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Financial Times 13,489 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on September 23rd, 2010

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 13 September 2010
Welcome back, Dante to this familiar spot. As expected, a fun-filled easy stroll to start off the FT week; except possibly for a couple of hard-boiled eggs which caused me pause until Chambers set me at ease

ACROSS
1 CLEVER Cha of C (first letter of Counsel) LEVER (bar)
4 MAMMOTHS Ins of A MM (a millimetre) in MOTHS (light aircraft) De Havilland Moth, a series of light aircraft, sports planes and military trainers. In case you think, like me initially, that there is a missing  S, Chambers gave aircraft n (pl aircraft) any structure or machine for travelling in the air.
10 THIN ON TOP This cd and COD got me smiling
11 ROAST *(a sort)
12 ROAM Empty is to be read as “nothing in” or ins of O (nothing) in RAM (a male sheep)
13 INORDINATE *(a rendition)
15 CLEANSE Ins of LEANS (is inclined) in CE (Church of England)
16 LIGHTS dd the second caused me a moment of anxiety until Chambers came to the rescue – the lungs of an animal (as lighter than the adjoining parts); thus cheap offal fed to pets such as a cat
19 CHERUB Ins of HER in CUB (little beast)
21 FULCRUM cd the prop or fixed point on which a lever moves or pivots
23 HANG-GLIDER cd
25 TELL dd  WILLIAM TELL , the Swiss archer & what a bank cashier is paid to do
27 WHINE *(when I)
28 ACCESSORY dd
29 PLEASANT *(at Naples) with the def nicely disguised as a resort in France
30 BUFFER dd mechanical apparatus for deadening the force of a concussion, as in railway carriages or at the end of a railway line;

DOWN
1 CATARACT dd waterfall; a waterspout, etc; an opaque condition of the lens of the eye, painless, unaccompanied by inflammation; the area rendered opaque, which is surgically removable;
2 ELIZABETH ha
3 ENOW E (first letter of earning) NOW (immediately) Personally, I think archaic words like this should be discarded in favour of say, ETON or EGOS or EROS.
5 APPAREL *(appear) + L (learner or student)
6 MARTINGALE *(a metal ring) strap passing between a horse’s forelegs, fastened to the girth and to the bit, noseband or reins, to keep its head down;
7 TIARA cd alluding to the fact that the tiara is for the head or capital
8 SETTEE Cha of SET (prepared) TEE (stand or support for a golf ball at start of a hole)
9 STANCE cd
14 IN PROGRESS *(spring rose)
17 TURNED OFF dd
18 EMPLOYER cd for the guy who pays you
20 BRITAIN Ins of IT  in BRAIN (mind)
21 FIERCE *(fire) + CE (Church of England, as used in 15Across above)
22 SHOW UP dd
24 NOISE Ins of I in NOSE (beak)
26 ESAU Ins of A in ESU (rev of USE, rising employment)

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 13,489 – Dante”

  1. Sil van den Hoek says:

    Welcome back, Uncle Yap to this familiar spot!
    I found this Dante not even thát easy, and surely much better than the Rufus published on the very same Monday.
    In fact, I couldn’t even finish it.
    TELL (25ac) eluded me, as did BUFFER (30ac) because of me filling in ‘employee’ in 18d instead of ‘employer’.

    As I said, in my opinion one of the better Dantes.
    Some anagrams were just magnificent.
    Simple, but oh so natural and elegant.
    WHINE, IN PROGRESS, INORDINATE, MARTINGALE, PLEASANT.

    We had never heard of FULCRUM, but it was a good cd.
    Only clue that we found a bit loose was 24d (NOISE): not a strong definition, and the construction isn’t flawless either [we didn't like the " 'll" part, for example].
    But fully compensated by the splendid surfaces of 1ac (CLEVER), 4ac (MAMMOTHS) and 3d (ENOW).
    Unusual ‘naughtiness’ of Dante in ROAM, too.

    Yes, this was a good crossword.
    Such a pity that a lot of Rufus’ admirers don’t want to print off puzzles nowadays – at days like this they surely miss something!

  2. Uncle Yap says:

    Sil, isn’t it such a pity that this site continues to be such a lonely place, especially as the puzzle in the pdf form prints off so well, so clearly and so neatly into an A4 sheet.
    I suppose I am slightly different as all through my CA articleship days in UK in the 70’s, I always had access to the FT. We used to photocopy the crossword and solve between work or at lunch at the pub.

    Thanks you, FT and crossword editor Colin Inman for providing us aficionados free access to the daily puzzles.

  3. bamberger says:

    I never knew that the crossword was free online -and it has taken a bit of navigation to find it.Perhaps that is the problem-people don’t know it is there.

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