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Financial Times 13,393 – Falcon

Posted by Uncle Yap on June 3rd, 2010

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 24 May 2010
A week-opener with some obscure and unusual terms and names but otherwise quite easily solved.

ACROSS
1 STAFFA Cha of Staff (pole or rod) + A
4 STOCKCAR ST (street) + *(a crock)
10 ARTICLE (p) article
11 NOMINAL *(lion man)
12 DART D (daughter) ART (craft) a tapering fold sewn on the reverse of material in order to shape it
13 FRAY BENTOS FRAY (fight) BENT (corrupt) OS (Ordinary Seaman or sailor)
16 SCAMPI Cha of S (first letter of shellfish) CAMP (affected) I (one)
17,20 CONCERT PIANIST *(Toscanini crept) Vladimir Samoylovich Horowitz  (1903 – 1989) was a Russian-American classical virtuoso pianist and minor composer
21 AACHEN Ins of ACHE (pain) in AN (article, the answer to 10Across)
24 CONVALESCE *(calves once)
25 WIMP W (first letter of wretched) IMP (scallywag)
27 RAGDOLL Ins of GDO *(dog) in RALLY (meeting) minus Y
29 ENRAGED *(angered)
30 DEPUTISE Ins of PUT (place) + IS in DEE (River)
31 CHORUS C (circa or about)  HORUS (the Egyptian sun-god, son of Isis and Osiris, usually depicted with a falcon’s head)

DOWN
1 SLAPDASH slap and dash are both synonyms of strike
2 ALTERCATION Ins of C (Centigrade)in ALTERATION (change)
3 FACE F (female) ACE (superb)
5 TENNYSON Ins of NY (New York) in TENSON (a competition in verse between two troubadours before a court of love)
6 COMMERCIAL dd
7 CON C (first letter of cognac) ON (working)
8 RELISH ha
9,23 HEARTACHES *(teacher has) A hit song by American singer, Patsy Cline (1932 – 1963)
14 TORCH SINGER cd for an obscure term, torch singer which Chambers defined as simply noun. However torch song is defined as noun, a popular song of the 1930s giving lugubrious expression to the pangs of unrequited love; a sentimental or melancholy love song.
15 UP AND ABOUT Cha of UP (at university) AN DAB (expert) OUT (abroad)
18 AS WELL AS A SWELL (bigwig) A S (first letter of state)
19 IN SPADES IN (fashionable) Spades (suit in a deck of cards)
22 SCARED S (son) Cared (was worried)
26 ARCH (m) arch
28 GAP Ins of A in GP (general practitioner or doctor)

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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