Posted by Pete Maclean on October 13th, 2011
Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of October 1
I believe I am right in saying that Bradman (Don Manley) is a newcomer to the FT Weekend prize puzzle but I know him from his weekday FT puzzles, a few of which I have blogged. I typically find him to be a trickier compiler than the Weekend regulars but I found this puzzle plain sailing — despite two answers that I had only a vague knowledge of (NISEI and SET FAIR). In this crossword I applaud especially the brilliant anagram of 1A (ALL SAINTS DAY), the straightforward but elegant 13A (GUESTS), the snazzy charade in 19A (PASTA), the foxy cryptic definition in 1A (ANDANTE), the perfect semi-&lit. of 6D (AILERON) and the fine surface of 18D (TROUNCE). If Don meant to make a splash with his first prize puzzle, I would say he succeeded in spades. I do have some doubts and quibbles nonetheless. For example, with 2D I wonder if “leavers” is widely accepted to mean what I take to be an abbreviation for school leavers? I hope so but I think I have never heard it. I am not complaining though — the clue is so good. And in 11A there is no indication that ‘future’ is a definition by example.
1. ALL SAINTS DAY – anagram of ID SAY SATANLL. Yes!
8. HYDRANT – “hyde” (fictional murderer) + RANT (rave)
9. GAMBLED – GAM (leg) + BLED (suffered a wound)
11. TENSE UP – TENSE (future) + UP (at Oxford)
12. TANTRUM – TANT (so much French) + RUM (drink)
13. GUESS – GUES[t]S (people at party wasting time)
14. DEFERENCE – RE (about) in DEFENCE (legal team)
16. APPETISER – anagram of TRIPE and PEAS
19. PASTA – PAS (Dad’s) + TA (army). I am well aware of the TV show “Dad’s Army” but never actually watched more than a couple of fragments of it. This may (I hope!) explain why I can make no sense of “not supplied by Jones though!”. I did ascertain that one of the characters on the show was called Jones.
21. HARPOON – HARPO (a funny brother) + ON (performing)
23. TOASTED – O (egg) in TASTED (sampled)
24. RIDINGS – RIDING (traveling) + S (south)
25. ARAPAHO – A (a) + RAP (type of modern music) + HO[use]
26. EXPERIMENTER – EX (no longer) + [reputatio]N in PERIMETER (edge)
1. ANDANTE – AN (an) + DANTE (Italian poet)
2. LEAVERS – cryptic definition
3. ANTIPODES – TIP (extra money) in ANODES (poles)
4. NIGHT – [k]NIGHT
5. SEMINAR – anagram of MARINES
6. AILERON – anagram of A ROLE IN
7. PHOTOGRAPHER – homophone (“Beaton”). This refers to the celebrated photographer Sir Cecil Beaton but I am unsure how to categorize the clue; it’s some kind of inverse homophone?
10. DOMBEY AND SON – anagram of NOVEL BY NO MEANS
15. FIRST MATE – FIR (wood) + M (male) in STATE (say)
17. PARADOX – PARAD[e] (show ending prematurely) + O (nothing) + X (wrong)
18. TROUNCE – T[a]R (sailor heartlessly) + OUNCE (cat)
19. PEASANT – PEAS (vegetables) + ANT (hill worker)
20. SET FAIR – anagram of FT IS REA[d]. I saw the anagram and guessed the answer although I am not sure that I have come across ‘set fair’ before.
22. NISEI – hidden word. ‘Nisei’ is originally a Japanese word meaning a second-generation ex-pat, not necessarily in America but used most there as far as I know.