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Financial Times 13,375 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on May 13th, 2010

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 3 May 2010
Once again, the prolific Dante entertained and teased us with his brand of smooth surfaces and slick construction.

ACROSS
1 SICKLE cd Standard is used as in a flag and of course, we know the twin symbols of the Russians are the hammer and the sickle
4 STACCATO *(cat’s coat)
10 RECAPTURE Ins of EC (The EC, Eastern Central, postcode area, also known as the London EC postcode area, is a group of postcode districts in central London, England. It includes almost all of the City of London and parts of the London Boroughs of Islington, Camden, Hackney and Tower Hamlets. ) in RAPTURE (delight)
11 NOISE *(one is)
12 NIFE More a straight def of the earth’s core made up of NI (nickel) and FE (iron)
13 MATCH-POINT cd
15 DOG-CART Cha of DOG (chow) & CART (wagon)
16 EARTHY *(hearty)
19 STATES Allusion to United States (of America)
21 ACCRUES Sounds like a cruise (trip with passengers)
23  PLAYWRIGHT Ins of *(wary) in PLIGHT (predicament)
25 OGRE Ins of G (note) in ORE (Scandinavian currency)
27 EAGER *(agree)
28 NURSEMAID *(USA minder)
29 TREASURE dd
30 ROUSED Ins of USE (exercise) in ROD (staff)

DOWN
1 SERENADE Ins of A D (500 in Roman numeral, a number) in SERENE (quiet)
2 COCKFIGHT Main3 in Chambers is defined as a cockfighting match
3 LAPS dd
5 TREACLE dd allusion to Dormouse in Alice in Wonderland talking about a treacle well
6 CONSPIRACY Cha of CONS (swindles) PIRACY (theft)
7 ALIBI cd
8 ODETTE rha for Princess Odette, a fictional character from the ballet, Swan Lake
9 KUWAIT KU (rev of UK, United Kingdom) WAIT (suspension)
14 EARTHWORMS *(the marrows) Alas, not an &lit as earthworms are actually beneficial to plant growth
17 HOUR-GLASS cd
18 ASCENDED Cha of AS C (century) ENDED (drew to a close)
20 SPINNER dd in fishing, an artificial fly that revolves in the water and of course, the familiar spinner of webs
21 ASHORE *(a hero’s)
22 UPBEAT *(PUB) + EAT (have meals)
24 ANGLE cd
26 MEMO ME + MO (moment or jiffy)

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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