Posted by Pete Maclean on November 26th, 2009
Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of November 14
I can’t say I found this an easy puzzle but I did get it completed fairly quickly. Only clue clue, 13A, strikes me as notable and I can pick minor holes in a few others.
1. A LITTLE LEARNING – anagram of TITLE in ALL + EARNING (making money)
9. TRAGEDY – G (good) + ED (journalist) in TRAY (carrier)
10. CISTERN – CISTER[cia]N. Good surface.
11. REICH – E (quarter) in RICH (loaded)
12. TUNNELLER – ELLE (girl) in TUNER (tester of pitch)
13. PENPUSHER – PEN (prison) + PUSHER (drug dealer)
15. GHYLL – [din]GHY + LL (students)
16. LISLE – L (left) + ISLE (such as Britain)
18. LOCAL CALL – CAL + CAL (state twice) in LOL (laughing out loud). Tough and perhaps even poor definition here. Any comments?
20. GODMOTHER – double definition
23. FRANC – FRANC[e]
24. CALL-OUT – double definition
25. MARTINI – MARTIN (swallow) + I (first)
26. LOWER THAN VERMIN – LO (see) + ANV (a new version) in WERTHER (Goethe’s sorrowing hero) + M (married) + IN (among). The answer is a quote made by Aneurin Bevan about the Tories.
1. ANTHROPOLOGICAL – anagram of POOR GOLIATH CLAN. “Defeated” as an anagram indicator? I was unsure at first but it’s fine. It can mean “undone”.
2. ITALIAN – [the] ITALIAN [job] (film). Except that “the” is not clued.
3. TIED HOUSE – dual definition
4. EGYPT – G[rain] in anagram of TYPE
5. ECCENTRIC – ECCE (behold) + NT (New Testament) + RIC[h]
6. ROSIE – “Rosie Lee” is rhyming slang for tea but is “Rosie” enough by itself? I guess “cider” refers to the book, “Cider with Rosie”.
7. IDEALLY – ID (fish) + ALLY (friend)
8. GENERAL ELECTION – anagram of GREEN + ALE (beer) + ECT (shock treatment) in LION (king). ECT stands for Electroconvulsive Therapy.
14. HALF-HITCH – HAL (prince) + H (hard) in FIT (suitable) + CH (companion)
15. GALE FORCE – anagram of ACE GOLFER
17. SODS LAW – SODS (turves) + LAW (hill). “Law” is a Scots word for a hill (especially, my dictionary says, a rounded or conical one) — not that I ever heard of that before.
19. ATAVISM – A (a) + T (model) + AVIS (bird) + M[ammals]
21. ODOUR – O (nothing) + DO (do) + UR (old city)
22. ROMAN – OM (honour) in RAN (managed)