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Financial Times 13,127 – Crux

Posted by Uncle Yap on July 23rd, 2009

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 13 July 2009
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

Amazing Grace has this line “… was blind but now I see
To me, the change in the FT crossword format on-line has been as dramatic as what happened to John Newton, the slave-trader turned evangelist / hymn-writer one night during a storm at sea. Once again, thanks to all the people at FT responsible for bringing on the pdf file.

I must say this Crux puzzle is very challenging and whoever gets the Bloombury Concise English Dictionary this week thoroughly deserves it.

ACROSS
1 NOTRE DAME *(remote and)
6 BILLS B (British) ILLS (problems) Nice indirect def
9 THEME The + ME (middle letters of coMEdy)
10 RAS TAFARI RA (Egyptian sun-god) + ins of T (time) in SAFARI (African journey)
11 OUTSPARKLE *(US lake port)
12 BARD Rev of DRAB (dull)
14 LUCKNOW Cha of LUCK (fortune) NOW (currently)
15 NONSTOP Non (I will always associate this with De Gaulle vis-a-vis anything British) + stop (rev of pots, lots of money)
17 GASTRIC ha
19 STEALTH *(the last) beautiful and smooth indicator
20 AIRY Hairy (see 26A) minus h
22 POLES APART Cha of Poles (Europeans) A Part (a role)
25 MEANS TEST *(statemen) the test of private resources, determining or limiting a claim to a concession or allowance.
26 HAIRY dd Esau’s name in Hebrew means “hairy”, and, according to Genesis 25:25, it is a reference to his hairiness at birth
27 ROTOR Chestnut palindrome
28 AMENDMENT A-men D-men (2 x Key-personnel) T (first letter of typing)

DOWN
1 NITRO Nitrogen minus gen (information)
2 THE STICKS Homophone for The Styx (In Greek mythology, a river in Hades across which Charon carried dead souls) I wondered about the significance of “miles from anywhere” until an English native pointed out “the sticksĀ  : rural areas, the backwoods” in Chambers. Don’t we learn something new everyday? Thanks, Eileen
3 EYE OPENERS Devious dd Took me quite a while to interprete “these early drinks” as eye-openers. Dr G and I do not open the single malt bottle until after lunch (noon in Kuala Lumpur and 4am in London) hence my unfamiliarity with eye-opener
4 AIRCREW Airscrew (propeller) minus s (first letter of shaft)
5 EPSILON *(poles in)
6 BIAS Cha of B (bowled, abbreviation in cricket scoring system) I (one) AS (when) “this affects your line”, a cute definition, and for the purist, please note that lawn bowls are asymmetric and to have a bias is to follow a curved path right or left depending on which way around you play it.
7 LLAMA L (Liberal) LAMA (priest)
8 SKIN DEPTH cd from the saying: Beauty is only skin deep
13 UNDETACHED Cha of UN + DETACHED (objective)
14 LEG-WARMER Legwarmers do just that – they stop at the ankle, so they are ‘a foot short’! Chambers define them as long footless socks
16 TALKATIVE Ins of K (king) AT IV (four in Roman numerals) in TALE (story)
18 CHOLERA Ins of HOLE (puncture) in *(car)
19 SCEPTRE SCEPT (ical) + RE (ligious)
21 ROAST R (right) OAST (oven) Again a clever and indirect definition
23 TRYST TRY (judge) ST (street or way)
24 TSAR A reference to Peter the Great (1672-1725) Csar of Russia and also the fact that it is also the rha in RAS TAFARI (answer to 10Across)

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