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Financial Times 13,411 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on June 24th, 2010

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 14 June 2010
Mr Smoothie is here again to tease us with his unique brand of slick surfaces.

ACROSS
1 BEHIND Van is short for vanguard (in front); dd?
4 CROSSBAR CROSS (angry) BAR (lawyers) The cross beam atop the two uprights forming the goal at each end of a football field
9 ARMADA cd alluding to Sir Francis Drake, famous for finishing a game of bowls whilst waiting for the weather to change before sailing to meet and defeat  the Spanish Armada in 1588
10 HAUNTING “A show of spirit” What a cheeky way to introduce haunting
12 CITATION *(A tonic it)
13 JETSAM JETS (fast movers) AM (ante meridiem, before noon or morning)
15 TRUE Ins of T (junction) in RUE (French for road)
16 REFRACTION A phenomenon in physics where a rigid object appears to bend due to refraction of light; like a spoon half in water
19 SIGNET RING cd
20 STYE Cha of ST (street or way) YE (olden way of saying THE)
23 RAFFIA *(AFFAIR)
25 UNCOUPLE *(upon clue)
27 PARTICLE P (piano) ARTICLE (piece)
28 BEGONE BEG (ask) ONE (individual)
29 ETERNITY Self-explanatory
30 PERMIT dud

DOWN
1 BEARCAT *(CABARET)
2 HAMSTRUNG HAM (substandard player or louse actor) STRUNG (suspended)
3 NUDITY *(UNTIDY) Mrs Grundy, a character from Thomas Morton’s play Speed the Plough (1798), was considered by English-language authors to be the personification of the tyranny of conventional propriety.
5 ROAD Ins of A in ROD (switch)
6 SENTENCE dd many words form a sentence.
7 BRIGS B (note) RIGS (arrangements of sails) two-masted, square-rigged vessels
8 REGIMEN REGIMENT (troops) minus T (first letter of Turkey)
11 FOREARM Ins of EAR (attention) in FORM (class)
14 IRONING dud
17 IN TOP FORM cd
18 DECISION *(I CONSIDER minus R)
19 SCRUPLE dd
21 ELEMENT cd
22 COHERE Ins of HE in CORE (middle)
24 FORCE dd
26 SLOT cd

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

2 Responses to “Financial Times 13,411 – Dante”

  1. mike04 says:

    Thanks very much, Uncle Yap.

    Another Monday morning treat from Dante. I thought 10ac was excellent too.

    I had PLANING for 14dn. Collins dictionary gives ‘to glide’ for the verb ‘plane’.
    If that’s correct, 16ac would have to be REFLECTION!

  2. nmsindy says:

    I too had PLANING (my last answer) and REFLECTION but had considered REFRACTION as a possibility.

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