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Financial Times 12,801 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on July 4th, 2008

Uncle Yap.

From FT 23rd June 2008

Common abbreviations used
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
* = anagram

Definitely an easy way and quite painless way to start the week. Dante, as usual, gave us quite a few of the devices that are his hallmarks; the cryptic definitions and the smooth surfaces of his clues.

Sorry about the delay in posting this. Just got off the plane from a short holiday in Thailand.

Across
1 BUMPER dd a bumper issue of a magazine and a bouncer of a cricket ball
4 SCHOONER Ins of CH in sooner (I would rather a dentist to be drilling than to …)
9 CASH UP Simple cha
10 FITTED IN Smooth dd
12 OVERLAID cha of over (left) rev of dial (face of a clock)
13 TIRADE Ins of I in trade (traffic)
15 FOIL Another really smooth dd
16 ANTITHESIS *(is hesitant)
19 SKEPTICISM Clever cd disguised like a Scottish shopkeeper
20 LENS Abbreviation of Leonard’s to Len’s
23 UNWEPT *(up went)
25 CONTEMPT Cha of CON (study) TEMPT (attract)
27 TRIANGLE a punny definition?
28 CANOES *(once as)
29 REDESIGN Simple cd
30 GENTRY Cha of GEN (intelligence or low-down) TRY (attempt)

Down
1 BACK OFF Simple cha
2 MESMERISE Cha of M (1000 or many) ESME *(seem) RISE (increase)
To mesmersie is to hypnotize; to fascinate, dominate the will or fix the attention of; to put in a trance, to entrance
3 EQUALS *(squeal)
5 CHIT dd
6 OUTRIGHT Cha of OUT (rejected) RIGHT (just)
7 NADIA Rev or AID (give a hand) AN
8 RUNNERS Another smoothie dd
11 PINNACE Ins of NAC *(can) in PINE (wood)
14 BIG SHOT A punny description of a close photographic snap
17 STEAMBOAT *(a mast to be)
18 STIPENDS Ins of TIP (gratuity) in SENDS (posts)
19 SAUNTER *(natures)
21 SATISFY Smooth dd
22 AT EASE A tease (kid)
24 WEIRD weir + d
26 FLOG rev golf

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