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Financial Times 13,236 / Dante

Posted by Agentzero on November 17th, 2009

Agentzero.

I thought 16 ac and 6 dn were the best of the cryptic definitions that are characteristic of Rufus/Dante.  Some very good, natural surfaces as well, e.g., 27 ac and 22 dn. 

Across
1 ALBERT B (“Beachy” head) in ALERT (on watch)
4 PENCHANT P (quiet) ENCHANT (charm)
9 ADEPTS A + DEPT’S (small “department’s”)
10 PECULIAR dd
12 ARKANSAS A R (right) + KANSAS (another US state)
13 PLAY ON dd, both senses being from cricket
15 THOR hidden in myTH OR.  Unfortunately, “legend” is extraneous to the cryptic reading of the clue.
16 DRESS SENSE cd This setter clued the same phrase recently in the Guardian as “attribute of the successful gear selector.”  I think this new clue is a bit better
19 CONFISCATE *(COST IN CAFE)
20 PUMP d&cd; the shoe is “well-worn,” and a pump may be used with a well
23 ROTATE *(TO TEAR)
25 FAIR GAME FAIR (blonde) GAME (birds)
27 CENOTAPH *(NOT CHEAP)
28 USAGES SAGE (philosopher) in US (American)
29 SATIRIST *(ARTIST IS)
30 DOMAIN DO (party) MAIN (leading)
 
Down
1 ADAMANT ADAM (Old Testament character) A NT (New Testament)
2 BREAKDOWN dd
3 RATING dd
5 EVEN dd; a square of any integer will always be an even number Even = square in the sense of the score of a tied game
6 CLUELESS d&cd
7 AMITY *(IT MAY)
8 TERENCE *(ENTER) + CE (the church)
11 BARRACK It sounds like BARACK.  The question mark is merited because they aren’t quite homophones 
14 ASH-TRAY cd
17 NEURALGIA *(RULE AGAIN)
18 DICTATOR D (day) + *(RIOT ACT)
19 CARACAS *(ACCRA) + AS
21 PRESS ON d&cd
22 FRESCO *(FORCES)
24 TENET A chestnut.  There was a typo in the pdf; “It” appears as “Itr,” momentarily making me think the abbreviation for “letter” was meant
26 OPUS O (love) + SUP (drink) reversed

4 Responses to “Financial Times 13,236 / Dante”

  1. Eileen says:

    Thanks, Agentzero, As you say, some characteristically lovely cryptic clues and surfaces.

    My favourite clue was 19ac.

    [In 1ac, I'm sure you meant to say 'ALERT [on watch]‘. There’s a possible extra cryptic element here, because an albert is a kind of watch chain.]

  2. philth says:

    Re 5D – i’m sure you don’t mean that

  3. Agentzero says:

    Thanks, Eileen. Philth, you’re right. What was I thinking? All I can say is, it was late in my time zone. Corrected above.

  4. Ian says:

    Rufus/Dante has that uncanny knack of writing the most elegant of clues.

    Eileen, you’re right to highlight 19ac – excellent wordplay.

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