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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.

ACROSS
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 :-)
12 ALL-NIGHT cd
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)
22 NAKED EYE cd
23 SCARCE Ins of C (Conservative) in SCARE (shock)
25 INNOVATION INN (pub) OVATION (good cheer)
26 EDDY (T) EDDY http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theodore_Roosevelt
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).

DOWN
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)
7 INTUITION IN TUITION (teaching)
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'].

    http://scotlandvacations.com/mcadam.htm

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