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Financial Times 13,423 – Crux

Posted by Uncle Yap on July 8th, 2010

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 28 June 2010
Quite a gentle stroll through the park on a Monday morning.

ACROSS
1 APPLAUD Cha of APPL (apple minus e or endless fruit) AU (chemical symbol for gold from Latin aurum) D (notation for diamonds in bridge and other card games)
5,9 DOWN THE HATCH said when about to drink something, esp alcohol, meaning your health, cheers.
10 IN RESERVE Cha of IN (popular) RESERVE (book)
11 RECONVENE *(never once)
12 BEANO Tichy clue with the instruction “Be a no” for a rowdy jollification
13 CLOVE (R)
15 OBTRUSIVE *(virus to be)
18 PESTILENT PE (physical education or exercise) + ins of T (last letter of PET) in SILENT (mum)
19 DECAL Ins of C (first letter of Chelsea) in DEAL (agreement) short form of DECALCOMANIA, the art or process of transferring a design from specially prepared paper onto another surface; a design transferred in this way.
21  TERSE ha
23 PORBEAGLE Cha of POR (meat or pork minus k) BEAGLE (dog) N Atlantic and Mediterranean shark of the genus Lamna
25 LOVE-MATCH Cha of LOVE (nothing in game score) MATCH (equal)
26 CLIMB C (first letter of cost) LIMB (member)
27 AEROSOL *(Roseola)
28 POLLARD POL (rev of LOP, cut) LARD (fat)

DOWN
1 AMHARIC *(A CHARM I)  a Semitic language, the official language of Ethiopia
2 PUT ACROSS Put a cross
3 ASHEN AS (chemical symbol for arsenic) HEN (layer of eggs)
4 DRIVE HOME dd
5 DIRGE Ins of G (last letter of fighting) in DIRE (grave)
6 WESTBOUND Ins of ST (middle letters of BOSTON) in WE + BOUND (tied up)
7 TERRA INCOGNITA *(intricate organ) an unexplored or unknown country or region; hence probably the home of monsters
8 EYESORE *(Eeyore’s)
14 EPIDERMIS Allusion to the expression “Beauty is only skin-deep”
16 TUTORSHIP TUT (expression of disapproval) OR SHIP (barge, perhaps)
18 PATELLA Pat (for Patricia) & Ella are names of girls
20 LIE-ABED Ins of ABE (Abraham Lincoln) in LIED (told tales)
22 ROVER dd
23 PETAL rha
24 EXCEL Sounds like the letters X and L

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

3 Responses to “Financial Times 13,423 – Crux”

  1. Sil van den Hoek says:

    Thank you, Uncle Yap, for your great blog.
    [and I feel sorry for you that not always that many people come and take a look at this place]

    As you said, a gentle stroll.
    Only recently I have discovered Crux as a setter whose crosswords I like, but this one wasn’t that special [still good, though].
    Clues I particularly enjoyed were APPLAUD (1ac), IN REVERSE (10ac) and DRIVE HOME (4d).
    On the other hand, I didn’t like EYESORE at all – cheap anagram.

    The only one I couldn’t fully explain was 5d (DIRGE). Your explanation is probably the right one, but I read ‘Fighting ends in grave’ as a charade of something for ‘Fighting’ and the ‘ends’ of ‘grave’ (being GE). Only DIR wasn’t anything, let alone ‘fighting’. I was apparently wrongfooted because ‘ends’ ( a verb here) can be seen as a the plural of ‘end’, too.

    Furthermore, I do not understand why in 2d the clue gives us ‘to an audience’. That suggests that the solution is a homophone [which it is not].

    Finally, as you may remember, a few months ago Rufus had his 1000th crossword published for the Guardian [# 24,946]. On that day [March 2nd] he wrote in his contribution to the blog, when asked for his favourite clues:

    To Jobs, I suppose my favourite two clues, because they were quoted more than my others are:
    1. “Bar of soap (3,6,6,)” and
    2. “Two girls, one on each knee (7)”
    The first because Colin Dexter told me it was one of his favourites, and the second was my 2 millionth clue (it just happened to be published in the Telegraph – where my 1,000th DT crossword is expected on May 3rd, all being well).
    Solutions: 1. The Rover’s Return; 2. Patella.

    Well, well, Crux 18d, what can you say??

  2. Jan says:

    Thank you, Uncle Yap.

    Sil commented that not a lot of people look at these FT blogs. I’m sure they do. I am one but I don’t often comment. I look in for the occasional ? on my solution such as the r needed for clove(r) which is not a bulb.

    I really do appreciate the bloggers who contribute to this site.

  3. MarcoPolo says:

    Anyone else notice the extra “E” on pigsty in 8D, adding an extra cd (stye = EYE SORE)?

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