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Financial Times 13,109 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on July 2nd, 2009

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 22 June 2009
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

My problem with the physical clarity (or rather the lack of it) of the FT clues continues and I find it such an ordeal to read the clues, thereby detracting from the pleasure of solving and finding the clever wordplay that Dante always provides.

ACROSS
1 DARKEN Ins of ARK (chest) in DEN (study)
4 COMBINED Ins of IN in COMBED (searched)
10 MAPLE LEAF Cha of MAPLE (wooden) LEAF (part of a table)
11 KATIE *(I take)
12 BARI Baritone minus tone
13 SECOND SLIP self-explanatory
15 LIBERTY Nice cd
16 DREADS *(adders)
19 YEOMAN *(a money)
21 RUN RIOT RUN (multipl gigs) *(trio)
23 BAD COMPANY such as unlikely to make a profit
25 STEM dd
27 ALIBI cd
28 UNWELCOME *(clue women)
29 NUMBERED cd to tell is to count or number
30 BRIDGE dd
DOWN
1 DUMB-BELL By sheer co-incidence, the almost identical clue appeared in the Guardian on the same day. Play on a dumb bell not having a ring.
2 REPARABLE Cha of RE (note) PAR (golf score) ABLE (competent)
3 EWES made up of the directions or quarters of the compass
5 OFF-LOAD Cha of OFF (sub-standard) LOAD (cargo)
6 BAKED BEANS *(Edna’s kebab)
7 NATAL dd
8 DIEPPE Ins of EPP *(pep) in DIE (diet minus t)
9 CELERY Ins of ELE *(eel) in CRY (keen)
14 TRAMPOLINE cd
17 DRIFTWOOD DRIFT (get the import/drift) WOOD (teak,say)
18 STAMPEDF dd, me think water from the same well
20 NEPTUNE NEP (rev of pen, writer) TUNE (air) I just wonder whether using sea as a def for for Neptune is appropriate since the latter is the Roman god of the sea
21 RENOWN *(owner) + N (name)
22 OBTAIN *(on a bit)
24 DEISM DEFEATISM minus FEAT
26 SLUR dd

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