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Financial Times 13,269 – Falcon

Posted by Uncle Yap on January 6th, 2010

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 28 December 2009 Falcon gave me cause for pause with three new words  I have never heard of. Otherwise, not too difficult for an FT week-opener.

ACROSS
1 SUPPER Tichy dd One who drinks (sups) must be a “supper” which is also a meal
4 TIMBERED *(item bed r)
10 APOCRYPHA *(o chap pray)
11 UTTER (n) UTTER, madman
12 HOCK dd
13 HIPPODROME Cha of HIP (joint) POD (school of whales) ROME (capital of Italy)
15 PRIMARY Cha of PRIM (strait-laced) A RY (railway)
16 TIRADE Ins of I (one) in TRADE (traffic)
19 FELLOE - a curved piece in the circumference of a wheel; the circular rim of a wheel… homophone for FELLOW.  How it is one of a pair, I did not see until I visited Chambers – a man or boy, sometimes used dismissively; a boyfriend (); an associate or companion; someone with something in common with one, one’s peer or equal in a specified way; one of a pair, a mate; a counterpart;
21 MINIMUM Cha of MINI (short skirt) MUM
23 BEHIND BARS cd
25 STAR 50% of Starkers (naked)
27 RAISE Ins of A (article) in RISE (climb)
28 REHEARSAL Ins of HEARS (tries) in REAL (existing)
29 OMISSION O (ring) MISSION (legation)
30 BODEGA Cha of BOD (short for body or person) EG (exempli gratia, for example) A

DOWN
1 STANHOPE *(one’s path) a light open one-seated carriage first made for Fitzroy Stanhope (1787-1864).
2 PROSCRIBE Cha of PRO (professional) SCRIBE (teacher of the Jewish Law)
3 EARN Cha of EAR (organ) N (new)
5 IN A SPOT Ins of N (last letter of garden) in *(patio’s)
6 BLUNDERING Ins of UNDER (in the process of) in BLING (ostentatious jewellery)
7 RATIO ha
8 DORSET *(D store)
9 UPPITY Cha of UP (winning) PITY (shame)
14 TAIL-ENDERS cd Tail-enders are rather weak batsmen in cricket who are included in the team more for their fielding/bowling prowess
17 DEMITASSE *(missed tea)
18 UMBRELLA Ins of MB (doctor) in *(Laurel) ; a large, untidily rolled-up umbrella; an umbrella. [From Mrs Sarah Gamp, in Dickens's Martin Chuzzlewit]
20 EMBARGO *(amber) + GO (proceed)
21 MARTHA MAR (spoil) THA(t)
22 SBIRRO Ins of R (run) in *(Boris) – an Italian police officer.
24 HAITI *(Thai) + I (one)
26 FARO FAR (a long way) + O (round)

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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