Posted by Pete Maclean on November 27th, 2008
FT Weekend Prize Puzzle from November 15
This proved for me to be the easiest Cinephile puzzle I have done in a long time and one of the best.
1. RIGOLETTO – RIG (costume) + O (ring) + LET (hire) + TO (to)
6, 9. MODUS VIVENDI – MOD (contemporary) + US (American) + VI (sextet) + VEND (market) + I (one)
10. EXCUSED – EX (former) + CU (copper) + S[team] + ED (journalist)
11. DIEGO – DIE (depart) + GO (depart). Funny how place names strike one. I have visited San Diego several times and it never occurred to me that there actually was a saint for whom the place was named!
12. DAMP SQUIB – DAM (barrier) + anagram of PUBS IQ. Hmm, seems a difficult term to clue.
15. TRENDSETTER – T (time) + REND (savage) + SETTER (Cinephile)
17. NEW LEARNING – [o]NE + LE (the French) in WARNING (notice)
20. EIGHTIETH – TIE (secure) in EIGHT-H (HEIGHT with H moved to the end)
22. EAGER – AGE (how old I am) in ER (not sure)
24. TRADE IN – DE (successive notes) in TRAIN (transport)
26. SATIETY – A (one) + TIE (article of clothing) in STY (pigs). Is it a stretch to use “sty” to clue pigs?
27, 23. ROLLS ROYCE – anagram of LORRY CLOSE. Nice!
28. BANBRIDGE – BAN (prohibit) + BRIDGE (card game)
1. RAVED – AV (Bible version) in RED (colour)
2. GIVE EAR – IVE (I’ve) in GEAR (transmitter)
3, 13. LAND OF THE MIDNIGHT SUN – anagram of THIS ENGLAND FIND MOUTH. Yes, a good bit further north!
4. THIRD DEGREE – double/cryptic definition. A beauty.
5, 14, 19, 25. ONE FOR HIS NOB – ON (on) + E (drug) + FOR (supporting) + HIS (call?) + NOB (toffee-nosed person). This expression, which I was not familiar with, comes from Cribbage (hence “call with card”) and is also slang for a tip.
6. MUCUS – reverse hidden word
7. DISRUPT – DISR[aeli] + [o]U[t]P[u]T
8. SIDEBURNS – SIDE (team) + BURNS (poet)
14. FAN LETTER – AN (article) + L (left) in FETTER (bond)
16. EGG BEATER – anagram of GET BARGEE
18. WAGTAIL – WAG TAIL (show one’s happy)
19. HOGWEED – HOG (take all) + WEED (tobacco)
21. TRESS – [for]TRESS