Posted by Pete Maclean on June 17th, 2010
Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of June 5
Cincinnus regales us with another selection of clues many of which are so simple they seem almost obvious but are really brilliant. My faves this week are 2D (ABRIDGE), 5D (SOLEMN), 10D (MEDITERRANEAN) and 18D (RECKONS).
1. GRAFTER – G (good) + RAFTER (supported). Hard worker is a rather obscure meaning for grafter.
5. SWITCH – double definition. I gather that Rod Stewart, arguably the best known Rod, has been observed wearing a hairpiece.
8. TORMENTIL – TORMENT (plague) + I (one) + L (left)
9. PRIAM – A (article) in PRIM (strait-laced)
11. HEDGE – HED (he would) + GE[t] (get time off)
12. LAMPOONED – anagram of AN OLD POEM
13. PIECRUST – anagram of PUTS RICE
15. SPOILT – PO (river) in SILT (sediment)
17. CURACY – CU (copper) + RACY (indecent)
19. SCOUT CAR – cryptic definition
22. UNCONCERN – UN (a Parisian) + CONCERN (business)
23. ALPHA – cryptic definition
24. EVOKE – OK (fine) in EVE (one who raised Cain)
25. PIROUETTE – ROUE (rake) in PIT (deep hole) + T[re]E (hollow tree)
26. ESPRIT -anagram of PRIEST. I have this strange memory of sitting in a French restaurant called Piret’s about 20 years ago and figuring out all the anagrams of its name!
27. ORTOLAN – hidden word
1. GET THE PICTURE – double definition
2. ABRIDGE – A (a) + BRIDGE (connection)
3. THERE – hidden word
4. RUTHLESS – RUTH (a woman) + LESS (not so)
5. SOLEMN – SOLE (only) + M[a]N (fellow without a)
6. IMPROMPTU – IM (Cincinnus is) + PROMPT (ready) + [ramea]U
7. CHIANTI – CH (church) + I[reland] + ANTI (not in favour of)
10. MEDITERRANEAN – anagram of NEED MARINER AT
14. RACONTEUR – cryptic definition
16. SCENARIO – anagram of IN COARSE
18. RECKONS – anagram of CONKERS. The surface evokes an intriguing picture of bewigged gentlemen playing like schoolboys.
20. CAPITAL – double definition? Excellent is a fine definition for capital but “in Islamabad I may be” does not seem to me to quite do it. Am I missing something?
21. DESPOT – S[hocks] in DEPOT (store)
23. ADULT – A (a) + DUL[l] (mostly dreary) + T (time)