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Financial Times 12,777 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on June 3rd, 2008

Uncle Yap.

From FT Monday 26 May 2008
Common abbreviations used
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
* = anagram

By the rules of the Monday FT Prize Crossword Competition, valid entries must carry a postmark dated Monday or earlier. So henceforth I shall release the Monday puzzle blog on Tuesday week.
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This puzzle is simple but fair and Ximenean. It is quite ideal for any newbie to cut his/her teeth on.

Across
1 ADVENT Cha of AD (notice) VENT (split)
4 CARAFE Ins of A RAF (Royal Air Force or service) in CE (church)
8 FURNISH Ins of URN (container) in FISH (food)
9 BANANAS dd
11 STAGNATION *(not against)
12 MOOD Rev of MOOD
13 SPRIG Cha of SP (starting price) RIG (swindle)
14 ELSINORE Ins of NOR (no alternative) in ELSIE (girl)
16 PRODUCER Ins of ROD (staff) in PUCE (purple) R (for rex or regina – royalty)
18 NOTED Rev of ETON (college) D (deputy)
20 IMPS Cha of I (one) MPS (member’s)
21 JUST THE JOB cd
23 PLAUDIT Ins of LAUD (praise) in PIT (stalls)
24 CRASHES Cha of CR (little credit) ASHES (remains)
25 DISHED Cha of DI (girl) SHED (cast off)
26 CANNON Ins of ANN (girl) in CON (study)

Down
1 ADULT Cha of AD (notice) ULT (last month)
Some moderators would frown on a device being used more than once in a single puzzle. 1 Across also used notice for AD
2 VINEGAR *(in grave)
3 NOSTALGIC *(at closing)
5 AGAIN Cha of a GAIN (profitable deal)
6 ABANDON dd
7 ENAMOURED *(dismeanour)
10 WINEPRESS Ins of IN in WE -> WINE PRESS (papers)
13 SCRAMBLED dd
15 SANATORIA Cha of SA (South African) NATO (military organisation) RIA (reversal of AIR, publicise)
17 DISCUS Ins of S (second) in DISCUS (field event)
19 TREASON Cha of T (time) REASON (motive)
21 JUICE dd
22 OCEAN *(canoe)

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