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Financial Times 13,599 / Dante

Posted by Agentzero on February 3rd, 2011

Agentzero.

Dante is back in his accustomed spot this week.  A somewhat heavy reliance on anagrams; I count nine (excluding clues where an anagram is only part of the wordplay).  The best of these, I thought, was 13 across (“Pictures a mince pie”).  Other standout clues for me were 10 across and 2 down.

Across
1 ADMIRE M[aiden] in A DIRE (grave)
4 HEADREST *(HE TRADES)
9 HANDLE *(HELD + AN)
10 CRABWISE CRAB (sign [of the Zodiac]) WISE (initiated)
12 MASTIFFS MA’S (art master’s) TIFFS (pets)
13 CINEMA *(A MINCE)
15 DRUM D[ead] RUM (spirit)
16 PROSPERITY *(PROPERTY IS)
19 STEPHENSON cd referring to the engine built by George Stephenson
20 NUMB NUMBER (one, for example) without ER (hesitation)
23 RESUME R[ight] + *(SUE ME)
25 DISLODGE *(DOGS IDLE)
27 TOP-NOTCH POT (snooker shot) reversed + NOTCH (score)
28 SWATHE *(HATS WE)
29 SNEAKERS *(SEES RANK)
30 TRASHY This must be ASH (remains) in TRY (attempt), but I think “futile” is a stretchy definition 
 
Down
1 ASHAMED *(HAS MADE)
2 MINUSCULE MINUS (lacking) + *(CLUE)
3 RELAID ALE (beer) reversed in RID (free)
5 EARN cd
6 DUBLINER DUB (name) LINER (ship)
7 ELITE TILE (hat, in slang) E (finally “leave”)
8 THERAPY THE + *(PRAY)
11 AFFRONT d&cd
14 ESTONIA *(ON A SITE)
17 INUNDATES I (one) NUN (sister) DATES (appointments)
18 SHAMROCK SHAM (put on) ROCK (heavy music)
19 STRATUS R[ight] in STATUS (position)
21 BREWERY cd
22 BLOWER cd; “blower” is old slang for a telephone
24 SUPPÉ SUPPER (evening meal) minus R[ight]; reference is to Franz von Suppé
26 SCAR I am not entirely sure but I think this is a cd referring to the fact that a fatal wound would not heal and thus would not leave a SCAR.

One Response to “Financial Times 13,599 / Dante”

  1. Sil van den Hoek says:

    Hi Agentzero, I should have been in bed by now, but.
    I’m a bit surprised by this blog appearing now, as it normally does on a Wednesday.

    As to the crossword, nothing controversial whatsoever.
    Just ok clueing, and, yes, your parsing of 26d is ok, methinks.
    Howver, I didn’t put one single plus on my copy – so alright, but mediocre.

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