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Financial Times 13,605 / Falcon

Posted by Agentzero on February 10th, 2011

Agentzero.

Prize Puzzle from Monday January 31

This was not difficult at all, except that it required a bit deeper cultural knowledge than usual.  Andrew Motion is well known and frequently appears in crosswords; the interestingly named Wayne Sleep was not previously known to me.

Across
1 CRASH PAD CRASH (accident) PAD (tramp)
6 STARCH STAR (celebrity) CH[urch]
9 INSANE S (piece of “Spode”) in INANE (senseless)
10 NORTH SEA *(EARTH SON)
11 PEAL E[cstasy] in PAL (mate)
12 IN EVIDENCE dd
14 LOTHARIO LOTH (reluctant) A RIO (Brazilian port)
16 CONK dd
18 LION hidden in DallagLIO Naturally; this is an &lit. since Lawrence Dallaglio was an English rugby star 
19 SCORPION SCORPIO (house [of the Zodiac]) + N[ote]
21 SLEEP IT OFF I (one) in SLEEP (Wayne Sleep, renowned ballet dancer) TOFF (upper-class chap)
22 HEAT dd
24 EMOTICON C (about) in E[nglish] + [poet Andrew] MOTION
26 UPTURN UP (winning) TURN (act)
27 TEMPLE reverse hidden in hELP ME To
28 REDSHANK *(SHED) in RANK (row)
 
Down
2 RANGE N[orthern] in RAGE (intense anger). 
3 SMALL CHANGE dd
4 PREMIERE PREMIER (PM) E (last in “theatre”)
5 DANGEROUS CORNER DANGEROUS (hazardous) CORNER (hole).  A 1932 play by JB Priestly.
6 STRAIN dd
7 ASH A S[pecial] H[ard]
8 CRESCENDO C[ollege] + *(CENSORED)
13 ESCAPE HATCH C[aught] in *(THE APACHES)
15 ORIFLAMME OR (gold) I (one) + M[ale] in FLAME (fire)
17 CONFOUND C (leader of “crew”) ON (working) FOUND (institute)
20 CIRCLE *(CLERIC)
23 APRON PRO (professional) in AN (article)
25 TOP dd

3 Responses to “Financial Times 13,605 / Falcon”

  1. John Newman says:

    Thanks Agentzero. Wayne Sleep was very famous a few years back. But I had never heard of Emoticon. And I had Crash bed. Bed probably means tramp as much as pad does, but clearly wasn’t going to fit with 4D.

    Can you explain to me why leading lady = premiere

    cheers

  2. Agentzero says:

    Hi John

    “Premiere” is defined in Collins as 1. The first public performance of a film, play, opera etc. 2. The leading lady in a theatre company.

    Regarding 1a, “tramp” and “pad” both refer to walking.

  3. bamberger says:

    Solved mostly without aids but couldn’t see wordplay for 19a despite several attempts -so obvious now .

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