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Financial Times 13980 Dante

Posted by scchua on April 17th, 2012


Dante starts the FT week, after, as Rufus, starting the Guardian week yesterday, in the same style, with double and cryptic definitions and anagrams, compactly clued.  Thanks Dante.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.  Each of 3 pictures at the bottom has an unidentified link to the crossword, whilst the 4th is to help identify one of the others.


1 A sinful desire of one mind (6)

AGREEDA + GREED(excessive desire, one of the deadly sins).

4 Exploding into pure chaos (8)

ERUPTIONAnagram of(chaos) INTO PURE.  

Defn: As a noun.

9 They fight with one another (6)

ALLIES :  Cryptic defn: Using another sense of “with” as in “together”,”side by side”,”on the same side”.

10 Tax produces public anger (8)

OVERTIRE :  OVERT(public,in the open) + IRE(anger).

12 It could be indeed so unfair (3-5)

ONE-SIDEDAnagram of(it could be) INDEED SO.

13 Shakespearean character is found in complicated plot (6)

PISTOLIS contained in(found in) anagram of(complicated) PLOT

Answer:  Shakespearean character in “Henry IV” parts 1 and 2, “Henry V” and “The Merry Wives of Windsor”, found in more than one complicated plot, then.  A WIWD (wordplay intertwined with definition) clue.

15 Superfluous oil-well (4)

SUMP :  Cryptic defn: A container,well for excess,superfluous oil.

16 It’s instrumental in calor gas distribution (3,7)

COR ANGLAISAnagram of(distribution) IN CALOR GAS.

Answer:  The English horn, literally translated from French.

19 Capital start provided in one change round (10)

COPENHAGEN :  P(initial letter,start of “provided”) contained in(in) anagram of(round) ONE CHANGE

Answer: Capital city of Denmark.

20 Czech river – or German (4)

ODERGerman for “or”.

23 Hop around in attempt to get prize (6)

TROPHYAnagram of(around) HOP contained in(in) TRY(attempt).

25 Handy thing to take up or run (8)

GAUNTLET :  Double defn: 1st: A glove,the very thing for your hand, which you can take up to accept a challenge – it could be figuratively, or literally if someone throws down his gauntlet, perhaps after slapping you with it; and 2nd: The thing to run,to suffer or endure an onslaught or ordeal – again it could be figuratively, or literally when you are forced between two rows of men (or women?) who strike you as you run through, originally a form of military punishment.

27 Could mean coming in last, everything considered (5,3)

AFTER ALL :  Cryptic defn: Coming in last means you come in after all the others.

28 Be defeated in court when secret is revealed (6)

CLOSET :  LOSE(be defeated) contained in(in) CT(abbrev. for “court”).  I think “is revealed” cannot be part of the definition, as it is the opposite of the answer.  It is therefore probably to misdirect, and as a connector to the wordplay.  I thought a better construction would be “Be defeated in court, revealing secret.” 

Answer: An adjective for being in private,secret.

29 Spear goes to many a knight (8)

LANCELOT :  LANCE(spear) plus(goes to) LOT(many).

30 Become more relaxed when no longer criticised, we hear (6)

EXPANDHomophone of(we hear) of “ex-“(no longer, as in your “ex-wife”) “panned”(criticised, eg. by a film/play reviewer). 

Answer: To become more relaxed,talkative,effusive.  Root word for the more familiar adjective “expansive”.


1 Bewildered by how a bankrupt business was run (2,1,4)

AT A LOSS :  Cryptic defn.

2 An outstanding example of cartography (6,3)

RELIEF MAP :  Cryptic defn: A pun on “outstanding” to mean standing out, as in projecting from a plane.  A relief map gives the configuration and heights of the land surface above a given plane, ie. its projections.   

3 Shutter usually closed at night (6)

EYELID :  Cryptic defn: The shutter over your eyes.

5 Knock about badly delivered over (4)

ROVEAnagram of(badly delivered) OVER. 

Defn: and Answer: To wander around aimlessly.

