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Financial Times 13,519 – Crux

Posted by Uncle Yap on October 28th, 2010

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Monday Prize Crossword on 18 October 2010
A very varied mixture of clues to tickle and entertain us. Quite fun to solve

ACROSS
1 RUMPUS Cha of RUM (odd) PUS (puss or cat without tail like the Manx cat :-)
4 TWIST OFF TWIST (as Chubby Checker would have you dance) OFF (away)
10 SECRETE SE (middle letters of deSErt) + CRETE (island)
11 TOCCATA Sounds like TO CARTER (Jimmy, ex-US President, the peanut farmer?)
12 RUDE rha
13 BEAR IN MIND Quite self-explanatory
15 EL NINO *(on Nile) for that poor Mexican boy who has been blamed for all sorts of natural disaster from global warming to unseasonal mudslides
16 MOB RULE Lovely quasi-&lit
20 CAPITOL Ins of PIT (mine) in *(coal)
21 STASIS *(assist)
24 MISFORTUNE *(It’s more fun)
26 THOU Allusion to olde-styled “Thou art …..”
28 CONKERS Sounds like CONQUERS
29 EN CLAIR Ins of N (name) in ECLAIR (cream cake)
30 STERNWAY Cha of STERN (strict) WAY (method)
31 BRUTUS BRUTE (monster) minus E + US, conspirator in the murder of Julius Caesar

DOWN
1 RESERVED Cha of RESERVE (substitute) D (first letter of Dopey)
2 MACEDONIA *(A comedian)
3 USED ABUSED (ill-treated) minus AB (able-bodied seaman or sailor)
5 WATERLOO Ins of *(later) in WOO (court)
6 SECOND RATE *(Doesn’t care)
7 OKAPI OK (all right) A P (piano or quiet) I (one) an animal of Central Africa related to the giraffe.
8 FRAUDS FR (French) AUDI’S (German cars) minus I
9 BERET Ins of RE (Royal Engineers) in BET (risk)
14 ANTIPODEAN A *(POINTED) AN (article)
17 LOST HEART PETER losing heart or middle letter will become PEER (lord)
18 CONTESSA CON (deceive) TESS (Heroine of Thomas Hardy book) A
19 T-SQUARES T (last letter of ancienT) SQUARES (places in Paris)
22 SMACKS Ins of M (millions) in SACKS (bags)
23 UNDER UN (French article) DER (German article)
25 SENSE dd Alluion to common sense
27 SCAR Rev of RAC’S (Royal Automobile Club)

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 13,519 – Crux”

  1. Sil van den Hoek says:

    Quite fun to solve, indeed.
    Because Crux is a very good setter.

    I needed your fine blog, Uncle Yap, to understand LOST HEART (1d).
    As it wasn’t that hard, it should have found the explanation myself.

    I think I’ve seen the “doesn’t care” anagram before (Rufus/Dante?), but “It’s more fun” for MISFORTUNE (24ac) is just as brilliant (too).

    Not so great, however, was 27d’s SCAR, as ‘car’ is already part of the clue.
    And why are ‘squares’ (19d) ‘places in Paris’?

    My PinC doesn’t like capitalising words that aren’t so in real life, and ‘Art’ in 26ac was no exception. This time I agree with her, there was no reason to write ‘Art’ instead of ‘art’.

    All in all, though, an excellent crossword!

  2. Eileen says:

    Hi Sil

    ‘Place’ is French for ‘square’, e.g. Place de la Concorde.

  3. Sil van den Hoek says:

    Yes, Eileen, thát’s a thought – should have seen that.
    But I was thinking the other way around: ‘squares’ being something in Paris, meaning ‘places’ [which is nonsense, of course].
    Thanks!

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