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Financial Times Prize 14,027 by Dante

Posted by flashling on June 21st, 2012

flashling.

Dante today as is often the case on a Monday, prize puzzle 14027 from 11th June can be found here. As usual it’s a lot of cryptic and double definitions. People generally find Dante/Rufus easy but personally I don’t really like Cryptic/Double Definitions all that much. If anyone can see wordplay I’ve missed please say so as I’m still a little rusty at blogging again. Sorry but I’ve not found a way to include the clues without me typing them in and tyops would only confuse. My biggest problem is how do I explain the DDs without getting into teaching grandmother how to suck eggs – they are DDs. And as for the CDs…

 

Across:    
1 ASPIRE PRAISE*
4 OFF-STAGE OFF (cricket side) + STAGE(coach)
10 PORCELAIN [IN PLACE OR]*
11 EARTH Cryptic DD
12 OHMS Initial letters of On Her Majesty’s Service
13 DOWNSTREAM CD although I put in mainstream initially which held me up a bit
15 ANNEXES CD
16 EXEMPT CD
19 TARRED TRADER* Blackened reputation say.
21 STRANGE ST. + RANGE
23 EVENING OUT Double definition
25 ENID DINE (Back,reversed)
27 TUTTI Music instruction for everyone
28 REPRODUCE PROCEDURE*
29 DRAUGHTS DD
30 IMPART IMP + ART
Down:    
1 APPROVAL CD, I was convinced for a while it would be something to do with hitch-hiking
2 PYROMANIA CD, hmm see my avatar…
3 REEL R(iver) + EEL
5 FINANCE N in FIANCE
6 SWEETHEART [WEATHER SET]*
7 AGREE Hidden in gretnA GREEn
8 EXHUME CD
9 WAGONS ON in WAGS
14 EXERCISING ER in EXCISING
17 PENINSULA [PLAN IN USE]*
18 DEAD HEAT CD although Dead spit=Double
20 DOGTROT DOG(tail) + TORT rev.
21 STUMPS Method of dismissal and the term for the end of play
22 SEATED TEASED*
24 EXTRA DD
25 LOOM DD

 

2 Responses to “Financial Times Prize 14,027 by Dante”

  1. Bamberger says:

    I couldn’t get
    11a stared blankly and couldn’t see it.
    15a Ditto
    19a Kicking myself
    27a Would never have got this -no musical knowledge.
    8d Good clue -couldn’t get it.
    14d Couldn’t see it
    18d Even with ?e?d ?e?t I still couldn’t get it
    20d I’ll count that one as too tough for me.

    Not a very good result though I did try.

  2. flashling says:

    @Bamberger I really struggled at times with this one with a wrong guess at 15 not helping, In my opinion Dante’s style of lengthy double defintions rather than wordplay where wordplay looks likely makes him one of the harder setters for me personally. I’m not really a fan of you’ll get it or it’s impossible clues.

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