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Financial Times 13,477 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on September 9th, 2010

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 30 August 2010
Another pleasant challenge from our slick Dante, entertaining us with his smooth surfaces and the inevitable cryptic definitions, which some people hate. Fortunately, I happen to like cd’s as they are about the only clues that you can pose to a non-crossword crowd and yet get a response.

ACROSS
1 LOCUST Cha of LOCUS (place) + T (time)
4 PERFORCE PerforMANce (show) minus MAN
9 GALLON Cha of GALL (bitterness) + ON
10 PARAKEET Ins of A RAKE (a dissolute fellow) in PET (short for petulance or huff)
12 BLUDGEON *(LEG BOUND)
13 IMPEDE *(I’M DEEP)
15 EYAS EYA (rev of AYE, always) + S (south) an unfledged hawk … unfledged meaning not yet able to fly
16 ADAM AND EVE What a lovely cd about the occupants of the Garden of Eden according to Genesis
19 PRETTY WELL Cha of PRETTY (attractive) WELL (watering place)
20 BULB dd
23 IMPALE Ins of MP (Member of Parliament or politician) in *(A LIE)
25 BROUHAHA BROU (sounds like brew or ferment) HA HA (laughter)
27 TANGIBLE Ins of *(GIN) in TABLE (list)
28 SKEINS dd a loosely tied coil or standard length of thread or yarn; a tangle (also ); a web; a loose or confused bundle of things; a flock of wild geese in flight; the chromosomal network in a cell when at the mitosis stage (Chambers)
29 RESONATE *(stereo an)
30 ORANGE The House of Orange-Nassau is a Dutch royal house and of course, an orange is divided internally, naturally

DOWN
1 LEGIBLE Ins of EG (for example) in *(libel)
2 CALCULATE Cha of CAL (California state) C (100 or large number) U (university) LATE (behind schedule)
3 SPONGE dd
5 EXAM Tichy way of saying that the afternoon is EX (after) AM (morning)
6 FRAGMENT Ins of RAG MEN (or people dealing with rag and recyclable material like Steptoe and Son, a British sit-com of the 60’s) in FT (Financial Times, paper)
7 REEVE ha
8 EXTREME dd
11 HOEDOWN *(One who’d)
14 IMPLORE Cha of IMP (fairy) LORE (tale)
17 EDUCATION *(auctioned)
18 STALLION Cha of STALL (stable) I (one) ON (working)
19 PAINTER cd A painter is a rope used to fasten a boat, probably at the front end called the bow
21 BRASSIE Cha of BRASS (metal) IE (that is)
22 QUAKER What a lovely cd which can also be called a dd. Someone who is frightened is likely to tremble or quake and a member of the Religious Society of Friends, founded by George Fox (1624-1691) is better known as a Quaker.
24 PUNTS dd to punt is to gamble and a punt is a flat-bottomed boat
26 PLOT PILOT (aviator) minus I (a)

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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