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Financial Times 14,287 – Dante

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on April 25th, 2013

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Monday Prize Crossword/April 15

Nothing too tricky in this typical Dante crossword.

Apart from the odd homophone and the palindrome at 16ac, Dante restricted himself to the standard devices. We were given cds & dds (taken together), envelopes, charades and anagrams in almost equal quantities.

Definitions are underlined wherever appropriate and/or possible.

1 SUMMONED     Commanded to appear at court? (8)
    Double definition
    The clue as a whole is one definition, ‘commanded’ on its own the other. For me, these two are too close to find this a convincing start of the puzzle.
5 THAMES Our flow of capital (6)
    Cryptic definition
    I am not always very keen on cryptic definitions (due to my weakness to write one myself), but when they are well-written, I can appreciate them. I liked this one!
9 MADE IT UP   Fabricated some story and ended the argument (4,2,2)
    Double definition
10 SPARSE Not much of a press, perhaps (6)
    (A PRESS)*
12   LOTUS Water-lily collection going to America (5)
    LOT (collection) + US (America)
13 TEA FOR TWO Far too wet to go out, settle for this instead (3,3,3)
    (FAR TOO WET)*
    Smooth anagram clue, a winner!
14 ETCHER He attacks the copper with acid (6)
    Cryptic definition
16 DEIFIED Being raised, either way (7)
    The solution is a palindrome (‘either way’)
19 MODESTY Reserve an enclosure, after a fashion (7)
    MODE ((a) fashion) + STY (an enclosure)
21 UNTIDY Slovenly in duty, has to be removed (6)
    (IN DUTY)*
23 SHORTFALL Not enough money even for a brief trip (9)
    SHORT (brief) + FALL (trip)
25 CINCH You can put it on a horse that’s a sure thing (5)
    Double definition
26   HEARTS He has the skills to make a suit (6)
    HE + ARTS ((the) skills)
27 CAROUSEL Girl secures employment in musical (8)
    CAROL (girl) around USE (employment)
    Carousel is a 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.
28 TRENDY With it, essay is without conclusion (6)
    TRY (essay) around END (conclusion)
29   PHARMACY Abuse found in rapid dispensing of drugs (8)
    HARM (abuse) inside PACY (rapid)
1 SIMPLE Naive politician caught in a web of lies (6)
    MP (politician) inside (LIES)*
    Unusual anagram indicator: ‘a web of’.
2 MEDITATED   Thought broadcast item dated (9)
3 OMITS Forgets it is shortly on order (5)
    OM (order, Order of Merit) + IT’S (it is, shortly)
    Normally ‘A on B’ in a down clue indicates A+B, not here though. But it’s all right, I guess.
4 EQUATOR It provides no latitude for the navigator (7)
    Cryptic definition
6 HYPNOTIST One may be entranced by his performance (9)
    Cryptic definition
7 MARAT Revolutionary article found in the market (5)
    A (article) inside MART ((the) market) – definition: Jean Paul Marat (1743-1793)
8 STEROIDS Body-builders stride so energetically (8)
    (STRIDE SO)*
    A very apt anagram indicator.
11 HAND Help and applause for the worker (4)
    Triple definition
15   HESITATED Was not keen to take exam without being warmed up (9)
    SIT (to take exam) with HEATED (warmed up) being around it
17 INDONESIA One Asian country with units in another (9)
    ONES (units) inside INDIA (another Asian country)
18 SMASH HIT   One blow after another makes great entertainment (5-3)
    SMASH (blow) + HIT (blow)
20 YEAH Yes, truly an aspiration (4)
    YEA (truly) + H (an aspiration)
    This was my last entry and although I knew that it had to be YEAH, I didn’t like it very much. YEA as an adverb (or an interjection) is too close to ‘yes’, in my opinion. It’s all too similar (also visually).
21   UNLEASH Shun ale that distributed free (7)
    (SHUN ALE)*
22 CHILLY Unfriendly country, we hear (6)
    Homophone of CHILE (country)
24 OVATE Like an egg – so veto a pie (5)
    (VETO A)*
25 CHOIR Singers in church set up the port (5)
    CH (church) + OIR (reversal of RIO ((the) port)


5 Responses to “Financial Times 14,287 – Dante”

  1. John Newman says:

    Thanks Sil. A couple I couldn’t work out.
    Perhaps you could explain to me why “pie” is an anagram indicator (24A)
    And I would be a bit more critical than you regarding 3D. It is shortly is “under” order not “on”. In fact under would work very well and I wonder whether Dante made a typo when he submitted.

  2. ernie says:


    Pie, pye or pi is defined in Chambers as : a type confusedly mixed (printing): confusion

  3. Sil van den Hoek says:

    John @1:

    I think the convention re a clue like 3d is:
    “A on B” means “B+A” in an across clue and “A+B” in a down clue.

    However, the Chambers Thesaurus tells us that “on” can mean “attached to” (which explains the across convention and perhaps justifies its use in a down clue)

    John, this is a tricky area.
    I would prefer to stick to what I said at the beginning of this post.
    But if the surface needs the other interpretation, I would be very tempted to use it, just because Chambers justifies it.

    Today, Dante did it.
    On other occasions Araucaria did it too.

    I think what Dante did is justifiable but not preferable.

  4. John Newman says:

    Thanks Sil and Ernie

  5. Keeper says:

    Thanks for the blog, Sil.

    Re 9a: Is “made it up” (the second meaning) a primarily British usage? If someone asked me, “Have you ended the argument?”, I might say, “Yes, we made up” (but never “We made IT up.”). Further, we have the expression “kiss and make up” (not “kiss and make IT up”).

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