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Financial Times 12,984 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on February 5th, 2009

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 26 January 2009
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

Another smooth and easy offering from Dante to give you a gentle start to the week and here I am, celebrating the first day of Lunar New Year. Gong Xi Fa Cai

ACROSS
1 REDCOATS *(scared to)
5 MASSIF Cha of Mass (service) IF (provided) a central mountain mass
9 CERBERUS cd for the monster that guarded the entrance to Hades, a dog with three heads
10 STRAND Ins of R (right) in STAND (bear the pain)
12 TACIT Ins of I (one) in TACT (discretion)
13 SEA ANCHOR cd This stumped me for a while until I found from Chambers that a fluke is a barb on an anchor. A sea anchor is a drogue or other such device to slow or stabilise a boat, as opposed to a normal anchor which works by digging its flukes into the seabed.
14 SHAMED Cha of Sham (bogus) ED (editor or journalist)
16 EMINENT Ins of Mine (hole) in ENT *(ten)
19 NOTICES *(section)
21 CANOPY Ins of AN (article) in COPY (story)
23 OUT WITH IT Cha opf OUT (not up to date) With It (fashionable)
25 TRACE Cha of T (first letter of the) Race (event)
26 NURSES NUR (rev of run or hurry) + ins of E (east or point) in SS (ship)
27 DISPLACE Di’s (girl’s) Place (position)
28 ALWAYS *(law say)
29 HELPMEET Cha of HELP (make oneself useful) MEET (satisfy)
helpmate n (a modification of helpmeet, itself formed from the phrase in the Bible (Genesis 2.18), *an help meet for him*) a helper, specif a wife.

DOWN
1 RECITE *(erect I)
2 DIRECT HIT Cha of direct (organise) hit (strike)
3 OVERT Cha of over (done) T
4 TRUSSED sounds like trust (credit)
6 ATTENTION dd
7 SMASH Ins of Ma’s (mother’s) in SH (keep silent)
8 FEDERATE *(defer tea)
11 FATE Cha of FAT (grease) E (East or bearing)
15 MACHINERY Ins of CHINE (ravine) in MARY
17 ESPLANADE *(and please)
18 INSOMNIA cd
20 SOHO So H (hard) O (round) There is also another Soho in New York
21 CUT FINE dd
22 DEFEAT DEF (rev of fed) EAT *(tea) Another clue that got me for a while until I realised that a military reverse is another way of saying defeat.
24 THROW dd
25 TOP UP cd

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