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Financial Times 13,229 – Falcon

Posted by Uncle Yap on November 19th, 2009

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 9 November 2009
dd = double definition
dud = duplicate definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

An easy start to the FT week with all manners of goodies.

7 DIP dd
9 SPOIL Spoils (booty) minus s
10 TOP SECRET T (first letter of terrorism) OPS (operations) + *(crete)
11 AFFIDAVIT *(a tiff diva)
12 CANON Cha of C (caught) ANON (immediately)
13 LUCIFER *(clue fair minus a)
15 STEP Rev of PET’S (favourite’s)
18 UNIT UNLIT (without lights) minus L (learner)
20 SEMINAL *(menials)
23 TACIT TACITUS (historian) minus US
24 BLACK SPOT Black (under trade union ban) Spot (see)
26 GROUNDSEL Grounds (reason) + EL (rev of French definite article)
27 NAHUM ha
28 ALL A L (large) L (line)
29 SCOUTMASTER *(at customers)

1 WASSAILS W (wife) ASSAILS (attacks)
2 IN OFFICE Cha of IN (at home) OFFICE (responsibility)
3 IDLED Cha of I (in physics, symbol for electric current) D (duke) LED (was in charge)
5 IMPETUS *(I’m upset)
6 THE SCREAM Cha of THE’S (article’s) CREAM (best) title of expressionist paintings and prints in a series by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, depicting an agonized figure against a blood red sky
7 DARING Darling (favourite) minus L (lengths)
8 PATENT Patient (case) minus I
14 FINE TUNES Cha of FINE (excellent) TUNES (pieces of music)
16 SNAPSHOT Snaps (flares up) HOT (stolen)
17 OLD TIMER Old (antique) timer (watch, perhaps)

19 TABASCO Ins of AS (when) C (first letter of curry)  in *(boat)

20 SHALLOT Ins of ALL (answer to 28A) in SHOT (try)
21 STIGMA Ins of T (last letter of sort) in Sigma (Greek character)
22 SCHOOL S (son) CHOOL (said to sound like cool or reserved) Horrible homophone clue especially when there is no such word as chool so how does one know it sounds like cool?
25 KENYA Ins of N (northern) in KEY (important)A (area)

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