Posted by Pete Maclean on February 3rd, 2011
Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of January 22
Once again Cincinnus comes up with an impressive set of clues.
How juicy is 19A (REDSTART)? How witty 13A (NON-USAGE)! How splendid 8A (CON ARTIST), 1D (DOCUMENTARIES) and 10D (STREET THREATRE)! How nice 23D (PECAN). The bottom-right quadrant took me a while but the whole was most satisfying.
1. DEMOTIC – TOME (book) in CID (police) all backwards
5. ROCOCO – R[oyal] O[pera] + COCO (company replicated)
8. CON ARTIST – anagram of ACTOR ISNT
9. LOADS – double definition. (Not LEADS as I originally posted.)
11. MAINE – MAIN (major) + [leagu]E
12. BAROMETER – O (old) + MET (opera house) together in BARER (more exposed). I take it that the location referred to is the Metropolitan Opera House (“the Met”) in New York — where I have enjoyed opera myself.
13. NON-USAGE – “pundit” with U removed!
15. PIERCE – R (right) in PIECE (composition)
17. ASSENT – homophone (“ascent”)
19. REDSTART – S[eed] in RED TART (cherry pie)
22. ICE HOCKEY – anagram of CHOICE + KEY (essential)
23. PURSE – double definition. The first meaning contract as in “to purse lips”.
24. SATAN – SAT (one day) + AN (an)
25. TRENCHANT – TRENCH (ditch) + ANT (insect)
26. SEARCH – EAR (organ) in SCH (school)
27. LUNETTE – NET (curtain material) in LUTE (instrument)
1. DOCUMENTARIES – anagram of AUDIENCE STORM
2. MENTION – I (upright character) in MENTON (French resort)
3. TERSE – hidden word. I wondered about “part for” as a hidden-word indicator for a minute but decided it works well.
4. CRIBBAGE – CRIB (key) + BAG (appropriate) + E[ngland]. Is “key” a bit of a stretch for cluing CRIB? I guess there is overlap of meaning in the sense of something like a set of answers, e.g. at the back of a book of puzzles, exercises.
5. RETORT – double definition (“sally” in the sense of outburst)
6. CALUMNIES – anagram of MASCULINE
7. CHAPTER – double definition
10. STREET THEATRE – anagram of SETTER THERE AT. And such a fine cryptic definition!
14. SUNDOWNER – anagram of NOW in SUNDER (part). To sunder means to separate or part.
16. VERY WELL – double definition
18. SHEATHE – SHE (the woman) + A + THE (articles)
20. ABREAST – A (a) + R (resistance) in BEAST (brutal person)
21. SKETCH – S (singular) + KETCH (vessel)
23. PECAN – CA (about — abbreviation of CIRCA) in PEN (prison)