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Financial Times 13,417 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on July 1st, 2010

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 21 June 2010
Another painless way to start the week, solving smooth clues and enjoying slick surfaces

ACROSS
1 VIVACE V (Roman numeral for 5) IV (ditto for 4) ACE (winner, like an unreturnable serve in tennis) musical term for in a lively manner
4 EVOLVING (R) evolving = going round
9 TAGGED *(gadget)
10 COLANDER *(near-cold)
12 COLESLAW Ins of LES (French definite article) in CO (company or firm) + LAW (rule)
13 DYNAST D (first letter of despot) + *(NASTY)
15 NINE ha but what a lovely surface … could almost see the cleavage :-)
16 VIETNAMESE *(navies meet)
19 VIEWFINDER Tichy way of describing market researcher
20 VOID (A) VOID, go round
23 NAVIES Ins of A VIE (struggle) in N S (Northern and Southern)
25 VENERATE *(rate even)
27 SWINDLES *(wildness)
28 VISITS V (another time the Roman numeral for 5 is used) ins of SIT (take a seat) in IS
29 NOSTRILS A very hairy cd
30 VENEER cd

DOWN
1 VATICAN VAT (Value added tax) I (one) CAN
2 VIGILANCE cd
3 CREASE Ins of RE (about) in CASE
5 VIOL Sounds like VILE (appalling))
6 LEAP YEAR cd
7 INDIA *(aid in)
8 GAROTTE *(great to)
11 VARIANT VA (Virginia) + *(train)
14 STEERED Ins of RE (half of REIN) in STEED (horse)
17 EVOCATIVE E (note) VOCATIVE (case)
18 OFFENDER Ins of END (outcome) in OFFER (proposal)
19 VENISON *(in ovens) … a delicious annie clue
21 DRESSER dd
22 VENICE VERY NICE minus RY (miniature railway)
24 VEINS cd
26 VEIL *(live)

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

One Response to “Financial Times 13,417 – Dante”

  1. Sil van den Hoek says:

    Thanks, Uncle Yap, for your fine blog.

    Dante was apparently in a V mood : 7 of the Across solutions and 8 of the Down ones start with that letter!

    I got stuck in the SW corner because of 27c [thought it had to be an anagram of 'dealings' (could have been with the crossing letters)].

    Indeed, 15ac (NINE) is marvellous.

    And although, just like recently in a Rufus, some people may find that 26d (VEIL) is a contender for the Easiest Anagram Ever, I thought this one was brilliant in all its simplicity!

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