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Financial Times 13,710 / Falcon

Posted by shuchi on June 3rd, 2011

shuchi.

Falcon’s byline holds the promise of an easy, neat puzzle, and this was no exception. An abundance of anagrams, a wide range of references and simple fun.

Across

1 MARGRAVE MA (old lady) R (right) GRAVE (accent). A margrave was a medieval hereditary nobleman; the word ‘margrave’ is the English equivalent of the German title Markgraf (from Mark, “march” and Graf, “count”).
5 SORROW SOR[t] (class, mostly) ROW (argue)
10 DOG TAGS DOGS (follows) around T[rooper] + AG (silver). Dog tags are ID tags worn by military personnel, called so because of their resemblance to actual dog tags.
11 NO-HOPER (PHONE)* around O[utsider] R(un)
12 SPLIT dd. Split is a port in Croatia on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea.
13 ESMERALDA (DREAM SALE)*. Esmeralda is a fictional character in Victor Hugo’s novel The Hunchback of Notre-Dame.
14 MAGIC LANTERN MATER (mother) around GI (soldier) + CLAN (family), N (new). An early form of slide projector developed in the 17th century. early type of image projector developed in the 17th century.
18 PRESBYTERIAN (NEARBY PRIEST)*
21 CATEGORY CATEGOR[y] (short type) IC (in charge)
23 LIEGE (EG (for example) in LIE (tale). A city in Belgium.
24 FITNESS F (female) IT NESS (head)
25 EN MASSE (MAN SEES)*
26 COLONY : (COLON) Y (unknown figure). One of those rare clues in which you cannot ignore the punctuation.
27 TSUNAMIS (MUST AS IN)*

Down

1 MEDUSA (MADE US)*
2 REGALE RE (about) GALE (strong wind)
3 ROAST LAMB (BAR ALMOST)*
4 VESTED INTEREST (EVIDENT SETTERS)*
6 OTHER MOTHER (source) – M (miles)
7 REPELLED (PEER)* L (liberal) LED (showed the way)
8 WAR PAINT WART (blemish) around PAIN (trouble); ‘just the opposite’ reverses the container-contained relationship.
9 ANIMAL CRACKERS ANIMAL (brute) CRACKERS (barking i.e. mad)
15 NEARLY MAN N (name) EARLY MAN (Adam)
16 SPECIFIC dd; specific also means a medicine, as in ‘quinine is a specific for malaria’.
17 TEETOTAL TEE (support) TOTAL (unconditional); being ‘on the wagon’ is to not drink alcohol.
19 JETSAM JETS (planes) AM (American)
20 SEVENS EVEN (level) in SS (on board = in ship)
22 GREEN GEN (information) around RE (religious education)

2 Responses to “Financial Times 13,710 / Falcon”

  1. Bryan says:

    Many thanks Schuchi & Falcon

    This was very enjoyable although, at first, I did overlook the Colon in 26a.

  2. the button says:

    I tend to ignore the punctuation in clues as it is often there to mislead, so COLONY was the last unsolved clue. Bah!

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