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Financial Times 14,081 – Dante

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on August 23rd, 2012

Sil van den Hoek.

Monday Prize Crossword/13 Aug

Friendly crossword (which you may find here) in the well-known Dante style. Some really nice touches today, but also The Chestnut of all Chestnuts (15d).

Definitions are underlined wherever possible and/or appropriate.

 

Across
1 IN TIME Later perhaps, but not too late
    Double definition
     
4 LAUNCH Craft project
    Cryptic definition
     
8 DERVISH Man in a whirl – engine fuel his trouble?
    DERV (engine fuel) + (HIS)*
    A dervish is one of those monks who were noted for their wild or ecstatic rituals and were known as dancing, whirling or howling according to the practice of their order.
     
9 RAMADAN Adam upset, bolted out fast
    RAN (bolted, like Bolt :)) outside (ADAM)*
     
11    MEERSCHAUM     Pipe bursts each summer
    (EACH SUMMER)*
    Nice anagram, less convinced about the indicator as its position is concerned.
     
12 AIDE General assistant
    Cryptic definition (is it?)
     
13 AT SEA A seat arranged on board
    ( A SEAT)*
     
14 VIOLATES Set back after an instrument breaks
    VIOLA (an instrument) + TES (reversal of SET)
     
16 FALL FLAT Don’t drop round – it will produce no response
    Double defintion, the first being cryptic
     
18 CROSS Angry indication that the answer isn’t right
    Double definition
     
20 IDES Side turning Caesar was warned about
    (SIDE)*
     
21 STONEHENGE     Rock group that’s been around for a long time
    Cryptic definition
     
23 UNDOING Returning antelope occupied by kill gets coup de grace
    UNG (reversal of GNU (antelope)) around DO IN (kill)
     
24 AT A LOSS Uncertain how incompetent companies can operate
    Double definition
     
25 DOTARD Spot a doctor going back to the old
    DOT (spot) + A + RD (reversal of DR (doctor))
     
26    SAPPHO Female poet delivers a couple of pages in curtailed performance
    A PP (a couple of pages, each page being P) inside SHO[w]
     
     
Down    
1 IRENE She brings peace to Greece
    Cryptic definition – Irene, the Greek goddess of Peace
     
2 TAVERNS Servant trouble makes these establishments harder to run nowadays
    (SERVANT)* – quite a bit of padding in this clue
     
3 MUSIC HALL     Form of variety before the 50s, much as I recollect
    (MUCH AS I)* coming before LL (the 50s, each 50 being L)
    Nice surface.
     
5 ALARM This may cause nearly everybody to take up weapons
    AL (nearly ALL (everybody)) + ARM (to take up weapons)
     
6 NIAGARA A river once more rises and falls
    Reversal of {A + R (river) + AGAIN (once more)}
     
7 HEAD-DRESS     The man to approach for capital investment
    HEAD (The man, with capital T) + DRESS (to approach)
     
10    SALVATION Rescuing army?
    Cryptic definition
     
13 ABANDONED Completely irresponsible profligate
    Double definition
    One of quite a few solutions today that might be an anagram indicator on other occasions (e.g. 13ac, 14ac, 24ac).
     
15 ORCHESTRA     Sort of stall for the frisky carthorse
    (CARTHORSE)*
    I say nothing :).  At least this orchestra isn’t the very familiar bunch of players, but a “seating on the main floor of a theatre”.
     
17 LASH OUT     The French cry “Attack!”
    LA (the, in French) + SHOUT (cry)
     
19    OVERLAP     Cover work that includes Ravel composition
    OP (work, opus) around (RAVEL)*
     
21 SENOR I leave the elder Spaniard
    SENIOR (the elder) minus I
     
22 GUSTO Sudden blow to add nothing to one’s enjoyment
    GUST  (sudden blow) + O (nothing)
     

 

 

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