Posted by Pete Maclean on October 27th, 2011
Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of October 15
I found this puzzle a bit hard overall and the top-left quadrant especially tricky. My top clues are 10A (NOVELIST) and 8D (BASTINADO), and I also applaud the inventiveness in 24A (BUS DEPOT) and 3D (BELLIGERENT). Unless I have missed something or (heaven forfend!) got the wrong answer, there is a broken anagram in 4D (OVENBIRD).
1. FRABJOUS – A (a) + anagram of JOB both in SURF (move effortlessly) backwards
6. SNOBBY – S (second) + NOB (aristo) + BY (through)
9. ATTLEE – [b]ATTLE (fight lost at the front) + E (English)
10. NOVELIST – anagram of LOVE ISNT with a nice cryptic definition referring, presumably, to Muriel Spark
11. TOPI – TOP (cap) + I (one)
12. BOILER SUIT – Spoonerism (“soil a boot”)
14. REHEARSE – HEAR (try) in RESE[arch]
16. EDAM – MADE (produced) backwards
18. EDGE – [s]EDGE (mown plant)
19. NATATION – AT (at) in NATION (country). My first thought was FINLAND but it did not fit — and would have called for a question mark on the clue.
21. CRETAN BULL – anagram of TRANCE + BULL (nonsense)
22. ROSE – double definition
24. BUS DEPOT – S[werving] in BUDE (Cornish town) + POT (pool)
26. NAILED – [pai]N + AILED (was sick)
27. SKIPPY – KIP (forty winks) in SPY (mole). I note that this clue would have worked just as well — perhaps even better — for 20D (SNAPPY)!
28. YEARLING – NIL (nothing) backwards in anagram of A GREY
2. RETRO – reverse hidden word
3. BELLIGERENT – BE (be) + LIGER (hybrid) in LENT (fast). A liger is a cross between a male lion and a tigress.
4. OVENBIRD – well, not quite an anagram of RIND DOVE. How about “Flier scattering RNIB with dove”?
5. SUNRISE INDUSTRY – anagram of STUDY INSURERS IN
6. SOVIET – SO (thus) + I (one) in VET (check)
7. OWL – [h]OWL
8. BASTINADO – anagram of AINT SO BAD
13. SWEATER GIRL – EATER (diner) + G[et] both in SWIRL (spin). I was unaware of this term but Wikipedia tells me that it described a look made popular in the 1940s and 50s by Hollywood actresses such as Lana Turner and Jane Russell which wore tight sweaters that emphasized their bustlines.
15. EIDER DUCK – cryptic definition
17. ATALANTA – A (a) in ATLANTA (US city)
20. SNAPPY – double definition
23. SKEIN – [hous]E in SKIN (hide). I managed to get this one wrong! I had STERN as the answer and actually managed to justify it to a considerable extent. I was corrected — see the first comment below.
25. DIP – double definition