Posted by shuchi on November 6th, 2009
Hamilton’s second puzzle in FT, I believe. More adventurous in wordplay than the debut puzzle a few weeks ago.
I had a good time solving it. One or two words (18a,14d) that needed to be looked up, had helpfully easy clues to balance out the difficulty.
A few questions are indicated along with the clues.
1 BUSINESS CARD BUSINESS (office) CARD (joker)
10 ANTONYM cd
11 AROUSER (OUR EARS)*
12 TRIPE dd
13 KEY STAGE KEY (vital) STAGE (phase). ‘Key stage’ is a term used for the education system in England. Another new thing learnt today.
15 RED ADMIRAL RED (Soviet) ADMIRAL (officer). ‘red admiral’ is, in fact, a species of butterfly, cryptically defined in the clue as “…skipper? No, another!”
16 ODER alternate letters of ‘fOnD hEaRt’. Nowadays, it takes me my surprise when ‘flower’ turns out to be an actual flower and not a river.
18 OFFA Wikipedia lists not one but 3 kings called Offa, here. The wordplay is a bit dodgy, I think, if this parsing is right: OFFA comes from ‘of fear’, minus ER (the Queen). Placing ‘(not the Queen)’ away from the fodder, and E and R not being together in the fodder, will raise eyebrows.
20 ASTERISKED (DARK SIDE SET)* – D (large amount? D=500, but that can’t be it). It’s a nicely deceptive surface, with ‘starred’ making you think of films.
22 ARRESTED AR (six months i.e. half of ‘yeAR’) RESTED (relaxed). Very clever, and another smooth surface.
24 ALPHA dd. Alpha is Bayer’s designation for the brightest star in a constellation, although this piece states this may not always be true!
26 TOMBOLA T.O. (Tax Officer) around OMB (?) + LA (‘the’ in French)
27 EVIL EYE dd
28 NURSERY NURSE R[osemar]Y in between NURSE and NURSE, one each for Florence (Nightingale) and Edith (Cavell).
2 UNTRIED If this is an anagram of T (for model) + RUINED, then which is the anagrind?
3 INNUENDO (UNION)* around [ag]END[a]
4 EMMA dd. Old hands will get this on sight.
5 SHAMEFACED (CHASED FAME)* Another fine anagram.
6 AVOWS cd
7 DISBAND DI’s (girl’s) BAND (group)
8 MASTERS OF ARTS (FOR A START MESS)*
9 FREE TRADE AREA FREE (rescue) TRADE (business) AREA (sector)
14 KISS ME KATE A musical comedy by Cole Porter, which I had to look up, though the KATE connection with Ms. Winslet was obvious.
17 TIRAMISU I in TRAM (vehicle) IS U[nrecognisable]
19 FOREMAN FOR (sympathetic towards) (NAME)*
21 KIPPERS ‘s’ of SKIPPER moved to the end. The word ‘skipper’ also makes an appearance in 15a.
23 SPOOR S (second) POOR (third-rate)
25 LEVY cd