Posted by Pete Maclean on November 11th, 2010
Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of October 30
A very easy puzzle from Cinephile this time. Easy for me except that I had to look up the names of the main characters in “Waiting for Godot”. The clues I like are 1A (BACKWASH), 12A (EAST INDIA) and 19D (ORPHAN) while some others are a bit drab, for example 10A (SWAMI). And then there is part of 1+21D (BUSTER KEATON) that I don’t understand.
1. BACKWASH – double definition
5. SPIKED – ??? What kind of clue is this? A bit of a double definition, a bit of a riddle, a bit non-cryptic? I think it’s a marginally okay clue although it seems unconventional.
10. SWAMI – “swam I?” (did I go through water?)
11. ANIMATION – cryptic definition
12. EAST INDIA – anagram of ITS AN IDEA
13. THERM – THE RM [the Royal Marines] (soldier-sailors)
14. CONGER – CONGE (marching orders) + R (river). I was unfamiliar with “conge” which my dictionary defines as “formal permission to depart”.
18. LIMPOPO – LIMP (feeble) + O (love) + PO (river)
20, 15. SAMUEL BECKETT – ELBE (river) in AMUCK (uncontrolled frenzy) in SETT (home with badger)
22. DYING – hidden word
24. PARENTAGE – ARENT [i.e. “are not”] (do not live) in PAGE (part of book)
25. MELODRAMA – ME (setter) + anagram of OLD + RAM (sheep) + A (a)
26. GUILT – I (one) + L (left) both in GUT (seat of feelings)
27. REMOTE – double/cryptic definition
28. ESTRAGON – anagram of SET + RAG ON (wearing old cloth)
1, 21. BUSTER KEATON – BUST (bankrupt) + ERK (aircraftman??) + EAT ON (continue his dinner). How does “aircraftman” clue ERK? Or does it not and do I have this entire wordplay wrong?
2. CLASSROOM – anagram of SOROS in CLAM (taciturn type)
3. WAITING FOR GODOT – IT (it) + IN (at home) both in WAG (jester) + DO (party) backwards in FORGOT (didn’t remember)
4. SLANDER – [i]SLANDER (Briton, say, beheaded). I have seen a very similar clue before.
6. PRACTICE MANAGER – CARP backwards (raised fish) + anagram of MICE in TANAGER (finch). I fancy “tanager” is not a well known word but I knew it because a street on the estate where I live is called Scarlet Tanager.
7. KNIFE – FINK (American nark) backwards + E (English)
8. DYNAMITE – homophone (“diner might”)
9. BICARB – CAR (transport) in BIB (feeder). I had not known that a child’s bib can be called a feeder but Chambers confirms that it can.
16. ELEVATING – anagram of NATIVE LEG
17. VLADIMIR – LAD (boy) in VI (sixth) + MIR (station in space)
19. ORPHAN – quasi-homophone (“often”). As a strict homophone this would not work well but, with “misunderstood” as the indicator, it turns out to be a great clue.
20. SURPASS – anagram of PRUSS[i]A
23. ISLAM – I (I) + SLAM (criticise)