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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.

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)
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)
29 NARROW N (new) Arrow (weapon)

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
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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