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Financial Times 13,556 / Gurney

Posted by Agentzero on November 30th, 2010

Agentzero.

A new setter, or a new pseudonym for an established setter who is new to the FT? I’m not sure, although there is something vaguely familiar about the style–reminiscent of both Armonie (the concision) and Rufus/Dante (the cd’s). Either way, welcome!  If this is indeed a new setter, this is an impressive debut–very smooth and accomplished.  Personal favourites were 8 down (an &lit.) and 23 across.

Across
1 TYPESET *(STEP YET)
5 SNIPPET SNIP (cut) PET (favourite)
9 ACTOR hidden in fACTORy
10 REINSTATE *(IT’S NEATER)
11 TANGERINE *(GENERATI[o]N)
12 REMIT dd
13 ROAST dd
15 ADDRESSEE cd
18 CHEERLESS d&cd; “hip” as in “hip hip hooray” 
19 THEFT THE FT (this paper)  A bit of a chestnut.
21 ENSUE ENSU[r]E
23 SKINNY-DIP cd
25 ECONOMIES E[ast] + *(SO INCOME)
26 BLEAT B (beginning to “blab”) + *(TALE)
27 TANGENT NAT[ionalist] reversed + GENT (guy)
28 LOBULAR *(OUR BALL)
 
Down
1 TOASTER TO ASTER (flower)
2 POTENTATE [orviet]O TENT (wine) in PATE (head).  Tent, a name for a deep red Spanish wine, was new to me.
3 SERVE dd
4 TERMINATE *(MARTINET) + E[nglish]
5 SUITE homophone of SWEET (delightful)
6 INSURGENT *(RUN-IN GETS)
7 PSALM [a]PS[e] [c]ALM[s] (“apse calms” with outside letters removed)
8 THEATRE THE + even letters of pArTeRrE
14 THREESOME *(HERO MEETS)
16 DISMISSAL IS S[tumped] in DISMAL (feeble)
17 SPEEDWELL SPEED (move quickly) WELL (in a satisfactory way).  Veronica is the name of the genus of the speedwell plant.
18 CLEMENT dd
20 TIPSTER cd; referring to “laying” as a variety of horse betting
22 SCORN S[mall] CORN (crop)
23 SWIFT dd
24 NABOB NAB (arrest) O[ld] B[oy]

7 Responses to “Financial Times 13,556 / Gurney”

  1. bamberger says:

    Thanks for the blog. I got this out with a little bit of electronic help for 28a, 17d & 20d.
    Most tipsters advise you what to back though with the likes of betfair you can indeed become bookmaker and lay a horse to lose. That said, if you back odds on -say 4/1 on , the on course bookies will shout “take 4 to 1″ so that you are effectively laying the horse at 4/1.
    Liked 19a

  2. jmac says:

    Really good. Look forward to more by this setter.

  3. Dynamic says:

    Very enjoyable, mostly not too taxing and quite a lot entered fairly swiftly, making it an light, refreshing, enjoyable solve, but one or two needed all the checking letters (18d, 23a, 2d). I hadn’t heard of tent wine (a.k.a. <a href="http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/tinta"tinta) either, and being archaic, I guess I rarely will again.

    Thanks to Gurney and Agentzero

  4. Sleuth says:

    Very accomplished debut. Esp liked the original and accessible approach to cluing familiar words. Favourites were PSALM and THREESOME.

  5. Bannsider says:

    A v impressive puzzle. There is an art (so I’m told :-) ) to writing easy clues which are also very good clues and Gurney has certainly mastered it. Mind you those of us who know Gurney in other incarnations will not be surprised to note the quality of this puzzle.

  6. Agentzero says:

    Hi Bannsider

    Don’t leave us in suspense! Does Gurney set for other papers and if so under what name?

  7. Gurney says:

    Thanks, Agentzero, for the blog, and all for their comments. Gurney has set in other publications using the pseudonym Raich.

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