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Financial Times 12,813 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on July 15th, 2008

Uncle Yap.

From FT Monday 7 July 2008

Common abbreviations used
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

Another gem of a puzzle from Dante with some clever wordplay and his usual brand of smooth surfaces. Most enjoyable, although a tad easy

1 DETAIN *(and tie) What a smoothie
4 CONVERSE Cha of CON (learn) VERSE (lines)
9 SERIAL What a deft cd
10 SHORTAGE Simple cha
12 ADEQUATE AD (nowadays) EQUATE (treat)
13 ALUMNI *(Milan U)
15 NOOK Another really smooth and punny clue for “no okay”
16 PORTENTOUS Ins of TENT in POROUS
19 SCRATCHING dd I remember eating deep-fried pigskin in British pubs. Aren’t they also called scratchings although Chambers does not carry this?
20 HELM H (hard) ELM (wood)
23 ACCENT AC (account or bill, disguised as a person with capital letter) CENT (little money)
25 LIFE SPAN Ins of F (first letter of Frank) in LIE (story) + SPAN
27 OLD WORLD dd
28 SIERRA *(is rare)
29 DUTY FREE cd
30 ANNEXE What a clever sound play on “An X” denoting a kiss at the bottom of a letter

Down
1 DISDAIN *(its said)
2 THREE-FOUR Another delightful cd
3 ICARUS cd about the tragic son who flew too close to the sun while escaping from Crete
5 OCHE Dante’s ability to make a mundane ha clue into an almost &lit amazes me
6 VIRULENT *(turn evil)
7 REALM Cha of REAL (actual) M (number)
8 ENEMIES E (battle finishes) *(seem in) Somehow, the wordplay for the first E seemed wrong with the plural finishes. “after end of battle” or “after end of truce” would have been an improvement
11 ATROPHY Simple cha
14 STAND-IN Cha of ST (saint or good man) AND IN (popular)
17 OPEN PURSE Open (frank) PURSE (contract one’s lips into a rounded, puckered shape, esp in order to express displeasure)
18 STAND-OFF dd
19 SEA LORD Corny play of opposites
21 MAN-MADE Ins of MAD in MANE (hair)
22 DESIGN Ins of SIG (rev of GI’s) in DEN (retreat)
24 CADET *(acted)
26 BLUE dd? although ‘choice’ is extraneous

One Response to “Financial Times 12,813 – Dante”

  1. Geoff Moss says:

    “I remember eating deep-fried pigskin in British pubs. Aren’t they also called scratchings although Chambers does not carry this?”

    Yes – usually sold as ‘Pork Scratchings’. Definitely not good for one’s cholesterol level or salt intake.

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