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Financial Times 12,961 – Crux

Posted by Uncle Yap on January 8th, 2009

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 29 December 2008
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

Another gentle way to start the week.

ACROSS
1 BON APPETIT cd
7 TICK dd
9 SIDE homophone for sighed
10 LIKE A DREAM The Wizard of Oz is set as a dream by Dorothy after a bump on the head
11 STATUS Statues (standing sculptures) minus E
12 SALESMAN Obscure nameless playwright wrote of his death. This is an allusion to Death of a Salesman, a 1949 play by American playwright Arthur Miller and considered a classic of American theatre. I think Crux must have made a slight mistake with his anagram fodder as Nameless is not an anagram of salesman
13 ADDENDUM Cha of ADD (put on) END (conclude) U (university) M (last letter of term)
15 OXEN Ins of X (cross) in OEN *(one)
17 SORE Ins of OR in SE (as in per se – by himself, etc; essentially; in itself). When you get your hands on a smooth single malt, you do not add a dash of water nor put in ice; just drink it neat (by itself) Not an easy clue to parse but my thanks to Dr Ivan Reid for his lead.
19 BULLETIN A loaded gun would have at least a bullet in
22 VERONICA Ins of IC (in charge) in Verona (The Two Gentlemen of Verona)
23 SAMPLE Cha of S (first letter of Star) AMPLE (plenty)
25 PACK OF LIES Lack of pies, a chestnut that makes you laugh every time
26 RAIL Alluding to the former British Rail (now National Rail)
27 NEWT *(went)
28 RIGHT WHALE Cha of Right (Conservative) Whale (member of school) They are called “right whales” because whalers thought the whales were the “right” ones to hunt

DOWN
2 OMITTED Ins of Mitt (glove) in OED (Oxford English Dictionary)
3 ALERT Ins of Le (French definite article) in ART (skill)
4 PALISADE Ins of Ali (the greatest boxer) + sad (down) in PE (exercise)
5 TAKE SOME BEATING How do you call such a clue?
6 TRAILS Ins of RAIL (answer to 26) in TS (middle letters of Scotsman)
7 TURNSTONE Cha of turns (changes) tone (colour)
8 CHARADE *(care had)
14 EYE SOCKET I sock it (homophone)
16 CLOSE-SET Cha of close (near) set (tv)
18 OVER AGE Average (mean) with the first letter changed
20 ILL-WILL Ins of W (wife) in ill ill (double trouble)
21 PILFER P + *(rifle)
24 MARCH ha

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