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Financial Times 13,659 / Dante

Posted by Agentzero on April 15th, 2011

Agentzero.

Prize Puzzle from the Monday April 4 FT

If you like cryptic definitions, there are some sterling examples here.  I particularly liked 14 down; 27 across and 11 across were also pleasing. 

Across
1 SET OUT dd
4 VEHEMENT HE-MEN (muscular types) in VET (surgeon)
9 ELAPSE LAP (circuit) in E, S, E (directions)
10 CONVERSE dd
12 TAKE OVER TAKE (provide) OVER (deliveries, in cricket)
13 SLEEVE cd
15 CHOW dd
16 STOCKPILES PILE (a lot of money) in STOCKS (shares)
19 CONSPIRACY CONS (studies) PIRACY (hijacking)
20 STUD STUD[y] (“scrutinise,” endlessly)
23 SIGN ON dd
25 OBSTACLE dd
27 CANNIBAL cd
28 ACUMEN *(MAN + CUE)
29 WRITE OFF dd
30 BOARDS dd
 
Down
1 SCEPTIC cd
2 TRACK DOWN dd
3 UNSHOD *(HOUNDS)
5 ENOW cd; old form of “enough”
6 ENVELOPE cd
7 EERIE E (“mill-race” ends) in ERIE (lake)
8 THESEUS THE + *(USES)
11 LECTERN cd
14 ICE CUBE cd
17 LATECOMER *(CLEAR TO ME)
18 APPOSITE A P (quiet) PO (river) SITE (location)
19 CASH COW CASH (money) COW (stock unit)
21 DUENNAS cd; not female accompanists who are young, but those who accompany young females
22 STUCCO *(CU [for copper] + COST); an indirect anagram
24 GENII *(GIN + I.E. [for "that is"]); another one!
26 CALF dd; “lower” being one that lows

3 Responses to “Financial Times 13,659 / Dante”

  1. Bryan says:

    Many thanks Agentzero – this was very enjoyable.

    Luckily, I had opted for ENOW so it all worked out.

    However one ENOW was quite enough.

  2. Sil van den Hoek says:

    As always a nice puzzle by Dante who defeated me on one occasion: 11d (LECTERN).
    Indeed, Agentzero (thx!), a lot of cd’s & dd’s again, but very smooth cluing along the way with 19ac (CONSPIRACY), 3d (UNSHOD), 18d (APPOSITE) and 14d (ICE CUBE) as my favourites.

    Every now and then it happens that Dante and Rufus use identical clues.
    Today there were two.
    In last Monday’s blog on Rufus (Guardian 25,293) there was some dicussion on GENII (as a plural), which was my first entry in that puzzle as the clue read “Gin that is a mixture of bottled spirits” ….
    And we had 12ac (TAKE OVER) just a fortnight ago (Mon 28 Mar 11) in the Monday Rufus – so that was my first entry hére in this Dante.
    On some occasions in the past, Rufus/Dante gave us insight in why this might occur, so I don’t want to bother him again. I’m fine with it.

  3. bamberger says:

    All solved except for a totally blank NE and 11d.
    Should have got 7d & 8d.
    5d falls into the category of “I would never have got”
    13a I looked at the answer and it took a good couple of minutes before the penny dropped.

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