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Financial Times 13,501 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on October 7th, 2010

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 27 September 2010
Another light and easy puzzle from our regular week-opener, Dante.

1 ASSUME AS (when) SUME (rev of EMUS, birds)
4 GRAFFITO *(a gift for) a mural scribbling or drawing, as by schoolboys and idlers at Pompeii, Rome, and other ancient cities
10 OVERCAST Cha of OVER (in charge of) CAST (players)
12 CAMBRIAN Cha of CAM (British river) BRIAN (name) Cambria is the classical name for Wales, being the Latinised form of the Welsh name Cymru (Wales)
13 SHALOM Ins of LO (see) in SH (quiet) AM (morning) (in full shalom aleichem ) peace (be with you), a greeting or valediction used esp by Jewish people.
15 SHOE Ins of O (oxygen) in SHE (female)
19 ENTERPRISE Cha of ENTER (gain admission) PRISE (force)
20 KNEE cd When you are down on the knee in front of the love of your life, proposing marriage …..
23 FLAMBE Ins of LAMB (meat) in FE (ferrum, iron)
25 CLAMBERS *(scramble)
27 CREMATED Ins of M (a thousand in Roman numeral) in CREATED (made)
28 FAMILY dd
30 ATTEND AT T (first letter of The) END (finish)

1 ADDICTS Ins of *(DID) in ACTS (laws)
2 STEAMBOAT *(a mast to be)
3 MEMORY Ins of EMOR (rev of Rome, capital) in MY
5 ROVE *(over)
6 FIRM HAND Cha of FIRM (company) HAND (employee)
7 IN ALL ha
11 MACABRE Ins of CAB (carriage) in MARE (horse)
14 WHISTLE Ins of ST (street or way) in WHILE ; nice def
17 TANGERINE TANG (taste) + ins of IN (popular) in ERE (before)
18 CRIBBAGE Cha of CRIB (cheat) BAG (secure) E (east, point on compass)
22 IMPACT Cha of IMP (devil) ACT (turn)
24 ABEAM Cha of A BEAM (timber)
26 FETE Ins of T (first letter of The, repeat of the device at 30Across) in FEE (charge)

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 13,501 – Dante”

  1. shuchi says:

    Thanks for the blog, Uncle Yap. It’s been a few days since I solved this puzzle – have forgotten the other details but I remember WASHINGTON and ATTEND as very neatly worded clues. Roger Squires’ inventiveness is amazing.

  2. Eileen says:

    I think WASHINGTON is one of the very best clues I have seen from Mr Squires.

    [And that’s saying something. :-) ]

  3. Eileen says:


    For those who didn’t see the clue: ‘The first president was nothing out of the ordinary’.

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