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Financial Times 13,253 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on December 17th, 2009

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 7 December 2009

Another painless start to the FT week with Dante’s slick surfaces.

ACROSS
1 HUDSON *(hounds)
4 SCRAMBLE dd
10 DELIRIOUS Ins of RIO (Brazilian city) in DELIUS (Fritz Theodor Albert Delius 1862-1934, England-born composer of German parentage)
11 BRIEF dd
12 NAVE Cha of N (new) AVE (prayer)
13 OUT OF SORTS Lack of variety is a tichy way of saying …
15 SURGEON Cha of SURGE (swell) ON (acting)
16 FRACAS *(a scarf)
19 EDITED Cha of E (east point) DI (rev of I’d) TED (Edward)
21 ADORING Cha of ADO (commotion) RING (band)
23 ON THE ROCKS For want of a better categorisation, cd
25 ANTI Ins of NT (New Testament or book) in AI (first class)
27 TUTTI cd a passage for the whole orchestra or choir
28 PRECEDENT Cha of P (quietly) RECEDE (go back) NT (see 25 above) I have said it before that to repeat a device in the same puzzle may not be wrong; but it is inelegant. Chambers offers National Theatre (now known as RNT); National Trust; Northern Territory (); Northwest Territories (of Canada); no trumps
29 FIRESIDE FI (Rev of IF) RESIDE (live)
30 CASTOR dd twin brother of Pollux (in Greek mythology)

DOWN
1 HEDONIST Ins of DON (fellow) in HEIST (robbery) one engaged in the pursuit of pleasure or a lifestyle devoted to pleasure-seeking.
2 DELIVERED dd
3 OGRE Ins of R (rex or king) in EGO (I)
5 CAST OFF Resting actors are cast not on (off)
6 AMBASSADOR he = HE (in capital, His Excellency) honorific for a head
of a foreign mission
7 BRIAR Ins of RIA (Rev of AIR, appearance) in BR (Britain)
8 ELFISH *(file) + SH (quiet)
9 COLUMN dd
14 AESTHETICS *(it’s the case)
17 ALIGNMENT *(lamenting)
18 AGLITTER Cha of AG (silver) LITTER (issue)
20 DROPPED dd
21 ANKLES cd I am not exactly enthralled by this def. Per Chambers,
the joint connecting the foot and leg. Dante could have done better
with a homophone for Anchor (a popular beer in the Far East)
Joints where these are drunk loudly (6)
22 SORT OF *(soft or)
24 TUTOR cd
26 VERA Cha of V (five in Roman numeral) ERA (years)

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

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