Posted by Pete Maclean on January 27th, 2011
Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of January 15
I had trouble finishing the lower-left quadrant of this puzzle and maintain a reservation about 17D (EGYPTIAN). My top clues here are 28A (BEGRUDGE) and 8D (LEMONADE).
1. WITHDRAW – WITH (using) + DRAW (attraction). I note that WITHHOLD fits the clue as well.
5. AT WILL – A (a) + TWILL (woven fabric)
10. IN-OFF – [w]INO (alchoholic blowing top) + FF (very string). The definition, pot, refers to snooker where an “in-off” is a pot made by hitting one ball into a pocket off another.
11. CLINGFILM – LING (whole fish) + FI[sh] in CL[a]M (seafood without a)
12. GREEN BELT – GREEN (unsophisticated) + BELT (hit)
13. TIMON – TIM (Little Dickensian character, i.e. Tiny Tim) + ON (working)
14. STATUS – TAT (rubbish) + SUS (Texas). I guess Texas clues SUS as South United States although I have not come across this before.
15. LEOPARD – POE (author) backwards in LARD (fat)
18. GURNARD – RAN (managed) in DRUG (dope) all backwards
20. CHERRY – HER (that woman’s) in CRY (call)
22. PLANT – PLAN (strategy) + [governmen]T
24. MARGARINE – GAR (fish) + IN (in) both in MARE (sea)
25. INDOCHINA – IN (popular) + DO (party) + CHIN (hit) + A (a). How does “hit” clue CHIN?
26. KENYA – [truc]K + ENYA (singer)
27. NUTMEG – NUT (fanatic) + MEG (girl)
28. BEGRUDGE – anagram of BUGGERED
1. WHINGE – [somethin]G in WHINE (complain)
2. TWO-SEATER – W (wife) in SOT (drinker) backwards + EATER (diner)
3. DEFINITE ARTICLE – TEAR (rent) in anagram of DECLINE IF IT
4. ARCHERS – [m]ARCHERS (heading off demonstrators)
6. TIGHTROPE WALKER – anagram of THE LAW PORK in TIGER (wildcat)
7. IDIOM – I (one) + O (nothing) in DIM (stupid)
8. LEMONADE – A (article) in LE MONDE (foreign newspaper)
9. PISTOL – SIP (drink) backwards + TO (to) + L[ips]
16. ARRAIGNED – anagram of DANGER AIR
17. EGYPTIAN – GYP (trouble) in ET (film) + IAN (boy). Does “mummy” really define EGYPTIAN? I cannot see how. True, mummies are, in the popular mind, associated very much with Egypt but are far from unique to that country.
19. DOMAIN – DO (act) + MAIN (leading)
20. CORSAGE – SAG (dip) in CORE (heart)
21. SEWAGE – WAG (humour from this person) in SEE (diocese)
23. AUDIT – AUDI (car) + [sea]T