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Financial Times 13,528 / Falcon

Posted by smiffy on October 28th, 2010

smiffy.

A technically solid puzzle, but about as easy (and, in parts, uninspired) as the FT gets.  In fact I solved all bar two of the Acrosses straight off the bat, which had the unfortunate effect of the rendering Downs to be almost as readily solvable simply from definitions alone.

Across
1 HUMBUG - hum + bug.
4 OVERCAST - over + cast.
9 POKER – K[ing] in (Edgar Allen) Poe + R.
10 MENDACITY - men + d{eceive} + a city.
11 ABSTAIN – a + b + stain.
12 STILTON - tilt in son.  Admittedly I was fortunate to immediately stumble upon this answer via a false route, namely seeing ‘list…’ as likely anagram fodder.
13 ODIN - {R}odin.  Strange-ish surface reading; why would our artistic friend be disenfranchised so?
14 OFF BREAK - one of the more genteel deliveries in cricket.
17 TAKE HEED – (a + k{nav}e) in the + Ed.
19 SEEM – see + m.
22 UP TO NOW - up + (No. in tow).
24 VISITOR – It. in visor.
25 GOLDENROD - (old in gen) + rod.  With hindsight (and the benefit of some botanical image searching!), the use of ‘staff’ may be a tad clumsy.  Seems likely that the -rod suffix in the answer is meant to denote the staff-like appearance of the blossoms.
26 HOARD - o in hard.
27 EVENTIDE – event + ide{a}.
28 TACKLE – (elk + cat)<.  A neat idea, but I strongly suspect that I’ve seen it elsewhere in the recent past.

Down
1 HEPTAGON - pathogen*
2 MAKESHIFT – make (as in “What ‘model’ of car do you drive?”, I assume) + shift.
3 UPROAR – up + roar.  The only ‘Bellow’ famous enough to underpin the surface capitalisation would be Saul.
5 VENUS OBSERVED - A play by Christopher Fry.  Both artist and work being way beyond my pantomime-centric knowledge of the dramatic arts.  But an almost full complement of checking letters left no room for initial doubt.
6 REALISE – double def’n.
7 A-LIST – hidden.    Didn’t really dig the Germanic-style verb positioning here.  Moreover, here’s my idle-brained philosophical question of the day; should a hyphenated word be clued as a ‘hidden’ without its hyphen?
8 TRYING – double def’n.  Am at a bit of a loss for words at this one….
10 MAN OF THE WORLD - …and here I will plead discretion as the better part of valour horror.
15 KEEP TRACK – keep + track.
16 AMBRIDGE – (game bird)*.  Re: the fictional village (in Borsetshire) from The Archers.
18 KINDEST – kind + set*.
20 BUNGLE – {bar}n in bugle (= an evergreen ‘creeping plant’).
21 ASTHMA – as + th{is} + Ma.
23 TILDE – L in tide.

3 Responses to “Financial Times 13,528 / Falcon”

  1. niloci says:

    Last Monday’s puzzle with correct grid is now on the FT website.

  2. Tony Welsh says:

    Thanks, Smiffy. I too found it easy, though not as easy as you clearly did. Took me about 40 minutes, which is just about a record for me. I thought “avoid” as a definition of “abstain” a bit of a stretch.

    btw, correcting the grid on Monday’s puzzle was easy enough, from the clue numbers and word lengths. I managed to solve the puzzle on the day without much difficulty.

  3. bamberger says:

    I got about 40% out in 20 minutes, a further 10% out in 20 more minutes and none in the last 20 minutes.

    While a few months ago I wouldn’t have written in the likes of 1a & 19a on sight, I now seem to either solve a clue within two minutes of looking at it or not at all.

    22a was frustrating. I had tow and I had no but just couldn’t see up.
    28a I’ll remember this for future use
    15d I had keep but couldn’t see track
    20d Hadn’t seen this use of bugle

    I don’t think I would have got 25a or 5d

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