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Financial Times 13,259 – Falcon

Posted by Uncle Yap on December 23rd, 2009

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 14 December 2009 As always, a gentle start to the FT week with clues none too difficult

ACROSS
1 PANCETTA *(pate cant) A new dish for me
6 SIMONY Not exactly enamoured by this charade clue – SIMON (man) Y (yard) the buying or selling of an ecclesiastical benefice.
9 SEVERN Ins of R (river) in SEVEN (small number)
10 SHAMROCK SHAM (not real) + ROCK (diamond) the national emblem of Ireland, a trifoliate leaf or plant
11 BARE BAR (pub) + E (last letter of picturesque)
12 MACHINE GUN MA & CH (mother and child) + ins of EG (say) in I NUN (one sister)
14 CALCUTTA Ins of CUT (diluted) in MAL-TA with C (note) substituted for M (money)
16 ETNA Rev of ANTE (stake)
18 ECHO Ins of H (hard) in ECO Umberto Eco (born 5 January 1932) is an Italian medievalist, semiotician, philosopher, literary critic and novelist, best known for his novel The Name of the Rose, an intellectual mystery
19 AIR RIFLE Cha of AIR (lay, song) RIFLE (sack)
21 HOUSEPLANT *(salon up the)
22 GASH G (good) ASH (wood)
24 WAT TYLER (8) W (with) + ins of L (Luxembourg) in *(treaty) Wat Tyler (1341 – 1381) was the leader of the English Peasants’ Revolt of 1381.
26 CUT OUT dd
27 LEAN-TO Ins of A in LENTO (slowly in music)
28 TOLERATE *(later toe)

DOWN
2 ARENA Ins of RE (note) in ANA (a collection of someone’s table talk or of gossip, literary anecdotes or possessions) I learned a new word, ana but wonder when I will ever use it
3 CLEVER CLOGS Smart footwear is a tichy description of clever clogs or clever dick – a person who thinks himself or herself clever
4 TINSMITH TIN (can) + ins of MIT (German for with) in SH (silence)
5 AS SICK AS A PARROT A tichy question
6 STATIC I reckon this is a duplicate def, a dud
7,25 MARTEN Ins of ART (cunning) in MEN (servants) an animal (eg the pine marten) closely related to the weasel,
8 NOCTURNAL NO + ins of TURN (go) in CA (circa or around) L (end of April)
13 EVENING STAR *(gave tennis) + R (last letter of endeavour)
15 ANCHORAGE dd port in Alaska
17 PROTOCOL *(poor colt)
20 APOLLO A POLL (ballot) O (Oscar)
23 SHUNT SHUN (steer clear) T (last letter of juggernaut) slang term for crashing a car

Key to abbreviations
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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