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Financial Times 13,694 / Dante

Posted by Agentzero on May 26th, 2011

Agentzero.

Monday Prize Crossword from May 16

Apologies for the late posting.  Unusually for Dante, I thought the best clues here were some of the anagrams, e.g. 19 across, rather than the cd’s.  I haven’t worked out how two clues work — 2 down and 19 down.

Across
1 REFORM RE (with respect to) FORM (criminal record)
4 BRICKBAT BRICK (decent chap) BAT (club)
9 CROUCH cd
10 TOLERATE *(TO RELATE)
12 PASTORAL *(ALSO PART)
13 SIENNA IS ANNE (girl), all reversed
15 SLOW S[outhern] LOW (depression).  Precipitation in the sense of speed rather than rain: this bit of misdirection had me trying to fit SNOW for a while.
16 PHRENOLOGY cd
19 PHLEGMATIC *(PLACE MIGHT)
20 ADIT AUDIT (examination) minus U[niversity]
23 RECORD cd
25 MEA CULPA *(PAUL CAME)
27 NECKLACE NECK (kiss) + *(ALEC)
28 GERMAN dd
29 PLEASURE PLEA (request) SURE (certain)
30 TEASER TEA-SERVICE without VICE (“faultless”)
 
Down
1 RECIPES *(PRECISE)
2 FOOTSTOOL FOOTS = pays, and apparently TOOL is a homophone of a word meaning “bill”, but I don’t know what
3 RECKON dd
5 ROOM MOOR (African) reversed
6 CREDITOR *(DIRECTOR)
7 BRAWN cd
8 THERAPY RAP (charge) in THEY (those people)
11 WARHEAD cd
14 BESIDES BE + SIDES (right and left)
17 OLD FLAMES cd
18 EGG ROLLS EGG (part of the clutch) ROLLS (car)
19 PARSNIP Other than SNIP_ = “cutting,” I haven’t worked out how this works
21 TRAINER cd
22 SCHEME cd
24 CACHE homophone of CASH (money)
26 SCAR dd

2 Responses to “Financial Times 13,694 / Dante”

  1. Sil van den Hoek says:

    Thanks, Agentzero.
    Can I help you with 2d and 19d?
    Maybe.

    A ‘ bill’ can be ‘a long-handled saw with a curved blade’ (although it isn’t in Chambers). In that case it is a tool by example.

    In 19d I think ‘par’ means ‘paragraph’ of which Chambers says: ‘a short separate item of news or comment in a newspaper’. In fact that paragraph could be seen as a ‘newspaper cutting’ in itself. Maybe, that was Dante’s intention – there is a question mark at the end!

    I particularly liked 19ac (PHLEGMATIC) and 29ac (PLEASURE): the surfaces read so well.
    As one not having the right antenna for cd’s, it was the WARHEAD of 11d that defeated me. Is it really a cd? The first part is just a straightforward definition (‘the point of missiles’). And then ‘used in earnest’? I don’t get that.

  2. Gaufrid says:

    Hi Agentzero
    2dn is not a homophone, the ‘say’ is indicating ‘for example’. A bill (or billhook) is “a cutting tool with a long blade and wooden handle in the same line with it, often with a hooked tip, used in eg pruning” (Chambers).

    I parsed 19dn as a pun. Pa is an abbreviation for paragraph and one of the definitions in Chambers is “a short separate item of news or comment in a newspaper”. So a ‘newspaper cutting’ could be a PA SNIP.

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