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Financial Times 13,151 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on August 27th, 2009

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 17 August 2009
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

Another delightful week-opener from Dante whose forte is his crisp clues – short, simple and sweet.

ACROSS
1 ATHENS Ins of THE in ANS (abbreviation for answer)
4 CHAMPERS C (hundred or many) HAMPERS (picnic baskets)
9 CURATE Cha of CU (copper) RATE (rebuke) a clergyman in the Church of England, assisting a rector or vicar
10 FLATMATE Ins of L (Roman numeral for 50) in FAT (stout) MATE (friend)
12 POETICAL *(ace pilot)
13 THREAT *(Hatter)
15 SOHO Cha of SO (thus) HOME minus ME (objective, first person singular)
16 MAIN COURSE I suppose this is more a dd than a charade
19 SWELTERING *(Grew silent)
20 AYES A YES (word of approval)
23 INSERT Ins of R (right) in INSET (picture)
25 STARTLED Cha of START (first part) LED (was first)
27 GRADIENT Ins of DIE (fade away) in GRANT (Ulysses S. Grant (born Hiram Ulysses Grant) (1822 – 1885) was general-in-chief of the Union Army from 1864 to 1865 during the American Civil War and the 18th President of the United States from 1869 to 1877)
28 MINIMA Cha of MINIM (note) A (article)
29 EFFIGIES cd
30 BOTTOM dd Nick Bottom, a character from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

DOWN
1 ACCEPTS A CC (a cricket club) + *(step)
2 HORSESHOE cd
3 NITWIT ha
5 HALO cd
6 MATCHBOX Cha of MATCH (find similar) BOX (an evergreen shrub or small tree (Buxus sempervirens) with hard smooth yellowish wood)
7 ELATE Cha of E (note) LATE (overdue)
8 SHEATHE Cha of SHE (girl) A + THE (two articles)
11 CAVALRY Ins of NAVAL minus N in CRY (shout)
14 INANITY *(it in any)
17 ROYAL MINT *(normality)
18 STIRRING Cha of STIR (prison) RING (clique)
19 SHINGLE dd a style of haircut in which the hair is cut short in overlapping layers, emphasizing the shape of the head at the back. Coarse gravel; small rounded pebbles found esp on beaches;
21 SIDE ARM A tichy (tongue in cheek) clue
22 ORSINO ha
24 STAFF dd
26 KNEE cd bend the knee or bow the knee to kneel or submit.  bring someone to his or bring someone to her knees to make someone admit defeat.

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