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Financial Times 13,466 / Phssthpok

Posted by Agentzero on August 17th, 2010

Agentzero.

Apologies for the late blog; a little short on time today.    Not a lot to comment on; I have a weakness for reverse anagrams, so I liked 18 across.

Across
1 PEDIGREE PE[n] DI[d] GREE[n] (“tips” of the words are removed)
5 THATCH THAT (not this) CH (church)
10 NOT HALF dd
11 LAMBADA A in LAMBDA (Greek character)
12 AZURE AZ (Arizona) URE (river)
13 NECESSARY *(AS SCENERY)
14 MISTRANSLATE MIST (water droplets) RAN (dripped) SLATE (black stone)
18 WASTE PRODUCT reverse anagram; *(WASTE) = SWEAT
21 BALALAIKA BA[n] + *(ALKALI)
23 AMINO A MINO[r]
24 INITIAL first letters of In Names It Transpires It’s A Letter
25 KREMLIN GREMLIN (mistake) substituting K for G
26 GUTTED dd
27 LEOTARDS LEOPARDS (cats) substituting T for P
 
Down
1 PENTAD PENT (imprisoned) AD (the present time)
2 DETOUR O (no) T[ime{ in RUED (regretted), all reversed; the reversal indicator is also the definition
3 GRAPEVINE G[ood] + PE (exercise) in RAVINE (valley)
4 ENFANT TERRIBLE *(TEEN BRAT N[ew] RIFLE)
6 HYMNS homophone; MEN = “HIMS”, I guess
7 TEARAWAY dd
8 HEAVY-SET HEAVY (thug) SET (TV)
9 BLOCK AND TACKLE dd
15 SACRAMENT *(MAN’S CRATE)
16 SWABBING B[lack] BIN (receptacle) in SWAG (looted goods)
17 PSALMIST S (succeeded) in PALMIST (fortunre teller)
19 PILLAR ILL (suffering) in PAR (mean)
20 WOUNDS WOUND (crooked) S[aint]
22 LOIRE I[sland] in LORE (ancient knowledge)

One Response to “Financial Times 13,466 / Phssthpok”

  1. Scarpia says:

    Thanks Agentzero.
    Enjoyable puzzle from the unpronounceable one,nothing too difficult and nothing controversial either.
    I also liked 18 across and thought 1 across was clever(don’t see many clues of that kind).
    Other favourites were 5 across(&lit?) and the anagram at 4 down.

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