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Financial Times 13,671 / Dante

Posted by Agentzero on April 28th, 2011

Agentzero.

Monday Prize Crossword from 18 April 2011

Not as many cd’s and dd’s as we have been accustomed to seeing in a Dante puzzle.  Of these, I liked 11 across the best. 

Across
1 APLOMB PA (dad) reversed + LO (see) M.B. (doctor)
4 MYOPIC MY OP[us] (work) I.C. (in charge)
8 CROWING CR[edit] (a little credit) OWING (due)
9 RAIMENT AIM (object) in RENT (torn)
11 PEDESTRIAN dd I like the way the two definitions fit together into a natural phrase.
12 LOOT O (nothing) in LOT (much)
13 GUSTO GUST (a blow) O ([Oscar] Wilde’s initial)
14 LOADSTAR LOADS (charges) TAR (sailor).  Couldn’t this equally (but for the crossing letters) have been POLESTAR?  “Poles” in that case meaning the charges on a magnet.  Once I realised POLESTAR was not intended I still had some trouble, because I was familiar only with the spelling LODESTAR.
16 ALFRESCO LA (the, French) reversed + *(FORCES)
18 EXEAT cd.  The clue reads “pass out of college”, with the ostensible meaning of leaving a college after completing a degree and the real meaning of a permission to leave campus temporarily.  However, “Pass out at college” would have been much more entertaining and, I think, justifiable (a “pass out” one receives while “at college”).
20 TANG hidden in EasT ANGlia
21 SCRATCHING dd
23 STAMINA *(AT MAINS)
24 CROUTON cd
25 YANKED *(KEY AND)
26 TSETSE *(SET) twice
 
Down
1 AGREE RE (about) in AGE (time)
2 LAWLESS *(WALES) in L, L (the 50s).  Liked this device.
3 MONSTROUS dd
5 YEARN E (end of “shuttle”) in YARN (thread)
6 PIMPLES MP (a politician) in PILES (loads of money)
7 CONSONANT cd.  Took me a while to see this!
10 BILLBOARD BILL (account presentation) BOARD (directors)
13 GALLANTRY ALL (everyone) in GANTRY (high-level operation)
15 APERTURES *(SUPER RATE)
17 REGIMEN REGIMENT (the troops) minus T (tea, say)
19 EXHAUST dd
21 SENSE S, E, N, S, E are each points of the compass, hence “many ways”
22 NOOSE O (ring) in NOSE

One Response to “Financial Times 13,671 / Dante”

  1. Jan says:

    Thanks, Agentzero. I really ought to use a tick scheme to help with remembering favourites.

    Like you, I didn’t enter LOADSTAR for quite a while, convinced that LODESTAR was the only spelling. I like your idea for EXEAT – more appropriate and humorous.

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