Posted by smiffy on July 23rd, 2009
Nothing pant-wettingly exciting here, but a nice vein of humour running through some of the clues, which raised a few smiles. Please excuse the slightly late blog (again). While the FT have certainly improved the legibility of their online puzzles recently, the pages themselves no longer seem to be posted earlier enough for a pre-bedtime solve by those of us in the western colonies.
1 HANDCUFF – punning def’n
5 IAMBIC – Ain I’m + Bic (biro)
10 ACCUSER – c(ocaine) in a+c+user
11 HESSIAN – (she is)* + an. A “mercenary” (from Hesse in Germany) that fought alongside the British in these aforementioned western colonies.
12 TITHE – hidden
13 INTUMESCE – in tum + c in (see)*. A silky smooth surface.
14 BLANK CHEQUES – blank cheque + s. A somewhat curious wordplay division, given that it’s about as close as one can get to a double def’n without actually doing so.
18 TENANT FARMER – punning def’n
21 UNDERPASS – yet more punnery.
23 PROSE – homophone of “pros”.
24 PITHIER – thi[rty] in (ripe)*
25 MEASURE – me (i.e. Flimsy) + a sure
26 TIDIES (diets + WI)* – w
27 ASSYRIAN – (say ars[e] + in)*. The answer immediately put me in mind of The Destruction of Sennacherib, and the clue itself of this Fast Show clip. So I may have just diagnosed myself as culturally schizophrenic.
1 HEARTY – H + (try a e)*
2 NICETY – nice try -r
3 CASTELLAN – (clean + latest)* – (e + t)
4 FOREIGN AFFAIRS – a play on what Private Eye calls Ugandan Discussions.
6 ASSAM – Ass. + a.m.
7 BLISSFUL – (fuss + bill)*
8 CONDENSE – Con + dense
9 WHITE CHRISTMAS – (which mister +t)*
15 EXEMPLARY – double def’n
16 STRUMPET – s + (tum +pert)*. Amusing, in a very schoolboy humouresque way.
17 UNEDITED – (nude)* + I +Ted
19 MODULI – (oil + mud)*
20 HEREIN – he + rein
22 RAISE – is in rae. I assume that “rae” is a piscatorial variant of ray. (Wrong – as pointed out below it’s a homophone of “rays“).