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Financial Times 13,405 – Mudd

Posted by Uncle Yap on June 17th, 2010

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 7 June 2010
A nice change from the easier Dante and Crux.  Mudd employs some devices which are unusual and therefore challenging for a Monday. Most entertaining as well as a gentle introduction to the FT week.

ACROSS
1 HARD CHEESE Cha of HARD (cruel) CHEESE (slang for boss, especially when used as big cheese – see Chambers2)
6 TANG Rev of GNAT (pest)
9 DEFINITIVE *(IF INVITED E, first letter of exhibition)
10 ADEN Twice ha
12 CANNON FODDER self-explanatory
15 CHICKADEE Ins of HICK (redneck) in CADE (Irish rebel) & E (Eastern) a North American songbird of the titmouse family
17 EXCEL EX (old) CELL (room) minus L (last letter of wall)
18 ALDER ALL (the lot) minus L + rev of RED (cherry)
19 SUN HELMET Ins of N (chess notation for knight, since K has been taken by the higher-ranking King) HELM (leadership) in SUET (solid fatty tissue)
20 PEANUT BUTTER Ins of *(bun tea) in PUTTER (golf club)
24 PUMP dd
25 PALINDROME Cha of PAL (friend) IN D (daughter) ROME (city) word, verse, or sentence that reads the same backward and forward, and, of course, MUM is a good example
26 RARE dd
27 EDITORSHIP *(this period)

DOWN
1 HIDE dd
2 RIFT RI (religious instruction) FT (us or The Financial Times, from which this puzzle is taken)
3 CANTANKEROUS Ins of AN TANKER (oil container) in CO (company or business) US. irascible; contrary, quarrelsome or stubborn.
4 EATEN Cha of EA (each) TEN (number)
5 SEVENTEEN Ins of EVENT (tournament) in SEEN (understood)
7 AIDE-DE-CAMP Cha of A IDE (fish) DECAMP (escape) an officer who attends a general, governor, etc and acts as a personal assistant; an officer attending a monarch
8 GENERALITY *(in Elgar yet)
11 LOVE ME TENDER *(NEVER MELTED O, middle letter of NaOmi) a hit ballad sung by Elvis Presley and used in the film of the same name
13 SCRAP PAPER Cha of SCRAP (row) P (page) APER (one who apes or copies)
14 WINDJAMMER Cha of WIN (victory) D (first letter of draw) JAM (crowd) MER (French for sea or foreign waters) a large sailing vessel
16 DASHBOARD Cha of DASH (destroy) BOARD (directors)
21 TAINT Ins of A in TINT (colour)
22 DOSH DO (please; as in “Can I have a piece of cake?” “Do / Please”) SH (hush or keep the noise down) slang for money
23 PEEP 25 is palindrome so PEEP is the same backwards

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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