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Financial Times 13,223 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on November 12th, 2009

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Monday Prize Crossword on 2 November 2009
dd = double definition
dud = duplicate definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

Another pleasant and painless start to the FT week. Dante, as usual, delights us with his smooth surfaces and slick cryptic definitions.

1 AGENDA Cha of A G (a note) END (finish) A
4 SOLACE SO (provided … tucked away in Chamber’s def for SO1 is ‘provided’ but can someone construct a sentence where these two words are interchangeable without affecting the meaning?) LACE (material)
9 PSYCHIC *(spy) + CHIC (fashionable)
12 UPON Ins of O (love) in *(pun)
13 POKER Ins of OK (all right) in PER ( through/throughout as in per ardua ad astra – RAF motto)
14 EINSTEIN *(nineties)
18 RIVAL After The Rivals, a play by Richard Brinsley Sheridan,
20 ALBS lb = a pound of 16 ounces;  priest’s long white sleeved vestment.
21 PITCH BLACK Pitch (noise) Black (ban)
23 STYGIAN *(staying) adj of the Styx, one of the rivers of Hades, across which Charon ferries the spirits of the dead; hellish, infernal, gloomy; black as the Styx.
24 COHABIT CO (company) HABIT (custom)
25 RHYTHM dd
26 REVERE dd

1 ADDLE Ins of DD (Doctor of Divinity or clergyman) in ALE (drink)
2 EARMARK Cha of EAR (listener) MARK (note)
5 ONSET ON SET (collection)
7 EDITORIAL *(riot ideal)
10 NECESSITY *(scenes) IT Y (last letter of tragedy)
13 PECULATOR Speculator (gambler) minus S
15 NORTH POLE Allusion to Winnie the Pooh
17 NOSEGAY *(goes any)
19 VILLAGE VI (Roman for six) LL (learners or pupils) AGE (get on)
21 POACH *(a chop)
22 CRIME cd

2 Responses to “Financial Times 13,223 – Dante”

  1. verbose says:

    4A. The OED has “so (that), in limiting sense: On condition that, provided that, so long as, if only” as a meaning for “so”. E.g. Richard Steele writing in the Tatler (1710): “It is no Matter how dirty a Bag it is conveyed to him in, the Money is good.”

  2. walruss says:

    Let it be so?

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