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Financial Times 13,495 – Crux

Posted by Uncle Yap on September 30th, 2010

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 20 September 2010
Another light and easy week-opener from Crux.

ACROSS
1 TEHRAN *(the) + RAN (fled) for the capital of Iran (Persia)
4 IN CLOVER Cha of INC (including) LOVER (one’s sweetheart) to live in clover is to to live luxuriously or in abundance.
10 LETTERBOX Sounds like Better Locks (Spoonerism)
11 OPIUM dd Opium is a narcotic with a numbing effect on user. The Opium Wars, also known as the Anglo-Chinese Wars, were the climax of trade disputes and diplomatic difficulties between China under the Qing Dynasty and the British Empire after China sought to restrict illegal British opium trafficking. It consisted of the First Opium War from 1839 to 1842 and the Second Opium War from 1856 to 1860.
12 SCOT SCOTCH (Highlander’s spirit) minus CH (Church)
13 DEPORTMENT Deport (expel) Men (people) T (time)
15 FISHNET *(finest + H, last letter of clotH)
16 SAMPLE Cha of S (south) AMPLE (more than enough)
19 EXOCET rhs for a subsonic tactical missile, launched from a ship, plane or submarine and travelling at low altitude.
21 CARMINE *(Crimean)
23 STOCKPILES Cha of STOCK (supplies) PILES (lots of cash)
25 BUST Ins of S (first letter of Stock) in BUT (yet)
27 OBAMA O (old) BA & MA (university degrees)
28 MATCHLESS dd
29 THINKING Tichy way of saying King Henry VIII was not a thin king
30 CANYON C (first letter of captivates) ANYONE minus E

DOWN
1 TELLS OFF Ins of ELLS (in the singular, a varying measure of length originally taken from the arm; a cloth measure equal to 11/4yd) in TOFF (aristocrat)
2 HIT FOR SIX cd for to overcome completely; to take by surprise. A Chinaman, in cricket, is a ball bowled by a left-arm bowler that spins in the opposite direction to the bowler’s usual delivery
3 APES CAPES (heads) minus C
5 NOXIOUS NO X (last letter of taX) IOU’S (debts)
6 LION TAMERS Ins of TAMER (gentler) in LIONS (The Great Britain national rugby league team is the national team of the United Kingdom in rugby league football. The team is administered by the Rugby Football League (RFL), and is nicknamed “The Lions”)
7 VOICE Ins of O (love) in VICE (sin)
8 REMOTE dd
9 OBJECT dd
14 KNICK-KNACK Sounds like NICK (to steal or appropriate) Knack (gift)
17 LEISURELY *(lie) Surely (definitely)
18 JETTISON JET (engine) + *(is not)
20 THIAMIN Ins of I AM in THIN (slim) vitamin B1, found in seeds, grains, beans and liver, a deficiency of which causes beri-beri (also called aneurin).
21 CHESTY A coffer is a chest so like a coffer is CHESTY
22 ESCORT *(sector)
24 OMANI Rev of IN A MO (moment or second)
6 RHEA Ins of HE in RA (Royal Artillery or gunner) a small flightless S American bird of the genus Rhea, resembling the ostrich;

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 13,495 – Crux”

  1. Sil van den Hoek says:

    Thank you once more, Uncle Yap.

    For me, Crux is a setter who, ever since I ‘discovered’ him, nested himself quite firmly in my Top 20 – and this crossword is another example of the reason why.

    He has a Rufus-like command of incorporating the English language into clues that read so smoothly and which are completely natural [said the one who isn’t British :)].
    Some fine examples this time:
    “Heads lose carbon copies” for APES (3d).
    “Transport sector going in convoy” for ESCORT (22d).
    “Fabric woven from finest end of cloth” for FISHNET (15ac).
    “It’s a sin to conceal love, say” for VOICE (7d).
    “Lie around, definitely relaxed” for LEISURELY (17d).

    Crux shows us how a not too difficult crossword can be extremely enjoyable to solve.
    And there was sparkle, too.
    Like in 29ac, THINKING as opposite to the ‘fat king’ Henry VIII.
    Or in the excellent Spoonerism of LETTERBOX (10ac).

    I think it’s time for promotion: Crux for the Saturday spot!
    [well, if that is promotion]

  2. jmac says:

    Thanks for the blog UY. I agree that this was a most entertaining puzzle. The spoonerism was one of the best that I can remember.

    One small point re 6dn. “Lions” can also refer to the composite England, Scotland, Ireland (both parts), & Wales Rugby Union touring team, and without wishing to get embroiled in any league v union debate, I would think that the term is better known in this context.

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