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Financial Times 13,175 – Crux

Posted by Uncle Yap on September 17th, 2009

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Monday Prize Crossword on 7 September 2009
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

Another easy start to the week with some tichy clues to raise a smile or two. These Monday puzzles are extremely suitable material for people starting out into cryptic crosswords … highly recommended for beginners.

ACROSS
1 TEASER ha
4 CHARCOAL Half the letters form char (short for charlady, cleaner)
10 SAUCINESS *(causes sin)
11 BEING BEIJING (capital of China where the last Summer Olympic Games were held) minus J & I (Jack and I)
12 CYAN Ins of Y in CAN (tin)
13 INTERNMENT Ins of N (last letter of chaplain) in interment (burial)
15 SNOWMAN *(woman’s n)
16 NORWAY Ins of R (right) in No Way (impossible)
19 HECKLE *(leech + K, potassium)
21 EGOTIST cd
23 INCUNABULA *(cannibal u u) n pl (sing inc*nab*lum or inc*nable) early printed books, esp those printed before the year 1501
25 PROP cd for something more commonly called pitprop (usually timber support in the workings of a coalmine)
27 LYING dd Ananias – a habitual liar (after a New Testament character who was struck dead for lying) (Acts 4:32-37; 5:1-10)
28 RISING SUN Cha of RISING (rebellion) + SUN (British tabloid famous for its Page 3 girls with big boobs)
29 BRAINBOX A tichy way to say bra (underwear) in box
30 BORSCH Rev of ROB (mug) + SCH (school)

DOWN
1 TEST CASE Simple cha
2 A CUT ABOVE Another tichy clue which produced a smile
3 EVIL The clue is Keel over at 7 below zero – very bad (4) The answer to 7Down is OLIVE; thus reverse the letters below O i.e. reverse LIVE to give EVIL
5 HAS BEEN cd
6 ROBING ROOM cd
7 OLIVE Cha of O (duck) LIVE (not recorded)
8 LIGHTS dd I was surprised that there is a word in Chambers spelled “lights” n pl the lungs of an animal (as lighter than the adjoining parts).
9 LEAN ON LE (French definite article) ANON (soon)
14 SMOKING GUN Cha of SMOKING (bad habit) GUN (killer)
17 APIARISTS cd alluding to the busy hard-working bees
18 AT A PINCH Ins of TAP (strike) in A INCH (a measure)
20 EMBARGO Ins of MBA (Master of Business Administration, a degree) in ERGO (therefore)
21 ENLIST Cha of E (Espana or Spain in International Vehicle Registration) NL (Netherlands or Holland in IVR) IST (first)
22 LIB-LAB LI (Roman numeral for 51, just over 50) BLAB (reveal)
24 CHINA Allusion to china or porcelian being prescribed as present for 20th anniversary
26 UNDO Simple cha

One Response to “Financial Times 13,175 – Crux”

  1. Craig Jones says:

    I can confirm that these are indeed ideal for beginners… all explanations above make perfect sense to me (which isn’t always the case). Now if only I could start filling in a few more before I read the answers :-(

    I really liked 16A and 29A, although the penny did take a while to drop. Note to self – spend more time working on Mondays FT and forget the rest for now…

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