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Financial Times 13,471 – Crux

Posted by Uncle Yap on September 2nd, 2010

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Monday Prize Crossword on 23 August 2010

ACROSS
1 VILLAINOUSNESS *(an evil soul’s sin) almost an &lit
10 ELECT synonymous with SELECT
11 UNTAXABLE Zero-RATED (answer to 14) goods (like infant food) are not subject to tax
12 TRAINED *(in trade) with go through the mill as anagrin
13 TAPERED Ins of PE in *(RATED)
14 RATED bReAsTfEeD
16 TAIL-ENDER Ins of AIL (to be sick) in TENDER (inexperienced)
19 BACKSIDES Cha of BACK (champion) SIDE (team) S (an oversight by Crux?)
20 LOVER The White Cliffs of DOVER with L (left) substituted for D (dead) such as Lothario, a seducer or rake in Nicholas Rowe’s play, The Fair Penitent (1703)
22 MACHETE MAC (Scotsman) *(THE) E (English)
25 IMPASSE I ‘m passe (old fogey)
27 OSTRACISE *(Old English RACISTS)
28 REALM *(LEAR) M (first letter of madness)
29 FISH OUT OF WATER dd

DOWN
2 INELASTIC *(clean it is) Very neat
3 LATIN LA (French definite article) TIN (can)
4 INUNDATED I (one) NUN (sister) DATE (boyfriend) D (died)
5 OCTET OCT (October month) ET (first letters from Extra Training)
6 SEX APPEAL dud A lover must have SA and IT is SA
7 EMBER Part of either NOVember or DECember)
8 SPENDER Sir Stephen Harold Spender CBE (1909 – 1995) was an English poet, novelist and essayist who concentrated on themes of social injustice and the class struggle in his work. He was appointed the seventeenth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the United States Library of Congress in 1965.
9 NECTAR Excellent cd which used lap as drink. Nectar is the name given by Homer, Hesiod, Pindar, etc to the beverage of the gods. I rated this cd as excellent because there is an idiomatic expression that when something is in the lap of the gods, it is beyond our control and fate will decide the outcome.
15 DESPERADO *(speed) RA (rear-admiral) DO (party)
17 IN SPITE OF *(it opens if)
18 DEVASTATE Cha of DEVA (what the Roman named Chester) and STATE (say)  DE-VA , spirit of the River Dee, on which Chester lies
19 BUMP OFF Ins of MP (army police) O (nothing) in BUFF (polish)
21 RHEUMY Sounds like ROOMY (spacious)
23 CITES CITIES (towns) minus I
24 EXIST (S) EXIST
26 PARKA Sounds like nosey PARKER

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

One Response to “Financial Times 13,471 – Crux”

  1. Sil van den Hoek says:

    Thanks Uncle Yap, for your neat blog.
    I found this crossword a bit of a mixed bag [though ultimately very enjoyable].

    As you say, it looks like the last S is missing from 19ac’s BACKSIDES. A bit odd, isn’t it. So, probably Crux meant ‘teams’ instead of ‘team’ (and then ‘get’ for ‘gets’, of course).

    The weaker clues were for me the ones referring to other clues.
    I think 11ac is a pretty poor clue – and the funny thing is, even though the word UNTAXABLE turns up in real life, the word is nót in Chambers.
    Of SEX APPEAL I cannot say that I don’t like it [ :)], but I wasn’t keen on the clue that Crux gave us in 6d.

    On the other side of the Spectrum (the positive one), we had some great clues like the splendid anagram in 1ac (VILLAINOUSNESS) and – as you mentioned – the cd of 9d (NECTAR), for me the last one to go in.
    I liked the idea behind CITES (23d) and the elegance of 3d (LATIN).
    And although a simple charade, I admired DEVASTATE (18d) – probably my Clue of the Day.

    All in all, a good Crux but slightly under par.

    PS1, UY, in 7d you mention November and December, but there’s also September.
    PS2, the PARKER in 26d refers to Aloysius Parker, nickname: Nosey, a character from The Thunderbirds.
    See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aloysius_%22Nosey%22_Parker

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