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Financial Times 13,328 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on March 18th, 2010

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 8 March 2010
In the scheme of things I do on a Monday, I would tackle the puzzles in the following order : Times, Guardian, Financial Times and Sunday’s Independence (since it is not available on a printable format and I have to wait for someone to type out the clues). Imagine my sense of deja vu when I came to 22Down as I had just solved the identical clue minutes ago. Tsk tsk Mr Squires, your cardex system of ensuring you do not repeat a clue slipped up ! Other than that, another expected display of smooth surfaces and slick clueing.

ACROSS
1 REPAIR Cha of REP (material) AIR (display)
4 TROTTERS dd The Chinese and the Germans are best at cooking trotters (pig’s legs) not horses trained to trot in harness racing;
9 DENUDE Cha of DE (of in French) NUDE (artist’s model)
10 JUNK MAIL Cha of JUNK (vessel) MAIL (bodyguard of a knight about to engage in battle)
12 ATHLETIC *(cat lithe) Somehow the indefinite article fronting this clue appears so conspicuously extraneous
13 ASSERT Sounds like A Cert (certainty or sure thing)
15 EROS Rev of SORE (tender)
16 IMPURITIES cd
19 SELF-DENIAL *(fills a need)
20 OSLO Cha of O’S (ducks) LO (look)
23 RECANT RE (Royal Engineers, soldiers) CAN’T (unable)
25 BACHELOR A tichy dd
27 AIRLINES dd for something used when one inflates the tyres of one’s car and of course, not forgetting those companies providing air travel
28 REDEEM dd as in to cash in coupons, etc and what Christians believe Jesus Christ came to do for mankind
29 SPRAY GUN Ironic cd
30 NEWTON Cha of NEW (fresh) TON (weight) I wonder whether you could call this an &lit? Peter B?

DOWN
1 RED-TAPE Allusion to the etymology of the term for excessive bureaucracy – the English practice of binding documents and official papers with red tape
2 PUNCHBOWL Cha of PUNCH (strike) *(blow) in; a large bowl-shaped hollow in the ground.
3 INDEED Cha of IN + DEED (action)
5 ROUT Cha of R (right) OUT (away) to cause to retreat in disorderly confusion.
6 TAKES AIM *(a mistake)
7 EVADE Ins of A D (a daughter) in EVE (fallen woman in the Garden of Eden)
8 SALUTES *(a tussle)
11 AILMENT Ins of I (one) in *(mental)
14 PUT AWAY dd sent to a prison & store
17 INSOLVENT Cha of IN SOL (sun) VENT (air)
18 IDENTITY cd
19 SERIALS cd
21 OARSMEN *(one’s arm)
22 CHEESE Tsk Tsk Identical clue 3Down in Guardian 24952 by Rufus
24 CORER cd
26 MENU Neat cha of MEN (people) U (university)

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 13,328 – Dante”

  1. Sil van den Hoek says:

    Thanks Uncle Yap for your explanations.
    Somehow I found this crossword harder than usual.
    Initially I got completely stuck in the SW corner.
    Nonetheless, many days later I managed to fill that part of the grid.
    And I got them all right (SERIALS, SPRAY GUN, AIRLINES, IDENTITY and CORER) – wow!
    Can you believe with so many cryptic definitions that are absolutely not my cup of tea, and not particularly strong either?

    Favourite clue?
    Perhaps, SELF-DENIAL (19ac).

    And, after today’s Araucaria, here’s some Ducks too (20ac) … :)

  2. Nathan Jesurasingham says:

    Firstly – many thanks to Uncle Yap for a great review.

    Secondly I agree with Sil van den Hoek that this was harder than usual for Mr Squires. I did complete it but I found it tricky. His puzzles in the Guardian and Telegraph on the same day were much less difficult.

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