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Financial Times 13,097 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on June 18th, 2009

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 8 June 2009
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

During my recent trip to the UK, I was fortunate to be the house guest of Mr Roger Squires aka Dante here and Rufus at the Guardian. This prolific compiler showed me his workshop (library or study would be inadequate to describe the treasure-trove of reference books, dictionaries and a whole cardex system of all the clues written by Mr Squires in his illustrious career) where he sits a couple of hours each day, turning out his incredible output of cryptic clues for publications all over the world.

He is also the consummate entertainer, amusing and bewildering me with one magic trick after another while we chatted. We also sat after breakfast polishing off the Times, Guardian and Telegraph puzzles in rapid quick time. Thank you, Roger and Anna for your generous and gracious hospitality.

This set of Monday FT clues were barely readable from the physical point of view; but they were an easy introduction to the week.

ACROSS
1 PAGODA Cha of PA (father) GOD (divine spirit) A
4 BARSAC Cha of BARS (pub’s) AC (account or bill)
8 BIZARRE *(brazier)
9 CANASTA Can a saint get a
11 STRING VEST cd
12 TEND ha
13 CARVE Ins of V (5 or number) in CARE (feel concern)
14 CORONARY *(carry on)
16 MONOGRAM cd
18 BATON A cricket team can opt to declare or to continue to bat on
20 LOOP Cha of LOO (convenience) P (penny)
21 STRONG ROOM cd
23 BASSOON BA’s (graduates) SOON (shortly)
24 FORESAW *(war foes)
25 EARNER (l) earner
26 ODIOUS OD (rev of DO, cheat) IOU’s (promises to pay)

DOWN
1 POINT dd
2 GLACIER cd
3 DE RIGUEUR essential in French
5 APART Cha of A PART (role) 4 extraneous words, 2 fodder and 1 definition
6 SPARTAN Ins of ART (skill) in SPAN (bridge)
7 CUT AND RUN Clever clue using CUT (operate in surgery) and RUN (operate the projector in the cinema)
10 BENCHMARK Cha of BENCH (judges) MARK (observe)
13 CHOCOLATE dd
15 ROBIN HOOD Def too easy to be called cryptic
17 OPPOSER *(propose)
19 TORPEDO beautiful cd
21 SPOKE dd (see the spokes in a bicycle wheel)
22 OVALS *(salvo)

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