Posted by Pete Maclean on October 6th, 2011
Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of September 24
I enjoyed this puzzle which has a few okay clues and a couple of challenges. One challenge for me was 18D (CHARTIST) — for several reasons. At the start I was deceived into looking for the name of a person rather than a class of reformer. Then I was only barely familiar with the term chartist. And finally the wordplay seems faulty. Probably my top clues are 14D (STREWTH) and 2D (HARPER LEE) which has a great surface (but, sure, a rather obvious construction). I hold reservations about 25A (STAR TREK) and 29A (LATITUDE).
1. COHERE – HE (man) in CORE (centre)
4. COLUMBUS – COLUM[n] (piece of paper mainly) + BUS (people carrier)
9. SCRIBE – SC[ience] + RIBE[s] (pruned currant). How do you think Ribena got its name?!
10. PRISTINA – PRISTINE (as good as new) with final E changed to A (with new conclusion)
12. CREDITOR – CR (councillor) + EDITOR (journalist)
13. CUCKOO – double definition
15. WALL – W (with) + ALL (everybody)
16. SKETCHBOOK – S (second) + KETCH (boat) + BOOK (reserve)
19. OPEN-HANDED – PEN HAND (the one I write with) in OED (dictionary)
20. EDIT – TIDE backwards
23. DEMURE – EMU (big bird) in DRE[am]
25. STAR TREK – homophone (“start wreck”). So “Enterprise” defines Star Trek? Well it’s an immediate connection one is likely to make but not quite a definition.
27. NEURITIS – homophone (“new rite is”)
28. AT WILL – A (a) + TWILL (style of fabric)
29. LATITUDE – double definition. Now I am being very picky here but latitude is not “non-existent at the Equator”. Latitude means angular distance from the Equator which means that, at the Equator, latitude is zero. But this is not quite the same as being non-existent.
30. NAUSEA – hidden word
1. CASH COW – C (number) + ASH (tree) + COW (frighten)
2. HARPER LEE – HARPER (string player) + LEE (general)
3. RABBIT – BAR (lawyers) backwards + BIT (a little)
5. OURS – double definition. “Ours” is the French word for bear.
6. UNSOUGHT – U (turn) + anagram of SHOTGUN
7. BRICK – double/cryptic definition
8. SEA COOK – anagram of CAKES OO (rounds)
14. STREWTH – WT (some weight) in HERTS (county) backwards
17. ORDERLIES – ORDER (ask) + LIES (romances)
18. CHARTIST – anagram of STIR in CHAT (conversation). But, but, but there is no anagram indicator. Hm, is “stir” supposed to be both fodder and indicator? Or am I missing something?
19. ORDINAL – DIN (row) in ORAL (said)
21, 11, 26. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD – anagram of I GOT COLD MILK IN BARK. Seems like a typical Cinephile anagram for a long answer where he finds a string of words that sound grammatical but make no sense.
22. GRETNA – GR (King George) + ETNA (volcano)
24. MOULT – MO (time) + ULT (recent weeks). Ult (short for ultimo) means in the month preceding the current one — not precisely the same as “in recent weeks” but I think it is close enough.