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Financial Times 13,286 – Falcon

Posted by Uncle Yap on January 28th, 2010

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 18 January 2010
Another easy introduction to the FT week. This puzzle has a wide variety of devices and would be ideal training ground for newbies.

ACROSS
1 READ MY LIPS *(dim players)
6 TIER Cha of TIE (draw level) R (last letter of rubber)
9 TIEBREAKER Ins of LEAVE (holiday) & E (Spain) in TIER (answer to 6)
10 RHEA ha
12,20 LOVE MAKES THE WORLD GO ROUND Charade
15 ADUMBRATE Cha of A DUMB (a stupid) RATE (charge) vt to give a faint shadow of; to outline faintly; to foreshadow; to overshadow – new word to me
17 APART A PART (fraction)
18 RUMBA Cha of RUM (odd) BA (Bachelor of Arts graduate)
19 DETERGENT Cha of DETER (discourage) GENT (fellow)
24 OMIT ha
25 DELIBERATE dd
26  THEN Ins of H (hospital) in TEN (number)
27 NANNY STATE Ins of  ANN (woman) in NY (New York) + STATE (say)

DOWN
1 RITZ Sounds like WRITS (legal documents)
2 APEX dd
3 MARLON BRANDO *(moorland barn)
4 LEAVE dd
5 PREVALENT Ins of A L (a litre) in PREVENT (bar)
7 IN HOT WATER cd
8 REAL ESTATE Cha of REAL (official) ESTATE (car) By a strange co-incidence, Times on the same day had 13D Property not supposed to be taken to car (4,6)
11 TEXAS RANGERS *(extras) = TEXAS R + ANGERS (winds up)
13 NARROW BOAT *(a brown rat + O)
14 SUMMERTIME The name of an aria composed by George Gershwin for the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess
16 ANDROMEDA *(Oman dread)
21 ORION Ins of RIO (Rio de Janeiro, Brazilian port) in ON (addicted)
22 GAGA G (good) AGA (commander)
23 MERE dd

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

3 Responses to “Financial Times 13,286 – Falcon”

  1. Barkface says:

    Fairly straightforward puzzle,except I don’t understand 2 down.
    What sort of Aussie club is apex?

  2. Gaufrid says:

    Barkface
    See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apex_Clubs_of_Australia

  3. Barkface says:

    Thanks Gaufrid – now I understand!
    I couldn’t find it in any dictionary,so I thought it must be something like that.

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