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Financial Times 12,966 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on January 15th, 2009

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 5 January 2009
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

A gentle start to the week with some amusing cryptic definitions that Dante seems so adept at creating, plus some excellent double-definitions.

ACROSS
1 SETTLE Punnish dd
4 PRECIS *(prices)
8 NARROWS Cha of N(north polar) Arrows (missiles)
9 LIMITED dd
11 GRASS ROOTS Alluding to grass and roots, both being eaten by cattle
12 IRIS dd
13 VESTA Cha of vest (something worn) + A
14 SERAGLIO cf women’s quarters in a Muslim house or palace; a harem; a collection of wives or concubines; an enclosure; a Turkish palace, esp that of the sultans at Constantinople
16 ENGINEER A passable &lit cha of ENGINE (motor) ER (hesitate)
18 GAFFE Gaffer (foreman) minus R
20 HERE Corny clue Now X will produce NowX
21 DIPHTHERIA *(I’d hip heart)
23 ATTACKS Cha of AT + TACKS (Nails)
24 BOOKLET Ins of ookl *(look) in BET (gamble)
25 SADIST An amusing cd
26 ASCENT Cha of A + scent (trait)

DOWN
1 STAIR *(Rita’s)
2 THRUSTS Cha of Thru (US way of saying through) STS (streets or throughways)
3 LOWER CASE Lower (inferior) case (legal action); see the clever and cheeky hint that “he” was written in the lower case whereas “I” was not
5 RAILS What a lovely dd clue
6 CHIDING Cha of C (100 is a number) Hiding (keeping secret)
7 STERILISE *(ie Lister’s) I rate this an &lit
10 CONSCRIPT Another lovely cf
13 VENDETTAS Cha of Vend (sell) *(state) I find the extraneous ‘of houses’ too obtrusive for my liking. “Rows of houses” could have been substituted with battles/fights/struggles
15 RIGHTEOUS *(this rogue)
17 IRELAND What a creative way to insert R (king) between IE and LAND (country) and word-perfect, too; seeing that Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom, a constitutional monarchy
19 FRECKLE Brilliant cd Freckles are clusters of concentrated melanin which are most often visible on people with a fair complexion. The formation of freckles is triggered by exposure to sunlight.
21 DYKES A cd alluding to the role played by dykes to keep out the sea
22 INEPT Cha of IN E (English) PT (physical training or games)

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