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Financial Times 12,843 – Falcon

Posted by Uncle Yap on August 21st, 2008

Uncle Yap.

From Monday Prize Crossword – 11 August 2008
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

I am so glad that the FT Prized puzzles are now pitched at a higher level than previously, making the Bloomsbury Concise English Dictionary and the Good Word Guide harder to win. Falcon was entertaining and fun to solve

Across
1 ODESSA Ins of S (Sweden’s capital) in ODES (poems) A
5 CLASSIER Ins of LASSIE (Scottish girl) in CR (little credit) This clue would be better and more accurate with “More” added to the front
9 AIR RIFLE Cha of Air (lay) Rifle (sack)
10 APACHE Ins of H (heroin) in apace (quickly) Name of American Indians adopted by French gangsters
11 STEWER St (stone) Ewer (jug) Alluded to Jan Stewer, a character in this Devon folk song
12 THE HEART OF MIDLOTHIAN I love this clue of Walter Scott’s book where “loth” is indeed the core of Midlothian or (8)
18 GUY’S HOSPITAL A very amusing clue for Guy’s Hospital, a large hospital in the borough of Southwark in south east London
22 HAY FEVER dd Hay Fever is a comic play written by Noel Coward in 1924. For the not-so-cultured like Uncle Yap, looking up Wikipedia and/or eating more yoghurt helped :-)
25 FIESTA *(if seat) for this Ford car
26 LENTIL Lent (the fasting season) IL (Italian article) What a pulsating clue :-)
27 MARMOSET Ins of ARM (member) OS (outsize or very large) in MET (came across) The very first time I came across the word Outsize was in the early 70′s when I first went to Newcastle and on High Street (Northumberland, I think) was Evans Out Size Shop for very well endowed ladies
28 STANDARD dd
29 EVEN SO evens (flat’s) O (last letter of Soho

Down
2 DAINTY Delightful dd
3 STRAW DOGS *(towards) + GS – Straw Dogs is a 1971 film directed by Sam Peckinpah which stars Dustin Hoffman and Susan George.
4 ALFA ROMEO *(morale of a)
5 CHEATED C (clubs) heated (inflamed)
6 ADAGE A D (daughter) Age (decline)
7 STALE S (society) Tale (story)
8 ETHEREAL Ins of RE (about) + A (heading for arcade) in Ethel (girl)
13 HIT Ins of I (one) in HT (high tension)
15 OUT OF TRUE *(future too)
16 HELLEBORE Hell (misery) E (English) BORE (mine)
17 BUDAPEST BUD (shoot) a pest (troublesome person)
19 HOE Ins of O (round) in HE (man)
20 PYRAMID Ins of YRAMI (rev of I MARY, one girl in PD (outskirts of PortlanD)
21 ATHENS Ins of THEN (that time) in AS (since)
23 FIT IN Cha of fit (prepared) in (at home)
24 VELDA ha of the character played by Pamela Anderson, better noted for her bodily endowment than for her acting skills

One Response to “Financial Times 12,843 – Falcon”

  1. C G Rishikesh says:

    Uncle Yap, you write: “…better noted for her bodily endowment…” Pray, what is the result of your noting?

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