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Financial Times 13,205 – Crux

Posted by Uncle Yap on October 22nd, 2009

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 12 October 2009
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

Quite a delightful starter for the week. Some inspired surfaces which obviously required much thought and verbal dexterity. I found this very entertaining.

ACROSS
1 STAFF OF LIFE Cha of Staff (workers) OF LIFE (famous US magazine). Since this term for staple food especially bread is new to me, I thought it should be spelled stuff of life until Chambers disabused me of that notion.
7 SOT What a lovely rha, almost an &lit
9 NYASA Ins of Y (unknown) in NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration, space flight experts)
10 MEATBALLS *(stale lamb)
11 SPEED TRAP cd alluding to that famous British icon, the Jaguar Car , now owned by the Tata Group of India. Incidentally, another British icon, the Lotus Car (now owned by a Malaysian company) is being considered for the next season of Formula 1
12 ROGUE Ins of G (good) in ROUE (a profligate, rake). I remember clueing this once as Rascal, heartless as well (5)
13 ENTHRAL ha
15 NOAH acrostic i.e. first letters of fodder
18 GRIM Cha of G (German) RIM (border)
20 BUS LANE *(nebulas)
23 U-BOAT *(about)
24 SOUND WAVE Straightforward cha
26 PARANOIAC *(a panic or a)
27 BREAD Alternate letters from BaRlEy AnD; nice touch
28 RYE sounds like WRY (a facial expression with the features twisted into a grimace)
29 AT FIRST HAND Tichy dd

DOWN
1 SINISTER Minister with S substituted for M
2 AMARETTO A Mare (horse) T (time) TO – an Italian liqueur flavoured with almonds.
3 FRAUD Fr (French) AUDI (German car) minus I
4 FEMORAL FE (first and last letters of fine) MORAL (lesson)
5 IN A SPIN Another tichy dd
6 EMBARRASS *(bears arms)
7 SILAGE Cha of SI (rev of IS) L (left) AGE (mature)
8 TESTER dd tester is also the name of a sixpence
14 RURITANIA RUR (rural minus al) ITANIA (Titania must T) Titania is the name of the queen of the fairies in Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Of course, you know Ruritania is the fictional country used as setting for Anthony Hope’s novel, The Prisoner of Zenda
16 HABANERA Cha of HA (middle of tHAt) BAN ERA (Prohibition period) Haven’t heard of this dance, let alone danced it
17 DEFENDED Cha of DEF (rev of FED) ENDED (packed it in)
19 MASTIFF Ma’s (mum’s) Tiff (a slight quarrel; a display of irritation, a pet, huff.)
20 BOUNCER Ins of OUNCE (lighweight) in BR (British)
21 JUMPER cd alluding to the requirement to go over or top the bar
22  BO TREE What an inspired surface of B (fisrt letter of Buddha) OT (Old Testament, holy book) RE (about) E (Eastern or orient). It was under this specie of the Sacred Fig that Buddha supposedly attained his enlightenment.
25 DEBIT DEB (rev of BED, plot) + IT

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