Posted by Pete Maclean on November 4th, 2010
Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of October 23
This strikes me as a rather pedestrian puzzle. I particularly like 23A (ARC) and 16D (DOWNSTAIRS).
9. CASTOR OIL – O (old) in CASTRO (Cuban) + I (one) + L (litre)
10. PUPIL – double definition
11. OUTLAST – OUT LAST (like the tenth man back in the pavilion)
12. EARLDOM – A (a) + R (king) in [s]ELDOM (rarely missing leadership). Yes, a countess’ estate is properly called not anything like a countessdom but an earldom.
13. SIR – hidden word
14. CAMARADERIE – anagram (“about”) of AMERICA READ
17. TACIT – CAT (prowler) backwards + IT (it)
18. NIT – double definition. I first thought this was NUT, which fits at a stretch, but NIT is better — see comments below. Although I suspect an egghead can also be a nit/nut!
19. WISPY – W (well, initially) + I SPY (children’s game)
21. DENTAL FLOSS – DEN (office) + FLAT (apartment) backwards + LOSS (death). With a nice cryptic definition.
23. ARC – A[dvance] + R[ound] + C[ircle]
25. MINARET – M (many) + anagram (“building”) of NEAR IT
27. TOASTER – TO (in the direction of) + ASTER (flower)
28. ROTOR – palindrome
29. AMBERGRIS – BERG (composer) + R (runs) together in AMIS (author)
1. ACROSS – double definition. A liger is a cross between a lion and a tigress.
2. ESOTERIC – E (English) + SOT (drinker) + ERIC (man)
3. NOVA SCOTIA – VASCO (Da Gama) in NOT (not) + AI (main route – the A1) backwards
4. COLT – double definition
5. ALLEGRETTO – L (line) + EGRET (bird) in ALTO (voice)
6. SPAR – SPAR[e] (extra short)
7. SPIDER – double definition. The second definition refers to a rest as used in snooker. I believe I have seen a very similar clue before.
8. FLUMMERY – LUMME (good gracious) in FRY (fish)
15. MAN OF STRAW – [chi]N in WARTS (verrucas) + FOAM (froth) both backwards
16. DOWNSTAIRS – anagram (“inebriated”) of WINDSOR SAT
17. TIDEMARK – anagram (“needing replacement”) of DARK ITEM
20. SLATTERN – SLAT (blind partially) + TERN (bird)
22. NINETY – I (one) + NET (bag) in NY (state). The definition, “nearly a ton”, would seem to use “ton” in the sense of 100. A dictionary confirms this meaning but it is not well known to me.
24. CARESS – ARES (God) in CS (Lewis). The author of the Narnia books (among others), not Inspector Lewis.
26. RARE – double definition
27. TUBA – homophone (“tuber”)