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Financial Times 13,510 / Sleuth

Posted by smiffy on October 7th, 2010

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Something of a geographic safari today, with a trinity of African countries/cities cropping up in the wordplay and answers (oh, and not forgetting Simon Le Bon’s favourite North American river too).  I have 16D and 18D tying for clue of the day honours, and that may have to go to extra-time and – if necessary - a penalty shootout (Update: look away if you don’t want to see the final score below).

Across
1 ORCHARD - O.R. + (r in Chad).
5 CUTLASS - {o}ut in class.
9 OILER - {t}oiler.
10 ECONOMISE - {airlin}e + (income so)*.
11 STATESMAN - (T.A. + team’s*) in S+N.  Relieved to see this clue avoid the well-trodden highway of punning on US citizenship.
12 LAGOS = g in Laos.
13 MAHDI - (a,h,d) =’a hard day’ in mi. An Islamic ‘insurrectionary leader’ of yesteryear.
15 OUTSPOKEN - O.U (Oxford Uni = ‘dark blue’) + (son kept)*.
18 BENIGHTED - (E + nigh) in (debt)*.
19 PURGE - G[ovt] in pure.  As in Josef Stalin’s radical approach to corporate downsizing.
21 CABIN - CAB (Citizens’ Advice Bureau) + in.
23 MINIATURE - double def’n; although I’ll admit to being unfamiliar with the second one (‘illuminated letter’) which is related to manuscripts.
25 RIO GRANDE - (rare dog in)*. ‘Splashing’ as an angrind?  Discuss, in 1,500 words or fewer.
26 GAFFE - gaffe{r}.
27 WEMBLEY - emble{m} in Wy.
28 SURFEIT - homophone of “sir fit”.

Down
1 OPOSSUM - Op. + OS + sum.
2 CALLAGHAN- call + a Ghan{a}.  Still, I believe, the only person to have held all four of the high offices of British Government (P.M., Chancellor, Foreign & Home Secs.).
3 AGREE - a gree{n}.
4 DREAMBOAT - (A drab tome).  Has anyone actually heard this word used in conversation at any point in the last 15-20 years?
5 CLOWN - low in C{amarthe}n.
6 TOODLE-PIP - (Period + plot)* – {bothe}r.
7 AGING - {man}aging.
8 STETSON - St. + (s in Eton).
14 IN GENERAL – E in (learning)*.
16 TV DINNERS - I enjoyed this cryptic immensely.  And an interesting chronological juxtaposition to the symmetrical answer at 4D (I imagine that eating in front of the gogglebox only became socially tolerable long after the dreamboats’ heyday).
17 KERFUFFLE – K + E + (f in ruffle).  One of those great onomatopoeic words, that sounds like it should somehow be of Indian origins, but actually comes from Gaelic/Celtic roots.
18 BACK ROW - (rack)* in bow.  A great clue, built around the deceptively mundane def’n (‘locks?’).  For those unfamiliar with rugby, the locks comprise two-thirds of a scrum’s back row. [Edit: See Gaufrid’s comment below on the inaccuracy here.  My/Sleuth’s rugby knowledge is, at best, outdated).
20 EVEREST – hidden.
22 BLOOM - L in boom.
23 MONEY – one in my.
24 AUGUR - (a guru)*.

3 Responses to “Financial Times 13,510 / Sleuth”

  1. Gaufrid says:

    Hi smiffy
    Sorry but I have to take issue with both you and Sleuth. 18dn is simply wrong! In a rugby pack the locks are the second row (behind the front row comprising two props and the hooker). The back row has two flankers, blind-side and open-side, (previously known as wing forwards) and the Number 8.

  2. smiffy says:

    Thanks Gaufrid – I will defer to your expertise on this one, as it decades since I’ve watched a game of rugby. I’ve always been under the impression that the three elements of the scrum were front row/back row/flankers. But that merely reflects received wisdom handed down by our games teacher at school (who always seemed to have a tenuous grip on reality anyway!).

    I guess that settles the clue of the day battle, at least…

  3. bamberger says:

    I solved the NE corner and found the clues hard but impeccably clued. The only others I solved were 11a , 4d & 19a.

    Is there anything more annoying than missing a hidden word (20d)?
    Knew 24a was an anagram and not getting it is the equivalent of a back row player dropping the ball over the line.

    Looking at the answers to the others, I hope that in 3/6/9/12 months I’ll be getting them.

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