Posted by Pete Maclean on February 14th, 2008
I do not recall coming across Falcon before and am almost sure I have not done a Weekend FT puzzle by this compiler. I found this particular one very easy which is a little curious because usually with a new compiler I find I need a little time to feel my way into his/her style. I especially liked clues 10A and 7D. 15D is also clever but the reference is perhaps a bit obscure for us non-Londoners.
1. POT ROAST – anagram of POTATOS around R (right)
5. STUBBS – ???. “Squat” suggests stubby but I do not fully see how this clue works
9. GREEN TEA – anagram of TEENAGER
10. DE NIRO – anagram of DINER + O (duck)
12. OUTRE – OUT (mistaken) + RE (about)
13. PEA JACKET – A (a) + JACK (sailor) + E (eastern) in PET (dear)
14. SQUARE – double definition
16. TERRAIN – TERRA[p]IN
18. ACERBIC – A (a) + CERB (homophone) + IC (in charge)
20. RESIDE – RE (on the) + SIDE (border)
22. METER MAID – ME (me) + TERM (call) + AID (assistance)
23. BROTH – BOTH (the two) with R (drop of rice) inserted
24. ADONIS – A (a) + DON (boy) + IS (is)
25. AUGUSTUS – AUGUST (distinguished) + US (American). Augustus (originally named Octavian) was the first Emperor of Rome and a grand-nephew of Julius Caesar.
27. CHARTRES – CHARTS (traces) around RE (about). Home of one of my favourite cathedrals.
2. TWENTY QUESTIONS – TWENTY (score) + QUESTIONS (asks)
3. OUNCE – double definition…and one I have seen, it seems, maybe a bit too often.
4. STEEPLE – STEEP (high) + LE (the Parisian)
6. THESAURUS – HES (he’s) in TAURUS (house)
7. BRICKS AND MORTAR – anagram of SMART IN CORK DRAB
11, 26. WALT DISNEY – anagram of WE SIT WITH DYLAN
15. AUBERGINE – AUBERGE (where French diners may go) with IN (fashionable) inserted. I gather that Aubergine is a fashionable restaurant in Chelsea which, at a stretch, makes this a semi-&lit.
17. FARMHAND – FAR (remote) + M[unic]H + AND (too)
18, 1, 8. CLAY PIGEON SHOOTING – anagram of ANTHOLOGIES COPYING
20. REDRUTH – RED (embarrassed) + RUTH (girl)
21. THESIS – THE (article) + S (second) + IS (is)
23. BLUER – E (centre of Leeds) in BLUR (mist)