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Financial Times 13,993 by Aardvark

Posted by PeeDee on May 2nd, 2012


Very enjoyable, I found a few of these clues quite tricky.

The clue writing is watertight.  There were several places where I thought that some of the clues were a bit iffy, but each time realized that it was me who wasn’t thinking hard enough.  Thank you Aardvark.

Hold the mouse pointer over any clue number to read the clue.

1 SESTERCE CREST* in SEE (bishop’s office)
5 SLEIGH sounds like “slay” – discussed=verbal
9 MACAROON CAR (coach) OO (zeros, tennis scores) in MAN (worker)
10 IN HAND HA (joyous expression) in INN (boozer) Drinking (primarily, first letter only)
12 ASCOT SeCtOr (regularly) in AT
13 ESPAGNOLE LONG (extended) APSE (part of chrch) all reversed kitchenettE (last letter) – a type of sauce used in cooking
14 ANSWER THY (your, antique) in ROW (argue)
16 SHAMPOO AMP (current unit) in SHOO (go away) – a dressing for the hair
19 SCHLOSS Second CHild LOSS (passing, death) – ‘castle’ in German
21 SIENNA IS reversed by hENNA (hair dye, unaspirated)
23 ABSTAINER anagram of IAN BEATES Rivals (foremost=first letter)
25 CREPE Pressure in CREE (language)
26 OPINED OP (opus, work) IN (topical) ED (journalist)
27 STORMONT TOR (peak) MON (day) in SeaT (vacant=empty) – parliament in Northern Ireland
28 ERSATZ TEARS* (shed=anagram) muZak (middle of)
29 ISOLATED Illness (onset=first letter) SOL (sun, Spanish) ATE (worried, ate away at) Daughter
1 SAMPAN SA (Salvation Army) MP (member, of parliament) Attack Next (starts of)
2 SACKCLOTH Hot following SACK (fire) CLOT (idiot)
3 EGRET GREET (hail) with E=east moving place
4 COOKERY COY (reticent) holding (purchasing) OK (right) ER (Edward Rex)
6 LANDGRAVE GARLAND* on VE (victory in Europe day) – title for a count who’s feudal duty lay direct to the Holy Roman Emporer
8 HEDGEROW (GO RED)* going into (trespassing) HEW (saw)
11 OPUS O (ring) SUP (sample) reversed
15 TOOK A SEAT TOO (excessively) (A STEAK)* digesting=anagram
17 PENTECOST NT (National Trust, conservationists) ECO (green) wellieS (latterly=last letter) in PET (beloved)
18 ESCALOPE ESCAPE contains (bags) Left and Ordinary
20 SINK SIN (sloth perhaps) on E (mathematical constant) K (constant in physics or chemistry) – definition is ‘decline’
21 STRATUS Trio (leding letter) in STRAUSs (composer, short)
22 HEATED TA (Territorial Army, soldiers) reversed (with revolution) in HEED (mind)
24 SWISS Wife IS in SS (in Steam Ship=on borard)
25 CORAL Right in COAL – definition is ‘marine resident’, a sea creature


4 Responses to “Financial Times 13,993 by Aardvark”

  1. mike04 says:

    Many thanks, PeeDee. Just how I felt: your introductory comments were spot on.
    I’m sure you meant to type CH for child in 19ac, SIENNA in 21ac and HEED for mind in 22dn.
    For ‘decline’ in 20dn, I went for SINK.

  2. Ferret says:

    Also went for SINK at 20d…..

  3. PeeDee says:

    Thanks mike04, fixed now.

  4. crypticsue says:

    I too agree with PeeDee’s introduction. Thanks to him and Aardvark – it turned out to be the perfect accompaniment to sitting in the dentist’s waiting room.

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