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Financial Times 13,199 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on October 15th, 2009

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 5 October 2009
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

Dante started another FT week with his smooth surfaces and slick cryptic definitions. It’s a marvel that he can keep on doing this week after week. It is also a wonder to me why not more people are doing the FT puzzles which, among the broadsheets, is supposed to be the easiest and coupled with daily blogs explaining answers, this should be the ideal training ground for newbies. In addition, it is free of charge and the pdf presentation ensures that the clues are clear and extremely legible.

1 RADISH Ins of DI (Diana or girl)
4 IMPAIRED Cha of IMP (little brat) AIRED (put on display)
11 ANDES *(danse)
12 NUNS cd
15 LINE-OUT cd for a rugby term
16 TURTLE I suppose you can call this a tichy dd alluding to the fact that to turn turtle is when a vessel is turned upside down and that mock turtle soup is made of calf’s head or other meat in lieu of turtle meat
19 NEM CON *(conmen) abbreviation of Latin nemine contradicente
meaning with no one dissenting; unanimously
21 LESOTHO Ins of *(those) in LO (see)
23 ACCOUNTANT Ins of TAN in ACCOUNT (relation) Mr Squires, as a Fellow of the ICAEW, Uncle Yap must protest vigorously at being labelled a “summer”. Summing or adding are menial tasks for which we entrust computers and adding machines while interpretation and analysis of numbers would be more worthy pursuits of accountants :-)
25 WARD Rev of draw (drawback)
27 ALIBI *(bail) + I
29 TINKERED *(nerd kite)
30 ORACLE *(Carole)

1 RECENTLY Ins of CENT (money) in RELY (bank)
2 DOMINANCE *(n+comedian)
3 SWAP Rev of PAWS (feet)
5 MORDANT Ins of R (right) + *(and) in MOT (witticism)
6 AMATEURISH *(Uriah’s mate)
7 RIDER Clever cd for a clause or corollary added to an already complete contract or other legal document using the contrast between pedestrian (meaning possibly boring but made to sound like someone walking) and someone up on a horse
9 AT LAST Cha of ATLAS (mountain range) + T (first letter of Tunisia)
14 CONCLUSIVE *(vice consul)
17 LETHARGIC L (left) + *(the cigar)
18 CONDENSE Cha of CON (cheat) DENSE (thick or stupid)
20 NOTABLE Not able (untalented)
21 LINING cd
22 VACANT Ins of Can (container) in VAT (another container)
24 CAIRN dd
26 EWER (s) ewer

4 Responses to “Financial Times 13,199 – Dante”

  1. Sil van den Hoek says:

    Indeed, Uncle yap, I fully agree with you.
    Especially since (thx!!) the pdf’s are not a drawback any more, one would expect more interest in the FT crosswords.
    And also because many Guardian setters have an alter ego in this newspaper.

    If I would do like everyone always does, I have to say: “the usual stuff from Dante, nothing too difficult, lots of good anagrams and cryptic definitions”.
    But I am not going to say that, because I think this crossword was more than that.
    It was full of splendid clues, in my opinion better (and slightly harder, whatever that is) than the ‘usual’ Rufus/Dante stuff.

    In 11ac a fantastic (appropriate) anagram indicator (Macabre).
    Brilliant surface reading in 23ac (ACCOUNTANT) and 1dn (RECENTLY).
    A Libertarian trick in ‘A minor drawback’ – easy, but again, beautiful surface.
    Classy use of ‘right and wrong’ in 5dn.
    And my favourite of the day: 22dn (VACANT) – what a great clue.

    Sheer delight!

  2. Neo says:

    I’m not sure FT is ‘the easiest’, but perhaps the fact that setters are invited to take account of an international audience when writing clues pays dividends in terms of wide appeal. ‘Sheer delight’ would appear to back this up – a very nice puzzle.

  3. John Newman says:

    I agree with the two previous bloggers. 1D and 22D were my favourites too.

    But what is successful about coming after?

  4. timbo says:

    … I suppose its succeed meaning inherit
    I’d like to vote for CAIRN = gormless mountain! Wonderful. It made me smile, and it takes a lot to make me smile on the 8.18 Transpennine Express!

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