Posted by Pete Maclean on August 19th, 2010
Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of August 7
Being on holiday in the Austrian Alps, I took this puzzle at a leisurely pace and it took me some time — there was even a moment when I wondered if I would complete it but, as always, I did. And it ended up being a satisfying one with some nicely tricky clues such as 12A (SENTENCE), 12D (SPINNER) and 20D (APPENDIX).
1. PETITE – TIT (bird) in PEE (WEE)
4. STICKING – S (small) + TICKING (time bomb)
9. SHODDY – ODD (left-field) in SHY (throw)
10 FIVE-STAR – VESTA (match) in FIR (wood). I have not confirmed that “vesta” is a dictionary word in the sense used here (match, as in striking a match) but Vesta was the Roman Goddess of the hearth and is the name of an asteroid. The term is used for match in at least one British product, Swan Vestas.
11. CLEVER – C (closet) + LEVER (handle)
12. SENTENCE – double definition
13. APT – A (a) + PT (small point)
14. RECITE – [dir]EC[tor] in RITE (it’s customary)
17. HEINOUS – anagram of IN HOUSE
21. DEWLAP – anagram of LAD WE + P[inch]
25. DEN – DEN[t] (hole unfinished)
26. ANTERIOR – anagram of NOT REAR I and &lit.
27. WAFFLE – double definition
28. PRIORITY – RIO (city) + [b]R[itain] in PITY (shame)
29. LIQUID – LI (51) + QUID (pounds)
20. NUGATORY – GUN (piece) backwards + A (a) + TORY (politician)
21. VERTEX – VERT (green) + EX (old)
1. POSTCARD – POST (pale) + CARD (character). But surely a postcard is the carrier of a message, not the message itself?
2. TWOPENCE – anagram of WEPT ONCE
3. TED HEATH – hidden words. Good one!
5. TOILET – T [s] ELIOT (author wasting shilling) backwards
6. CHESTY – anagram of SCYTHE
7. INTEND – IN (home) + TEND (nurse)
8. GIRDER – RED (wine) + RIG (fix) all reversed
12. SPINNER – this, I take it, contrasts two types of bowler in cricket, quickie and spinner
15. EEL – [f]EEL (sense having head cut off)
16. DUD – palindrome
18 SET ASIDE – T[ables] in SEASIDE (holiday location)
19. OLD FRUIT – anagram of RIFT LOUD
20. APPENDIX – double definition
22. DAMPEN – DAM (embankment) + PEN (cage)
23. STRING – R (run) in STING (trick)
24. DRY ROT – DRY (tiresome) + ROT (guff)
25. DOCTOR – double definition