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Financial Times 12,891 – Falcon

Posted by Uncle Yap on October 16th, 2008

Uncle Yap.

From Monday Prize Crossword on 6th October 2008
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

When I managed to download this puzzle on Tuesday, there was a thick black border round the puzzle.  I wonder why? BTW, the thick black border has since been removed.

Quite a straight-forward puzzle with few surprises.

Across
1 ALPACA Cha of Alp (mountain pasture) A CA (t)
5 PROSPERO Cha of Prosper (get on) O (Oscar – phonetic alphabet is a list of symbols used in phonetic transcriptions; a system (used in voice communications) in which letters of the alphabet are identified by means of code words) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spelling_alphabet
9 SAUTERNE *(tea nurse) sweet white wine produced at Sauternes in the Gironde, France.
10 SCRAPE Scrap + E
11 REASON (t) reason
12 IN SEASON In (popular) season (flavour)
14 IN THE BALANCE *(NB Chatelaine)
18,22 IN WORDS OF ONE SYLLABLE In (at home) self-explanatory
25 AMAZON dd
26 WIZARD Ins of IZ (sounds the same as IS) Ward (charge)
27 ACID DROP Acid (slang for LSD) drop (small amount)
28 INTEREST dd
29 NARROW N (new) Arrow (weapon)

Down
2 LEADER dd
3 ALTISSIMO Ins of I SSIM (one girl or miss, rev) in A *(lot) Musical term for very high
4 AYR UNITED *(are untidy)
5 PRECISE Precis (summary) E (European)
6 OASIS O (old) as is (unchanged)
7 PARKA Ins of Ark (chest) in PA (old man)
8 REPROACH rep (sales representative) roach (fish)
13 EEL Rev of LEE (k)
15 ADORATION A Dora (girl) + Ins of O (love) in TIN (can)
16 ALEXANDER A + ins of X (ten) in Leander (yes, that poor youth who drowned while swimming across Hellespont to meet his lover, Hero)
17 ENDYMION *(done in my) Wikipedia lists several at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endymion
19 REA ha Christopher Anton Rea (born 1951) is a singer-songwriter from Middlesbrough
20 OVERACT Simple cha
21 ROCOCO Cha of ROC (fabulous bird) + ins of C (top of church) in OO (two ducks) A style of architecture, decoration and furniture-making prevailing in Louis XV’s time, marked by endless multiplication of ornamental details unrelated to structure, with rockwork, shells, scrolls and unsymmetrical broken curves …
23 LEASE L (left) EASE (l)
24 BADGE Badger minus the last letter – a mark or emblem showing rank

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