (team leader)

6 Responses to “Financial Times 13,454 / Neo”

  1. Conrad Cork says:

    Thanks Agentzero. Agreed that there were somehighly ingenious clues.

  2. Sil van den Hoek says:

    Many thanks for blogging, Agentzero, and I fully agree with your conclusions.

    This crossword was immaculately clued, even though initially I had some doubts about that – because, for a change, I didn’t fully understand some definitions.
    Always thought that DIS was just the underground, but it was indeed a God too.
    Had to think about ASPIRE = ‘rise up’, but again perfectly alright.
    In 2d I was focused on seeing CHAIR too long as ‘a control meeting’ (a noun), instead of ‘to control meeting’ (a verb).
    I didn’t know ‘road’ for ANCHORAGE, but now I do know, it’s a rather clever clue.
    When I saw 22ac, my first thought was CHAP (CH+A+P), but – I know – wrong thought!
    [but I liked the fact that there’s a construction possible in this clue that’s not leading to the right answer]

    Outstanding clues for me perhaps two short ones, ELAN and PEA, both very well constructed with lovely surfaces.

    Yep, good crossword, mr B!

  3. walruss says:

    Very well-clued, so that even the French expression is easily solved. Enjoyable lunch-time fare, together with a roast-beef sandwich from the deli!

  4. Scarpia says:

    Thanks Agentzero.
    Pretty good crossword from Neo with some unusual vocabulary.Didn’t know IDIOPATHY or HAI(in 2 down)but both were gettable from the wordplay and check letters.
    17 down:I may be wrong about this(being a heathen!) but wasn’t Mary the mother of Jesus who was (supposedly) the Son of God? :)
    Favourite clues for me,8 down and 26 across.

  5. Agentzero says:

    Hi Scarpia

    Yes, that’s what Neo (cheekily) meant by “Godmother.” Took me a moment to see that, I was looking for FAIRY at first.

  6. Neo says:

    Hypostases, man. If you’re into it – I confess I am not, at this time.

    Many thanks to the Zero, and to all for comments. Cheers!

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