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Financial Times 13,734 / Falcon

Posted by Gaufrid on July 1st, 2011


Generally easy though the definition in 18ac might have confused some solvers, as might the wordplay in 20dn for those who haven’t met this usage before.

I rather liked the two long anagrams in 4dn and 9dn but found most of the puzzle too easy to provide much satisfaction though, with the possible exception of 18ac and 20dn, it would be ideal for those relatively new to the world of cryptic puzzles.

1 PORT SAID PORT (fortified wine) SAID (remarked) – this Mediterranean city
5 HAGGIS [Edinburg]H A G (good) GI’S (soldier’s) – this Scottish dish
10 KNOW-ALL K (king) NOW (at the moment) ALL (everyone)
11 O’CONNOR *(CROON ON) – Sinéad O’Connor
12 NAÏVE NA[t]IVE (cut out time in local)
13 OUT OF TUNE OUT OFT (rarely at home) UNE (a Parisienne)
14 FOOTPLATEMAN PLATE (collection {in church}) in FOOTMAN (servant)
18 NEW BRUNSWICK NEW (young) B (bishop) RUN (proceed quickly) S (small) WICK (Scottish town) – definition NB, this Canadian province
21 MENDICANT MEND I CANT (declaring inability to rehabilitate)
23 INEPT PEN (writer) reversed in IT
24 CHAPLIN PL (place) in CHAIN (series) – this old comedian
25 EPISODE EP (record) I’S (one’s) ODE (poem)
26 LIE LOW I (one) EL (the Spanish) in LOW (small)
1 PEKING KIN (family) in PEG (fix)
2 ROOKIE ROOK (piece {chess}) IE (that is)
3 STAGE DOOR STAGE (part) DOOR (opening) – this film
6 ALOOF A FOOL (goose) reversed
7 GIN RUMMY GIN RUM (a couple of drinks) MY – this card game
8 SERGEANT SERGE (strong cloth) ANT (worker)
15 TACTICIAN homophone of ‘tack’ (course) TITIAN (artist)
16 INIMICAL IN (elected) I (one) *(CLAIM)
17 SWAN LAKE S (second) WAN (week) LAKE (an excess {eg wine lake}) – this ballet
19 REFORM hidden in ‘scoRE FOR Musical’
20 STRESS [mi]STRESS (Quickly disposing of note) – Shakespeare’s inn-keeper Mistress Quickly

5 Responses to “Financial Times 13,734 / Falcon”

  1. Bryan says:

    Many thanks Gaufrid & Falcon, this was very enjoyable.

    I opted for STRESS in 20d although I failed to make the connection with Shakespeare’s mistress. I wonder: did Anne Hathaway ever find out about her?

  2. crypticsue says:

    Very enjoyable but not particularly difficult. Thanks to Gaufrid and Falcon.

  3. Eileen says:

    Hi Gaufrid – thanks for the blog.

    17dn: ‘wan = week’?? Isn’t it W[eek] AN?

  4. Geoff says:

    Thanks Gaufrid

    I found this one pretty easy – I had the first six across answers within a minute – but enjoyable nonetheless.

    I’m with Eileen on 17d.

    18a was my COD; the double ‘low’ in 26a was a bit disappointing.

  5. Gaufrid says:

    Hi Eileen
    You are correct. Whilst solving, after seeing WAN in the answer I misread ‘week’ as ‘weak’ (that’s what comes of using ‘toner save’ when printing the puzzle, the text is rather wan).

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