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Financial Times 13,322 – Crux

Posted by Uncle Yap on March 11th, 2010

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword from 1 March 2010
A not-too-difficult week-opening puzzle from Crux …  the Monday FT series is  eminently suitable for beginners to cryptic crosswords to cut their teeth on. On my part, I shall continue to make my blogs simple and comprehensive to guide the newbies.

1 ARMAGEDDON Cha of ARM (equip) AGED (old) DON (Quixote, perhaps) the great symbolical battlefield of the Apocalypse, scene of the final struggle between the powers of good and evil … Revelation 16.16
7 INCA *(NCIA, last half of ESTANCIA, answer to 4 Down)
9 PEEP Chestnut palindrome (a word that reads the same backward and forward)
10 TINSEL TOWN *(listen) TO + W N (west, north, directions)
11 BEACON Be a con (member of the Conservative Party  or confidence trickster, whatever your political persuasion :-)
13 BRACKISH Cha of B (first letter of butcher) RACK (cut of meat) IS H (hard)
15 INDY Cha of IN (popular) DYE (colour) minus E. Indy car n a high-speed supercharged racing car.
17 ABBA Mamma Mia! Surely this does not need further explanation
19 GERONIMO Ins of RONIM (rev of MINOR) in GEO (George)
23 SCARCE Ins of C (Conservative) in SCARE (shock)
25 INNOVATION INN (pub) OVATION (good cheer)
27 BYRE Sounds like BUYER (one handing over money)
28 FATHER TIME *(I’m after the) a personification of time. He is usually depicted as an elderly bearded man, dressed in a robe, carrying a scythe and an hourglass or other timekeeping device (representing time’s constant movement).

2 ROE DEER *(wEEk ORDER) Nice def
3 ASPIC ha
4 ESTANCIA cd for a Spanish-American cattle-estate.
5 DENTAL HYGIENIST *(intense daylight)
6 NEEDLE NEEDLESS (unnecessary) minus SS (saints)
8 COWSHED Cha of COW (neat) SHED (simple construction), a byre
14 CHAPERONE Guardian has leading story Times initially rejected (9) I solved this from the def and the checking letters but could not see the word-play until I showed to some friends who immediately shouted “Chapter One minus the T” Reminds me of that line from Amazing Grace – … was blind, but now I see
16 PRESENCE Sounds like PRESENTS (gifts)  a being felt to be present, esp in a supernatural way (Chambers)
18 BLARNEY Ins of LARNE (town in Northern Ireland) in BY ; flattery or cajoling talk.
20 MACADAM MAC (Scot) ADAM (first man)
21 BEHALF BE (live) HALF (50%)
24 ADEPT A DEPT (department)

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

2 Responses to “Financial Times 13,322 – Crux”

  1. Mike04 says:

    Thanks, Uncle Yap, for combining an excellent blog with a comprehensive guide for newbies.

    It was an easy start to the week. I was hoping for a fast time, but 22ac held me back.
    I wonder if any other solvers were confused by ‘the young’ in the clue?

  2. Eileen says:

    Thank you, Uncle Yap.

    I particularly liked ARMAGEDDON and CHAPERONE. [I wasn’t quite so keen on the ‘homophone’ in 16dn.]

    Apologies if I’m pointing out something obvious but I really admired the excellent &lit in 20dn: ‘Scot, the first man of mettle? No, metal!’, referring to John McAdam, the Scottish engineer and roadbuilder, who invented ‘macadamisation’, using ‘metal’ [Chambers: ‘broken stones used for macadamising roads’].

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