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Financial Times 13,212 / Dante

Posted by Agentzero on October 20th, 2009

Agentzero.

As usual with this setter, some nice cryptic definitions.  14dn fooled me for a while, but of course is obvious in retrospect.  It felt to me that this puzzle had a few too many easy anagrams; I would have preferred a few more of the cd’s.

Across
1 PIGEON PIG (creature that can’t fly) + *(ONE)
4 ANSWERED *(NEWS DEAR)
9 LOOTED cd
10 IRRIGATE RIG (dress) in IRATE (angry)
12 MAN-OF-WAR dd
13 MESHES HE (man) in MESS (trouble)
15 CHID CHILD (infant) minus L (start of lesson)
16 WATERFALLS *(FATS WALLER)
19 DOG BISCUIT cd
20 ACID dd
23 CAPONE CAP (cover) + ONE
25 PLANTAIN ANT (worker) in PLAIN (Spartan)
27 ROSEMARY ROSE + MARY (two female names). 
28 ARTIST *(I START)
29 MODERATE MODE (fashion) RATE (price)
30 UPPERS cd
 
Down
1 POLEMIC *(COMPILE)
2 GROUNDING dd
3 ONE-OFF dd
5 NERO hidden in pre-AntoniNE ROme
6 WRITE OFF homophone of RIGHT OFF (immediately)
7 REACH dd
8 DRESSES cd
11 BALANCE dd
14 CEDILLE cd
17 LUCRATIVE *(VITAL CURE)
18 MISNOMER *(MR IN SOME)
19 DECORUM DECO (form of art) RUM (spirit)
21 DENOTES *(NEEDS TO)
22 ENWRAP *(NEW) + RAP (blame)
24 POSED P (Pakistani opener) + *(DOES)
26 GRIT dd

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