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Financial Times 13,092 /Dante

Posted by Agentzero on June 2nd, 2009

Agentzero.

Rufus’s alter ego sets a puzzle to his usual standard:  enjoyable, if not difficult, with clean concise clues and plenty of amusing cryptic definitions.

Across
1 FEATHERS *(HERE FAST)
5 SCALED dd
9 CONTRACT cd, playing on the two meanings of the word, i.e., to shrink and a commercial agreement
10 TRAGIC RAG (irritate) in TIC (twitch)
12 NOYES NO + YES. Referring to the poet Alfred Noyes.
13 POTPOURRI POUR (to serve) in POT (vessel) + R (right) I (one).  The definition is STEW (from 11 down), in the sense of a mixture of things
14 ANANAS hidden answer
16 WREATHE *(WEATHER)
19 TREATED dd
21 CALMLY *(MY CALL)
23 PAPER CLIP cd The “leaves” are sheets of paper rather than the natural kind
25 PARIS dd
26 AQUILA *(A QUAIL) Referring to the constellation, named for the eagle owned by Zeus
27 FINE-TUNE FINE (splendid) + TUNE (melody)
28 EMBRYO *(MORE BY)
29 BEHEADED To “have a leader” is to BE HEADED.  This was a terrific clue and my favourite of the puzzle.
 
Down
1 FECUND EC (the City) in FUND (investment)
2 ANNOYANCE *(ANYONE CAN)  Unfortunate for Dante/Rufus that the two puzzles in which he used the exact same clue appeared on consecutive days (see yesterday’s Guardian).
3 HARPS cd This is *(SHARP)
4 RECIPES RE (about) C (one hundred) + *(PIES)
6 CORPOREAL E (energy) in CORPORAL (a “non-commissioned officer” or NCO)
7 LUGER LUGE (toboggan) R (“race” starts)
8 DECLINES *(LICENSED)
11 STEW WETS (soaks) reversed
15 NATURALLY *(AUNT) + RALLY (recover)
17 TALK ROUND dd
18 STOPPAGE dd A STOPPAGE may be either a strike or the tax deductions from one’s pay
20 DILL D (Roman 500 and therefore “many”) ILL (unwell)
21 CAPSIZE Because how big-headed one is determines one’s CAP SIZE
22 ASCEND cd
24 PLUMB PLUM (Victoria, a type of plum) B (born)
25 PIECE Because you can’t do better than a MASTERPIECE.

3 Responses to “Financial Times 13,092 /Dante”

  1. Gaufrid says:

    Hi Agentzero
    Sorry but I have to disagree with you regarding 3d. Surely it is an anagram of ‘sharp’, ie HARPS.

  2. Agentzero says:

    Gaufrid, thanks! You’re right of course. I hd persuaded myself it was another Rufus cd. I’ll fix the blog.

  3. Nathan Jesurasingham says:

    I found this to be a very enjoyable puzzle.

    I learned a new word from this one. I had never before heard of a Victoria plum. That is one for me to store in the memory bank in case it comes up again in a future crossword.

    Thanks Dante – good puzzle.

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