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Financial Times 13,435 – Falcon

Posted by Uncle Yap on July 22nd, 2010

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 12 July 2010
Falcon is another gentle compiler who will give solvers a pleasant start to the week. Nothing very complicated; but enjoyable, nevertheless.

1 AMBUSH AM (American) BUSH (president, father, son and holy ghost)
4 FALSETTO Cha of FAL (a river in Cornwall) + SET-TO (an argument)
10 DIXIELAND *(laid index) an early style of jazz in New Orleans, played by small combinations of instruments.
11 MOTIF MOT (Ministry of Transport) IF (provided)
12 CUFF CU (cuprum or copper) FF (forte-forte, very loud)
13 MONTELIMAR MO (moment or second) + *(real mint) type of nougat made in Montelimar in France
15 TWITTER Ins of W (wife) in TITTER (giggle) Twitter is a social networking and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read other user messages called tweets
16 RETURN dd
19 NEPHEW Ins of P (piano or quietly) & HE in NEW (young) Which reminds me of the uncle who was asked to register the name of a daughter born to his younger sister (whose husband was overseas on military service)  When asked what name he had registered, he replied “Denise” “That’s a lovely choice, but what name would you have given if the child were a boy?” “The Nephew, of course”
21 AROUSAL Removal of the first letter from CAROUSAL (drinking bout)
23 OSCAR WILDE OSCAR (Academy award) WILDER (Billy Wilder (1906-2002), Austrian-born American film director) minus R
25 WREN Ins of R (right) in WEN (enormous congested city as in the great wen, ie London.) Sir Christopher Wren (1632–1723) was one of the best known and highest acclaimed English architects  in history, responsible for rebuilding 51 churches in the City of London after the Great Fire in 1666, including his masterpiece, St. Paul’s Cathedral, completed in 1710.
27 TOSCA Ins of O (first letter of Othello) in *(acst)
28 PINSTRIPE Ins of STRIP (outfit) in PINE (long)
29 ANALYSTS Sounds like Annal (anecdotes) Lists (records)
30 BRUTUS Cha of BRUT (very dry) US (American) and of course, Brutus was a co-conspirator of CASCA in the murder of Julius Caesar

1 AUDACITY Ins of UDA (Ulster Defence Association but Urban Development Authority in other parts of the world) in A CITY (place like Belfast)
2 BOX-OFFICE Cha of BOX (fight) OFF (postponed) ICE (*reserve)
3 SHED dd
5 AUDITOR Ins of U (university) in *(adroit)
6 SIMULATION STIMULATION (arousal, solution to 24A) minus T (time)
7 TATUM cd alluding to Arthur “Art” Tatum Jr. (1909–1956), an American jazz pianist and virtuoso.
8 OXFORD Cha of OX (steer) FOR D (middle letter of Dodge)
9 LABOUR Ins of AB (able-bodied seaman) in LOUR (scowl)
14 AT THE READY *(theatre day)
17 RESTRAINT Ins of TRAIN (coach) in REST (break)
18 GLANDERS Ins of L (lake) in GANDERS (male geese) a malignant, contagious and fatal disease of horses and asses (also communicable to man)
20 WHIPPET Cha of WHIP (beat) PET (favourite)
21 ARDENT Forest of ARDEN + T (last letter of coast)
22 PORTIA PORT (left in nautical terms) I (one) A (indefinite article) second wife of Brutus
24 CASCA Ins of C (caught in cricket scoring notation) in CASA (house in Spanish)
26 STAR STARK (desolate) minus K (king)

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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