Posted by Pete Maclean on April 15th, 2010
Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of April 3
I enjoyed this Cinephile puzzle, especially 23A and 1&2D. I do not fully understand 18D.
1. NOSE JOB – NOSE (snoop) + JOB (Bible character)
5. SICKBED – SIC (that’s right) + KB (knighthood) + ED (journalist). “KB” is Knight Bachelor.
9. TULIP – anagram of LIT UP
10. REPRIMAND – REP (agent) + RIM (edge) + AND (with)
11. RACONTEUR – CO (company) in RANT (going on and on) + RUE (street in Paris) backwards
12, 13. JOLIE LAIDE – JOLIE (Angelina) + LAID (produced) + E[ggs]. A jolie laide is a woman whose ugliness is part of her charm. (Not that I knew that before solving this clue and looking it up.)
15. DICKINSON – CID (sleuths) backwards + KIN (family) + SON (one born)
18. SANATORIA – anagram of RIOT in SANAA (capital of Yemen)
19, 21. TYCHO BRAHE – H (hard) in COBRA in anagram of THEY
23. REPUDIATE – RE (about) + PUD I ATE (what I had for dessert)
25. LIONISING – O[ffice] + NISI (decree) in LING (heather)
26. ANIMA – hidden word. The clue would read well enough without the “that” and I expect some would consider it better that way.
27. TRESTLE – anagram of LETTERS
28. ELECTED – ETC (and so forth) in DELE (cancel) backwards. “Dele” is a proofreading mark meaning to cancel.
1, 2. NATURAL SELECTION – cryptic definition
3. JAPAN – double definition. I originally entered NIGER and then, when that did not fit with crossing clues, realized it had to be JAPAN.
4. BARTENDER – BAR (anything but) + TENDER (kind)
5. SUPER – SUP (meal) + ER (queen). This bothers me a little because, while there is an obvious connection, I can find no meanings for “sup” and “meal” that are synonyms. The closest meaning to meal for sup that I can come up with is “a small amount of liquid food”.
6. CLIP JOINT – CLIP (cut) + JOINT (the cut)
7. BRAWL – BRAW (fine for Scots) + L (student)
8. DUDGEON – cryptic definition
14. EXTREMIST – [n]EXT (next point taken) + RE (about) + MIST (restriction on visibility)
16, 17. CHAMPAGNE SOCIALIST – CHAMP (winner) + AGNES (a girl) + OC (who’s responsible — i.e. Officer Commanding) + I (one) + A (a) + LIST (table)
18. SUBPLOT – anagram of PUB in SLOT (space for program). How does “By-line, perhaps” work as a definition for subplot?
20, 22. OVER AND ABOVE – VERANDA (porch) and V (5) separately in OBOE (pipe)
23. RAISE – homophone (“raze”)
24. DRAKE – double definition (with one referring to Sir Francis Drake)