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Financial Times 13,241 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on December 3rd, 2009

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 23 November 2009
dd = double definition
dud = duplicate definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

The FT crossie wheel turned and we have Dante back at his usual spot, charming us with his usual brand of slick definitions and smooth surfaces.

5 CRESTA cd probably for sled run or track in the Swiss winter sports town of St. Moritz
9 DEFINITE Ins of IT in DEFINE (what dictionaries do)
10 AMORAL Simple cha
12 SATAN Lovely &lit cha of SA (Salvation Army) TAN (beat)
13 TRANSIENT Ins of RAN (escaped) + SI (rev of is) in TENT (temporary accommodation)
14 CURATE Ins of AT (rev of TA, word of thanks) in CURE (remedy)
16 ELEVATE Ins of AT in ELEVE (team or eleven minus n)
19 MAHATMA Ins of HAT in MA-MA (mother repeatedly)
21 DAKOTA Ins of KO (knock out) in DATA (some facts)
23 STRANGEST Ins of RANGE (compass) in ST-ST (two ways)
25 DEFOE Cha of DE (French for of) FOE (adversary)
26 HAT-PIN cd using two slang words; tile = hat & shingle = hair-style
27 UNDERCUT A Tichy dd
28 THRONE Ins of RON (boy) in THE
29 HEATHROW HE (His Excellency, the Ambassador) A THROW (project as throwing the image on the screen)

1 RADISH Ins of DI (girl) in RASH (allergy)
2 SOFT TOUCH Another tichy dd ala Dante
3 RUN IN dd
6 RUMP STEAK First anagram in this puzzle *(market’s up)
7 SPREE Revellers like to go on a spree, which is also the name of a river in Germany
8 ALL AT SEA I suppose this is a dd; one in a lietral sense and the other a figure of speech
11 HATE H (husband) ATE (consumed)
17 ARTIFICER *(a terrific)
18 SMASH-HIT Cha of smash & hit (both blows)
20 AGED AG (silver from argentum) ED (editor)
22 BESTOW Best (perfect) O (ring) W (wife)
24 ROTOR Palindromic answer
25 DWELT The clue is Live in the past (5) Since 20A is Heathrow, the answer is DWELT; but is there a case for the answer to be DWELL if this clue were to stand alone?

2 Responses to “Financial Times 13,241 – Dante”

  1. Sil van den Hoek says:

    I thought, Uncle Yap, it must be very lonely for you at this place.
    Many thanks you for your blog.

    Because I am mainly a Guardian solver and usually do not have the time to do two crosswords a day, I select only certain FT renderings.
    This is the second Dante I did recently, and – again – it gave me enormous pleasure. Maybe it is coincidence, but (for me) Dante – again – has the edge over Rufus, although we are talking about the same setter.
    I suspect, it is because that here we find less cryptic definitions and more ‘clever’ constructions (BTW, I am nót saying that I don’t like Rufus!).

    I especially liked the SATAN of 12ac – what a good clue.
    And the construction of 16ac (ELEVATE) is fine as well, while at the same time the ‘entry’-tool workes well for the surface.
    The 18ac SMASH-HIT made me smile – although simply clued, very smooth.
    Best anagram for me: 6d, because of excellent surface reading.

    On the other hand, I am not so keen on 21d (but but that’s more my ‘fault’ than Dante’s, because I am not very much into cd’s (I don’t have the right ‘feel’ for it, perhaps due to the fact that English is not my first language)).

    As to your question on 25d (DWELT), I am not with you for the ‘dwell’ alternative.
    One might say “to dwell on the past” (if that’s what you’re thinking of), but that’s enough for me.

    Only one solution I didn’t get, and I still don’t get it …
    5ac: CRESTA.
    Uncle Yap, if your explanation is right, then it’s a pretty obscure clue, isn’t it?

    But all in all, very satisfying and looking forward to the next Dante.

  2. Sil van den Hoek says:

    Many thanks for the blog (without: you).
    But that’s more my ‘fault’ (without the extra but)
    But that’s not enough for me (plus: not)

    Sorry for the typos.

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