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Financial Times 13,567 – Dante

Posted by Uncle Yap on December 23rd, 2010

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 13 December 2010
Another delightful puzzle from a great wordsmith whose slick facility with the English word continues to entertain and beguile us. Seeing the massive fall of snow in the UK, he must have wished he tarried longer down under or stopped over with Uncle Yap, 3 degree north of the equator and enjoying 30 degree Celcius temperature :-)

ACROSS
1 ANCHOR dd to cast anchor is to stop a floating vessel and the anchor is the big man at the end of the rope
4 ILLINOIS Cha of I L (one student or Learner) LINO (short for linoleum, a stiff, hard-wearing floor-covering) IS for the state which sent Obama to the White House … and also home of Al Capone
9 BOARDS dd
10 LANDSEER Cha of LAND (country) SEE (view) R (river) Sir Edwin Henry Landseer, RA (1802–1873) was an English painter, well known for his paintings of animals—particularly horses, dogs and stags. The best known of Landseer’s works, however, are the lion sculptures in Trafalgar Square, London.
12 TAKE ARMS Cha of TAKE (gain) ARMS (knight’s insignia)
13 EMBARK Ins of M (thousand in Roman numerals) in E – BARK (bay as in the cry of hounds at, say, a fox-hunt)
15 RAMP cd
16 DOG HANDLER cd
19 WANDERLUST *(DAWN) + *(LUSTRE)
20 ESPY Ins of P (parking) in *(YES)
23 GRATIS Cha of G (note) RAT (deserter) IS
25 FLOUNDER dd
27 WAGON-LIT cd for a sleeping-carriage on a continental train
28 SEXTON Ins of X (10 in Roman numerals) in *(STONE) for a lowly church officer who rings the church bell, attends the clergyman, digs graves and does menial tasks
29 ROOF RACK cd
30 PATHOS Ins of O (love) in PATHS (little ways)

DOWN
1 ARBITER *(IRRITABLE minus I L one pound)
2 CRACKSMAN Cha of CRACKS (jokes) MAN (servant)
3 ORDEAL OR (gold) + *(LEAD)
5 LEAP LEA (meadow) + P (first letter of Primroses)
6 IN DEMAND IN (batting side in a cricket match) DEMAND (order)
7 OPERA Splendid cd as opera is the plural of opus (musical work)
8 STRIKER dd the batsman who is facing the bowler and also a worker out on industrial action
11 AMPOULE Ins of the River PO in A MULE (pack animal)
14 THISTLE This prickly plant, national symbol for Scotland, is considered a weed to be got rid of before it can further propagate by producing thistledown (the tufted feathery parachutes of thistle seeds) So Gardeners should get it up before it gets down (7) makes perfect sense as another cd.
17 LAST DITCH Cha of LAST (terminal) DITCH (depression)
18 BEGINNER BEG (plead) INNER (private)
19 WAGE WAR Another lovely cd
21 Y-FRONTS Ins of N (north) in *(FROSTY)
22 EUREKA dd a brilliant discovery is called eureka and of course we remember the cry of Archimedes as he came charging down the street, completely naked when he suddenly thought of a method of detecting the adulteration of the gold in Hiero’s crown while he was in the bath-tub
24 AGGRO A tichy way of saying that AGGRO is the shortened form of AGGRAVATION (hostile behavious)
26 ZINC ha

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

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