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Financial Times 13,629 / Falcon

Posted by Agentzero on March 10th, 2011

Agentzero.

Prize Puzzle from the Monday February 28 Financial Times

Falcon’s clues today were all cleanly written; many had particularly clever or smooth surfaces (11 across, 13 across), but some were a bit odd (28 across).  The clue of the day was easily the entertaining 16 down.

Across
1 BEACH BUGGY BEACH (strand) BUGGY (crazy, American)
7 ERGO hidden in MothER GOose
9 DONE homophone of John DONNE
10 REVELATION E[nglish] V[ersion] in RELATION (member of the family)
11 PICKLE PICK (best) L[eft] E (close to “plate”)
12 TROMBONE *(ROBOT MEN)
13 INSECURE IN (at home) + CUR (vicious dog) in SEE
15 I-SPY I + SPY (spot) Not terribly cryptic.
19, 17 ANYTHING GOES *(SONG IN THE GAY)
22 WELL DONE dd
23 LILACS I (current) in S[on] CALL (ring), all reversed
25 SEALING WAX SEALING (homophone of “ceiling” = maximum) WAX (increase)
26 ILSA hidden in devIL’S Advocate
27 AGED DEGA[s] (French artist, almost), reversed
28 OZYMANDIAS [d]OZY (“stupid,” losing head) MAN (vassal) + SAID (repoted) reversed
 
Down
2 ETONIAN E[astern] + *(NATION)
3 CHECK dd
4 BORDEAUX dd
5 GIVE THE GAME AWAY d&cd
6 YELLOW “If struck,” one may YELL “OW”
7 ESTABLISH *(STABLE) + I’S (one’s) H (“horses,” only initially)
8 GROWN-UP W[oma]N (heartless woman) in GROUP (class)
14 EASILY LED *(AIDE YELLS)
16 DYSLEXIA *(DAILY SEX); regarding the definition, another word for dyslexia is “word blindness”
18 OVER-EGG OVER (about) E.G. (for example)
20 NICOSIA *(COIN IS A)
21 BORNEO BORNE (carried) O (round)
24 LAIRD cd

2 Responses to “Financial Times 13,629 / Falcon”

  1. Sil van den Hoek says:

    Yes, Agentzero, a nice puzzle and an extraordinary Clue of the Day: as you said, DYSLEXIA (16d).
    For those who can’t remember the clue:
    “Vigorous daily sex may result in a form of blindness”.
    Stunning!

  2. bamberger says:

    Solved all bar 21d and 28a and thought there were some good clues . I could have got 28a from a solver but didn’t see the point. Hard clue I think.

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