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Financial Times 12,939 – Crux

Posted by Uncle Yap on December 11th, 2008

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Monday FT Prize Crossword on 1 December 2008
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

Quite an enjoyable start to the week although I have certain doubts about 5 and 7 down.

Across
1 ATTEST Simple cha
4 DISRAELI Ins of L in *(diaries)
9 TANNOY Cha of T (time) annoy (bug) I must confess that when I first went to the UK in the early 70′s, it took me a little while to get used to the British penchant for incorporating trade or product names into everyday usage. “I’ll tannoy you at the Union House”; “It’s your turn to hoover the sitting room”; “Have you got a spare biro?” & “I’ll return your lecture notes after I have xeroxed them”
10 DOMINOES Ins of MINO (r) in DOES
12 RATLINES *(entrails)
13 ASTUTE Ins of U (last letter of gateau) in *(taste)
15,16 GOALKEEPERS Neat cd also alluding to the fact that most football teams give their number one shirt to the senior goalkeeper
20 OVATION OVA (eggs) + *(not i)
21 RUMP Cha of RUM (odd) P (first letter of pupil)
25 AWNING (d) awning
26 SEED-PLOT Cha of SEED (pip) PLOT (intrigue)
28 PALEFACE cd I am sure most of you were tickled by that first cd which used the brave device. Brave doctor (8,3) I wonder who clued this first? Rufus?
29 STRAFE Ins of RAF (the Royal Air Force) in *(set)
30 EGG-PLANT Not the most clever of cd for the eggplant, aubergine, or brinjal (Solanum melongena), a plant of the family Solanaceae (also known as the nightshades) and genus
31 BRAKES homophone for breaks (holidays)

Down
1 ALTER EGO Ins of e.g.(for example or say) in alter (change) O (nothing)
2 TANK-TRAP This was one of the last clues solved. Very clever use of capitalised Tigers to mean the German WWII warring machines rather than the fearful feline beasts.
3 STOLID STOL (rev of lots) I’D (I would)
5 IDOL Homophone for idle (potter). Although this is included in Chambers Thesaurus, I would have thought that to potter around is to keep busy (albeit at inconsequential tasks), the very opposite of being idle.
6 REINSURE Cha of REIN (check) SURE (guaranteed)
7 EXODUS cd for the second book of the Old Testament. I wonder whether the clue should be Early flight record (or report) (6) as Chambers gives recorder as a person who records or registers, esp the rolls, etc of a city; (with caps) a judge of a city or borough court of quarter-sessions (); in England, a barrister or solicitor appointed as a part-time judge; a person who performs before a recording instrument; a recording apparatus; a fipple flute, once called the *English flute*, much used in the 16c*18c and revived in the 20c (from the obsolete meanings of the verb).
8 ISSUES Cha of I’S (one’s) SUES (charges)
11 BERETTA Cha of BERET (cover for commando) + TA for that Italian firearm
14 SPOONER (7) William Archibald Spooner (1844–1930) was a famous Oxford don after whom is named a linguistic phenomenon, Spoonerism. Word botcher?
17 EVENTFUL Event ful (l)
18 PULL RANK Cha of pull (influence) rank (foul)
19 SPOTLESS The train spotter would spot fewer (less) trains
22 SAMPLE S (first letter of star) Ample (plenty)
23 UNPLUG UNP *(pun) LUG (the sideflap of a cap or earpiece)
24 EDITOR *(to ride)
27 SCAN ha

One Response to “Financial Times 12,939 – Crux”

  1. John in USA says:

    14D defeated me. Well done!

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