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Financial Times 12,951 – Alberich

Posted by Uncle Yap on December 25th, 2008

Uncle Yap.

MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR
Monday FT Prize Crossword on 15 December 2008

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

Another painless start to the FT week. Quite amusing and indeed very solvable.

ACROSS
1 BLOSSOM Cha of B (British) LO (see) SSOM (rev of Kate Moss, supermodel)
5 FIANCEE Finance minus one N = faince + E (first letter of enterprise)
9 NIECE Ins of E (Espana aka Spain) in Nice (French resort city)
10 TREASURER TREA *(rate) Surer (more certain)
11 SWEARWORD Ins of wear (dress) in Sword (sharp weapon)
12 SHOAL dd
13 IDENTITY PARADE &lit I (one) + *(party detained)
18 UNDER-SECRETARY Just savour the clue and answer
20 MAPLE Ins of P (first letter of party) in Male (stag)
22 APOCRYPHA Ins of Y (unknown) in *(approach)
24 NOSTALGIA *(lost again)
25 TULIP Ins of UL (UgLy) in TIP (dump)
26 SO AND SO Sounds like sew and swe
27 EPHESUS ha

DOWN
1 BANISH Danish, substitute D for B
2 OPEN-ENDED Simple cha of Open (sporting tournament) ended (finished)
3 SPEAR In of E (east, point on the compass) in SPAR (pole)
4 METEORITE This was my last clue and all I can see is a cd
5 FIEND Friend minus R
6 ASSISTANT What a  coincodence; Guardian also had this word today. Ins of IST (first) in *(Santa’s)
7 CARGO Sinple cha of Car (vehicle) Go (leave)
8 ENROLLED Cha of E (English) N (Navy) rolled (pressed)
14 NURSEMAID What a lovely cd
15 YARD OF ALE Ins of OF (old fellow in *(Already)
16 ACROPOLIS A crop (harvest) OLIS (rev of silo)
17 CUMMINGS Sounds like comings for Edward Estlin Cummings ( 1894–1962), popularly known as E. E. Cummings, was an American poet, painter, essayist, author, and playwright
19 CAMPUS Cha of CAMP (temporary quarters) US (American)
21 PASTA Cha of Past (finished) + A
22 AGGRO Ins of GR (George Rex) in ago
23 RETCH (w) retch

2 Responses to “Financial Times 12,951 – Alberich”

  1. Geoff Moss says:

    4d IT (object) in *(REMOTE) [spac]E

  2. nmsindy says:

    Pleasing puzzle, which I too found quite easy. 18ac was definitely a “first”.

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