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Financial Times 13,304 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on February 18th, 2010

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 8 February 2010
Dante returns with another gentle week-opener full of smooth clues and slick definitions.

ACROSS
1 SPRANG Ins of RANG (telephoned) in SP (starting prices, the odds)
4 HATPEG *(path EG for say)
8 FOOTSIE Tichy clue alluding to a dd where to play footsie is to rub one’s foot or leg against (another person’s), usually with amorous intentions; and the Financial Times Stock Exchange 100-Share Index, which records the share prices of the top 100 UK public companies which is more commonly referred to as Footsie
9 MANAGED M (first letter of meeting) +*(agenda)
11 DELIBERATE dd
12 DAHL DAH (rev of had) L (50 in Roman numeral)
13 GRAVE dd
14  DAEDALUS *(lauded as) n Greek mythology, Daedalus was so skillful that he was said to have invented many things. However, he is more well-known for being the father of Icarus, the man who flew too close to the Sun …..
16 CAROUSED Cha of C (100 or many) Aroused (awoken)
18 OVOID O (round) Void (hole)
20 COLT dd
21 HOW DO YOU DO cd
23 LODGING dd
24 BITUMEN cd
25 SYNTAX *(nasty x)
26 ETUDES dd French for studies; also compositions intended either to train or to test the player’s technical skill

DOWN
1 SPOKE dd one of the radiating bars of a wheel
2 RETSINA rha
3 NOISELESS *(lionesses)
5 AMAZE A Maze (labyrinth)
6 PHAEDRA *(had rape)
7 GREYHOUND Nice cd … in greyhound racing, the dogs do run laps round the track
10 HANDS DOWN Cha of HANDS (workers) DOWN (depressed)
13 GLAMOROUS GL (heartless girl) Amorous (loving)
15 ECONOMIST *(comes into)
17 OCTAGON cd
19 OROTUND *(to round)
21 HENNA Hen (layer of eggs) NA (rev of an)
22 DREGS Duplicate definition

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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