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Financial Times 13,334 – Falcon

Posted by Uncle Yap on March 25th, 2010

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 15 March 2010
Quite a varied potpourri of not-too-difficult clues. Very fair and entertaining.

ACROSS
1,28 MAKE BOTH ENDS MEET Allusion to the fact that the Channel Tunnel was built simultaneously from both ends (one in the UK and the other in France and of course, they must meet) Nice humorous tichy clue to get you started with a grin
5 BREWER dd Brewer’s compilations of Myths & Legends and Phrase & Fable are great reference sources for, inter alia, cruciverbalists like us
10 ATTIC Cha of A TT (a dry or teetotal) I C (one with cold)
11 RUINATION *(out in Iran)
12 ROISTERER *(terrorise)
13 INFER Ins of N (small number) in *(fire)
14 PAUSED Ins of USE (utility) in PAD (flat or where you reside in)
15 AUGUSTA Cha of August (impressive) + A
18 AVENUES Ins of VENUE (meeting place) in AS (middle letters of Limassol)
20 PEWTER Ins of W (wife) in Peter (safe) slang for prize money
22 LEMUR Ins of M (married) in *(rule)
24 VOLUNTEER *(lout + nerve)
25 PURLOINED *(up on idler)
26 IN-OFF Cha of I N (north point) Off (bad) In snooker, a stroke in which the cue ball falls into a pocket after striking another ball.
27 NUTTER N (last letter of breakdown) Utter (say)

DOWN
1 MEAGRE Ins of A + G (first letter of guides)in MERE (lake)
2 KITTIWAKE Cha of KITTI (sounds like Kitty, presumably a short name for Catherine) WAKE (rouse from sleep) a gull of the genus Rissa with long wings and rudimentary hind-toes.
3 BACK TO SQUARE ONE *(cook Banquets are)
4 TURN RED Ins of R (first letter of room) in TURNED (twirled)
6 ROARING TWENTIES *(interesting row)
7 WHIFF dd
8 RING ROAD Ins of *(organ) in RID (clear)
9 SIERRA Ins of I (one) in *(rears)
16 STEVEDORE *(set drove) + E (last letter of landing-stage)
17 TAILSPIN Cha of Tails (follows) P (page) IN
19 SAVANT Ins of A VAN (a vehicle) in ST (street)
20 PALADIN Ins of LAD (juvenile) in PAIN (hurt)
21 PROFIT Cha of PROF (professor or head of faculty) IT (Italian)
23 MERIT ME + RITE (ceremony) minus E

Key to abbreviations
dd = double definition
dud = duplicate 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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