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Financial Times 13,310 – Falcon

Posted by Uncle Yap on February 25th, 2010

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 15 February 2010
I solved this puzzle while ushering in the Year of the Tiger and hope that the year ahead will be as smooth as the puzzle; nothing too tough but full of interesting snippets and delights. Yam Seng !!

ACROSS
1 TABARD Cha of TA (thanks) BARD (poet) a medieval peasant’s overcoat; a knight’s sleeveless or short-sleeved coat (aka jerkin)
10 EMOTIONAL Cha of E (English) + MOTION (Sir Andrew Motion, FRSL, (born 1952) is an English poet, novelist and biographer, who was the Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1999 to 2009) + AL (a line)
11 MOUNT dd
12 UNDO Cha of UN (French indefinite article) DO (party)
13 PASS MUSTER *(at sums reps)
15 EVASIVE Ins of ASIV (rev of VISA, travel document) in EVE (girl)
16 PIRACY Cha of P (page) I (one) RACT (suggestive)
19 STATIC dd
21 CROONER *(O corner)
23 CHILD’S PLAY dd
25 FLEE FLEET (quick) minus T
27 IN-OFF IN (home) + OFF (away) a stroke in which the cue ball falls into a pocket after striking another ball.
28 LATECOMER *(clear to me)
29 PASADENA Cha of PA (father) SAD (unhappy) ENA (girl)
30 DORSET Cha of D (500 in Roman numeral) OR (other ranks or soldiers) SET (located)

DOWN
1,3 THE QUIET AMERICAN Cha of THE (article) QUIET (inoffensive)  AMERICAN (US) a novel by British author Graham Greene
2 BROADCAST Cha of BROAD (coarse) CAST (actors)
3 RAID Cha of R (runs) AID (help)
5 MILKSOP Cha of MILKS (cashes in) OP (opus or work) a soft, unadventurous, effeminate man.
6 RUMPUS ROOM RU (rugby union, game) *(poor mum’s)
7 COURT dd
8 NOTARY N (noon) O (ring) + ins of A in TRY (attempt)
9 IN CASE Wearing box is a tichy way of saying in case
14 EISTEDDFOD *(site odd fed) now any of several gatherings in Wales for competitions in music, poetry, drama, etc
17 CANDLEMAS Ins of MA (mother or old lady) in CANDLES (things with a wick running through them or wicked things) a church festival of the purification of the Virgin Mary, on 2 February, when candles are blessed;
18 TRUE GRIT Cha of TRUE (authentic) GR (Greek) IT (Italian) for the 1969 film starring John Wayne and Glen Campbell
20 CAPELIN *(plaice) + N a small fish of the smelt family, abundant off Newfoundland, much used as bait.
21 CRAFTY Cha of CRAFT (vessel) + Y (first letter of yachtman)
22 SCRIMP S (first letter of Somerset) CRIMP (crease)
24 IRONS ha
26 ECHO EC (East Central part of London) HO (house)

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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