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FT 12,990 – Crux

Posted by Uncle Yap on February 12th, 2009

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 2 February 2009
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

As usual, not too difficult a start to the FT Week. The continued lack of response to this Monday FT Blog is becoming a tad eerie. Does anybody do this puzzle?

1 FAINT HEARTED Allusion to that old adage “Faint heart never won fair lady”
11 CHEERIO Cha of Cheer (comfort) IO (looks like ten)
12 TENSE Present did double duty; first it is a tense like past and future and then when PR is removed, you get esent which is an annie of tense
13 FORELIMB cd as well as a homophone for four limb (quadruple)
15 REAL TENNIS I wonder how one labels such a clue, a cd?
16 AGUE Removal of PL from Plague (deadly disease)
18 OUST Ins of US (America) in OT (rev of to)
20 GENERALISE Cha of General (army chief) is E (last letter of liable)
24 DIGIT Cha of Dig (understand) IT (Information Technology or IT)
26 RAT FLEA cd for this vermin associated with the Plague (place or pl + answer to 16A)
27 DANSEUR This is an extremely difficult clue to parse. Clue : Sleep, say, in back street in Paris  (7) Wayne Sleep, supposedly famous dancer (e.g. with Princess Di) DANSEUR is the male form of the French for dancer. The French word for ‘in’ is DANS and for street is RUE, which when reveresed is EUR ->  DANSEUR
28 PARADISE LOST *(old priest as a) for Milton’s classic

2 ANTENNA Cha of ANT (insect) ENNA (rev of Queen Anne)
3 NOISETTE Ins of I set (I place) in Note (letter)
4 HUES Sounds like Hugh’s or for that matter Huw’s
5 ANCHORITES *(chain store)
6 THEME Cha of The (article) ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis    n chronic fatigue syndrome.
7 DARLING Ins of L in daring (brave) Of course, Grace Darling whom I was proudly introduced to when I set foot in Northumberlands in the early 70’s … she saved some people from drowning
9 DOUBLE CENTURY 10 x 20 = 200
14 UNDERSTAND Cha of Under (below) Stand (stomach his nonsense)
17 CARDINAL Ins of DI (first letters of detective inspector) in carnal (erotic)
19 SWEPT UP Again I wonder how you would classify such a clue? Corny?
21 INGRESS *(resigns)
23 TILER cd
25 ODES rev ha

3 Responses to “FT 12,990 – Crux”

  1. smutchin says:

    Yes, I do it! Perhaps the lack of comments is because we’ve all forgotten it by the time the solution is published?

  2. C.G. Rishikesh says:

    Year ago I picked up a French-English crossword book where half the number of puzzles had definitional clues in French for which you had to put in English answers and the other half vice versa.

    Having done a basic course in French, I was curious and bought it in a jumble sale.

    I have an awareness of the French language but honestly I can’t speak or write in it.

  3. Eileen says:

    Hi Uncle Yap

    I agree with Smutchin – and, of course, your blogs are always so comprehensive that there is not much left to comment on. You get many more responses on the Guardian blog but that’s because Guardian solvers are, on the whole, much more argumentative and less content to stay on the topic of the day’s puzzle – which is why I find it such fun to blog. It really is a labour of love to blog a puzzle and receive so little response. I remember commenting a while ago on the dedication of the bloggers of the difficult weekend puzzles [Azed Enigmatic Variations et al], which I don’t even attempt, where what must be hours of work usually elicits no response at all.

    But thank you for the blog, anyway! I remember enjoying this puzzle but, as Smutchin says, there’s such a time lag with the FT that it’s difficult to remember the thoought processes.

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