Posted by Pete Maclean on September 20th, 2007
For the second week in a row, I completed the FT Weekend puzzle very quickly. In this week’s case, it helped that all the words are common — or at least ones I know well. In spite of this, there are two clues that I do not completely understand the workings of (25A and 1D).
1. BRISTOL – BR (British) + I (one) + LOTS (many) reversed (going west)
5. ETHANE – METHANE with M (metre) removed
8. TIDEMARKS – anagram of DIRT MAKES
9. RASPS – double definition. I suspect a purist tool user might insist that rasp and file, while similar, are very much not the same. I think they are close enough for crossword usage.
11. LEARN – LEAR (King) + [joh]N
12. OUTRIGGER – OU (Oxford University) + TRIGGER (starter)
13. CLAYMORE – CLAY (Cassius as in Muhammad Ali) + anagram of ROME. This was the most difficult clue for me. I did not think of Cassius Clay for a while — and I have met the man.
15. BANYAN – A (a) + NY (Big Apple) in BAN (outlaw)
17. UPROAR – U (university) + PRO (for) + A (a) + R (paperback)
19. COLESLAW – COLES (Porter’s) + LAW (regulation). Lovely!
22. SOAPSTONE – anagram of TEASPOONS
23. KENYA – ENYA (singer) after K (weekend)
24. RAISE – homophone (RAYS)
25. BUTTERCUP – UTTER (wild?) in BC (former times) + UP (raised). What am I missing here?
26. MERLOT – ME (setter) + R (right) + LOT (bunch). Mmm, one of my faves. (Wines, I mean, not clues.)
27. RELATED – reverse homophone (A KIN)
1. BATTLE CRUISER – spoonerism of CATTLE BRUISER (boxer). I do not see how “neat” fits with CATTLE — if it indeed does. Come to think of it, why not cowpuncher instead of neat boxer?
2. INDIANA – INDIAN (Asian) + A (one)
3. TIMON – IM (I’m) in TON (fashion)
4. LARBOARD – BOAR (pig) in LARD (fat). Another simple beauty.
5. ERSATZ – hidden word
6. HERMITAGE – anagram (dreadful) of HEAT and GRIME
7. NOSEGAY – EG (for example) + A (a) in NOSY (inquisitive)
10. SHRINK-WRAPPED – SHRINK (psychiatrist) + WRAPPED (homophone of RAPT)
14. MEANS WELL – MEAN (penny-pinching) + SWELL (capital)
16. POLE STAR – anagram (may be) of TOP LASER
18. REALISE – anagram (are false) of LIES ARE
20. LINOCUT – L (pound) + I (1) + NO (no) CUT (reduction)
21. COMBAT – COMB (hairdresser) + AT (attending)
23. KNELL – homophone of NELL (little girl)