Posted by Pete Maclean on September 2nd, 2010
Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of August 21
This is one of those fairly typical Cinephiles where several of the clues, especially those for longer answers, fit a theme and are rather pedestrian, and thus make the whole puzzle fairly easy — at least if one can spot the theme. I knew enough about John Milton to manage well although I had not come across his poem Comus. Including 25A (HAMILTON) was clever but my choice clues this time are 13A (GHOST TOWN) and 22A (DOWN UNDER). I have a reservation about 26A.
1, 11. PARADISE LOST – IS (is) in PARADE (display) + LO (see) + ST (a way)
5. AMUSED – A (one) + MUSED (thought)
9. REGAINED – EG (say) in RAINED (was wet outside), referring of course to Paradise Regained
10. ANIMUS – A (a) + NIM[b]US (rain-cloud eliminating B)
12. COMUS – CO (senior office) + SUM (everything) backwards
13. GHOST TOWN – G (good) + HOST (entertainer) + anagram of WONT
14. INVEST – IN VEST (not wearing shirt)
16. TOO FAST – TOO (as well) + FAST (don’t eat)
18. NE0LITH – anagram of THE LION
20. CUSTOM – CUS (rude word) + TOM (cat)
22. DOWN UNDER – NUN (sister) in anagram of WORDED
23. GUILD – homophone (“gild”)
24. ADMITS – M (a number) in ADITS (mineshafts). An adit is a nearly horizontal passage from the surface into a mine.
25. HAMILTON – HA (expression of satisfaction) + MILTON (our poet)
26. SONNET – SON (issue) + NET (online). Clueing NET with “online” does not seem quite right to me.
27. PREMISES – double definition
1. PIRACY – PI (letter) + RACY (somewhat improper)
3, 17. DRIBS AND DRABS – anagram of BIRDS + AND (with) + anagram of BARDS
4. SLEIGHT – homophone (“slight”)
6, 2. MONSTROUS REGIMENT OF WOMEN – MONS (battle) + TROUS[ers] (some garments) + REGIMENT OF WOMEN (female soldiers). The answer, which I had to look up, refers to a declaration by John Knox. The statement is not about female soldiers but about rule by women.
7. SAMSON AGONISTES – anagram of “IM ON ASS GET ON ASS”
8. DISUNITY – SUN (tabloid) + IT (it) in DIY (one’s own work)
15. ETIQUETTE – anagram of QUITE + [b]ETTE[r]
19. HIDE – double definition
20. CORSAIR – CORS (French horn’s) + AIR (melody)
21. ADONIS – A (an) + DON (academic) + IS (is). Refers to Lord Adonis.
23. GRIMM – homophone (“grim”)