Posted by Pete Maclean on October 28th, 2010
Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of October 16
A slightly more difficult than usual puzzle from Cincinnus with a typical offering of fine clues. My choice ones this time are 23A (AEROSMITH), 26A (ALLIUM), 28A (LOCUST), 29A (AS IT WERE) and 1D (JUDDER).
1. JACOBEAN – COB (loaf) in JEAN (Frenchman)
5. EMOTED – TOME (book) backwards + E[dwin] D[rood]
9. DWELLING – D (duke) + WELLING[ton] (a famous one losing weight)
10. ANIMUS – NIM (game) in AUS (Oz)
12. ENEMY – ME (Cincinnus) reversed in E (Eastern) NY (state)
13. SANTANDER – AN (article) in STANDER (upright type)
14. HARDLY – L (line) in HARDY (English poet). Oh dear! I come from Hardy country but, while I know him very well as a novelist, I had forgotten that Hardy was also a poet.
16. PEASANT – P[l]EASANT (delightful second shed)
19. ORDINAL – DIN (25 across — noise) in ORAL (exam)
21. SHERPA – anagram of PHRASE
23. AEROSMITH – A (a) + EROS (Greek god) + MIT (with German) + H (hard)
25. NOISE – hidden word (piaNO IS Excruciating)
26. ALLIUM – ALL (wholly) + I (imaginary root) + UM (let me see)
27. BRAND NEW – BRAND (mark) + [k]NEW (scratching head was acquainted with)
28. LOCUST – OC (officer) in LUST (desire) wi
29. AS IT WERE – anagram of SWEATER I
1. JUDDER – J (jack) + UDDER (container of milk)
2. CLEVELAND – CLEVE[r] (endless bright) + LAND (light)
3. BULLY – double definition
4. AMNESTY – NEST (cosy) in AMY (little woman). The “little woman” reference is to Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women” one of whom was named Amy.
6. MENTAL AGE – anagram of AGENT LAME
7. TIMID -TIM (chap) + [a]ID (rejecting first aid)
8. DISCRETE – D (500) + IS (islands) + CRETE (island)
11. SNAP – double definition. Unexpected in the sense of a snap quiz.
15. DINOSAURS – anagram of ROADS IN US
17. APPLIANCE – I[rish] + [b]AN[k] + C[oins] in APPLE (fruit)
18. NOT AT ALL – Tom Thumb was NOT A TALL man. I have come across people who think that fill-in-the-blank type clues are somehow improper. I think they are absolutely fine and am happy to see Cincinnus using one.
20. LAID – DIAL (face) reversed
21. SPHERES – anagram of HESPERS
22. PEEWEE – EWE (sheep) in PEE[r] (lord almost)
24. RELIC – hidden word (sighseeR ELICited)
25. NONET – TEN (ten) + ON[e] (one short) backwards