Posted by Pete Maclean on October 22nd, 2009
Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of October 10
Cincinnus keeps coming with great clues; witness 1A, 9A, 13A, 2D and 6D. But there is one clue, 11D, whose wordplay I do not completely understand. This happens once in a while but very rarely with Cincinnus. No doubt someone will fill me in.
1. BUDAPEST – DA (Russian agreement) + PE (exercises) in BUST (ruined)
5. OBJECT – double definition
9. TOP-NOTCH – TOP (spinner) + NOTCH (score)
10. CINEMA -[so]CI[al] + anagram of NAME
12. HANDY – hidden word
13. BROOKLIME -anagram of LIKE BROOM. I was not familiar with the plant called brooklime but it was a fairly easy one to guess (once I had crossing letters) and check in a dictionary.
14. ADRIFT – AD (commercial) + RIFT (break)
16. UPRIGHT – double definition
18. LIMITED – MITE (child) in LID (cover)
20. ENDURE – END (last) + URE (Yorkshire river)
22. NEURALGIA – anagram of ALE CURING
23. DUMBO – DUMB (silent) + O (old)
24. OTIOSE – initial letters
25. GREENOCK – NO (number) + C (100) in GREEK (European). I got this one easily as Greenock is the original home of one of my dearest friends.
26. RARITY – R (river) + IT (it) in RAY (fish)
27. STAMPEDE – STAMPED (made impression) + [fi]E[ld]
1. BITCHY – B (bishop) + ITCHY (uneasy feeling)
2. DAPHNE DU MAURIER – anagram of IN PADUA HE IS MURDER. Padua is mentioned in “Don’t Look Now”.
3. PROXY – OX (beef) in PRY (be nosy)
4. SACKBUT – SACK (fire) + BUT (only)
6. BLINKERED – LINKER (joiner) in BED (retired)
7. EVENING PRIMROSE – EVEN IN (regular) + GP (doctor) + RIM (border) + anagram of SORE
8. TRAVESTY – A (a) + VEST (vest) in TRY (attempt)
11. NON-U – ??? (How does American labour fit?)
15. IN TRANSIT – INTRANSI[gen]T
17. CLANGOUR – homophone (“clanger”)
19. DOGE – EGO (I) + D (‘d) backwards
20. EXCERPT – R[ead] in EXCEPT (bar)
21. ROOKIE – ROOK (bird) + IE (that is)
23. DREAM – D (daughter) + REAM (a lot of paper)