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Financial Times 13,635 / Dante

Posted by Agentzero on March 17th, 2011

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FT Prize Puzzle of Monday March 7

A very enjoyable puzzle, with a number of simple but elegant — or should I say simple therefore elegant? – clues.  I have in mind, among others, 21 across, 29 across, and 7 down.  But Clue of The Day honours goes to 24 down.

Across
1 ORDEAL DE (French preposition) in ORAL (spoken)
4 STRANGER ST[reet] (route) RANGER (US commando)
10 BACKSLIDE L[eft] in BACKSIDE (rear)
11 REALM REAL (true) M (head of “monarchy”)
12 IAMB A-1 (first-class) reversed + M.B. (doctor)
13 WELLINGTON dd
15 GORGONS NO GROG (refused a drink) reversed + S (“stepmother” at first)
16 SETS ON *(STONES)
19 INTERS *(INSERT)
21 REGATTA *(A TARGET).  “Crafty rivals” is a nice definition
23 MOTIONLESS d&cd
25 MALI *(MAIL)
27 GRAZE dd
28 RESTRAINT TRAIN (practise) in REST (the others)
29 SANCTION *(CONTAINS)
30 VOYEUR *(YOU’VE) + R[ight]
 
Down
1 OXBRIDGE OX (meat producer) BRIDGE (game)
2 DECAMERON DE (“of,” French) CAMERON (English PM)
3 APSE P[rivate] S[ecretary]in A, E ([musical] keys)
5 TRELLIS cd
6 APRON STAGE cd
7 GIANT GI (soldier) + A + ANT (six-footer)
8 REMAND cd; an appellate court may remand a case for further trial proceedings
9 RIDERS cd (I think this is right — referring to riding competitions)
14 COME TO REST d&cd.  Ideally “rest” = “the others” would not have been used twice in the same puzzle; cf. 28 across
17 OSTRACISE *(RAISE COST)
18 CANISTER C (“college” head) + RETSINA (foreign wine) reversed
20 SALERNO *(ORLEANS).  A well-known anagram.  Which reminds me:  What famous folk song title is a cryptic clue?  Answer:  Arlo Guthrie’s “City of New Orleans”
21 RESIST IS (one’s) in REST (support)
22 IMAGES *(GAME IS)
24 TWAIN d&cd Referring to Mark Twain and to Kipling’s Ballad of East and West (of which “never the twain shall meet”).  I thought this was terrific.
26 ARGO A R[ight] GO (proceed)

One Response to “Financial Times 13,635 / Dante”

  1. bamberger says:

    Got most of the rhs out but the lhs was mainly blank.

    12a Never heard of this
    2d Ditto
    24d Didn’t get it but agree very clever

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