Posted by Pete Maclean on May 19th, 2011
Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of May 7
Here’s a typically strong puzzle from Mudd with a good variety of clues. My faves are 27A (KRAKATOA), 3D (HEADSTONE) and 22D (LATER).
1. OKLAHOMA – double definition
5. SLIP-UP – PUPILS (students) backwards
10. DENMARK – anagram of MEN in DARK (unable to see)
11. ANAGRAM – cryptic definition
12. ATLAS – AT LAS[t] (finally cut short)
13. LADIES MAN – anagram of A SMILE AND
14. SOLVENT ABUSE – SOLVE (crack) + N (new) + TAB (pill) + USE (exploit)
18. ASK ME ANOTHER – anagram of TAKE HORSEMAN
21. SINGLETON – SINGLET (vest) + ON (on)
23. TEMPO – OP (work) + MET (came across) all backwards
24. BEEF TEA – BEE (worker) + FT (my employer) + E (energy) + A (a). Beef tea is an extract of beef given to people who are ill. It is a term I heard frequently as a boy in the 1950s but very rarely come across today.
25. EMULATE – EMU (bird) + LATE (gone to meet its maker)
26. EXPORT – EX (old) + PORT (drink)
27. KRAKATOA – A (a) + K (grand) + ARK (ship) all backwards + TO (to) + A (a)
1. ORDEAL – OR (or) + DEAL (agreement)
2. LONELY – ON (on) in LELY (artist). Peter Lely was a 17th century Dutch artist — not that I had ever heard of him.
3. HEADSTONE – anagram of ONES DEATH
4. MAKE LOVE NOT WAR – anagram of MAN TO LEAVE WORK
6. LEAVE – double definition
7. PARAMOUR – A (a) + RAM (force) both in POUR (stream)
8. POMANDER – MA (mother) in PONDER (think about)
9. PADDINGTON BEAR – PADDING (stuffing) + O NB (old note well) in TEAR (rip). Ah, Michael Bond! This clue fooled me for a while as I mentally went through memories of Bond films. But the fact that it clued a character as opposed to, say, a villain or a henchman made me suspicious.
15. AWESTRUCK – A (a) + WEST (quarter) + RUCK (fight). Chambers tells us that RUCK is prison slang for a fight, derived perhaps from ruckus.
16. PASSABLE – BASS (singer) backwards in PALE (white)
17. SKIN DEEP – KIND (sort) in SEEP (leak)
19. IMPART – IMP (devil) + ART (skill)
20. BODEGA – ODE (one must be dedicated) in anagram of BAG. Must an ode be dedicated? I did not know this to be the case although I realize that many are, witness “Ode to a Small Lump of Green Putty I Found in My Armpit One Midsummer”.
22. LATER – hidden word