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Financial Times 13,020 – Cincinnus

Posted by Uncle Yap on March 19th, 2009

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Monday Prize Crossword 9th March 2009

dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

Quite a nice change from the usual Dante/Crux week opener. Cincinnus was also a delight to solve.

ACROSS
1 EISENHOWER
The supremo of the Allied Forces in the final bit of WWII went on to become the 34th President of the USA from 1953-1961. His nickname Ike (second half of strike) is also a favourite with crossword compilers.
7 WICK
ha
9 ARIA
Acrostic (first letters of fodder)
10 REIMBURSES
Ins of Burse (bourse minus O) in Reims (French city)
11 TENORS
*(nest or)
12 PRESERVE
P (page) Reserve (book)
13 FIDDLIER
Ins of I in Fiddler (a kind of crab) fiddly adj time-consuming; difficult to handle or do because requiring delicate movements of the fingers (a new word for me)
15 TARN
Cha of TA (Territorial Army or soldiers but more often volunteers) and RN (Royal Navy or sailors)
17 ODER
Sounds like Odour
19 NUMERATE
*(true name)
22 BLACKING
Cha of B (the letter following A) Lacking (without) This brilliant clue foxed me for a while.
23 COOL IT
Coo ! Lit (put light on)
25 STRIPTEASE
*(tapestries)
26
TEST dd
27 EDEN dd
28 LAST SUPPER
Cha of Lasts (goes on) Upper (superior) That famous painting by Leonardo Da Vinci

DOWN
2 ISRAELI
Disraeli (former British PM) What a co-incidence that Quixote also featured him yesterday in the Indy
3 ERATO
Cha of Era (time) T (time) O (love)
4 HARDSHIP
Ins of RD (Doctor rev) in HAS + Hip (joint)
5 WHISPERING GRASS
*(Whip singer) Grass (one who sings) I vaguely remember a mid-70 hit song by Windsor Davies and Don Estelle, actors in the successful sitcom It Ain’t Half Hot Mum
6 RABIES *
(Serbia)
7 WORCESTER
Anyone familiar with Jeeves should get the homophone for Bertie Wooster or that Lea & Perrin Sauce
8 CLEAVER
Ins of A in Clever (able)
14 DIRECTION
Ins of RE (Royal Engineers) in Diction
16 SMACKERS dd
18 DELETED
Ins of Let (lease) in Deed (document)
20 TRIESTE
Tries (endeavours) Te (first and last letters of Time)
21 DISTIL
Cha of DI (Detective Inspector) + Stil (still or arrested)
24 ON TAP
I have an alternative version that the common water tap was invented by an engineer from Birmingham by name of Horace Cotswald.
To honour him, they always show his initials ……

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