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Financial Times 13,696 by Aardvark

Posted by PeeDee on May 18th, 2011

PeeDee.

An enjoyable crossword from Aardvark today, just a nice level of difficulty for a midweek solve and blog.

I can’t get a cast iron explanation for 20dn, can anyone do better?

Hold mouse over clue number to see clue, click a solution to see its definition.

Across
1 IN FOR A PENNY INFO (data) PEN (somthing that writes) inside (put in the hands of) RYAN*
7 WIT Womens Institute and crediT (latest – last letter of) – a card is an amusing character
9 PROXY PRO (expert) X and Y (coordinates)
10 AUBERGINE IN (popular) inside AUBERGE (French inn)
11 STEINBECK anagram of CITES BEN and Kingsley (primarily = first letter of)
12 OZONE OZ (ounce = weight) and ONE (individual)
13 LECTERN Hannibal LECTER (Silence of the Lambs) and JuNe (3rd letter of)
15 VIAL VI (Roman numerals six) and AbseiL (extremists = first and last letters of)
18 HERB sHERBet
20 FEEL FOR FE (iron) Fume (begining = first letter of) inside ROLE reversed
23 SQUAT Supped (first letter of) and QUArT (2 pints missing R – right off)
24 LINGFIELD LICHFIELD (town in Staffordshire) with CH (children) replaced by NG (no good)
26 CYBERNAUT Coast (heading = first letter of) and (BY NATURE)* – one who surfs the Internet
27 THYME THE (definite article) around MY (Aardvarks’s) reversed
28 ORE Double definition – Mineral deposit in a mine and Swedish money
29 LAST CENTURY (RATTY UNCLES)*
Down
1 IMPISHLY I (Roman numeral one – single) and SH (mum – make quiet) inside IMPLY (suggest)
2 FLORENCE Following Sophia LOREN and CharliE (vacated = empty, middle letters missing)
3 RAYON RAY (flash, ray = quick look or glance) with ON (riding).
4 PHASE IN PH (chemistry unit) and ANISE* (anagram = cultivating)
5 NABOKOV BOOK* inside VAN (truck) reversed
6 YARD OF ALE ROAD* (negotiated = anagram) Foot inside YALE – used in traditional beer drinking games
7 WAIT ON mAtches (second letter of) inside West Indies and TON (hundred)
8 THEBES HE (gentleman) inside BEST* (anagram = circles, travels around) – definition is ‘classical city’
14 ELECTORAL rECTOR missing R (recipe) in EL AL (airline = company of high flyers)
16 AFTER YOU officE (edge of = last letter) inside FORTY*, all inside AU (gold, chemical symbol)
17 DRUDGERY Barnaby RUDGE inside DRY (humourless)
19 BALKANS SNAcK (without c = cold) and LAB (Labour Party) all reversed – ‘European summits’ indicates a mountain range
20 FANATIC FAN (provoke?) and ATIC (noisy Greek = sounds like “Attic”). According to my Chambers ‘fan’ does not mean ‘provoke’.
21 PSYCHO Y (unknown in mathematical equation) and Customer (initially = first letter of) inside SHOP*
22 JUMBLE TUMBLE (something that happens in gymnastics) with J (Japan) replacing T (Thailand). Country abbreviations are International Vehicle Registration letters.
25 FUTON FUN (enjoyment) including (restricting) TO

*anagram

2 Responses to “Financial Times 13,696 by Aardvark”

  1. Gaufrid says:

    Thanks PeeDee
    Regarding 20dn, Collins has “to make fiercer, more ardent, etc fan one’s passion” under ‘fan’ which I think is close enough to the definition it has for ‘provoke’.

  2. Abby says:

    ORE is also hidden in the clue for 28A. Seems like “Danish/Norse/Swiss” instead of “foreign” would be better form.

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