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Financial Times 13,555 – Crux

Posted by Uncle Yap on December 9th, 2010

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 29 November 2010
Quite an entertaining way to start the week

ACROSS
1 PUNCTURE cd what is called a puncture in the UK is referred to as a flat in the USA
5 STREAM Cha of ST (street or way) REAM (some papers)
10 NIGER *(REIGN)
11 COLOUR BAR Colour (influence) Bar (lawyers)
12 ATTRIBUTE dd
13 OLDEN GOLDEN (happy and glorious) minus G
14 EVZONE Ins of V (victory) in E (eastern) ZONE (region) The Evzones, or Evzoni, is the name of several historical elite light infantry and mountain units of the Greek Army.
15 EAST END The East End (part of London) is not exactly oriental
18 RESCIND Sounds like RESINNED (returned to crime)
20 AT LAST dd a snob is also a shoemaker and a last is a shoemaker’s model of the foot on which boots and shoes are made or repaired.
22 EASEL Cha of EASE (relax) L (fifty in Roman numeral)
24 BUG-HUNTER dd
25 TREE RINGS Very clever cd usings elders as an example of a deciduous tree
26 RURAL rha
27 LIMEYS LIME (tree) YES minus E (English) North American slang for Englishmen / Britons. I find conflicting definitions; is this a term just for the English? I would find it a tad odd to call a Scotsman a limey.
28 NARCOSIS *(Oscar’s in)

DOWN
1 PANDAS ha I will always remember the phrase “eats shoots and leaves” and picture a panda with a machine gun coming to a cafe, eating the food and then shooting everyone before leaving.
2 NEGATIVES Ins of EG (exempli gratia, for example) in NATIVES (non-immigrants)
3 TERRITORIAL ARMY *(at military error)
4 RECLUSE RE (about) + *(CLUES) Miss Havisham is a character in the Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations. She is a wealthy spinster who lives as a recluse in her ruined mansion.
6 TOULOUSE LAUTREC cd for Toulouse-Lautrec (1864–1901) a French painter, printmaker, draughtsman and illustrator who, due to some health issues, never grew beyond 5 foot. Thus artist often overlooked is Crux’s tichy way to allude to his small stature.
7 EMBED Cheeky way of saying embed is the opposite of debunk (bed and bunk being synonymous)
8 MARINADE *(In a dream)
9 FLEECE dd
16 EASY TERMS Well, schollchildren always like it easy, don’t they?
17 ORIENTAL *(relation)
19 DEBUNK Tichy way of saying ‘out of bed’
20 AUGUSTA AUGUST (stately) + A ; capital of Georgia and site of Augusta National Golf Club, home of The Masters Tournament
21 FRILLS dd
23 STEAM Answer to 5 is STREAM minus R (right)

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 13,555 – Crux”

  1. John Newman says:

    Sorry Uncle Yap but not convinced by some of these

    What has stream got to do with class distinction?

    What has marinade got to do with sheep?

    How do you get frills for 21D?

    Why does happy and glorious mean golden?

    Thanks
    John

  2. Uncle Yap says:

    John, you should always refer to a dictionary (I suggest Chambers) first.

    stream
    n a division of pupils in a school consisting of those of roughly equal ability or those following a particular course of study; any similar division of people;
    hence class division (not distinction)

    steep (not sheep) = to soak; to wet thoroughly; to saturate; to imbue.

    marinade = an alcoholic mixture or pickle in which fish, meat, etc is steeped before cooking, to improve the flavour or tenderize; ingredients steeped in this way.
    vt to steep in a marinade

    Frills = ruffled or crimped edgings =
    Gatherings

    Frills = affected airs and graces which would be absent from thrift shops

    During the golden age of Roman supremacy, all roads led to Rome. Now substitute ‘happy and glorious’ for golden and the meaning is not changed at all.

  3. John Newman says:

    Thanks Uncle Yap.

    I neeed stronger glasses. Can’t blame the online print any more since your campaign was successful.

    John

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