Posted by Pete Maclean on April 7th, 2011
Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of March 26
Bradman is, as far as I know, new to Weekend prize puzzles but I am familiar with him thanks to his weekday crosswords. His puzzles can be tricky as he tends to use slightly more obscure words and meanings that the regulars. I found this puzzle reasonable easy except for the bottom-right corner where 27A and 23D stumped me for a while. I am still not quite sure that I have the right answers there and there is one other clue I am unsure about, 22A (SPAN). My favourite clues are 15A (DICTATORSHIP) and 17D (BEN NEVIS).
1. PHONEY – PHONE (call) + Y (yard)
4. SPOOKING – OOPS (I’m sorry) backwards + KING (ruler)
9. OSTIUM – OS (very big) + I[instrument] in TUM (stomach)
10. PROTEASE – PRO (professional) + GUY (tease). “Guy” as a verb can mean to make fun of.
12. REEL – homophone (“real”)
13. DECELERATE – ED (editor) backwards + CELE[b]RATE (make merry with book out)
15. DICTATORSHIP – H (hard) in anagram of ID TIP CASTRO
18. MANSION HOUSE – MAN (fellow) + anagram of IN SOHO + USE (employment)
21. DISCOURAGE -DISC (record) + OUR AGE (the times we are living in)
22. SPAN – SPAN[king]. “Span” can mean two of a kind and “spanking” can mean very big. I originally missed the “spanking” part — see comments below.
24. ITALIANS – anagram of LATIN IS [l]A[nguages]
25. SAT-NAV – VAN (vehicle) + T (time) + AS (when) all backwards
26. ENTOMBED – anagram of MEET BOND
27. SPOONS – SNOOPS (People going sneakily) backwards. I originally had SPOOKS for this.
1. PROTRUDE – P (quietly) + ROT (go off) + RUDE (offensive)
2. OUTREACH – OUTRE (fantastic) + A (a) + CH (church)
3. EMUS – hidden word
5. PORTERS LODGE – anagram of OLDER PRO GETS
6. OH THE RIGHT – double definition presumably. But drivers do not proceed on the right in the UK.
7. ISAIAH – IS (is) + AI (excellent — A1) + A (a) + AH (surprise)
8. GEE-GEE – double definition
11. REMONSTRANCE – RE (about) + MONSTRANCE (vessel used in Mass). A monstrance is a vessel used to hold the host in communion. I happened to learn the word just last year when I saw some ornate and beautiful examples in the Loreto in Prague.
14. SANATORIUM – anagram of AIR AMOUNTS
16. BUMP INTO – BUM (dissolute fellow) + PINTO (horse)
17. BEN NEVIS – IVE (I’ve) backwards in BENNS (Tony and Hilary)
19. ADVICE – AD (notice) + VICE (flaw)
20. ASKANT – AS (in the manner of) + KANT (a German)
23. CAMP – double definition