Posted by tilsit on July 6th, 2007
Solving time: 11 minutes
Apologies for the late posting but those nice folks on the FT website didn’t put today’s (or yesterday’s) puzzles up until late tonight.
A very easy puzzle with too many anagrams for my liking, a good puzzle for those wishing to get into solving cryptics, but the experienced solver won’t probably get too much out if it. Nice appropriate Nina in the completed grid. Don’t understand 6 down, though.
ACROSS * = ANAGRAM CD = Cryptic definition (R) = REVERSAL
1 ALMOST A SLOT + M*
4 MASCOT SAM (R) + COT
8 BOLSTER STOLE* in BR
9 TAXICAB CD in US a hack is a type of cab
11 UNBEATABLE B in UNEATABLE
12 EASE Homophone – E’s
13 LADEN LADE + N
14 NO GO AREA Not sure about using a word from the answer in the clue. Surely “without energy” would have been OK. Bit of a weak clue, I feel
16 LISTERIA IT IS + REAL *
18 NOTED ETON (R) + D
20 LUDO LOUD*
21 TACHOMETER CD – Can’t help feeling that this is an inadequate clue.
23 SEAPORT - Does “Marine left” equal sea port? I think it’s a bit weak.
24 ADDRESS A D(r) + DRESS
25 YARROW NARROW “with a fresh head”
26 PRIMAL RIM inside PAL
1 ADORN ADO + RN
2 MISLEAD SMILE* + AD
3 SWEETENER CD clue
5 ABASE Homophone of “a bass”
6 CHIMERA Can’t understand this clue “Famcy a monster?”
7 TRANSCENDS TRENDS CAN*
10 ABUNDANCE BUN in A DANCE
13 LEISURELY LEI (Romanian Money) + SURELY
15 GUNPOWDER Double definition. Gunpowder is an old type of tea.
17 TROOPER REPORT* around O (head of Olympics)
18 THEOREM T + HE + MORE * Nice surface
21 TORSO Hidden answer
22 EASEL CD