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Financial Times 12,807 – Crux

Posted by Uncle Yap on July 9th, 2008

Uncle Yap.

From FT Monday 30 June 2008
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

I am pleased that the degree of difficulty in the FT Monday Prize Crossword has increased slightly since this Monday FT blog started. Nevertheless, it is still quite an easy puzzle for beginners to cut their teeth on.

Across
1 FATIGUE dd ; army lingo for minor punishments like peeling potatoes, washing toilets, etc
5 TADPOLE Simple cha for a lovely and imaginative definition
9 NOISE Ins of I in NOSE
10 TAE KWON DO *(take down o) This martial art is considered as the national sport of Korea and the world’s most popular in terms of number of practitioners. Tae kwon do is loosely translated as “the way of the fist and foot”.
11 LOOK SMART dd
12 NERVE dd I often wonder whether such a dd is akin to drawing water from the same well
13 BATON In cricket, to bat on is not to declare (ie to end an innings voluntarily before ten wickets have fallen)
15 ELEVENSES Cha of elevens (teams) es (points)
18 DIP-SWITCH Cha of dips (uses ducking) witch (stool?)
19 SERGE Removal of ant from sergeant (non commissioned officer)
21 STRAP rev of parts
23 LAMPSHADE LAMPS *(palms) HADE(s)
25 REMAINDER Ins of A in reminder (prompt)
26 ALL-IN dd
27 SCOTTIE (a)scot (the racecourse) tie (tether) aka Scotch terrier
28 LIGHTER This is less serious and thanks to Geoff who recalled the days of fireplaces and coal fires, we also know there used to be a type of gas-powered poker which was initially used to ignite the fire and then to stir or poke it…like a dual-function tool.

Down
1 FAN CLUB You could call this a dd
2 THIN ON TOP Simple cha of thin (slim) leading (on top)
3 GREYS Homophone for graze (eat grass)
4 EXTRAVERT Cha of extra (more) vert (or green, a colour) Most of us are not as familiar with this alternate spelling for “extrovert”
5 TREAT dd
6 DO WONDERS Ins of wonder (doubt as in “Is he for real? I wonder”) in do’s (parties)
7 OWNER ha
8 ELOPERS This word always begs to be clued as a cd like
They ran to an away match
14 NEWSPRINT Simple cha
16 EPHEMERAL *(he pearl me)
17 STREAMLET *(alter stem)
18 DESERTS Just deserts. Africa is home to three deserts, the Sahara, the Kalahari, and the Namib; together they comprise more than a quarter of the continent.
20 ELEANOR E (English) Ins of NO in LEAR (king). Eleanor of Provence (c. 1223 – 26 June 1291) was Queen Consort of King Henry III
22 ROMEO In many Phonetic Alphabets, R is for Romeo
23 LADLE Cha
24 SLANG *(signal minus i)

One Response to “Financial Times 12,807 – Crux”

  1. Geoff Moss says:

    28a “….but why is lighter a sort of poker?”

    My assumption was as follows:

    Back in the days of fireplaces and coal fires there used to be a type of gas-powered poker which was initially used to ignite the fire and then to stir or poke it.

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