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Financial Times 13,549 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on December 2nd, 2010

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 22 November 2010
I am blogging this in London and the culprit is holidaying somewhere nice and warm. Dante, do have a restful sojourn Down Under. Solvers in Brrrrritain (it’s 6 degree Celcius outside) will just have to be amused by his usual brand of slick wordplay.

ACROSS
1 DEBATE Ins of BAT (cricketer) in the letter DEE
4 CHOP-CHOP Self-explanatory pidgin for promptly
9 MARINE Ins of I (one) in battleground of MARNE
10 SKEAN DHU cd for a small, singled-edged knife  worn on the right leg as part of traditional Scottish Highland dress along with the kilt.
12 ACADEMIA ACA (A Chartered Accountant and Uncle Yap is one) plus rev of AIMED (meant)
13 OFFEND OFF (no longer working) END (finish)
15 SHOP Cha of SH (hush, silence or mum) + O (ring) P (head of police)
16 SHOPLIFTER Tichy way of saying shop-lift as a store bring lifted (held up)
19 ONE-MAN SHOW cd
20 SPAM Rev of MAPS (plans)
23 EN BLOC *(ben) rev of COL (pass)
25 DEBARRED Ins of BAR (lawyers) R (right) in DEED (action)
27 STAKEOUT S (second) Take Out (murder)
28 DARWIN *(Draw in) not a single wasted word, Dante-style annie
29 ENDANGER END (death)
30 SIERRA (6)ANGER (passion)

DOWN
1 DEMEANS Ins of ME in DEANS (clerics)
2 BARCAROLE Cha of BAR (ban) CAROLE (girl)
3 TENDER dd
5 HIKE dd
6 PLAY FAIR quie self-explanatory
7 HEDGE cd that is so Dante
8 PLUNDER I wonder how one should categorise this clue? A reversed dd?
11 HIGHEST Ins of E (east, point on the compass) in High St
14 OPPOSES OP (work) POSES(what a model does)
17 TOP DRAWER Both POT (slang for a cup or trophy) and REWARD are prizes
18 JACOBEAN Ins of A COB (a horse) in JEAN (girl)
19 OVERSEE dd the office of bishop of a particular diocese;
21 MADONNA Ins of DO (party) in MANNA (the fine food miraculously provided for the Israelites in the wilderness)
22 MALAWI Cha of MA (Master of Arts degree) LAW + I (0ne)
24 BRAND dd a play by Ibsen
26 JUTE dd fibre used for making sacks and member of a Germanic people orig from Jutland, who with the Angles and Saxons invaded Britain in the 5c

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 13,549 – Dante”

  1. Sil van den Hoek says:

    Thanks, Uncle Yap, and what a shame that you couldn’t to the Guardian meeting with Paul [which was indeed quite entertaining, though not digging too deep].

    And this puzzle? Well, just Dante, isn’t it?
    However, I was a bit surprised by the two consecutive SHOP’s (16/16ac) – not very elegant.
    In 4ac you write CHOP-CHOP with a hyphen, which Chambers confirms. Dante, though, gives us (4,4). A similar thing happens in 10ac: Chambers says SKEAN-DHU (with hyphen).
    Where as you say HEDGE is probably “so Dante”, HIGHEST (11ac) is very unlike him as it almost gives the answer on a plate.

  2. Uncle Yap says:

    Sil van den Hoek, isn’t it such a pity that the trains from Orpington didn’t run on Tuesday night? I waited in vain at Sydenham Hill in zone 3 for nearly two hours before abandoning the journey. I would have loved to have met you as I was told that you were there.

    As consolation, we had a fantastic time last night in The Salisbury near Leicester Square. Eimi (Mike Hutchinson), Nimrod (John Henderson), Mark Goodliffe (current Times Crossword Champion), Hypnos (Sam Spad or is it Philip Marlow?) Tees (Paul Bringloe), Morph (Mick Hodgkin) and of course my fellow bloggers like Andrew, Beermagnet, Jane Jetdot and Peter Biddlecombe.

  3. jetdoc says:

    Hello, Uncle Yap. A very enjoyable evening yesterday. Now we have a jumper, which was left in the restaurant and which we think belongs to you. Is there a way of returning it to you before you leave for home?

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