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Financial Times 12,945 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on December 18th, 2008

Uncle Yap.

Monday FT Prize Crossword on 8 December 2008
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

Another painless way to start the week with some delightful cryptic definition clues ala Dante

ACROSS
1 RAGING Ins of GIN (spirit) in RAG (carnival of British university students to raise money for charity and to have a jolly good time at the beginning of an academic year)
4 ON SAFARI Verg good cd
9 PEDLAR sounds like peddler
10 TIE-BREAK Another excellent cd with tennis services welll disguised as Her Majesty’s fighting forces
12 SKIPLANE Cga of SKIP (spring) LANE (passage)
13 STUDIO Cha of STUD (boss) I (one) O (middle letter of October)
15 NOEL Cha of NO (the traditional Japanese style of drama developed out of a religious dance) + EL (Spanish definite article)
16 TRAMPOLINE Cha of TRAMP (ship) O Line (equator)
19 SYSTENATIC *(city’s teams)
20 ATOP Simple cha of a top (spinner)
23 RUSTLE cd
25 QUAGMIRE Ins of AGM (annual general meeting) in Quire (paper)
27 FALSETTO *(of latest)
28 ON TIME Ins of Tim (chap) in ONE
29 SHORTAGE Ins of R (ight) TAG (label) in SHOE
30 CANNED dd

DOWN
1 ROPES IN *(Pineros)
2 GODLINESS Ins of LINES (rows) in Gods (gallery)
3 NEARLY Ins of earl (one of the nobility) in NY
5 NAIF NA (rev AN) + IF, a poem by Kipling
6 AMBITION *(A to B mini)
7 AHEAD Simple cha
8 IRKSOME punny way to say irk (irritate) some (not everyone)
11 ON TRIAL *(liar not)
14 IMPIOUS Cha of IMP (rascal) IOU’s (promises to pay)
17 INTUITION in tuition (teaching)
18 HELL BENT He’ll (man will) bent (not hisheartened)
19 STRAFES *(RAF’s set)
21 PRETEND Cha of PRE (in front) TEND (nurse)
22 AGENDA Ins of GEN (information) ib ADA (girl)
24 SALVO *(S Oval)
26 STAG Rev of gats (guns)

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