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Financial Times 13,816 by Gozo

Posted by PeeDee on October 5th, 2011

PeeDee.

I always look forward to Gozo crosswords as he seems to be right on my wavelength.  Unfortunately, this morning I seem poorly tuned-in as there are still a couple of solutions that I can’t fully explain, so any help would be gratefully appreciated.

Gozo usually themes the solutions in his grids, and this week all the across solutions are names of plants.  I had heard of all of them, and I am certainly not a keen gardener, so a well chosen theme I think.

Any help completing the parsing for 5 across and 11 down please? Thanks to Tom Johnson for explaining these.

My internet connection has been intermittent today, so my apologies if I don’t get to update the blog immediately.

Hold mouse over clue number to see clue.

Across
1 LAVENDER END (destroy) inside Rod LAVER (tennis champion)
5 ACACIA A CA (California, state) and CIA (‘company’ in Italian).
9 GARDENIA DRAINIAGE*
10 SORREL Double definition, plant and colour of horse
12 OXEYE OX (neat) EYE (viewer)
13 MONKSHOOD MONKS (Trappist monk is) HOOD (criminal)
14 CROCUS OCCURS* (anagram=all over the place) – famously blooms in spring
16 BRACKEN BR (Britain AC (account) and KEN Dodd (British entertainer)
19 ANEMONE NAME* and ONE (single)
21 BO TREE OT (Old Testament – books of The Bible) inside BEER*
23 MARES-TAIL MATERIALS*
25 CACTI Cut (first letter of) and ACT I (act 1, start of play)
26 HENBIT (THE BIN)*
27 BIRDS-EYE Type of speedwell – also type of primrose and Clarence Birdseye pioneer of frozen foods
28 MYRTLE reversed inside barrEL TRY Mulching
29 WISTERIA WIST (to know) and the River AIRE reversed (about)
Down
1 LEGION Double definition
2 VERTEBRAE VERT (green) English BRAE (hillside)
3 NIECE EIN (one in German) reversed and CarefreE (outside letter of)
4 ENIGMAS GAMINES*
6 CROISSANT I (1 Roman numeral) inside CROSS (angered) and ANT (worker) – definition is ‘roll’
7 CARGO carried on board a ship, and petrol makes your car go
8 ALLUDING DULL (uninspiring) reversed inside GAIN* – definition is ‘referring to’
11 SNOB Crispin was a shoemaker, a snob is a shoemaker and ’snob’ is an obsolete word for blackleg
15 CROSSBILL A crossbill is a type of finch, a bill brought by the defendent against the plaintiff in a Court of Chancery
17 KEEP CLEAR KEEP (castle) CLEAR (to jump over fences or hurdles without hitting them)
18 PARMA HAM PAR (the norm) MADAM (precocious girl) with D swapped for H – notes of the musical scale, D English notation and H in German
20 EXAM EX (former partner) and AM (morning)
21 BELLINI (IN LIBEL)* – Vincenzo Bellini Italian composer
22 CINEMA comiC IN EMAil
24 R AND R RAND (South African coin) and R (short for Rand) – definition is ‘relaxation’, US military slang
25 CADET AD (advertisement, notice) inside TEC (flic=policeman, detective) reversed

*anagram

6 Responses to “Financial Times 13,816 by Gozo”

  1. bracoman says:

    Thanks for the blog. Re 11D, I had snob. St Crispin, I think, is the patron saint of shoemakers and one meaning of snob is a cobbler. Where blackleg fits in, I know not.

  2. irm says:

    Re 11D – SNUB = Blackleg?

  3. Tom Johnson says:

    Thanks to PeeDee for his favourable review once again.
    Just to clarify the two uncertainties:

    Cia. is the abbreviation in Italian for “Company”. Chambers gives this entry immediately after CIA.

    Knob is incorrect — the solution is SNOB, and if you look up Chambers’ definitions all will become clear.

    Tom Johnson
    Gozo

  4. crypticsue says:

    Great fun. Enjoyed the theme. SNOB quite often appears in crosswords but I didn’t know the blackleg connection so have filed that away for future use. Thanks to Gozo and PeeDee.

  5. Eileen says:

    Thanks to PeeDee and to Gozo for an enjoyably themed puzzle.

    In 25ac, I read ‘start of play’ as being ACT I.

  6. PeeDee says:

    Thanks very much to Tom for visiting the site and putting me right, it is all there in Chambers now I look again, I just failed to spot it first time. A new pair of reading glasses may be in order. Thanks also to Eileen for ‘ACT I’, this is not the first time I have missed this device and had to be reminded. Not my best day’s blogging I fear.

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