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Financial Times 13,756 by Aardvark

Posted by PeeDee on July 27th, 2011


A very enjoyable crossword from Aardvark.

No themes, multiple linked clues or other funny business, just straight down the line crossword fun.  My favourite clues were 1ac and 28ac.  1 across took me an inexplicably long time to solve, the answer was staring me in the face but for some reason I just couldn’t see it.

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1 AARDVARK mAcAbRe (letters chosen regularly) and Volume in the DARK (in secrecy) – the author of this crossword
5 CARPET Double definition – slate in sense of ‘to severely reprimand’
9 KING LEAR KIN (blood relation) Left inside GEAR (dress, clothes)
10 RANDOM MANOR* containing (houses) Deserted (abbreviation)
12 DAMNATION TAN (brown) MAD (bananas) following (past) NO I (peak=number 1) all reversed
13 ELGAR LearninG (limits of) inside EAR (listener)
14 WHEY Women and HEY (look here!)
16 PINK GIN NIP (drinks measure) reversed Gallons inside KIN (family)
19 PLUMMET MET (satisfied) following PLUM (fruit)
21 BEND B (secondary) and END
24 ADIEU AU around (coats) DIE (fade) – definition is ‘all the best’
25 BILLY LIAR BILLY (cooking pot) LIAR (one who tells ‘pork pies’, rhyming slang for lies) – novel by Keith Waterhouse
27 FRINGE RING (gang) inside FrancE (unoccupied=nothing inside)
28 AMBROSIA MB (doctor) RO (run out, cricket) in ASIA (continent)
29 RUN DRY RR (Rolls Royce, maker of limousines) containing (attracts) UND (‘and’ in German) and Yankee (phonetic alphabet)
30 RAMSGATE George in SEAT* with RAM (something woolly) put on
1 AIKIDO I (1 Roman numeral) KID (child) in LAOs (centre of)
3 VOLGA GLOVe (mitt briefly) reversed (lifted) and A – a river is something that runs
4 READILY DELIA* inside RY (railway, lines)
6 AGAMEMNON GAME (daring) Male to go into (punch, make hole in) ANON (soon)
7 PEDAGOGY DEP (Department of Earnings and Pensions, UK goverment) reversed (boosted=raised) AGO (in the past) Government Year
8 TAMARIND TAMAR (name of English river, something that flows) IN (at home) Develop (first letter of)
11 SNAP South and North poles with PA (per annum) reversed (switched)
15 HAMBURGER Definition and cryptic definition – a resident of Hamburg will say ‘Ja’ rther than ‘Yes’
17 SPEAK FOR Sweden PEAK (top) FORm (class without M=mile) – letter count should be (5,3) for this solution
18 MUSICIAN MU (Greek letter) SICilIAN (Italian with I=one and L=pound)
20 TUBA TUB (bath) and Alfresco (first letter of) – a musical instrument in the brass section
21 BULIMIA anagram of MALIBU and I (1 Roman numeral) – medical complaint
22 FIESTA FIrE STA (station) missing R
23 ARCANE CAN (toilet, slang) inside (occupying) ERA (a long time) reversed
26 YPRES PR (Proportional Representation, voting system) inside YES (agreed) – municipality of Belgium


4 Responses to “Financial Times 13,756 by Aardvark”

  1. crypticsue says:

    Very enjoyable thanks Aardvark. Thanks to PeeDee too. Like you I took ages to see 1a. I would have got 17d a lot earlier too had the enumeration been correct. There is a typo in the answers for 25a – LIAR not LAIR.

  2. Jezza says:

    Finished (except 17d) without any real difficulty. As crypticsue says above, if the enumeration had been correct, I would have completed it; at the time it did not occur to me that the answer might be two words.
    Thanks to Aardvark for the puzzle, and to PeeDee for the notes.

  3. Pelham Barton says:

    Thanks PeeDee. I think you mean “per annum” in the explanation of 11dn.

    I really do not like grids that split into quarters as badly as this one does.

    Re 29ac: I have serious problems with “limousine” to clue “RR”. As I understand it, not all limousines are Rolls Royces and not all Rolls Royces are limousines.

    Favourite clue 24ac – nice deceptive use of “coats” in an excellent surface.

  4. PeeDee says:

    Pelham – I agree with you about RR and Limousine, stretching it a bit I think.

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