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Financial Times 13,682 / Dante

Posted by Agentzero on May 12th, 2011

Agentzero.

FT Monday Prize Crossword from 2 May 2011

A fairly typical Dante, althoughto me the cd’s were not as clever and surprising as they often are.

Across
1 TORE DOWN *(DON WROTE)
5 CLERIC *(CIRCLE)
9 HACIENDA *(HAD A NICE)
10 BRAZIL d&cd
12 RULER cd
13 BARTENDER ART[hur] in BENDER (drinking bout)
14 SEAWAY cd
16 BRIEFED cd
19 LITOTES *(T S ELIOT)
21 ARTERY cd
23 DRUMSTICK *(TRIMS DUCK)
25 PLONK dd
26 ENTRAP EN (in, French) TRAP (bunker)
27 BASINFUL B.A. (graduate) SINFUL (dissolute)
28 STRIDE S (leader of the “squad”) + *(TRIED)
29 ADAM’S RIB cd, probably the best one today
 
Down
1 T-SHIRT *(THIRST)
2 RECOLLECT R.E. (soldiers) COLLECT (get together)
3 DREAR D (depression’s beginning) REAR (lift)
4 WIDE BOY WIDE (broad) BOT (issue).  A spiv, for those not familiar with the term.
6 LARCENIST *(CLARINETS)
7 RAZED homophone of RAISED (built)
8 COLORADO COLOR (colour . . . in America) ADO (trouble)
11 GRUB dd
15 WITHSTAND WITH STAND (having provision for spectators)
17 FIRM OFFER d&cd
18 GLADNESS END (finich) reversed in GLASS (a drink)
20 SKID S (small) KID (child)
21 AWKWARD W[ee]K in A WARD (a hospital department)
22 SKYLAB hidden in friSKY LABradors
24 UTTER [c]UTTER (boat without bow)
25 PRIAM PRedIcAMent with the letters in DECENT removed.  Since the letters in PRIAM appear in order in PREDICAMENT, it is DECENT, rather than PREDICAMENT, that is “improper”

2 Responses to “Financial Times 13,682 / Dante”

  1. Sil van den Hoek says:

    In my notes I put plus(s)es to 5ac (CLERIC), LARCENIST (6d), AWKWARD (21d) and My CD of the Week: 14ac (SEAWAY).

    Thank you AgentO for a good blog in, unfortunately, No Man’s Land.

    I have no problems with 25ac.
    It is (PREDICAMENT – DECENT)*.
    You are right that the solution can also be described by PREDICAMENT – (DECENT)*, but that’s nót what the clue tells us.

  2. Bryan says:

    Many thanks Agentzero

    This was very straightforward.

    Well done Dante!

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