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Financial Times 12,873 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on September 25th, 2008

Uncle Yap.

From Monday Prize Puzzle on 15 September 2008
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

The usual delicious diet of very solvable Dante clues, smooth and slick with superior surfaces.

1 SUBORN Cha of SUB(marine) O (old) RN (Royal Navy)
4 BRICKBAT Cha of BRICK (decent chap) BAT (leading strike at in cricket)
9 INRUSH Simple cha
10 POINTING I am wondering whether to call this cd or a dd. Aiming the gun at the target is the same as pointing the gun and pointing is that part of a builder’s work to scrape out old cracked cement and put in new ones in between stoneworks
12 SPELL OUT Cha of spell (a period) out (on strike)
13 ARREST Lovely cd
15 RIDE Cha of rid (free) E (first letter of excursion)
19 PERVERSITY *(priest very)
20 PELF Cha of P (piano or quiet) Elf (little chap). I am glad Dante chose this word when he could have opted for beef, deaf, leaf and other simpler words. At least now, I learn a new word meaning money (in the derogative sense as ill-gotten gains)
23 REVISE cd
25 BOUNDARY *(around by) another hallmark Dante anagram clue with such a smooth surface that read so easily off the lips
27 DESERTER Again I wonder about this cd
28 MARINA Marian with the last two letters interchanged
29 SNAPSHOT Cha of snaps (biscuits) HOT (straight from the oven)
30 HEIGHT cd

1 SCISSOR *(is cross)
2 BARTENDER Cha of bar (save) tender (legal as in money)
3 RESULT *(rules t)
5 ROOK Lovely cd or is it a dd? In chess, rook = castle
7 BRIDE What a quaint cd
8 TIGHTEN Contract *(get hint)
14 OVATION Ova (eggs) + TION *(it on)
17 ITERATING *(it in great)
19 PARADES *(a padres)
21 FLY-PAST Cha of FLY (run quickly) PAST (over)
22 INSANE *(Anne is) You got to admit Dante has this knack for writing such smooth clues, however mundane or simple
24 VISTA *(TV is a)
26 VETO cd

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