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Financial Times 13,465 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on August 26th, 2010

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 16 August 2010
Once again, Mr Smoothie is back to entertain us with his slick surfaces and glib clues.

ACROSS
1 DIRECT dd
4 SCORED dd
8 ANIMATE *(a team in)
9 BALLOON Ins of ALL (everyone) in BOON (favour)
11 DOORKEEPER DO (party) OR (gold) KEEPER (ring, such as for securing a table napkin)
12 IDES cd alluding to the infated Ides of March when Julius Caesar was assassinated
13 FOYER Ins of YE (you once) in FOR
14 NAILHEAD Allusion to the expression, Hit the nail on the head
16 PENDULUM Tick tock tick tock … outrageously funny
18 TALLY dd
20 OPUS Rev of Ins of UP in SO
21 FOURPOSTER Cha of FOUR (number) POSTER (bill)
23 BELATED Ins of A (second letter of mate) in BELTED (dashed)
24 HERALDS HER (woman’s) *(LADS)
25 SEDATE *(seated)
26 ORATOR cd

DOWN
1 DINGO Cha of DIN (noise) GO (energy) also *(in dog)
2 REMARRY cd
3 CATHEDRAL Ins of *(HATRED) in CAL (California state)
5 CHAIR cd in an irony sense since a chair is meant for sitting, not standing and yet an academic’s standing (status) is always enhanced by appointment to a chair.
6 RALEIGH cd alluding to Sir Walter Raleigh, credited for introducing tobacco leaves (Virginia being a common type) to Queen Elizabeth I
7 DROMEDARY Ins of *(ROAMED) in DRY (arid) thoroughbred camel; a one-humped Arabian camel.
10 EPONYMOUS *(my one opus)
13 FREE PRESS Tichy way to say ironing is on the house
15 IN TOP GEAR dd
17 DASTARD Ins of STAR (lead) in DAD (father) cowardly fellow; (loosely) someone who does a brutal act without giving their victim a chance.
19 LAST ACT Double cd with conclusion doing double duty
21 FLEET dd
22 EIDER Either dis or dat. What a fantastic way to finish off yet another entertaining session

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 13,465 – Dante”

  1. Sil van den Hoek says:

    Thank you, Uncle Yap, for your immaculate blog in this – as I said several times before – lonely place.

    Another amusing puzzle by Dante, which came to an end with the fabulous EIDER (22d).
    Until today I didn’t understand PENDULUM (16ac), but after seeing the blog, I must say: this is just as hilarious as 22d.

    Other highlights for me: FOYER (13ac) with its completely natural surface, 3d (CATHEDRAL) – again, beautiful surface [even though some might argue that a church is not a cathedral] and (oh, dear me) two cd’s: 26ac (ORATOR) and 2d (REMARRY).

    And though I remember having seen a similar way of clueing CHAIR in a recent Rufus puzzle [I think, as part of Chairman], I can only conclude that this was Dante on top form.

  2. Uncle Yap says:

    sdvh, how true

    the ft hosts many very good puzzles but bloggingly, there seems to be very little interest. Maybe, the FT crossword editor should let his clients (I used to be one when I was training to be a Chartered Accountant in UK, many decades ago) know about this site.

  3. Jan says:

    I don’t think it is such a lonely place. I visit very often but I am usually too embarrassed to add to the thread so long after the event. I am sure that there are many others who feel likewise.

    Thank you, Uncle Yap, and all other bloggers, for your contributions.

    Thank you, Dante, this was a delightful puzzle and 22 gave me the best laugh in ages.

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