Posted by Pete Maclean on October 14th, 2010
Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of October 2
This is the best Cinephile I remember in a while. The theme is one there is little you have to figure out about; perhaps just that most of the themed clues refer to motor racing rather than motoring in general. And, as is often the case with Cinephile, that is easy to spot since 4A (HAMILTON) is rather a giveaway.
I note some specially good clues: 13A (ATHENE), 2D (RETRIEVER), 8D (NO SWEAT) and 26, 5 (CASTAWAY). Then there is one that I cannot fully figure out, 18D though I trust that the answer is CURLICUE. And finally there is 17D (GRAND PRIX) which seems to be missing something — and is rather a poor clue to boot.
1. CARMEN – CAR MEN (motorists)
4. HAMILTON – double definition
9. METTLE – homophone (“metal”)
10. CANNABIS – CAN (has power) + NAB (capture) + IS (islands)
12. ORIENTAL – NT (books) + A (first) together in ORIEL (window)
13. ATHENE – “A THEN E…”
15. SAVE – double definition
16. FLASHLIGHT – LASH (punishment) in FLIGHT (traveling)
19. FORMULA ONE – FOR (for) + MU (Greek character) + O (nothing) in LANE (the way)
20, 23. HARDCASTLE – HARD (difficult) + CASTLE (move rook and king)
25, 7. PERIODIC TABLE – IO (10) in PREDICTABLE (easy to forecast) with a little twist (swapping R and E)
27. IRONCLAD – anagram of RAIN COLD
28. EVER SO – E (point) + VERSO (other side)
29. ELEVENTH – ELEVE (foreign student) + NTH (last of many)
30. PRAXIS – PR (image building) + A (a) + SIX (number) backwards
2. RETRIEVER – anagram of TERRIER V E
3. EALING – [h]EALING (purpose of ‘ospital)
6. INNATELY – INN (tavern) + AT (at) + ELY (cathedral city)
8. NO SWEAT – anagram of WON SEAT
11. BAY LEAF – double/cryptic definition. (A bay leaf is also a laurel leaf and a laurel wreath was a Roman victor’s emblem.)
14. ASUNDER – AS UNDER (see below)
17. GRAND PRIX – RAN (was quick) in GDP (national economic indicator) + IX (nine). But there’s an R missing from the wordplay, is there not? (But actually no — see comments below.)
18. CURLICUE – ???. Well “Q, say” gives us CUE but as for the first part, I have no clue! Correction — I have no answer!
19. FICTIVE – CT (caught) + I (one) in FIVE (five)
21, 1. DOCTORS COMMONS – DOCTORS (tampers) + COMMONS (house). Doctors Commons was a London building for lawyers in the old days.
22, 24. SILVERSTONE – SILVER (Argentine) + STONE (jewel)
26, 5. CASTAWAY – CAST (actors) + A (a) + WAY (method)