Posted by Pete Maclean on December 24th, 2008
FT Weekend prize puzzle from December 13
I found this a nicely challenging puzzle although I was left with three clues whose wordplay I did not initially understand. Since the deadline for entries was earlier than usual, I could have published this blog yesterday but I failed to notice in time. My apologies if you were anxiously waiting!
May your yuletide be filled with love and joy and lots of juicy Christmas crosswords!
1. CREDIBILITY GAP – EDIBILITY (fitness as food) + G (good) in CRAP (nonsense)
10. MOURN – MO (way of working) + URN (container)
11. AEROSPACE – AERO (in heaven) + SPACE (room). As in BAE.
12. REDWOOD – anagram of EDW[in] DROOD
13. EFFENDI – EFF (‘F’) + EN (‘N’) + D + I
14. LEEDS – homophone (“leads”)
16. OTHERWISE – THE WISE (the prudent) in OR
18. LADIES MAN – DIES (bows out) in LAMA (priest) + N (knight)
20. EXTOL – EX (former) + TO (to) + L (student)
22. OHMS LAW – anagram of HOW ALMS
25. ON SIGHT – homophone (“on site”)
27. CATHARTIC – CAT (animal) + HART (animal) + I (one) + C (caught)
28. BLADE – double definition
29, 21. BREAD AND BUTTER LETTER – anagram of DEBRETT + DEBRETT + RUN A LA. I was not familiar with this phrase. It means, just as the clue suggests, a thank-you letter from guest to host.
2. ROUNDHEAD – ROUND (circumnavigate) + HEAD (cape)
3. DINGO – “din go”
4. BOARDROOM – BOAR (pig) + R (right) in DOOM (fate)
5. LARGE – anagram of ELGAR
6. TASK FORCE – T (time) + ASK FOR (request) + CE (church)
7. GRAIN – triple definition
8. PRESIDE – [self-]ES[teem] in PRIDE (self-esteem)
9. AMORAL – AMOR (love) + A (a) + L[atin]
15. STEEL BAND – S (south) + ELBA (island) in TEND (are inclined)
17. HANSOM CAB – HANSOM (largely good-looking “handsome”) + CAB (advisory body – Civil Aeronautics Board)
18. INTEGRATE – IN (fashionable) + anagram of TARGET + E (English)
19. LION CUB – ON CU[e] in LIB (movement for equality)
23. MITRE – double definition
24. WITAN – WIT (intelligence) + AN (article). The Witan was a parliament-like assembly in Anglo-Saxon England.
26. SABOT – AS (when) backwards + BOT (fly)