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Financial Times 13,061 – Falcon

Posted by Uncle Yap on May 7th, 2009

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 27 April 2009
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

Quite an enjoyable puzzle for the week-opener

ACROSS
7 TIA MARIA Ins of I (one) & A in T (time) & MARIA (girl)
8 OBJECT dd
11 ILIAD Ins of I (first letter of it) in IKAD (rev of Dali)
12 KEEP CLEAR Cha of KEEP (castle stronghold) CLEAR (sure)
13 ETERNAL E (earl) + *(learnt)
14 DESIREE Ins of SIRE (father) in DEE (river)
15 BERTRAND RUSSELL *(slanderer blurts)
18 REIGNED Sounds like rained (pelted)
20 CONTAIN CON (study) + ins of A in TIN (metal)
22 ALFA ROMEO Alfa (sounds like alpha) Rome (capital of Italy) O (old)
23 ISLAM I SLAM (harshly criticise)
24 NORMAL Norma (girl) L (first letter of language)
25 BERGERAC B (book) + ins of G (first letter of Gigi) in *(career)

DOWN
1 STRIKE A BARGAIN Strike (industrial action) A BAR (a pub) *(a gin)
2 MALICE M (married) ALICE (girl)
3 GARDENER Ins of ARDEN (forest) in GER (Germany) for Getrude Jekyll http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gertrude_Jekyll
4 NICKEL AND DIME Neat clue for nickel (five cents) and dime (ten cents)
5 ABACUS A BA (graduate) CUS (s)
6 REHEARSE Dubious dd (water from the same well?)
9 THREE BLIND MICE *(children bet me I)
10 READY RECKONER cd
16 RAIL FARE A very clever clue
17 SAN DIEGO *(dog in sea)
19 NORWAY Ins of R (Rex or king) in No Way (absolutely not)
21 ALLURE ALL (everyone) URE (river in Ripon)

2 Responses to “Financial Times 13,061 – Falcon”

  1. John Newman says:

    I agree with your comment that 6 down was a dubious DD

    Gardener was too hard for me

  2. John Newman says:

    I recently wrote and agreed with you about the fuzzy printing by the FT. It hasn’t improved. When I blow up a printout from the website I can no longer read the words. Can you give me an email address I can write to at the FT?

    Did you notice a rather good clue by Viking on 23 April ruined by a typo?

    The clue was “Declines in note sent back to part-giver.” (7)

    The answer Hostess is clearly a party-giver.

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