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Financial Times 13,274 – Crux

Posted by Uncle Yap on January 14th, 2010

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 4 January 2010 No great surprises in this FT week-opener. I simply love 9Down which, in my book, is going to be a classic.

ACROSS
1 TREE SURGEONS cd Plane is any tree of the genus Platanus, esp the oriental plane (P. orientalis) and the N American plane or buttonwood (P. occidentalis), trees with palmatifid leaves shedding their bark in thin slabs; in Scotland, the great maple
10 ENVIRON Ins of V-I (German secret weapon during WWII) in ENRON (disgraced company)
11 TOLLMAN dd
12 ELVIS *(silver minus R for Regina, queen)
13 SHIPS OFF Cha of SHIPS (craft) OFF (bad) to ship off is to export by sea
15 A GREAT LOSS *(gaolers sat)
16 TSAR acrostic
18 SACK cd
20 PSYCHOPATH Cha of Psycho (Hitchcock film) PATH (way) I suppose the word “psycho” is, in reality, a shortened form of psychopath
22 RUN SHORT Cha of RUN (manage) SHORT (little)
24 ELDER dd
26 KREMLIN Gremlim (cause of trouble) with new first letter, K
27 CREMONA *(romance)
28 TRANSFER LIST Cha of transfer (pass on) LIST (tip as in tilt)

DOWN
2 REVIVER Palindromic answer
3 EURASIAN Sounds like “You’re Asian”
4 ULNA cd One of the two bones in our fore-arm, the other being the radius
5 GET THE SACK really nothing to explain
6 ORLOP Ins of R (first letter of ref) in POLO (game) and then reversed
7 SUMMONS Cha of SUM (whole) MONS (WWI battle)
8 GENERAL STRIKE cd
9 ONE FOR THE ROAD What a superb cd; I’ll drink to that :-)
14 CLOSE RANKS Tichy way to put taxi-drivers out of work
17 BODE WELL Cha of B (first letter of Blake) ODE (poem) WELL (spring)
19 CONVERT Ins of N (name) in COVERT (secret)
21 ARDUOUS A + *(Urdu so)
23 HALMA ha ; a game played on a board of 256 squares, in which the pieces are moved into vacant squares immediately behind an opponent’s pieces.
25 ACNE *(cane)

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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