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Financial Times 13,472 / Armonie

Posted by Agentzero on August 24th, 2010

Agentzero.

Nothing difficult here, but I admire how Armonie makes it all seem so effortless. As usual, the clues have excellent surfaces that read naturally.

Across
1 OFF THE MARK dd
7 MACE M[ark] ACE (superb)
9 DAIS DAIS[y] (flower cut)
10 PALINDROME *(RANDOM PILE)
11 WHEELS W (first in wish) HEELS (lists).  Beautiful clue; I love how “wish lists” fits together
12 VILLAGER LAG (convict) in VILER (even more corrupt)
13 PROCURER PRO (for) CURER (doctor)
15 EWER [s]EWER (needlewoman lost top)
17 ADAM A + MAD (crazy) reversed.  The architect could be William Adam or any of his three sons, the most famous of whom was Robert
19 HENCHMAN N[ew] CH[urch] in HE-MAN (masterful type)
22 FULL STOP dd
23 ESCHER *(CHEERS) Another favorite clue
25 CONTRABAND *(ROB AND CAN’T)
26 AFAR A + RAF (service) reversed
27 STUD dd
28 EVERGLADES LAD (boy) in E[astern] VERGES (borders) Another terrific surface
 
Down
2 FEATHER E (drug) in FATHER (priest)
3 TASTE hidden in aniTA STEwart
4 EXPOSURE EX (old) PO (Italian banker) SURE (certain).  I had not seen “banker” for river before, but I like it (and it’s a nice change from the oft-used “flower”).  Another standout clue
5 ALL OVER THE PLACE ALL OVER (finished) THE (article) PLACE (location)
6 KINDLE KIND (race) LE (the, French)
7 MARRAKESH RAKE (search) in MARSH (bog)
8 COMPERE *(MERE COP)
14 COMPLETED L (sovereign, as in pound coin) in COMPETED (strove)
16 UNDERDOG *(GROUNDED)
18 DRUM OUT D[irector] RUM (spirit) OUT (abroad)
20 AVERAGE VERA (woman) in AGE (advancing years)
21 AT EASE TEAS (drinks) in A and E
24 CLARA C[aught] LARA (W.I. batsman Brian Lara)

2 Responses to “Financial Times 13,472 / Armonie”

  1. Eileen says:

    Thanks, Agentzero.

    I thought this was quite straightforward, as you say, and I enjoyed it. I share your admiration for 11ac – for the same reason. I also particularly liked 10 and 26ac.

    All lovely surfaces, as you say – apart from 25ac which is not quite grammatical.

    ‘Banker’ for river has been around for a long time: some people don’t like it!

    And 27ac is something of a chestnut, too – but, all in all, a nice puzzle.

  2. Scarpia says:

    Thanks Agentzero.
    As you say nothing difficult here,but a very enjoyable solve,with Armonie’s usual succinct clueing.
    As Eileen points out ‘banker’ for river is used quite often,usually to howls of outrage from solvers -don’t mind it myself.
    25 across would have worked better following an ellipsis ….and Rob can’t etc.
    Top clues for me 10,11 and 19 across.

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