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Financial Times 13,513 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on October 21st, 2010

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 11 October 2010
Another no-sweater from Dante and his slick wordplay to start the FT week.

1 SLIGHT Minor shows discourtesy (6) dd but what is the function of shows? The dd would work better without shows which is too obtrusive
8 ASPIRIN (G) two identical device one after another, tsk tsk
9 BILLOWS Ins of ILL (harm) in BOWS (front of the ship) In case another wonders about the S, Chambers has “the forepart of a ship or boat, often used in plural”
11 ANGLOPHILE *(help in goal)
12 IBEX I (one) BE X (cross) for a wild mountain goat
13 TASTE dd
14 ALPINIST *(its plain)
16 BLACK EYE Ins of LACKEY (servant) in BE. On Wednesday, Cinephile had Flower girl was hanger-on suspect during prohibition (5-4,5) and the fact that the answer to 1Down is SUSAN makes this rather eerie
18 NEEDY cd
20 WILL dd
21 CAT BURGLAR cd alluding to the fact that cat (short for cat-o’-nine-tails) and whip are synonymous and as Eileen said below, whip is also slang for steal
24 CHAGRIN Cha of CH (Companion of Honour) A GRIN (smile)
25 ON SONG cd
26 BRIDGE dd and bridge is played by four players

1 SUSAN Ins of SA (sex appeal) in SUN (super star)
3 HAIRPIECE Cha of HAIR (musical) PIECE (composition)
5 OLIVE O (ring) LIVE (quick)
6 BILLION BILL (account) ION (charged particle)
7 NEW JERSEY New (recently purchased) Jersey (garment) one of the states in the USA
10 CIGARETTE dd sucker in every sense of the word; I am glad I have been able to kick this addictive habit
15 PENPUSHER Cha of PEN (confine) PUSHER (drug peddler)
17 CALLOUS Cha of CALL (summons) O (nothing) US
19 ENGAGED Very clever dd
21 CLEAN To confess is to come clean
22 AGILE Ins of I L (left) in AGE (time)

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 13,513 – Dante”

  1. Sil van den Hoek says:

    This crossword was the one we tackled on Monday 11th Oct after rushing through Rufus’ Guardian offering.
    Together in less than one hour.

    Yet – and I want to say that again (and again and again and …) – Dante/Rufus’ use of the English language is so good, so natural.
    I think it’s time now to buy his contribution to the Guardian’s Cryptic Setters series.

    And what a fine blog, Uncle Yap – you say just the right things.

    My Clues of the Day were:
    11ac (ANGLOPHILE) with its fine surface and indeed 19d (ENGAGED).

  2. Eileen says:

    … and 21ac: whip = steal.

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