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Financial Times 13,453 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on August 12th, 2010

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 2 August 2010
We are back to the slick smoothie to give us a gentle start to the FT week. As usual, there is this generous serving of concise clues with very few words wasted.

1 LOITER *(toiler)
4 BUN FIGHT Cha of BUN (hairstyle) FIGHT (engagement) a tea party; a noisy occasion or assembly.
10 BUTTERCUP Butter & Cup are two items that are found in a picnic basket for the bright yellow cup-shaped flowers found in meadows
11 YEARN Cha of YEAR (time) N (North, a point on the compass)
12 LIED Ins of I in LED (was first)
13 TOUCH AND GO dd It’s dicey is quite evident ;  in a game of tick or tig, the victim is called ït who will chase the others and the person it touches then become the new victim. So a good strategy is to touch someone and go away quickly lest the new it touches you back. Very complicated, these children’s games :-)
16 SACRED Ins of ACRE (area) in SD (first and last letters of SamarkanD)
19 EDITOR Not a very cryptic cd
21 STEPSON Steps On (tramples)
25 OGLE O (round) + *(leg)
27 COYPU COY (shy) PU (rev of UP)
28 EARLY BIRD dd allusion to the early bird catches the worm
29 AMETHYST *(yet maths)
30 HEDGED Excellent allusion to the natural growth surrounding a house aka a hedge

1 LABELLED Ins og BELLE (pretty girl) in LAD (boy)
2 IN THE LEAD Alluding to the eco-unfriendly nature of having lead in fuel
3 EYES Sounds like AYES (approval)
5 UNPACKS Opens gift is unpacks and that is also something one does after the holidays  ; a dd?
6 FLYCATCHER Cha of FLY (shrewd) CATCHER (fielder)
7 GUARD Vanguard (front) minus van
8 TENDON Tend On
9 ACT ONE *(at once)
17 EASYGOING It is easy departing this life
20 RACKETS Alluding to those wooden rackets which were kept in presses to keep the rackets from buckling or bending
21 STEERS dd
22 MARCIA MAR (rev of RAM, gate-crasher) CIA (Central Intelligence Agency, US secret service)
24 STYLE Cha of STY (pen) LE (French definite article)
26 TYRE 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 13,453 – Dante”

  1. Sil van den Hoek says:

    Another thank you, UY, for another of your blogs of another of these quality Dante puzzles.

    Only 29ac (AMETHYST) contained too many words to my taste.
    The anagram is clear, and the stone (amethyst) is presumably very hard – so the definition’s ok though not perfect. But why is “is essential” there?

    I liked the natural surface of 11ac (YEARN) which I hereby declare to be my Clue of the Day.

  2. Uncle Yap says:

    “yet maths revision” would leave the surface hanging so the additional “ïs essential” smoothens the surface reading but is not obtrusive nor that conspicuously extraneous; since “revision is essential” means you must revise the fodder.

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