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Financial Times 12,879 – Falcon

Posted by Uncle Yap on October 2nd, 2008

Uncle Yap.

From Monday Prize Puzzle on 22 September 2008
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

A good set of varied clues for a Monday morning. Light and easy with a few clever wordplay here and there. This puzzle made me recall various times of my misspent youth.

Across
1 BROWN ALE *(bar now) + LE (the French) This clue brought back fond memories of my three-year stay in Newcastle-upon-Tyne when SuperMac reigned supreme at St James Park next to my residential hall in Leazes Park. Noocasel Broon was one of my earliest introduction to British beer.
5 DRY RUN Cheeky clue using the fact the tt can either stand for teetotal (dry) or Tourist Trophy, the Isle of Man TT Race for motorcycles, held since 1907
9 RATTLERS dd noun a rattle; a coach; a rattlesnake; a telling blow; an excellent specimen of the kind (all quotations of definitions from Chambers Dictionary)
10 DUNCAN Cha of Dun (horse) C (caught) A N (knight) When I solved this clue, I immediately recited from Shakespeare’s Macbeth
“Hear it not, Duncan; for it is a knell
That summons thee to heaven or to hell”

How come I can remember totally useless information (from English literature lessons circa 1964) and have to walk round twice before finding my car in a multi-storey car-park a few nights ago?
12 OCEAN *(Once a)
13 JOHN DONNE John (can, loo, toilet, gents, etc) Donne (pronounced like done or no more), (1572–1631) was a Jacobean poet
14 RANDOM Cha of RAN (organised) DO (party) M (end of term)
16 CARACAS Ins of A in CARCAS (carcass or body minus last letter)
18 CHELSEA Ch (check) *(lease)
20 UMPIRE Ins of MP (member of Parliament) & I in URE (Yorkshire river)
22 OFF LIMITS Cha of O (round) F (last of golF) + ins of IT in FLIMS *(films)
23 BLAKE B (British) Lake (mere) William Blake (1757-1827) was an English poet, painter and printmaker
24 NOODLE *(old one)
25 FANDANGO Ins of AND (with) in FAN (enthusiast) & GO (energy) This word was propelled from obscurity to prominence by Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody
26 RETURN RE (Royal Engineers or soldiers) TURN (have a go)
27 BETRAYAL *(Beryl at a)

Down
1 BARTOK Bart (Lionel Bart (1930–1999) was an English composer of songs and musicals, best known for Oliver!) + OK (fine) Béla Viktor János BARTOK (1881–1945) was a Hungarian composer and pianist, considered to be one of the greatest composers of the 20th century.
A funny thing happened at this corner for a short while. I had earlier inked in FOSTER being F (fine) OSTER (composer) and FOSTER is also a composer. But when I solved Noocasel Broon, I knew Foster was wrong. Isn’t this amazing; that a clue that involves the name of two composers and a fodder for ‘fine’ can yield two equally correct answers (bar checking letters)????
2 ON THE WATERFRONT *(theatre now) FRONT (top) On the Waterfront is a 1954 American drama film about mob violence and corruption among longshoremen starring Marlon Brando
3 NYLON N (Name) YLON *(only) BTW, this man-made material was named after New York and London (another trivia brought to you by Uncle Yap :-)
4 LORD JIM Sounds like LAUD (praise) GYM (exercise) A novel by Joseph Conrad
6 ROUND TRIP Cha of round (several drinks) trip (set off)
7 RACING CERTAINTY Ins of CE (church) in *(Cary Grant in it)
8 NONSENSE Ins of S in *(son seen)
11 CHIC chic (k)
15 DISTILLER Cha of DI’S (Diane’s) TILLER (one who cultivates)
17 SCHOONER Ins of CH (child) in SOONER (earlier)
19 AXIS A XIS (rev of six)  – a white-spotted deer of India.
20 UPSTAGE up (winning) stage (leg)
21 RECOIL RE (on) COIL (bend)
23 BADER B + ADER *(read) Group Captain Sir Douglas Robert Steuart Bader (1910–1982) was a Royal Air Force fighter ace during the Second World War. The remarkable thing about Bader was that he had earlier lost both legs but still went on to fly combat missions.

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