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Financial Times 13,543 – Crux

Posted by Uncle Yap on November 25th, 2010

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 15 November 2010
Another easy start to the week

ACROSS
1 ATMOSPHERIC *(compare this)
7 HOG dd
9 TITAN Cha of TIT (bird) AN (middle letters of brANch)
10 TALKING-TO Ins of KING (chief) in *(total)
11 PEPPERONI PEPPER (Sergeant of Beatles fame) ON I (one)
12 AGAIN (st)
13 ROOT-ROT Ins of O (love) in ROT (nonsense) X 2
15 SOHO dd for entertainment spot in London, capital of England
18 BULL cd
20 CAPITAL CAP (top) ITAL (Italian)
23 AMISH ha
24 GUARDSMEN *(armed guns)
26 FALSE MOVE *(safe volume)
27 CALVE Sounds like CARVE
28 RUN dd
29 KING’S RANSOM cd

DOWN
1 ACT A PART Act Apart
2 METAPHOR *(Mother Pa)
3 SINGE SINGLE minus L (left)
4 HOTFOOT HOT (fiery) FOOT, probably refering to Michael Foot (1913-2010) Labour MP
5 RALLIES dd
6 CHINA SHOP CHINA (country) S (second) HOP (dance) Bull in a china shop
7 HE-GOAT Ins of GO (energy) in HEAT (cook)
8 GROUND G (first letter of Grumbling) ROUND (about)
14 ROUGHNECK ROUGH (stubbly) NECK (cheek)
16 STIMULUS A fillip (sounds like Philip) is a stimulus
17 BLENHEIM Triple def
19 LEGHORN Ins of H (hot) in *(longer)
20 CHASERS *(crashes) Nice surface
21 GAFFER GAFFE (mistake) R (Rex)
22 FILL IN FILLING (satisfying hunger) minus G
25 DACHA cd for a country house or cottage in Russia.

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 13,543 – Crux”

  1. bamberger says:

    Kicking myself for not getting 7a,7d& 8d .Otherwise I think I got the lot out without aids though 13a was a guess.

  2. mike04 says:

    Thanks for the blog, Uncle Yap
    I think ‘legend’ in 4dn is meant to be read as ‘leg end’ (foot).

  3. Sil van den Hoek says:

    Agree with mike04 on LEG/END (was my parsing, too).

    “Another easy start of the week”?
    Probably, UY, you’re a lot more experienced than I am, but it took me a while to get going, the SE finally being the hardest bit.

    Looking back at the crossword, indeed not that hard.
    But – as I said on earlier occasions – Crux does his job very well.
    The anagram of 1ac (ATMOSPHERIC) is great, and particularly well embedded in the surface of the clue.
    Although I don’t like soldiers guns and arms, I thought 24ac (GUARDSMEN) was a fantastic clue.
    Just like the LEGHORN of 19ac – full of imagery.

    Not so keen on the cd’s [Here They Come Again] of 29ac and 25d (is it cryptic anyway?).

    Nice Cruxword!

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