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Financial Times 13,429 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on July 15th, 2010

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 5 July 2010
Another Monday, another gentle way to start the FT week with Dante, maestro of the slick and the smooth

ACROSS
1 BRAZIL BRA (supporter) ZIL (rev of LIZ, Elizabeth)
4 BIG WHEEL Allusion to a wheel going round
9 AUTUMN rha
10 DEVOUTLY *(love duty)
12 ADMITTED Play on income being “come in”
13 OPORTO Ins of PORT (left side of a boat) in O-O (scoreless draw)
15 LATE dud, oops, dd
16 TELLING OFF Telling is the counting of votes or banknotes ; so telling off is cancellation of the count in a tichy way
19 PERMISSION PER (by) MISSION (embassy)
20 OPAL O (duck) PAL (mate)
23 ELEVEN dd
25 LEFT-BANK When a boat is pushed out, it would have left the bank. The Left Bank (of the River Seine) is a part of Paris
27 SARDINIA Ins of RD (road or thoroughfare) in *(in Asia)
28 REGAIN cd
29 PARAKEET Ins of A RAKE (a roue) in PET (petulant, bad mood)
30 IMPEND I MP (one Member of Parliament or politician) END (death)

DOWN
1 BRADAWL Ins of AD (advertisement or commercial) in BRAWL (fight)
2 ALTIMETER cd
3 INMATE Cha of IN (at home) MATE (wife)
5 ITEM *(time)
6 WHOPPING W (women) HOPPING (jumping up and down)
7 ENTER (CARP) ENTER … chips is slang for a carpenter minus the carp fish
8 LAYS OFF cd
11 RELEASE dd
14 BLOOMER dd a type of large loaf of bread which has sloping cuts on the top; surprisingly Chambers does not have this definition
17 ORPHANAGE *(harp on) + AGE (time)
18 SIDE-KICK Cha of SIDE (team) KICK (getting the boot)
19 PRESS-UP cd
21 LIKENED Ins of *(knee) in LID (cap)
22 STREAM *(master)
24 ERROR (T) error
26 LIFE dd

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 13,429 – Dante”

  1. Rufus says:

    Many thanks, Uncle Yap, for your usual excellent comprehensive exposition!

    One query regarding your invention of the description of “dud” for a clue using “duplicate definition”. My interpretation was that this indicated two definitions that were too close in meaning.
    However, you have indicated that my clue for LATE was a “dud”. Doesn’t my clue “Not quick or not quick enough”, use two different meanings? viz:
    “not quick” = no longer alive, i.e. dead. and
    “not quick enough” = too slow to be on time”.

  2. Sil van den Hoek says:

    Thank you, UY, for another detailed blog.

    I couldn’t fully parse ENTER (7d), but after reading your explanation, this clue is shooting up the charts!

    Very good, too, 9ac (AUTUMN) and certainly DEVOUTLY (10ac) – maybe it’s an old chestnut, but I hadn’t seen the Love & Duty combination before.

    On my notes I put a question mark to 27ac (SARDINIA).
    You say, it’s an Ins, but it’s certainly not ['in' is already used as part of the anagram]. So, it should be *(RD IN ASIA).
    When solving, I wasn’t quite happy with the layered construction [thoroughfare = road = RD and then using this in an anagram], but, ah well, it’s all right. No complaints anymore.

    Nice puzzle again, with a lot of imagination in 6d (WHOPPING) :).

    [oh, and I agree with Rufus that 15ac is a 24-carat dd]

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