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Financial Times 13,115 – Mudd

Posted by Uncle Yap on July 9th, 2009

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 29 June 2009
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

Instead of bemoaning the illegibility of the FT clues on its on-line version week after week, I am going to solicit your technical advice on what the people at FT can do to make its puzzles more readable.
Please email me privately at [email protected] and I will forward all the suggestions to the power-that-be at FT.

In our rank of solvers, there must be a wealth of IT talent who should be able to see a way out so that we can continue to enjoy the free FT crossword puzzles in a way that is not an ordeal. And that will be something mutually-beneficial.

A potpourri of neat clues tailored for FT Monday. Although one octave lower than ala Paul, this puzzle is both entertaining and challenging. I simply loved his small talk about castration :-)

1 BILLOW Ins of ILL (unfortunate) in BOW (front of ship)
10 DISCOLOUR Cha of DISCO (where flashing lights) LOUR (darken)
11 LOWER dd
12 NOSH No sh (be silent or to gag)
13 DILETTANTE ins of I LETT (individual European) in DANTE (not our Mr Squires but Alishieri (1265-1321) the Italian poet/writer)
15 GERMANE German + E (English)
16 THRUSH Ins of HR (hour or 60 minutes) in TUSH (behind)
19 SWITCH Cha of SW (south-west or Cornwall) ITCH (urge)
21 RAT RACE R (first letter of rankle) A TRACE (a bit)
23 WAGGA WAGGA WAG (wave) GAV (rev of wave) AG (silver) GA (Georgia state) place in New South Wales, Australia
25 FLAG dd
27 IRAQI RA (artist or member of Royal Academy) Q (sounds like queue) in I – I (two uprights)
28 HURRICANE *(raunchier)
29 GREENERY Ins of ENER (rev of RENE, a common Frenchman’s name) in GREY (dull)
30 PARKIN Ins of ARK (ship) in PIN (fastener)

1 BADINAGE Straight-forward charade
2 LAST STRAW LA (Los Angeles , US city) ST ST (streets) RAW (unprepared)
3 OBOE The even letters from “comb honey”
5 EARNEST Cha of EAR (organ) NEST (home)
6 OBLITERATE OB (old boy, alumnus) LITERATE (learned)
7 IOWAN IOW (Isle of Wight) + AN. Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa
8 GARTER dd a band used to support a stocking; a suspender (); (with cap) (the badge of) the highest order of knighthood in Great Britain.
9 NOVICE NOV (month) ICE (sign of winter)
14 CASTRATION CAST (players) RATION (helping or share) What a lovely clue that brought a wry smile
17 SMALL TALK Another delightful conversation between two of Snow White’s dwarfs
18 PEA-GREEN Ins of AGREE (match) in PEN (enclosure)
20 HEATHER Ins of THE in HEAR (pick up information)
21 REGARD rha
22 AWNING A + Ins of N (North pole) in WING (limb)
24 GRATE Sounds like Great (celebrated)
26 VISA Ins of IS (one’s) in VA (Virginia, US state)

2 Responses to “Financial Times 13,115 – Mudd”

  1. shuchi says:

    I’ve emailed you, Uncle Yap, with technical suggestions. I hope FT resolves the readability issue quickly. I’m solving for today’s blog and getting a headache staring at the clues!

  2. Uncle Yap says:

    Thus far, you and two others (with initials SVDH and JB)
    have enailed me with valuable suggestions on how to improve visibility. I will wait a little while longer before I collate and send to FT for their consideration.

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