Posted by Pete Maclean on January 20th, 2011
Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of January 8
Cinephile gives us a few fine clues here, 1-18A (STANDING OVATION), 10A (DISARM) and 1D (SUPINE). And a couple of unconventional clues that I like, notably 15D (PRIME TIME). Then there are a couple that I am unsure about: 16A (ENTERIC) 27A (ANGSTROM). And one, 6D (INITIATED), that I do not understand.
As is often the case with Cinephile’s puzzles, I managed to finish this one fairly quickly because the clues with long answers are rather easy.
1, 18. STANDING OVATION – N (North) + DINGO (Australian dog) + V (opposed to) all in STATION (sheep farm). A sheep ranch in Australia is called a sheep station.
5, 22, 23dn: WITHIN THESE FOUR WALLS – WIT (intelligence) + HINT (clue) + HES (he’s) + anagram of RULE AS WOLF
9. POSITIVE – SIT (to take seat) + IV (tea time) in POE (American writer)
10. DISARM – anagram of R (right) + MAD IS
12. NINTH – hidden word
13. CHORISTER – anagram of SHORT RICE
14. HERPES – HER (lady’s) + PES (slipper)
16. ENTERIC – ENTER (put yourself) + IC (first century). I am away from home and do not have my usual dictionaries at hand so I cannot be certain but I can find no support for “enteric” having a meaning related to fever. It normally means relating to the intestines.
20. GO DOWN – GOD OWN (suggestion of divine possession)
23. WHOLE – WHOLE[sale]
24. RETAIL – RE (about) + TAIL (queue)
25. DISLODGE – ISL (man maybe cut short) in DODGE (trick). How does “man maybe cut short” clue ISL? I am thinking of “no man is an island” but am unsure that this is the reference intended.
26. LIEDER – homophone (“leader”)
27. ANGSTROM – hidden word? Angstrom is a unit of distance which could be applied to a wavelength but is it okay to refer directly to a wavelength as an angstrom? Some would complain about the extra words in the fodder (PAVAROTTI, ERUPTED and ETC) but maybe it is not a hidden-word clue — after all, there is no conventional indicator of hiding. Is the idea that when “Pavarotti sang, Stromboli” erupts, ANGSTROM will come to the surface?
1. SUPINE – PIN (number) in SUE (go to court)
2, 7. ABSENCE MAKES THE HEART GROW FONDER – contrast to “nearest dearest”
3. DUTCH – double definition
4. NOVICES – NO VICES (nothing but virtues)
6. INITIATED – ??? “one had a bite of dinner” presumably clues IATED but I cannot see the rest.
8. NUMERACY – anagram of MENU + RACY (fast)
11, 19. FORENOON – FO (return of) + RENO (divorce centre) + ON (possible). Reno, Nevada is known for easy divorces.
15. PRIME TIME – both rhymes of RHYME
17. POSTURAL – POST (letters) + URAL (range)
20. GORDIAN – GO (proceed) + AID (help) backwards in RN (navy)
21. REDEEM – RE-DEEM (think again) with a cryptic definition