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Financial Times 12,915 – Falcon

Posted by Uncle Yap on November 13th, 2008

Uncle Yap.

From Monday Prize Crossword on 3 November 2008

dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

Not exactly a thrilling puzzle with some unexciting clues.

Across
1 PIER GLASS Cha of Pier (landing) G (grand) LASS (girl)  a mirror hung between windows; a tall mirror.
6 SKUNK Ins of K (king) in SUNK (ruined)
9 NAIAD *(Diana)
10 NORTH STAR North (Frederick North, 2nd Earl of Guilford, KG, PC
(1732 – 1792), more often known by his courtesy title, Lord North, which he used from 1752 until 1790, was Prime Minister of Great Britain from 1770 to 1782. He led Great Britain through most of the American War of Independence) + Star (celebrity)
11 CORNWALLIS Cornwall (county) + IS North is remembered as the Prime Minister when Britain lost the American colonies; whereas Cornwallis (Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis (1738 – 1805) was best remembered as a leading British general in the American Revolutionary War whose defeat in 1781 by a combined American-French force at the Siege of Yorktown is generally considered the end of the war.
12 FRAY Cha of F (following) RAY (fish)
14 HOTSHOT Cha of HOT (recent; as in hot from from the press) SHOT (photograph)
15 ON A ROLL Cha of ON (working) A ROLL (a swell)
17 MIDDLE C Notice C is the middle of the name, Lincoln
19 LADETTE *(let date)
20 WAIF Cha of WA (s) IF
22 ARISTOCRAT A + *(racist rot)
25 RESTRAINT Ins of TRAIN (coach) in REST (those left)
26 POWER dd
27 HOTEL Cha of H (husband) OT (Old Testament or books) EL (Spanish definite article). Last week Dante used “book” to indicate NT (New Testament)
28 FLOOR SHOW Cha of Floors (is disconcerting) HOW (in what manner)

Down
1 PANIC ha
2 EMIGRATED Ins of MI (rev I’m) in E GR (Eastern Greece) + ATED *(date)
3 GO DOWNHILL Cha of Godown (warehouse) HILL (slope)
4 ANNULET Cha of ANN (girl) ULET *(lute)
5 SORDINO *(indoors)
6 SOHO Cha of SO (very) HO (house)
7 UTTER dd
8 KERRY BLUE Cha of Kerry (girl) Blue (dirty as in lewd)    a breed of Irish terrier with a long, silky, bluish coat.
13 SAND HOPPER Re-writing SHOPPER as S and HOPPER – an amphipod crustacean (Talitrus, Orchestia, etc) of the seashore and tidal estuaries that jumps by suddenly straightening its bent body. This is not exactly an inspiring clue
14 HEMSWORTH Cha of HEMS (borders) Worth (excellence)
16 OUTGROWTH Another not so fanatstic dd
18 CARDIFF Cha of CARD (eccentric) IF (provided) F (female)
19 LESOTHO Cha of LE (French definite article) SO THO *(hot)
21 INSET Removal of R (right) from INSERT (introduce)
23 THROW TH (e) ROW (line)
24 ORAL Cha of O (nothing) RA (artist) L (left)

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