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Financial Times 13,265 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on December 30th, 2009

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 21 December 2009 Dante returned to serve up another delightful collection of clues with slick and smooth surfaces that only he can deliver with consistency and aplomb

ACROSS
1 TUSCAN TU (French for you) SCAN (look)
4 HIGH JUMP dd
9 AFFRAY A FF (very loud) RAY (man)
10 AFFLUENT Excellent cd alluding to The Affluent Society, a 1958 book by Harvard economist John Kenneth Galbraith
12 FREEHAND dd
13 STEPPE *(set) PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics, a university course of study made popular at Oxford)
15 CHID Child (offspring) minus l (left)
16 CONVERSION Another excellent dd with the second a reference to a try in rugby becoming a goal when converted (ball kicked successful between the uprights)
19 LEGITIMATE Cha of LEG IT (run away) I MATE (get married)
20 HIND dd
23 SKETCH S (southern) KETCH (vessel)
25 POSITIVE Duplicate def
27 GOD’S ACRE *(cedars go) a burial ground. Yew twigs are regarded as emblematic of grief (yew trees having traditionally been planted in graveyards throughout Europe).
28 STATUS Ins of U (university) in STATS (short for statistics)
29 ELEMENTS dd
30 BENDER dd

DOWN
1 TRAFFIC dd
2 SUFFERING dd
3 APATHY cd
5 IFFY Acrostic (first letters of the fodder)
6 HALF TERM Ins of *(left) in HARM (injury)
7 USE UP Tichy way of describing how an umbrella is used
8 PATTERN PAT (be nice to a dog) TERN (bird)
11 INFORMS Duplicate def
14 OVATION OVA (eggs) + *(it on)
17 INITIATED *(dietitian)
18 STOCKADE cd
19 LASAGNE *(Angela’s)
21 DRESSER cd
22 VIRTUE Duplicate def
24 ENDUE Endure (bear) minus R
26 DRAT *(dart)

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

2 Responses to “Financial Times 13,265 – Dante”

  1. John Newman says:

    I am probably more annoyed with myself than Dante because I mistook the spelling for ewe and put Gods Care. But I feel 8D lacks the critical use of words employed by Cincinnus. 4A I couldn’t see why High Jump was the second definition. In the light of day I suppose it is hanging someone – is that right? I thought 13A very good.

  2. Rufus says:

    Thanks Uncle Yap for another excellent blog!
    Re HIGH JUMP. A common phrase in English, included in Chambers under HIGH, and under HIGH JUMP in Collins, is “You’re for the high jump” if one is about to be severely reprimanded or chastised.

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