Posted by Pete Maclean on December 2nd, 2010
Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of November 20
For once Cinephile uses a theme that does not make his whole puzzle rather easy once one has copped to it! In fact I think he was very skillful in using “red” in three different ways in this puzzle and making some juicy clues as a result. On the other hand, there are some clues I am not happy with (1A, 10A and 8D). My favourites are 25A (IMAGINARY) and 7D (SHANK).
1. ADVISER – VI (6) in anagram of AS RED. “Not sic” strikes me as a creative anagram indicator but not a good one.
5. CRIMSON – RIMS (borders) in CON (Tory)
9. MARGE – double definition
10. TROUT FARM – anagram of TUTOR + FAR (distant) + M (a mile). But “a mile” would be better cluing IM.
11. RAINDROPS – RA (artist) + IN DROPS (a casual visit pays)
12. RAKED – double definition
13. LAIRD – I (one) in LARD (fat)
15. INITIALLY – IN (in) + I (setter) and L (student) separately in ITALY (Italy)
18. HAND OF GOD – double definition
19. WOODS – double definition referring to redwoods
21. ROSIE – homophone (“rosey”)
23. GRANDPAPA – GRAND (splendid) + PAPA (pope)
25. IMAGINARY – I (one) + A GIN (a drink) in MARY (girl)
26. ARIEL – homophone (“aerial”)
27. GET LOST – anagram of TET[bury] GLOS
28. NAFFEST – A (a) + FF (very noisy) in NEST (home)
1. ADMIRAL – double definition referring to the Red Admiral butterfly
2. VERMILION – REV (parson) backwards + MILLION (1,000,000) with L (50) removed
3. SPEED – DEEPS (of the ocean) backwards
4. RATIONING – anagram of IGNORANT I (one)
5. CROSS – double definition referring to the Red Cross
6. INTERVIEW – INTER (bury) + VIEW (prospect)
7. SHANK – S (South) + HANK (American name) referring to the redshank (a bird)
8. NAME DAY – double definition. Well I understand that “name day” could be derived from “say when” although “name the day” would be better. “Name day” can also mean what is more commonly called “ticket day”, a term used by investors.
14. DUODECIMO – ICED (covered as a cake) backwards in DUOMO (Italian cathedral)
16. INDO-ARYAN – IN (home) + DO (note) + A (a) + RYAN (founder of an airline). Ryanair was founded in 1985 by, among others, Tony Ryan.
17. LOOKALIKE – LOO (John) + KALI (the destroyer) + K (king) + E (energy)
18. HERRING – double definition referring to red herrings
20. SCARLET – SCAR (wound) + LET (little of)
22. START – double definition referring to the redstart (another bird)
23. GIANT – double definition referring to a red giant (a type of star)
24. DWARF – hidden word with definition referring to a red dwarf (another type of star)