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Financial Times 13,347 / Dante

Posted by Agentzero on March 30th, 2010

Agentzero.

Apologies to all — I did not have a chance to blog until quite late today.

No-one familiar with this setter will be surprised at the number of cryptic definitions.  However, most of them did not strike me as particularly clever today.  In a good cd clue, IMHO, there needs to be a significant distance between the apparent meaning and the intended meaning of the clue.  I thought that was not present in some cases today.

Across
1 PICKLE cd
4 BRIGANDS AND in BRIGS (ships)
9 OPIATE *(PIE TO + A)
10 EMINENCE dd
12 REGULARS cd
13 AMOEBA A MO[ment] (second) E (English) BA (degree)
15 MAIL LIAM (Irishman) reversed
16 SECOND RATE *(DOESN’T CARE)
19 COMPETITOR *(PRICE MOTTO)
20 OVER [c]OVER (fielder)
23 HECKLE cd
25 SCOT FREE S (second) COT (bed) FREE (delivered)
27 RUNNER-UP cd? Isn’t this just a straight definition of “competitor one has beaten”?
28 BODICE BO[a]DICE[a]
29 SEDITION S (point) EDITION (publication)
30 LLOYDS cd, referring to shipping insurance.  It is also true that Lloyds is mainly known for insurance
 
Down
1 PROGRAM PRO (for) GRAM (weight)
2 CLINGFILM CLING (hold) FILM (picture)
3 LATELY *(YET ALL)
5 ROMP OR reversed + MP (politician)
6 GANYMEDE *(DENY GAME)
7 NONCE N (name) ONCE (formerly)
8 SEEPAGE SEE PAGE
11 ARMENIA MEN (males) in ARIA (song)
14 MOROCCO dd
17 ADVERSITY AD (notice) + SIT (model) in VERY (deeply)
18 HELL-BENT dd
19 COHORTS *(SHORT) in CO (small company)
21 REEFERS cd
22 STROLL ST[reet] (short way) ROLL (turn)
24 CANED *(DANCE)
26 LUDO L (liberal) U (approved) DO (party)

3 Responses to “Financial Times 13,347 / Dante”

  1. Sil van den Hoek says:

    Thanks, Agentzero, for the unexpected (that is, for you) blog.
    I was rather surprised by the fact that you aren’t familiar with Dante/Rufus
    (i.e. Roger Squires).
    For Guardian solvers (who, on Monday, were confronted by Brendan (magnificent) instead of Rufus, this could have been a delayed gentle start of the week.
    And gentle it was, but – as you said – those cryptic definitions …
    Like for example LLOYDS, mwah.

    In 15ac I had LIAM.
    Again, one of these clues that works both ways, isn’t it?

    However, the real reason to send in a comment today is 19ac.
    SECOND RATE: what a first-rate anagram & surface!!
    That’s a classic.

  2. Agentzero says:

    Hi Sil

    I am familiar with Dante, better known as Rufus … not sure how you inferred otherwise from the blog?

    I agree about DOESN’T CARE = SECOND RATE, a great anagram find.

    I was away until today, so I haven’t solved the Brendan yet … looking forward to it on the train home today.

  3. Sil van den Hoek says:

    Sorry, Agentzero, I didn’t read the first line in your preamble well enough (about Dante).
    Enjoy Brendan!

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