Posted by Pete Maclean on March 3rd, 2011
Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of February 19
Cincinnus spoils us with two of his typically wondrous anagrams this time, 21A (TURNSTONES) and 3D (SAN MARINO). I also applaud 8A (REMAINS), 11A (STEPFATHER) and 20A (FLEW).
1. ASSESS – ASSES (animals) + S (second)
4. MOSCOW – MO (way of working — i.e. modus operandi) + SCOW (boat). Some might complain that the “a” is intrusive here.
8. REMAINS – R (right) + anagram of SAME IN
9. VIBRATE – BRAT (kid) in VIE (battle for supremacy)
11. STEPFATHER – P[ink] F[loyd] in anagram of THEATRES
12. FLAG – double definition
13. BALTI – BALTI[c] (not cold sea)
14. RABELAIS – ABEL (murder victim) in RAIS[e] (lift with end drawn out)
16. STAND OFF – STAND (bear) + OFF (not at work)
18. AVAIL – A (a) + V (number of Romans) + AIL (have sickness)
20. FLEW – L (left) in FEW (not many)
21. TURNSTONES – anagram of RUN TO NESTS
23. AFFABLE – F (female) in A (a) + FABLE (story)
24. DRESDEN – DR (doctor) + anagram of NEEDS
25. DRESSY – DRESS (groom) + Y[es]
26. REALLY – RE[g]ALLY (in a way befitting a king, but not good)
1. AGENT – A (a) + GENT (male)
2. SCALPEL – SCALP (trophy) + E[ducationa]L. With a nice cryptic definition.
3. SAN MARINO – anagram of ROMANS IN A
5. OSIER – [c]OSIER (more comfortable if not caught)
6. CAREFUL – anagram of FUR and LACE
7. WITH A WILL – double/cryptic definition
10. WHEREFORE – anagram of HERO FEWER
13. BOTTLE-FED – BOTTLE (courage) + FED (lawman). “Fed” is slang for an agent of the FBI.
15. BRASSERIE – ER (queen) in BRASSIE (club). My Chambers tells me that a brassy is a type of old-fashioned club but it does not grant the same meaning to “brassie”.
17. NEWGATE – NEW (modern) + GATE (entrance)
19. AROUSAL – [c]AROUSAL (lively drinking party not beginning)
21. TALES – reverse hidden word
22. ELEGY – EG (say) in ELY (cathedral)