Posted by Pete Maclean on February 24th, 2011
Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of February 12
As most of you may know, John Graham (a.k.a. Cinephile) recently had his 90th birthday. I found this puzzle of his fairly tricky. I would not say it has any great clues but I do like 6D (ABUT) and the clever clue couplings in 9-10A and 26-27D. Then there is one, 24D (TREATY), that I do not fully understand.
9. NANNY GOAT – NANNY (nurse) + GO (shot) + AT (at)
10. BILLY – double definition
11. AVIATOR – VIA (through) in ROTA (list of duties) reversed
12. GET RICH – GE[nius] + [os]TRICH (big bird, not very big)
13, 23. TINPOT – TIN (one container) + POT (another container)
14. MOTHER BROWN – double definition. Chesterton’s detective was Father Brown.
17, 18. START OUT – STAR (brilliant) + TOUT (tipster)
19. BLIND – double definition
21. TREACLE WELL – RE (about) + A CLEW (an old clue) both in TELL (inform)
25, 27, 29. NOTHING TO WRITE HOME ABOUT – anagram of BUT I GO INTO THE OTHER WOMAN. Cinephile sometimes writes anagram clues for long expressions like this that could almost be computer-generated; this one is rather good though.
28. SPREE – double definition. The Spree is a river that runs through Berlin — something I had not known until I looked it up for this clue.
1. INFANT – FAN (cooler) in IN (in) + T (time)
2. INSIGNIA – IN (home) + SIGNORA (married woman) with “I” replacing “OR”
3. SYSTEMATIC – anagram of MESSY ACT IT
4. TOUR – double definition
5. STAG BEETLE – BE (live) in STAGE (theatre) + anagram of LET
6. ABUT – A (a) + BUT (qualification)
7. ULTIMO – U (turn) + T (junction) in LIMO (large car)
8. HYPHENED – HEN (bird) in HYPED (over-promoted). I am more used to “hyphenated” but “hyphened” is perfectly good.
15. TWO LENGTHS – double definition
16. BUBBLE WRAP – BU (British Union) + BLEW (exposed) in BRA (supporter) + P (piano)
17. SATANIST – SAT (took pew) + anagram of SAINT
20. IMPRISON – MP (politician) in IRIS (flag) + ON (continuingly). The flag-iris pair is always a good one for solvers to keep in mind.
22. EXTORT – EX (was) TORT (wrong)
24. TREATY – ??? How does “that could be private” work here?
26. ITEM – anagram of TIME (27D)
27. TIME – cryptic definition