Posted by smiffy on July 3rd, 2008
A rare visit to the FT from the intriguingly-named Phssthpok. A well-balanced offering with some nice touches and a gentle smattering of intra-grid cross references. Feels like just the kind of puzzle that could lure the more casual solver into a deeper appreciation of the setter’s art.
1 POP, THE QUESTION – A Shakespearean reference that that even the less Bard-savvy amongst us can figure pretty readily.
11A,DUMB,RATE – a bit chestnutty, but fair enough.
12 EL GRECO – hidden rev.
13 A,X,O,LOT,L -
19 CENTIPEDE – (c in the deep)*-[h]. “Hundred-foot long predator” is a great definition, especially with the subtly redicrected hyphen. I do wonder what constitutes “prey” in the food chain below centipedes though!
22 ANTIGEN – (in agent)*
29 CINEMATOGRAPHY – (theory, campaign)*
2 ORANG[-e] UTAN – (tuna)*
3 TI(T)LE – Straightforward, but at least I now know that the chemical symbol for Tritium is T (until today I’d have guessed Tr).
5 UVULA – initial letters. The dangly thing in ones throat – much referred to by Sid James in Carry on Doctor, as I recall.
6 SUB,WOOFER – For once “for speaker” isn’t a homophone indicator!
7 I(DAH)O – (had)<
9 CAMERA – ref the legal term in camera.
17 THEME SONG – (h gemstone)*
18 CY(CLE PA)TH[-e] – a bit of a contorted structure, but the silky smooth surface reading more than compensates for that.
21 P,REFER – “attribute” as a verb.
26 COBRA – (boa c[....]r)* A well-spotted opportunity, I thought.