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Financial Times 13,044 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on April 16th, 2009

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 6 April 2009
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

The font used in the FT puzzle page on-line is so teeny-weeny that I find reading the clues more difficult than solving them; especially as I am still recovering from a recent eye operation. This is made worse this week when the words were so fuzzy and blurry. HELP !!

4 STUPID Ins of PI (type, see Cham,bers PIE2) in STUD (boss)
8 AROUSAL Ins of O (love) in *(Laura’s)
11 PRETTY PASS Cha of PRETTY (Delightful) PASS (move by a footballer) I have never seen nor used this phrase for a difficult position
12 HEIR cd
13 COCOA CO (come minus me) CO A
14 HANDS OFF Hands (workers) Off (free time)
18 REBEL cd
20 PALM This dd was my last answer as I had used the more conventional spelling of Catherine for 13D, giving an impossible ?E?M
21 STATECRAFT Cha of STATE (utter) CRAFT (spin)
23 PIONEER Ins of ONE in PIER (support)
24 PARAGON Cha of P (quiet) Aragon (part of Spain)
25 EXCISE dd
26 IDEALS *(ladies)

1 RARER R (right) ARE R (right)
2 CAUSTIC CA (rev of ACcount, bill) *(is cut)
3 READY CASH *(yard chase)
5 TOTES Ins of E (first letter of English) in TOTS (children)
6 POUCHES Ins of HE in *(coups)
7 DECEITFUL *(deft clue I)
13 CATHARINE cd Most solvers would have spelt this Catherine
17 ALMANAC ALMA (girl) NAC (rev of can)
19 BARBARA Allusion to Major Barbara, play by GBS
21 STEPS cd One normally needs STEPS (stepladder) to paint,
hang wallpaper, etc.
22 FOOLS dd a puree of fruit scalded or stewed, mixed with cream or custard and sugar, such as gooseberry fool.

2 Responses to “Financial Times 13,044 – Dante”

  1. John Newman says:

    Uncle Yap

    I agree with you entirely about the fuzzy print. I live in Singapore and I get the crosswords from the ft internet page. The print comes out so small that I have to blow it up to 200%. Then it is really hard to make out some of the letters. Here I had drugs instead of drags in my eyes.

    But I also wish to object to Catharine. As I had the A, I kept looking for an alternative to Catherine which was the obvious answer. I see you had the same problem in reverse. Palm had quite a clever clue

    I think there are some better answers (which don’t fit of course):
    21D Roods, an anagram of doors and a better measure than step. Governess instead of nursemaid?

    Can you explain record to me? Why does it mean conviction?



  2. Geoff Moss says:

    A (criminal) record is the same as a (list of) convictions.

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