Posted by Pete Maclean on June 30th, 2011
Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of June 18
I found this puzzle to be tough. In particular, 4A, 14D and 18D all stumped me for a while. I still do not completely understand 14D (ILLUSTRATOR) but trust I have the right answer. The only clue I greatly like is 19D (HYSTERIA) while I have doubts about 2D and 18D.
1. DISOWN – SOW (row changing its leader) in DIN (row)
4. REDSTART – if green means stop then red [means] start
10. BELLINI – BELL (phone call) + IN (in) + I (first)
11. CHANCEL – CHANCEL[lor] ([George] Osborne falls short of master). So “lor” is an approved abbreviation for lord (master)?
13. SECOND WIND – SECOND [little time] + WIND (go round)
16. NEARLY – N (pole) + EARLY (before time)
17. SCUTTLE – double definition
20. IN VOGUE – IN (trendy) + V (five) + [min]OGUE (Kylie’s topped)
21. FLASHY – ASH (wood) in FLY (carriage)
24. HEREABOUTS – anagram of BEAU OTHERS
27. REFUTER – REF (whistle-blower) + anagram of TRUE. I would deem this a brilliant clue if I were happy about “hardly” as an anagram indicator — which I am not. I suppose it barely works in the sense of “with difficulty”.
29. COAL TAR – CO (company) + ALTAR (shrine)
30. TOXICITY – TO (to) + XI (team) + CITY (town)
31. SMYRNA – MY (my) + RN (ships [Royal Navy] both in SA (South Africa)
1. DABBLING – DAB (expert) + BLING (jewels)
2. SILAS MARNER – anagram of MISER ALS[o] RAN. Is this an attempt at an &lit? I am unsure. I have not read “Silas Marner” but from what I can gather on Wikipedia, he was a bit of a miser. But “when love came to him” does not seem to have the necessary effect in the wordplay — that of telling us to remove the O — rather the opposite.
3, 12. WHIPLASH – HIP (joint) + L (left) both in WASH (laundry)
5. ENCROACH – [t]ENC[h] (tench’s heart) + ROACH (another fish)
6. STANDSTILL – ST (good guy) + AND (with) + ST (another one) + ILL (sick)
7, 9. ARCHIVES – A (a) + RC (catholic) + HIVES (rash)
8. TOLEDO – ODE (poem) + LOT (fate) all backwards
14. ILLUSTRATOR – ??? I do not understand the wordplay here. (See comment 1 below.)
15. PLEONASTIC – EON (period) in PLASTIC (synthetic material)
18. AUTOCRAT – AUTO (car abbreviated) + anagram of CAR (car crashed) + T (model). I did not parse the wordplay like this originally but a commenter clued me in (see below) and I think this must be right.
19. HYSTERIA – anagram of THEIR SAY
22. THIRST – [artis]T + HURST (contemporary one — Damien Hirst)
23, 26. STOCK FARM – anagram of COST + K (1,000 pounds) + FAR (distant) + M (a mile)
28, 25. FOXTROT – FOX (deceive) + TROT (left-winger). A “Trot” is a Trotskyite or an extreme left-winger.