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Financial Times 12,855 – Crux

Posted by Uncle Yap on September 4th, 2008

Uncle Yap.

From FT Monday Prize Crossword on 25 August 2008
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

Not so difficult for a prize puzzle, interesting in parts

Across
1 CRABBY Allusion to a hermit crab
4 NO-GO AREA *(goon)
9 AGE GAP Cha of age (time) gap (space)
10 QUEEN BEE cd
12 EDENTATE Ins of T (time) in Anthony EDEN & ATE (put away food)
13 PORTIA The heroine of The Merchants of Venice sounds like Porsche.
I am sure we must have heard jokes about some blonde painting the
Porsche instead of the porch.
15 UFOS Acrostic
16 STRESS-FREE S (second) Tress (lock of hair) Free (release)
19 PRESENT-DAY Play on Dickensian reference to Scrooge conversion
20 USED Removal of AB from abused (ill-treated)
23 ENCORE Ins of NCO (non-commissioned officer or sergeant) in ERE (before) with definition nicely disguised
25 DISTANCE Ins of IST *(it’s) in dance (disco)
27 ISRAELIS Ins of RAEL (rev of Lear Jet) in IS IS (islands)
28 WILFUL Ins of FU (n) in WILL (Shakespeare)
29 RYEBREAD *(a dry beer)
30 STOLEN stollen (rich, sweet German bread made with raisins, etc and coated with icing sugar) minus L

Down
1 CHATEAU I suppose this is a way of saying that an Englishman’s home
is his castle (chateau in French)
2,3 AGE BEFORE BEAUTY cd from an ironic phrase used when allowing an older person to precede you. Wasn’t it Dorothy Parker who was alleged to have replied, as she swept into the lead, “Pearls before swine!”?
5 ONUS (b) onus
6 ONE HORSE Reference to Shakespeare’s Richard III in which the tragic king was quoted as saying “A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse!” before being subdued by Richmond. When applied to a place, one-horse means a lack of amenities
7 ROBOT Ins of B (British) in ROOT (origin)
8 AVERAGE ha which took me ages to find. I knew from the checked letters that it must be average but spend time trying to justify the wordplay…and then sudeenly the penny dropped. So who say ha’s are
the easiest clues?
11 STATUTE Ins of UT (Utah) in State (Washington where Seattle is)
14 REGALIA *(Algeria)
17 RESENTFUL *(nurse felt)
18 HEAR HEAR Hear as in try a legal case
19 PREMIER premier (e)
21 DWELL ON Ins of well (rising water) in DON (Russian river)
22 STRICT another ha
24 CURSE C (O) URSE
26 AIDA aid (support) a

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