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Financial Times 12,831 – Crux

Posted by Uncle Yap on August 7th, 2008

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From FT Monday Prize Crossword 28th July 2008
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

Quite an easy puzzle. I suppose the readers of the FT badly need a gentle start to the week.

ACROSS
1 STANDOFFISH Stand of fish, very neat
7 ROW rev ha
9 REPEL rev leper
10 CIGARETTE Ins of et (French for and) in CIGART (rev tragic or sad) E (English). I suppose ‘health risk’ is an appropriate definition, given the overwhelming medical evidence of the harm brought about by these coffin nails
11 PINSTRIPE Ins of STRIP (what a strip-tease or ecdysiast does) in PINE (long)
12 ELECT Quite a clever play that select is also elect
13 EDITION (s) edition
15 SOHO
18 PLEA plea (sure)
20 LEEWARD General Robert E LEE + Ward (hospital area)
23 BASTE Ins of T in BASE
24 ULTIMATUM Ins of MIT (rev Tim Cratchit, Dickensian character) in *(mutual)
26 EQUIPOISE Ins of O IS (nothing is) in Equipe (French for a team or gang of workers)
27 TAIGA sounds like “tiger”
28 TIE Odd letters from tribes
29 RUGBY LEAGUE Rugby ( famous school) League (band)

DOWN
1 SCRUPLES dd
2 APPENDIX dd
3 DELFT DEL (rev led) Financial Times
4 FICTION Removal of R from friction (bad blood)
5 INGRESS Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (1780–1867)
6 HORSESHOE Quite an elegant dd
7 ROTTER R + otter (mammal)
8 WREATH *(the war)
14 ILL TEMPER Ill (sich) temper (humour)
16 FARTHING far thing
17 ADAM’S ALE Ins of SAL (little Sarah) in A Dame (a lady)
19 AMUSING A (article) musing (reflection)
20 LITHELY Ins of THE in Lily (flower)
21 ABSENT Ins of BSE (Bovine spongiform encephalopathy, commonly known as “mad cow disease”) in ANT (worker)
22 ASTUTE *(statue)
25 MITRE ha

One Response to “Financial Times 12,831 – Crux”

  1. Geoff Moss says:

    24a ‘tim’ is not reversed in ‘ultimatum’

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