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Financial Times 13,498 / Falcon

Posted by smiffy on September 23rd, 2010


Much of this flowed pretty readily from an instantly-solved 1A.  Ended up with a slight lack of “20-20″ vision, as I was unfamiliar with the answers at 20A and 20D; both were generously clued, however.  A couple of ripsnorting clues in here today, so please stand up and take a bow numbers 29A and 4D.

1 STAFF OF LIFE - double def’n, including a whimsical one re: Life magazine.
7 LEG - double def’n (cricket grounds).
9 ADLER  - (lead)* – {guita}r.  Larry of that ilk.
10 REFERENCE - {p}reference.
11 SHOT TOWER - (Two others)*.  A pretty obvious solve, but good marks for naturalistic tidiness.
12 PRESS - double def’n.
13 TOTALLY - to tally.
15 ONUS - {b}onus.
18 DISC - disc{US}.
20 SADIRON - sad + iron. A heavy flat-iron, as it turns out.
23 BREAM - r{iver} in beam.
24 ARRIVISTE - (rare visit)*
26 EQUITABLE - It in equable.
27 CREDO - C + red + O.  In archery, the ‘inner’ is the red area that surrounds the (gold) bulls-eye.
28 TAN - t + an.
29 FURTHERMORE - (the RM) in furore.  A delightfully innocuous definition tacked on at the end.

1 SPARSITY - (strip say)*.
2 ALL-SORTS - (As stroll)*.
3 FIRST - firs + t{or}.
4 FARAWAY - (Michael) Faraday; with w[eek] for d[ay].  Very good, all round.
5 INFERNO - infer NO.  Unusual to see’New Orleans’ get the NY/LA treatment.  I’ve only ever met it as an abbreviation before in American Football.  (How ’bout dem Saints!)
6 EZRA POUND - Biblical book + pre-decimalized math.
7 LINNET - L + in + net.
8 GREASE - r in (G + ease).
14 LEITMOTIF - mo in (title)* + If.
16 PROSPERO - prosper + O.  Another one of those Shakespearean acquaintances that I recognize by name but never recall which play (The Tempest) they feature in.
17 ANTELOPE - ant + elope.  The Ten Commandments of Crosswords #8: “Thou shalt always clue the word ‘antelope’ thus”.
19 CHAMBER - Ch. + amber.
20 SCREECH - C{anadian} in (cheers)*. A new meaning of the word to me.
21 OBJECT - double def’n.  The Ten Commandments of Crosswords #8, section b: “Oh, and likewise for ‘object’.  Any other treatment is heresy and shall lead to smiting”.
22 TEA URN – (nature)*.
25 VICAR - V1 + car.  The V1 (a.k.a. ‘doodlebug’) being the flying-bomb that haunted London during the Blitz.   As long as you could hear it you were safe, as that meant  the engine had yet to cut out and it was still defying gravity.

4 Responses to “Financial Times 13,498 / Falcon”

  1. Gaufrid says:

    Hi smiffy
    You have a slight error (or rather two) in 10ac. ;-)

  2. smiffy says:

    Thanks Gaufrid. Must have strayed into lateral thinking for a few seconds there while blogging. Duly amended!

  3. Andrew says:

    Also a slight “tpyo” in 16dn..

  4. smiffy says:

    Thanks Andrew. Strike two against me!

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