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Financial Times 13,700 / Armonie

Posted by Agentzero on June 2nd, 2011


Monday Prize Crossword from May 23

My last blog!  I am pleased that it is Armonie, who has always been one of my favourites.  I have always liked his blend of economy and naturalism, so the clues of the day for me are probably 25 across (“Land on fire”) and 3 down (“Some beaver away for years”).

1 GOOFED GOO (gunge) FED (ate)
9 WISEACRE SEA (marine) C (initially “confounded”) in WIRE (telegram)
10 PANTRY ANT (worker) in PRY (nose)
11 LINTEL L[eft] INTEL (technology company)
12 ORDERING BORDERING (close to) minus its initial letter B (“losing head”)
14 OPERA GLASSES OPERA (works) G (“guerilla” leader) LASSES (misses)
18 HARD FEELINGS E[nglish] E[arl] during HARD (tiring) FLINGS (binges)
22 SKEAN-DHU *(HANK USED) I certainly needed a dictionary here!
25 ALIGHT dd
26 GIBBET BIG (large) reversed + BET (wager)
27 DETAILED TAIL (dog) in DEED (action)
29 RENNET TENNER (banknote) reversed
2 ORIGIN O (duck) RIG (doctor) IN
3 FLEETWOOD I think the parsing here is FLEET (group) WO (without) O.D. (olive drab [raincoat])  Thanks to Alan: the correct parsing is clearly FLEETWOOD MAC (group; how could I forget them?) minus MAC (“without raincoat”).
4 DECOLLETE COL[onel] (officer) in DELETE (remove)
6 MOPED MOP (shock [of hair]) ED[itor] (journalist)
7 DONOR N[ame] in DOOR (entrance)
8 ARRANGER A R.R. (bishop) ANGER (rage)
13 ERA hidden in beavER Away.  This has to be one of the best hidden clues I have seen.Such a smooth and natural surface!
16 SUSPICION US (American) PIC (photo) in SION (Israel)
17 BACKBITE BACK (defender) BITE (incisiveness)
19 FEN first letters of Fancy Every Night
20 LAUNDER LA, UN (French articles) DER (German article)
21 WHEEZE dd
23 AMBER A M.B. (doctor) ER (hesitation).  Reference is to an amber traffic light (a “yellow light” in America).
24 DITCH D[aughter] ITCH (passion)

5 Responses to “Financial Times 13,700 / Armonie”

  1. Bryan says:

    Many thanks Agentzero and Armonie.

    This was very enjoyable but I’d never heard of SKEAN-DHU.

    I’m sorry that this was your last blog and your successes at keeping us informed have been much appreciated.

    My problem with the FT Prize Puzzles is the long gap between their appearance and the the solutions.

  2. Alan says:

    Thanks for the blog (and for all the past ones, they have taught me a lot). Re 2 down,I think the Group is Fleetwood Mac and the raincoat (mac) is removed to give the port.

  3. Agentzero says:

    Alan, you are surely right! I will correct the blog.

  4. Bamberger says:

    Failed on 2d -is it that spring =origin of a river? & 17d -got the back bit.

    Skean Dhu was an early entry as I’d seen it in another crossword.

    Thanks for all the blogs

  5. Sil van den Hoek says:

    For once I didn’t do the Monday Prize.
    So, no cryptic comments from me here.

    But many thanks for all your valuable contributions to 15^2, Agentzero!

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