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Financial Times 13,537 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on November 18th, 2010

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 8 November 2010
Once again, it is back to good old Dante with his slick and smooth clues which entertain without over-taxing one’s grey cells.

ACROSS
1 ARCHIVES Ins of IV (four in Roman numerals) in *(search)
5 ASTHMA *(HATS) + MA (mother)
9 BANISTER Ins of IS in BANTER (jesting)
10 SCENIC Allusion to scenic railway, defined in Chambers as a miniature railway running through artificial representations of picturesque scenery; a roller-coaster, eg in an amusement park.
12 TITLE dd
13 DISPLAYED D (note) IS PLAYED (performed)
14 LANDED dd
16 DEADPAN Cha of DEAD (departed) PAN (vessel)
19 DONATED DON (fellow, academic) + *(date)
21 POETRY Edgar Allan POE (writer) TRY (go or shot)
23 PATERNITY *(Ian pretty)
25 THYME Sounds like TIME (season)
26 IRONIC Ins of R (right) in IONIC (relating to an order of Greek architecture characterized by the volute of its capital)
27 BEATNIKS *(bank site) I haven’t seen this word for ages and suddenly in matters of days, I saw it again in Times 24691 in the singular as Bohemian family goes back on strike (7)
28 NETHER ha
29 STARKERS Ins of R (middle letter of afteRnoon) in *(streaks) Lovely imagery, my COD

DOWN
1 AMBITS Ins of IT in A MB’S (a doctor’s)
2 CONSTRAIN CON (study) STRAIN (stress)
3 ISSUE dd
4 EMENDED E (east, direction) MENDED (repaired)
6 SICK LEAVE cd
7 HANDY The borders or end letters of Hungary are H and Y
8 ACCIDENT *(dice can’t)
11 USED dd
15 DETERMINE Cha of DETER (stop) MINE (my own)
17 PARTYLINE *(I try penal)
18 ADOPTION AD (advertisement or notice) OP (opus, work) + *(into)
20 DAIS *(said)
21 PAYMENT *(an empty)
22 CENSUS cd
24 TROUT According to Chambers, an unpleasant, interfering old person, esp a woman. Please go  to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trout_tickling to find the explanation for the other part of this clue. I am reminded of my haggis-hunting days in the Scottish Highlands when I was a student in the UK in the early seventies … the haggis is a creature with short front legs and long hind legs, making it eminently suitable for climbing the mountains of Scotland where it thrives. To hunt haggis, you need two person, one with a sack at the bottom of the hill and the other who will creep up to the unsuspecting haggis and turn it around. With its shorter front legs, the haggis would tumble down the hill and roll into the open sack … talk of my misspent youth :-)
25 TUTOR Cha of TUT (expression of disgust) OUR minus U (university)

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

One Response to “Financial Times 13,537 – Dante”

  1. Sil van den Hoek says:

    On a Rufusless Monday his alter ego Dante was most welcome.
    Effortless clueing which indeed didn’t overtax my brain cells, but it was elegant as ever.

    Only one clue did stump me.
    I hád DAIS at 20d, but didn’t understand why (apart from DAIS being a ‘platform’). I thought “is said to be” pointed in the direction of a homophone for “unstable” – and I couldn’t get rid of that idea. But it was just “unstable” as an anagrind for “said”.
    Looking at it like this, it’s a simple but very clever (because potentially misdirecting) clue.

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