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Financial Times 13,049 – Mudd

Posted by Uncle Yap on April 23rd, 2009

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 13 April 2009
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

HELP !!! I find it such an ordeal to read the clues from what
I print off the on-line page of FT that I am losing out on the enjoyment of the clues.

ACROSS
1 A TOWN LIKE ALICE *(O’Neill, Act I weak) Novel by Nevil Shute
10 PLUTO dd Greek God of the Underworld and a lovable cartoon dog
11 SHORTSTOP Shorts and top are two piecee(9)
12 ODDMENT Ins of DD (Doctor of Divinity or theologian) MEN (bishop and other pieces on the chess board) in OT (Okd Testament or religious text)
13 LECTERN LECTER (Hannibal Lecter, M.D. is a fictional character in a series of novels by author Thomas Harris) + N (first letter of niggling)
14 TIRED dd – Fitted with tires (US spelling for tyres)
16 NIPPONESE Ins of ONES (individuals) in NIPPER (child) ,inus R
19 CORN SNAKE *(Nora’s neck)
20 EILAT Ins of I (first letter of Israeli) in ALET (rev of tale, saga)
22 ANCIENT AN + ins of I (individual) in CENT (money)
25 OFFENCE Cha of OFF (away) (p) ENCE
27 TOP BANANA Allusion to the fact that a bunch of bananas is called a hand or a comb
28 ABIDE Ins of ID (passport) in ABE (Lincoln)
29 TERROR-STRICKEN Ins of ERRORS (mistakes) & TRICK (kid) into TEN (figure)

DOWN
2 THUNDERER TH (the minus e) under ER, Queen Elizabeth
3 WHOLE sounds like hole (nothing)
4 LUSITANIA Ins of US in *(Italian) RMS Lusitania, (built 1907) the 30,396 tons British ocean liner sunk by a German U-Boat in World War I on the 7 May 1915
5 KNOLL ha
6 ARTICHOKE ARTIC (articulated lorry) + ins of OK (fine) in HE
7 ISTLE I STOLE (took) minus O; a valuable fibre obtained from Agave, Bromelia, and other plants.
8 EXPUNGE Cha of EX (old) PUN (joke) GEM minus M
9 SPROUT Ins of R (river) in SPOUT (stream)
15 DESPERADO Ins of SPER (rev of REPS, agents) in DEAD (utter or absolute) O (old)
17 PTEROSAUR *(a pure sort)
18 EGLANTINE EG (for example or say) ins of ANT (worker) in LINE (row)
19 COAL TIT Ins of L (left) in COAT (garment) IT
21 TEETER Alternate characters from “the next year”
23 CAPER dd — fun = caper or jape; caper(1) an edible flower bud, pickled and used as a garnish, e.g. on pizza
24 TRAMS Rev of SMART (clever)
26 FRANC FRANCK (César Franck (1822 – 1890), a Belgian composer) minus K