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Financial Times 13,133 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on July 30th, 2009

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 20 July 2009
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

This is a very holy puzzle with three references to the Holy Bible. I used to be a Sunday School teacher before I lost my faith. However, the biblical knowledge has been most useful in solving crosswords. Once again, Dante entertains in his inimitable style of smooth surfaces and misleading cryptic definitions.

ACROSS
1 INDEED *(denied)
4 COMMERCE Ins of MM (2000) in COERCE (force)
9 DEFECT dd
10 LOT’S WIFE What a fantastic cd about the lady who turned into a pillar of salt (seasoned columnist :-) See Genesis 19:26
12 ABUNDANT Cha of AB (able-bodied seaman, sailor) UND (German for and) ANT (worker)
13 FREEZE dd
15 ACTS Allusion to the fact that the biblical book, Acts of the Apostles is just before The Epistle of Paul, the apostle to the Romans
16 ROUNDABOUT Cha of ROUND (game of golf) A BOUT (a fight)
19 REDUCTIONS *(introduces)
20 SEED dd
23 DOCTOR “Physician, heal thyself” (The Gospel according to St Luke 4:23)
25 BLOCKADE Ins of LOCK (security) in BADE (ordered) I was indeed surprised that one of the definitions for investment is a blockade (military)
27 ALLIANCE ALL (everyone) + *(a nice)
28 DIGITS DIG (understand) + IT’S
29 DECREASE Ins of AS in DECREE (order)
30 STONED *(doesn’t)

DOWN
1 INDIANA IN (fashionable) + DIANA (girl)
2 DEFAULTED Ins of FAULT (shortcoming) in DEED (action)
3 ENCODE cd
5 OBOE *(is a trombone minus Martin’s) very well disguised
6 MISTRIAL cdd
7 RAISE Ins of A in RISE (rebel) His judicial misconduct caused/raised the possibility of a mistrial
8 ELEMENT dd any one of the four substances, fire, air, earth and water, supposed by the ancients to be the foundation of everything (in China a fifth, wood, was included); and of course the heating element of an electric fire
11 ANTONIO A + *(notion) from The Merchants of Venice
14 INANELY *(any line) Methink that’s not straight is obtrusively extraneous
17 OPERATION Ins of ERA (time) in OPTION (choice)
18 ACCOLADE cd for the action used in conferring knighthood, formerly an embrace or kiss, now a tap on each shoulder with the flat of a sword
19 RED CARD cd
21 DRESSED dd
22 SCRIPT SCRIP (shares) T (first letter of the)
24 COLIC COL (pass) IC (last two letters from Olympic)
26 ICES I + rev of SEC (dry of wine)

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