6 Time for breakfast food (8)

PORRIDGE :  Double defn:  1st: Slang for time served in prison.

7 I do it when playing the fool (5)

IDIOTAnagram of(when playing) I DO IT.

8 Stacks of chalk required by dressmakers? (7)

NEEDLES :  Double defn:  1st: With the definitie article and an upper-case initial, the 3 stacks of chalk off the Isle of Wight; and 2nd: Pointed implements required by dressmakers for their work.


11 Getting rid of, or just changing places (7)

REMOVAL :  Double defn: 1st: As a noun, the act of getting rid of, say, an unwanted thing or person; and 2nd: As a noun, the moving from one place to another, as when one moves house, using a removal van.

14 Sort of thinking of belonging to the side (7)

LATERAL :  Double defn: 1st: Thought processes,sort of thinking employing unorthodox and creative methods, the term originating from apparently, and popularised by, Edward de Bono.

17 Region that’s Spanish and American inter alia (9)

ANDALUSIAAND + [US(American) contained in(inter) ALIA].

18 Reaching new position of authority (2,6)

IN CHARGEAnagram of(new) REACHING.

19 Tom’s shout shows disapproval (7)

CATCALL :  CAT(a tom,male cat) + CALL(shout). 

Answer: A shrill whistle or cry that shows disapproval by the caller.

21 Went round to add a name to the list (7)

ROTATED :  TED(a name) plus(to add…to) ROTA(a list of names,roster)

22 Flood in motion (6)

INFLUXIN + FLUX(continuous change,motion).

Answer: The arrival or entry of many things,a flood.

24 Frequently expressed as decimal (5)

OFTEN :  OF TEN(in multiples of 10,as decimal)

26 A number given to someone to sing (4)

ALTOA + L(Roman numeral for the number 50) plus(given) TO.





7 Responses to “Financial Times 13980 Dante”

  1. grandpuzzler says:

    Thanks Dante and scchua. Enjoyed this puzzle! First picture is Danny Kaye who sang Wonderful Copenhagen (19ac). Second picture is probably a 60’s rock band judging by the uniforms. Haven’t a clue about the third.


  2. Robert Cumbow says:

    The fourth picture shows John Wayne as Ethan Edwards and Jeffrey Hunter as Martin Pawley strong-arming Beulah Archuletta as Look to try to get information from her, in John Ford’s THE SEARCHERS–a film about two men who rove, though not aimlessly. The picture helps us identify the ’60s British rock group in the second photo, which is The Searchers.

    Grandpuzzler is right about Danny Kaye.

    Somebody else gets to figure out picture number 3.

  3. scchua says:

    Hi, grandpuzzler, you’re right about Danny Kaye and the link. After your comment, I added in the 4th pic.
    Hi, Robert Cumbow, you’re right about the Searchers. May I take it that you’ve got that linked to the crossword :-)

  4. Eileen says:

    Thank you, scchua, for the blog.

    Having several times visited my son in Copenhagen, I know that it is wonderful – and I well remember the film, too.

    But – back to the puzzle: I thought 16ac was excellent.

    Many thanks for the puzzle, Dante! 😉

  5. Huw Powell says:

    A belated hello, Scchua… The Searchers’ big hit (stateside, at least) was Needles and Pins.

    Interesting puzzle, yes, and very Rufus-esque. Thanks, Dante!

  6. scchua says:

    You’re right, Huw Powell – implements “required by dressmakers” as the clue says. I think it was a global hit.

  7. Sil van den Hoek says:

    After being abroad and far away from crosswords, I did this puzzle only tonight.
    I agree with Eileen about 16ac.
    One of these gems that are not appreciated enough ‘on the other side’ (ie The Guardian, ie Rufus).
    I think, all in all, this crossword was easier than the usual Dante, but still good fun.
    Only minor quibble: is the Oder really a Czech river?
    Indeed, its well is in the Czech Republic, but it (very) soon flows into Poland after which it ends up between the borders of Poland and Germany (die Oder-Neisse Grenze).
    So, Czech? Mwah – benefit of the doubt.

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