Posted by Pete Maclean on February 10th, 2011
Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of January 29
This puzzle strikes me as one of Mudd’s best. Taking pride of place is the brilliant semi-&lit that is 16D (HEATHROW). And I also especially like 9A (ODDS), 27A (STYE), 28A (WESTWARD HO), 5D (STARS AND STRIPES) and 24D (SUPER).
1. MICRONESIA – CRONES (witches) in M (a thousand) + II (isles) + A (a)
7. FACE – double definition
9. ODDS – cryptic definition (I guess)
10. PEARL DIVER – PEAR (fruit) + [seawee]D in LIVER (meat). With a another nice cryptic definition.
11. CARNAL – [large]R in CANAL (passage). In an anatomical sense, a canal is a passage.
12. SAMPHIRE – AMP (current unit) in SHIRE (county)
13. PARTISAN – ART (skill) + IS (is) together in PAN (God)
15. FLOW – WOLF (bolt) backwards
17. ICON – I (single) + CON (blue — in a political sense)
19. STEMLESS – T[h]E (the hollow) + ELM (tree) backwards together in SSS (three seconds)
22. FIRE DOOR – RED (warning sign) + OO (two rings) together in FIR (wood). In my experience, “fire door” usually refers to a door that should be shut to prevent a fire’s spreading but Chambers confirms that it can also mean an emergency exit.
23. TASTER – [compos]T + ASTER (plant). I was stuck on this clue for a long time. I thought of TASTER early on but it took me a while to see that it could fit the definition (“extract”) — which it does in the sense of a sample.
25. SKYSCRAPER – SCRAP (dispute) in SKYE (Scottish isle) + R (right)
26. PAIL – homophone (“pale”)
27. STYE – hidden word
28. WESTWARD HO – anagram of WATERS + D[estroy] together in WHO (doctor). The enumeration is, inevitably, a give-away here but I think the surface is excellent considering recent floods in Devon.
2. INDIANA – IN (in) + DIANA (goddess)
3. RESIN – S (sulphur) in REIN (check)
4. NEPALESE – PEN (writer) backwards + ALES (drinks) + E (drugs)
5. STARS AND STRIPES – SAND (smooth) + STRIP (shave) in STARES (looks)
6. APLOMB – L (liberal) in A POM (an Englishman abroad) + B[eliefs]
7. FRIGHTFUL – [mastif]F + RIGHTFUL (just)
8. CHEERIO – CHE (red) + ER (queen) + IO (ten)
14. TENNESSEE – SENNET[t] (director Mack almost) backwards + SEE (clock). Mack Sennett was probably the best known maker of silent films in early Hollywood days.
16. HEATHROW – HEAT (passion) + R[unways] in HOW (question). And a gem of a semi-&lit.
18. CRICKET – double definition
20. SWEDISH – ED (paper boy) in SWISH (posh). I was surprised to see “paper boy” cluing ED but it’s a nice change from “journalist”.
21. SORROW – SOR[e] (endlessly painful) + ROW (argument)
24. SUPER – SUPPER (meal) with one P (1p) removed