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Financial Times 13,316 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on March 4th, 2010

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword from 22 February 2010
Another smooth offering from the slick Dante. Very suitable for beginners to this delightful pastime of solving cryptic crosswords.

ACROSS
1 NUDISM *(undies minus E) + M (many) What a lovely risque start to this puzzle. Very much like “No sex, please, we’re English” :-) Quasi &lit
4 OVERACTS *(craves to) Smooth surface
9 VISION dd
10 PASSPORT *(pop stars)
12 CHECKERS dd
13 IRISES Ins of RISE (revolt) in IS
15 SCAB cd for a non-striker
16 AMIABILITY Cha of AMI (French for friend) ABILITY (talent)
19 SPOTTED DOG Cha of Spotted (seen) Dog (follow) A kind of pudding with raisins (forming the spots)
20 SCUT cd
23 ON TIME Ins of TIM (chap) in ONE
25 SKYLARKS dd
27 IN THE END Ins of HE (man) in INTEND (mean)
28 RECOUP Cha of RE (about) COUP (successful action)
29 SKELETON Allusion to skeleton in the cupboard (a hidden family secret, usually shameful)
30 TEA SET cd where char refers to tea.

DOWN
1 NOVICES No vices only virtues
2 DESPERADO *(road speed)
3 SHOCKS Ins of HOCK (wine) in SS (on board)
5 VEAL cd Of course we have heard of the parable of the prodigal son coming home to a feast of “fatted calf” and veal is meat from a calf
6 RESTRAIN Cha of REST (holiday) RAIN (cats and dogs)
7 CHOPS I struggled between CHOPS, CHOWS and CHOCS which are all food which can also be licked but plump for the first
8 SATISFY dd
11 BROMIDE *(I’m bored)
14 BAZOOKA dd
17 INCURIOUS Incur IOU’s (debts)
18 STAMPEDE Cha of Stamped (impressed) E (east or quarter)
19 STORIES S (south or point on the compass) Tories (members of the Conservative Party or politicians)
21 TOSSPOT TOS (rev of SOT, drunk) SPOT (see)
22 ALLEGE A COLLEGE (school) minus CO (company or business)
24 TITHE Ins of IT in THE a tenth part, an indefinitely small part; the tenth of the produce of land and stock taken orig as a tax for church purposes; rent charged in lieu of this; any levy or fee of one-tenth.
26 UNDO 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 13,316 – Dante”

  1. Sil van den Hoek says:

    Thanks, Uncle Yap, for your excellent blog.
    Only one word we didn’t get in this fine crossword: 15ac (SCAB).
    And even though we know that it means ‘strike-breaker’, we still don’t see the point.
    Indeed, 1ac (NUDISM) is a very good clue, though some might dislike the anagrind (‘removal’).
    You say: “Of course we have heard of the parable of the prodigal son coming home to a feast of “fatted calf””, but we have to admit we’d never heard of it, so we just guessed VEAL as the only meatable answer.
    We thought 20ac (SCUT) is not a cd, but CUT (trimmed) to S (a point).

  2. Uncle Yap says:

    Sil van den Hoek
    Welcome to the lonely planet
    It is rare to see any comments in this spot
    Someone did suggest (very mischievously) that I make some deliberate errors in my blog in order to draw in people who who would point out the errors :-) Perhaps SCUT was one such

    You are right; SCUT is a cha of S (south, point) CUT (trimmed)
    Come to think of it, isn’t this an &lit?

  3. tonyp17 says:

    I really enjoyed this challenge. I thought 7d was CHOCS until you connect to the ‘lick one’s chops’ phrase and realise that CHOPS has to be the choice.

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