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Financial Times 12,909 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on November 6th, 2008

Uncle Yap.

From Monday Prize Crossword on 27 Oct 2008
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

Another clever and entertaining puzzle from Mr Smooth.


1 RETORT Cha of RE (about) TORT (wrong)
4 HIGHBALL Cha of HIGH (drunk) BALL (dance)
9 TEE OFF Tee (sounds like tea, a drink) OFF (cancelled)
12 INDUSTRY Cha of Indus (river) TRY (venture)
13 ASSENT AS (when) SENT (told to go)
15 SKIT S (second) KIT (gear)
16 IMPRIMATUR Cha of I M PRIM (and propeer, easily shocked) At UR (city)
19 MILESTONES cd alluding to milestones being placed at side of roads
20 WEED Wee (little) D (500 number)
23 INDIAN cd for those gym equipment
25 HIGHNESS Beyond peerage must be royalty
28 CRUSOE *(course)
29 SERENADE Ins of AD (present time) in SERENE (composed)
30 PEDANT Insertion of D & A (notes) in PE (exercise) NT (New Testament)
Just to be pedantic, wouldn’t it be more accurate to clue NT as books in the plural? After all, each of the 27 segments from The Gospel according to Matthew all the way to Revelations are called books.

1 RETAINS *(in tears)
2 TREADMILL Cha of tread (walk) MILL (work)
5 I-SPY simple cha
6 HANDSOME 8(homes and)
7 ABIDE Ins of ID in ABE (Abraham Luincoln)
8 LIGHTER dd, a thin strip of wood or paper for lighting a candle, a pipe, etc.
11 CRAMPON cd, a spiked attachment for boots for climbing mountains or telegraph poles or walking on ice.
14 FREESIA a plant of the S African genus Freesia of scented greenhouse plants of the iris family
17 THE RED SEA Ins of HERE (this place) in TDSEA *(dates) An &lit
18 ASSASSIN Cha of AS (when) SAS (Special Air Service or special forces) SIN (transgress)
19 MAIDENS Ins of I DEN (I study) in MA’s (graduates)
21 DESSERT I was stumped by this very clever clue and thanks to Goeff Moss, I took another look at Chambers and saw fool2 n a puree of fruit scalded or stewed, mixed with cream or custard and sugar, such as gooseberry fool. The wordplay is the rev of TRESSED, very cunningly disguised as upbraided which should be read as up-braided for this down clue.
22 CHARGE A very sly dd
24 DOVER D (first letter of Drinkers) Over (finished) Very smooth; both the port and the clue surface
26 AGED Cha of Ag (silver) E & D (notes) Indeed silver used to be the universal currency

One Response to “Financial Times 12,909 – Dante”

  1. Geoff Moss says:

    4a ‘drunk’ is part of the definition and the charade is HIGH (off) BALL (dance).

    2d surely this is a cd rather than a charade since ‘mill’ could equal ‘works’ but not ‘work’.

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