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FT 12,996 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on February 19th, 2009

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 9 February 2009
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

Another gentle introduction to the week.

ACROSS
1 IMPAIR Cha of IMP (brat) AIR (look)
4 MANIFEST Manifesto without last letter
9 UNTIDY *(in duty)
10 INSTANCE Cha of IN (popular) Stance (viewpoint)
12 EPISODES cd
13 ANGINA Only Dante with his smooth style can turn a mundane charade into a slick statement that read all so plausible an-gin-a
15 OMIT dd but I think there is an element of water from the same well
16 UNREQUITED Delightful cd common being mutual here
19 GUN RUNNERS cd
20 AXIS cd
23 RARING Ins of RI (religious instruction) in RANG (telephoned)
25 INFORMAL Cha of IN Form (class) A L (A learner)
27 TURNOVER cd
28 SETTLE dd
29 SERENITY *(sentry i.e)
30 ESPRIT *(priest)

DOWN
1 IN UTERO 8(routine)
2 PATRICIAN Patric (Patrick minus k) Ian (Scot)
3 INDOOR cd
5 ANNA Palindromic answer
6 ISTANBUL *(a bustlin)
7 ENNUI *(nun i.e) 29 Down employed the very same i.e as anagram fodder ; nothing wrong except that it is not very elegent to repeat a device in the same puzzle
8 THE BARD *(breadth)
11 LEANING *(in angle) with incorrect doing double duty
14 BEARING dd
17 TAXIMETER *(extra time)
18 TURN DOWN dd
19 GYRATES *(ray gets)
21 SOLVENT Cha of Solve (do crossword) NT (New Testament or books) I remember remarking some months ago that Dante used “book” to refer to the new Testament; this time, he is using the more familiar “books”
22 DOWELS *(we sold) What a smoothie
24 RARER Ins of ARE in RR (two rexes or kings)
26 TEST Protest (objection) minus pro (not in favour) This is my favourite clue of the lot

One Response to “FT 12,996 – Dante”

  1. C.G. Rishikesh says:

    In 7dn above, read “… 29 Across employed …”

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