Posted by Pete Maclean on October 29th, 2009
Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of October 17
My favourite of these clues is 9A. Then there are a few that I do not completely understand (3D, 4D, 15D) and one, 4D, that I have a misgiving about.
1. TOMMY GUN – anagram of NOT MY MUG
6. SUPINE – PIN (fastener) in SUE (girl)
9. SANDRA – SAND (name of George, writer) + RA (artist)
10. TWO BY TWO – double definition
12. UNFAMILIAR – anagram of FUN + “AM I LIAR” (isn’t the setter telling the truth)
14. DRAMATIC – DRAM (drink) + ATIC (“attic” homophone)
16, 18. TAKEOVER – OVERTAKE (pass) inverted
19. NOBILITY – MOBILITY (competence at travelling) with M changed to N
21. ARCHPRIEST – R (river) in anagram of CHAPTER IS
22, 11. WINDFALL – WIND (compress spring) + FALL (autumn)
24. HOUSETOP – HOUSE (give shelter to) + TOP (spinner)
26. COMEDY – COME (approach) + DIY (my work) without I
27. STUPOR – anagram of PROUST
28. TWEENIES – WEEN (old think) in TIES (bonds). We think of tweenies today as referring to youngsters between childhood and teenagery but the word also refers to a kind of maid.
2. OBAMA – O (zero) + BA and MA (two degrees)
3. MIDDLEMARCH – ??? I do not see the wordplay here. (See comments below.)
4. GRADUATE – A[nne] + D[ustin] + U (anyone can watch??) in GRATE (fireplace). How does “anyone can watch” clue U? Or do I have this wrong? While it is clever to bring in Ms. Bancroft and Mr. Hoffman, I think this clue is faulty because the title of the movie is “The Graduate”.
5. NOT IF I CAN HELP IT – NOTIFICA[tion] + [heave]N + HEL + PIT (repeated hell)
6. STORMY – [pa]STOR (pastor orphaned) + MY (setter’s). Clever.
8. NEWMARKET – double definition
13. LITTLE WOMEN – LIT (inflamed) + WELT backwards (German world rising) + OMEN (sign)
15. RIVER BOAT – R (take?) + I (one) + VERB (part of speech) + TO A backwards
17. OBSTACLE – OB (passed away) + CATS (pets) backwards + LE (the French)
20. CRATER – CRATE (container) + R (river)
23. NUDGE – G (key) in NUDE (uncovered)
25, 7. SUPPLY – SUP (drink) + PLY (wool)