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Financial Times 13,830 / Falcon

Posted by shuchi on October 21st, 2011


I enjoyed the light, elegant touch of Falcon in this offering. Straightforward except the bottom-right for me due to a couple of unfamiliar words, which I’m happy to have learnt.


6 ALLOW FALLOW (unproductive) – F (female)
9 REMUS R.E.M. (rock band) US (American). One of the twins Romulus and Remus, Rome’s twin founders.
10 IN GENERAL IN (popular) L (Latin), around GENERA (classes, the plural of ‘genus’)
11 HALF NELSON HALF (measure of drink) NELSON (Horatio Nelson). A hold used in wrestling using only one hand.
12 SORE sounds like ‘SAW’ (gnome, as in maxim). I suppose this would work as a homophone in a non-rhotic accent. I found it hard to solve with only vowels as checking letters and the less common meaning of the word ‘gnome’.
14 BUGLOSS BUG (insect) LOSS (passing). A bristly, blue-flowered herb.
15 SCOFFED SCOFF (meal) ED (editor)
17 LOTTERY L (left) OTTER (good swimmer) [rela]Y
19 CANTEEN dd. Canteen is not only a place where meals are provided for large numbers of people, but also (I didn’t know this) a box in which cutlery is laid out.
20 ELBA hidden in ‘ChessEL BAy’. A Mediterranean island in Tuscany, Italy.
22 GRANADILLA ILL (poor in quality) in GRANADA (Andalusian city) – this fruit.
25 GINGER ALE GI (solider) (GENERAL)*
26 TENON TEN (number) ON (working). A tenon saw is a backsaw used in mortise and tenon joinery.
27 EJECT E (English) JET (plane), around C (Conservative)
28 MATCHLESS MATCH (game) LESS (minor)


1 WORTH [words]WORTH. Enjoyed this clue.
2 LIMELIGHT M (married) ELI (priest), in LIGHT (context)
3 EISENHOWER (WHERE NOISE)*. American General, later President, Dwight David “Ike” Eisenhower. Another good clue with a smooth anagram.
5 ENGROSS ONE reversed, around GR (Greek) SS (steamship)
6 ARNE the middle of bARNEy (a noisy argument). Thomas Arne was a British composer, best known for ‘Rule Britannia’.
7 LARGO L[eave] ARGO (fabulous vessel). In Greek mythology, the Argo was a ship named afters its builder Argus, on which Jason and the Argonauts sailed to search for the Golden Fleece.
8 WILLESDEN (DINES WELL)*. An area in North West London.
13 GOING DUTCH GOING (travelling) DUTCH (Cockney slang for wife).  ‘Going Dutch’ means each person in a group pays for himself or herself. The phrase originates from the concept of a Dutch door.
14 BALD EAGLE (LAD)* in BEAGLE (dog); the national bird of the USA.
16 FREELANCE FRANCE (country) around EEL (fish)
18 YARDARM DRAY (cart) reversed, A RM (marine)
19 CONVENT CON (study) VENT (opening)
21 BINGE BING (Crosby) [bootl]E. ‘Crosby’ and ‘Bootle’ are places in UK, used to good effect on the surface.
23 AGNES AGES (a long time) around N (note). Refers to the eponymous heroine of Anne Brontë’s novel Agnes Grey.
24 NEAT [wome]N EAT (have a meal)

7 Responses to “Financial Times 13,830 / Falcon”

  1. Rishi says:

    Re 19a CANTEEN: Araucaria once had a clue that read something like “Cutlery and where to use it”.

    My father was in IAF and I as a boy knew ‘canteen’ only as a shop from which the bearer brought things.

    The word also means ‘a flask for carrying liquids’. Recently there was a clue somewhere making use of this sense too.

  2. Harish says:

    Wonder what’s with father working at IAF and ‘CANTEEN’?

  3. Stuart says:

    An enjoyable puzzle & as always a fine blog- thank you.

    A petty point – could you restitch 8d to show ‘WillEsden’ – it wasn’t much, but was home for many years.

  4. Stuart says:

    Now who’s the fool? I meant ‘WillesdEn’ of course!

  5. Conrad Cork says:

    Re 21 down, Crosby and Bootle are not just places in the UK, they are nearly next to each other in the Liverpool conurbation. So you could easily start in one and end in the other.

  6. Pelham Barton says:

    Thanks Falcon for a pleasant crossword and shuchi for the blog. No-one has yet commented on the food and drink mini-theme. Just as with yesterday’s FT, I finished on the four letter answer checked as -O-E.

    22ac: A new word to me, but clear from the wordplay.

    21dn: Good choice of Bootle to go with Crosby (as already noted by Conrad @5).

  7. shuchi says:

    @Stuart: 8d fixed, thank you!

    @Conrad Cork, Pelham Barton: Thanks for the info about the distance between Crosby and Bootle. Makes the clue even better.

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