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Financial Times 13,085 – Falcon

Posted by Uncle Yap on June 4th, 2009

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 25 May 2009
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

Another enjoyable and not-that-easy start to the FT week. 16 and 27 Down got me scrambling for help with reference books.
Ladies and gentlemen, introducing my ten-week-old grandson, Matthew.

ACROSS
1 CURASSOW CUR (low type) *(was so) a large turkey-like S American bird.
6 VACATE Cha of VA (Virginia) CATE(r), supply food
9 MIMOSA *(ammo is)
10 APRES-SKI Ins of PRESS (crowd) + K (last letter of Stenmark) in AI (first rate)
11 FETA ha
12 SET AGAINST *(Satanist eg)
14 CASSETTE Ins of SET (put) in CASTE (order)
16 NOOK Nooky (sexual intercourse; a person, usu a woman, regarded as a sexual partner per Chambers) minus Y (unknown)
18 VETO Cha of VET (check) O (last letter of Chicago)
19 RELEVANT Ins of LE (French definite article) in *(tavern)
21 WORK TO RULE Ins of K (king) TORU *(tour) in WOR (rev of Row, argument) and LE (rev of EL, Spanish definite article)
22 RUBY Rugby minus the centre
24 STRABANE *(antbears) town in County Tyrone
26 EROTIC Ins of IT (Italian) in CORE (heart) and the whole thing reversed
27 TOP HAT Cha of T (Lead in Tootsie) + O (whose phonetic alphabet is Oscar) + PHAT (superb or fine, excellent (esp of music); (of a woman) sexy) 1935 film starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers
28 SUSPENSE Cha of S (South) US (American) PENS (writers) E (English)

DOWN
2 UNITE Cha of UNIT (squad) E (first letter of escarpment)
3,13 A WOMAN’S WORK IS NEVER DONE Either you get it or you don’t
4 SPARSITY *(strip say)
5 WEAR THE TROUSERS *(there at wor) USERS (drug addicts)
6 VIRAGO Ins of A (key) in the House of Virgo
7 COS (t)
8,15 TAKES DOWN A PEG OR TWO Do I need to explain this?
17 CLUELESS cd, like 25 Down below ?
20 HOBART Ins of BAR (pub) in HOT (much favoured)
23 BLISS ha
25 ASH Well, with A?H, it must be this. So how about me challenging anyone to clue a shorter one than my
A quiet wood (3)

N.B. I have left what I wrote in my first draft intact because when I checked the site again later, someone at FT had corrected the earlier version where there was no clue for 25Dowm (see my original comment at 17Down). What a remarkable co-incidence that faced with the same word, I had miraculously arrived at the identical clue as Falcon. Eerie, isn’t it” Or is this a case of “fools seldom differ” ? :-)

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