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Financial Times 13,468 – Sleuth

Posted by smiffy on August 19th, 2010

smiffy.

Only one potential slice of esotericum (at 28A, one of those “you either know it or you don’t” answers) as far as I could discern.  Overall, this one didn’t really float my boat – but perhaps that’s more a case of my own Plimsoll line having become a tad decalibrated.

Across
1 ARCHIVE - (chair)* + ve{nues}.
BACKLOG – (a + c{ler}k) in blog.
9 GRASS - R(oyal) in gas + S.  Recent Nobel Laureate Gunter Grass; the atypcial/hybrid treatment of ‘royal society’ was a neat touch.
10 CATERWAUL - cryptic def’n.
11 INFANTILE - in + fan + tile.  Now, I wonder why would this surface reading would make me thing of “Mr Portsmouth“?
12 ABATE – a + homophone of “bait”.
13 HINDI - hidden.
15 ARBITRARY - a + (bit in RR) + a Ry.  Not particularly whelmed by ‘brief time’ = bit, although I have heard people say “See you in a bit”, so I suppose it’s local/colloquial.
18 DEHYDRATE - (earth Eddy)*.
19 SOMME - M in some.
21 AUDEN - a + U + den.  I know that the government is committed to raising the legal age of retirement, but shouldn’t this clue have been pensioned off by now?
23 TAKE ISSUE - (a + k{eepsak}e) in tissue.
25 SHIPSHAPE - hip in (phases)*.
26 PRIDE - PR + ide{a}.
27 THERAPY - the rap + Y.
28 KILVERT - (Rev)< in kilt.  I learned of this chap only a few months ago, when he cropped up in a Times puzzle.

Down
1 ANGUISH - {l}anguish.  Entered without understanding the wordplay, so subsequently ended up trying to justify something from anagramming ‘causing’ minus the c (‘initially cleared’)….
2 CHAFFINCH – (a f + fin) in Ch x2
3 IBSEN - BSE in in.
4 ENCHILADA - Ch in (Neil)* + Ada.
5 BATHE - hidden.
6 CERVANTES - van in (Secret)*.
7 LHASA - l + has + A(fternoon).
8 GALLERY - r in galley.
14 INDONESIA - one’s in India.  If you don’t know me by now, then you’ll never, never know me…oooooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ohh.
16 BREAKNECK – Homophone of “brake” + neck.
17 ARMISTICE - (It’s a crime)*.
18 DEAD-SET - Sporting pun.
20 EVEREST - eve + rest.
22 DRIVE - double def’n.
23 TEARY - {t}ea{m} in try.
24 IMPEL- imp + e{asy} l{iving}.  ‘Young offender’ for imp struck me as a little harsh, rather than a little wry.

4 Responses to “Financial Times 13,468 – Sleuth”

  1. Rishi says:

    smiffy
    The typo in the answer to 16d needs to be fixed.

  2. smiffy says:

    Thanks Rishi. In my defence, the tool-bar that contains the spell-check facility was mysteriously absent when I posted the blog, so I had to go through and manually scour the numerous original typos! Back in business now, thankfully.

  3. nmsindy says:

    I found this quite easy by FT standards, did have to think quite a bit about 22D, before coming to the same conclusion as you that it was DRIVE and a double definition. Esp liked CATERWAUL, KILVERT (was familiar with him all right so that may have helped), GALLERY, BREAKNECK.

  4. Scarpia says:

    Thanks smiffy and sorry to hear of your decalibrated Plimsoll line – sounds painful. :)
    I found this easier than recent puzzles from Sleuth but an enjoyable solve nonetheless.
    FIN meaning bill was new to me – American slang is not my strong point.
    Top clues for me,1 and 6 down.

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