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Financial Times 13,121 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on July 16th, 2009

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 6 July 2009
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

Just when  we were collating the technical suggestions on how to make the FT puzzles more readable, something happened last Saturday when Cinephile’s prize puzzle was presented in pdf form. The sigh of relief was somewhat marred by the non-appearance of the Monday prize puzzle until Tuesday morning.  But when it appeared, it was so easy to  make the puzzle fit the printable area before printing and what a clear set of clues!!!

Whoever in FT are responsible for this turn of event, thank you, thank you, thank you from Uncle Yap and all the FT puzzlers here and all over the world.

Last week’s puzzle has many smooth and entertaining clues that we have come to expect from Dante.

ACROSS
1 DOWNCAST Shedding or CASTing of DOWN (feathers) will lead to loss
5 ITALIC cd
9 ABOVE ALL *(alovable)
10 ODESSA *(seas do)
12 THUMP T (first letter of THE) HUMP (bump)
13 CHARTERED *(three card)
14 ANGLES dd to angle is to try and catch fish
16 AMBROSE Cha of A MB (A Bachelor of Medicine or doctor) ROSE (stood up)
19 OUT OF IT Ins of O (love) in OUTFIT (costume)
21 CLENCH Difficult dd for which I needed help from some natives and Chambers. It’s simple enough that we often clench our teeth on exertion but for clench to also mean clinch is another matter, and furthermore, for clinch to have, inter alia, a definition, “to fasten or rivet a nail by bending and beating down the point” is yet another
23 PLAYGROUP Cha of PLAY (drama) GROUP (circle)
25 CREEL Cha of C (hundred or many) REEL (spinner)
26 TURBAN T (first letter of THE) URBAN (city)
27 CLIMATIC *(C claim it)
28 STEADY *(dates) Y (last letter of MAY)
29 STALWART Ins of *(law) in START (set out)

DOWN
1 DEARTH D (note) EARTH (world)
2 WHODUNNIT *(I hunt down)
3 CHEAP C (cold) HEAP (store)
4 SPLICES cd
6 TIDE TABLE cd
7 LOSER *(roles)
8 CHANDLER Ins of HANDLE (name) in CR (credit)
11 DATA ha
15 LIFEGUARD Life Guards are cavalry troops and a lifeguard is certainly an expert swimmer
17 ORCHESTRA Cha of OR (gold) CHEST (box) RA (artist)
18 COMPETES Ins of PET (favourite) in COMES
20 TROY TORY (Conservative) with O & R interchanged
21 CAPULET cd of one of the warring families in Romeo & Juliet
22 ELICIT Cha of E (first letter of English) LICIT (allowed)
24 AGREE *(eager)
25 CAMEL CAME (arrived) L (left)

One Response to “Financial Times 13,121 – Dante”

  1. Rufus says:

    Very many thanks Uncle Yap – your efforts finally bore fruit. I know how active you have been in trying to obtain these legible copies. We are all grateful!

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