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Financial Times 13,298 – Crux

Posted by Uncle Yap on February 11th, 2010

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 1 February 2010
Interesting week-opener from Crux; simple yet varied. I learn a new word at 14 Across plus a new fact (aren’t we cruciverbalists all full of trivia?)

ACROSS
1 INELASTIC *(clean it is)
6 TACIT Ins of I in TACT (diplomacy)
9 INPUT Cha of IN (popular) PUT (place)
10 UNNATURAL Cha of UN (French indefinite article) NATURAL (according to the usual diatonic scale, not sharp or flat note aka the white keys on the piano)
11 HARD HEADED dd (a drill, to be able to penetrate, must have a hard head)
12 ETNA ha
14 DENARII cd denarius n (pl denarii ) the chief Roman silver coin under the Republic, divided into ten asses (about 8d); translated penny in the New Testament, hence the use of d for penny (before the introduction of decimal coinage) You certainly learn something new every day
15 STOMACH Amusing dd for tolerating the pot-belly
17 SCORPIO Acrostic (initial letters)
19 LEGHORN Ins of H (hot) in *(longer)
20 RARE Cha of R (runs) + ARE
22 FILIBUSTER Sounds like filly (horse) buster (breaker)
25 DAY CENTRE Ins of CENT (money) in *(ready)
26 PRANG (s) prang
27 TALLY Cha of T (middle letter of wesTern) + ALLY (friend)
28 DISORIENT DI (detective inspector) S (south) ORIENT (east)

DOWN
1 IRISH IRIS (Murdoch, the author) H (hard)
2 ESPERANTO *(O E parents)
3 ART THERAPY *(at her party) art used as a means of communication, or a creative activity, to assist personal development, diagnosis and rehabilitation.
4 TSUNAMI Ins of NAM (rev of man, guy) in *(suit)
5 CONFESS Allusion to Edward the Confessor
6 TUTU dd also a ballerina’s short, stiff, spreading skirt.
7 CARAT Sounds like carrot (vegetable)
8 TALKATHON cd like a filibuster to talk an intended legislation to death
13 LONG-JUMPER Tichy way to describe this athlete
14 DISCREDIT Duplicate definition
16 ABOUT FACE US equivalent of About Turn
18 OMITTED Ins of MITT (glove) in OED (Oxford English Dictionary)
19 LOITERS *(loser it)
21 ROYAL Roy + Al (two boys)
23 RIGHT dd The Right Whale is a whale of the typical genus Balaena, esp the Greenland whale.
24 RELY REALLY minus AL (a pound)

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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