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Financial Times 13,247 – Crux

Posted by Uncle Yap on December 10th, 2009

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 30 November 2009
dd = double definition
tichy = tongue-in-cheek type
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

Crux gave us some delightful clues which got me smiling and even laughing aloud. Very pleasant way to start the week.

ACROSS
1 HERMES ha for the Herald (or messenger) of the Gods in Greek mythology
4 DOWNCAST Simple cha of DOWN (not working) CAST (actors)
10 ON-DRIVE ON (rev of No) DRIVE (go for a spin) A cricket stroke
11 ENTITLE dd
12 SWAY Ins of W (wolfram or tungsten) in SAY (for example)
13 LONG JUMPER Tichy clue
15 OSPREY OS (rev of SO) PREY (bird’s victim or food)
16 BASHFUL B (British) ASH (tree) FULL (abundant) minus L
20 STARMAP *(a tramp’s)
21 BONSAI Sounds like Bond’s Eye (007′s view) the Japanese art of growing  a dwarf tree in a pot
24 EDWIN DROOD *(died down or) I wonder how I have missed reading The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens; having devoured all his classics during my schooldays.
26 BETS Alternate letters of BREATHS or has a WAGER (answer to 25)
28 LEGSIDE Cha of LEG (support) SIDE (team) that half of the field on the side on which the batsman stands when waiting to receive the ball aka the onside.
29 BLOOMER dd – an absurd and embarrassing blunder ; a longish crusty loaf of white bread with rounded ends and a number of slashes across the top (Chambers)
30 HEREDITY Cha of HERE (this place) *(tidy)
31 WINNOW Tichy clue alluding to scratch card players silently telling themselves “Win now” ; to separate the chaff from (grain) by blowing a current of air through it

DOWN
1 HOOK SHOT Cha of HOOK (catch fish) SHOT (slug as in bullet)
2 RED CARPET Redcar (British racecourse) Pet (favourite)
3 EPIC *(piec)
5 OPEN GOAL Cha of OPEN (frank) GOAL (aim)
6 NOT MUCH COP Another tichy clue that raise a smile. Wasn’t there some kind of unofficial rule that recruits into the police force must be at least 6 foot tall?
7 ACT UP Ins of C (cold) in A TUP (a sheep)
8 THEORY Ins of OR in THEY
9 TENON My last clue (with configuration of ?E?O?) which amused me tremendously when I turned the word around and saw NO NET (very dangerous for trapeze artistes)
14 BEAR IN MIND Another clue that gave me pleasure with its linkage to 27 (YOGI Bear)
17 ULSTERMAN *(result) + Isle of MAN
18 FAIR RENT *(finer art)
19 AIRSCREW Ins of S (second) in AIRCREW (those flying plane)
22 WEALTH *(the law)
23 BOBBY BOB (slang for a shilling, money once) + BY
25 WAGER Put BETS (answer to 26A) from WAG (joker) ER (Elizabeth Regina)
27 YOGI Rev of I GO Y (unknown symbol used in algebra)

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