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Financial Times 12,837 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on August 14th, 2008

Uncle Yap.

From FT Monday Prize Crossword 12,837 – 4th August 2008
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

Dante just gets better with his smooth and suave clueing style.
Whilst the puzzle was quite easy; each clue had been a pleasure to solve. In other words, what is lacking in degree of difficulty is made up for in entertainment value.

Across
1 POP-GUN
4 BANJOIST ban (veto) Joist (support)
10 NARRATIVE *(i rant rave)
11 RISER cd
12 THUG T (first letter of the) hug (squeeze)
13 FAMILY FEUD cd
15 ICICLES cd, a welcome change from eavesdrops
16 ABUSED Ins of US in a bed
19 DEBATE Ins of EB (rev be) in date
21 ILLICIT IL (49) LI (51) C (hundred) IT
23 ABOMINALLY This clue cracked me up… the abominable snowman is supposed to be a mythical hairy manlike creature living in the Himalayas (also called the yeti).
25 FILM dd worthy of Cyclops
27 ANTIC *(act in)
28 PROPAGATE Beautiful cd
29 SINISTER Ins of In (at home) in SISTER (senior nurse)
30 AFLAME the old flame still a burning

Down
1 PONYTAIL *(tiny opal)
2 PORCUPINE Very clever ins of up in porcine
3 UPAS UP (not down) AS. This tropical tree is the source of poison used by the aboriginal trubes in Malaysia for their poison darts blown from a blowpipe used to hunt animals
5 AMERICA A *(crime) A
6 JERRY-BUILD Tom and Jerry + BUILD (homophone of billed)
7 ISSUE dd
8 TIRADE Ins of I in trade
9 RIVALS The Rivals, a play by Irish writer Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816)
14 FLEA CIRCUS cd
17 ENCHILADA *(a Chile and) I marvelled at Dante’s ability to come up with such a smooth surface reading for an anagram clue
18 STAMPEDE stamped (trampled) E (oriental) ouch!
20 EXAMPLE ex-ample (fat)
21 ILL-GOT * (it’ll go)
22 CALAIS CA (rev ac, bill) *(sail)
24 OFTEN of ten
26 CALF dd? although the meat of calf would be veal

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