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Financial Times 13,582 – Falcon

Posted by Uncle Yap on January 13th, 2011

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword first appeared on-line on 4 January 2011 which is a Tuesday
Another easy week-starter, this time from a stranger to this slot, Falcon.

ACROSS
1 BISHOP dd Bishop is a piece on the chess board
4 CATCHY CATCH (hear) Y (last letter of shanty)
8 MATISSE MA (mother) *(sits) E (last letter of Constable)
9 BOMBAST Ins of MB (Bachelor of Medicine or doctor) in BOAST (brag)
11 FOX TERRIER FOX (cunnning fellow) Ins of ERR (stray) in TIER (row)
12 REEL R(river) EEL (fish)
13 NINJA Chestnut ha
14 CLAPTRAP CLAP (applaud) TRAP (rev of PART, role)
16 ABSINTHE Cha of A B (British) SIN (vice) THE; a bitter, green, aniseed-flavoured liqueur containing (orig, at least) extract of wormwood.
18 UNCLE UNCLEAN (grubby) minus AN (indefinite article)
20 SNAP S (second) NAP (card game)
21 MONKEY SUIT MONKEY (primate) SUIT (account executive by their work clothes) I used to wear suit to work for the three years that I was a trainee accountant in the UK. There were periodic dinners and other formal functions when we had to dress in monkey suit (black bow-tie and evening suit) which we used to rent from an outfit called Moss Bros (I wonder whether they are still in business?)
23 IN ORDER dd
24 DELIBES DELIBERATES (considers) minus RATE (tempo) Clément Philibert Léo Delibes (1836 – 1891) was a French composer of ballets, operas, and other works for the stage. His most notable works include ballets Coppélia (1870) and Sylvia (1876) as well as the operas Le roi l’a dit (1873) and Lakmé (1883).

25 SOLDER SOLDIER (GI) minus I
26 STARVE Ins of R (first letter of Ramadan, the Muslim fasting month) in STAVE (bar)

DOWN
1 BEANO Be a no (do not be a yes and vote against)
2 STILTON S (small) TILT (list) ON (concerned with)
3 OBSERVANT Ins of B (bachelor) in O (old) + SERVANT (retainer)
5 AMOUR A M (first letters of Annoy Most) OUR (of us)
6 CABARET Ins of BARE (nude) in CAT (musical)
7,13 YES WE HAVE NO BANANAS Ins of A in *(WHY EVE’S ONE) + BANANAS (raving) “Yes! We Have No Bananas” is the title of a novelty song by Frank Silver and Irving Cohn from the 1922 Broadway revue “Make It Snappy.” Sung by Eddie Cantor in the revue, the song became a major hit in 1923 when it was recorded by Billy Jones, Arthur Hall, Irving Kaufman and others
10 MISCREANT *(CRIMES)+ ANT (social worker)
15 AMUSEMENT A (American) MUSE (think) + ins of N (middle letter of Trenton) in MET (encountered)
17 IMPERIL IMPERIAL (sovereign) minus A (adult)
19 CASHIER dd
21 MY EYE Expression denoting disagreement or ‘rubbish’
22 IRENE IRE (wrath) ONE minus O (love)

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 13,582 – Falcon”

  1. Jan says:

    Thank you, Uncle Yap. Having solved the word play, I put a question mark by REEL = ‘swim’ – now my head is reeling having just reel-ised – Doh!

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