Posted by Pete Maclean on November 3rd, 2011
Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of October 22
I dashed off the last Cincinnus puzzle in this slot in 20 minutes. This one I had to work on over the course of two days. The number-one clue here surely has to be 16A (THOREAU) while I also especially like 1A (IMPOSING) and 23A (ROUSE).
1. IMPOSING – “I’m posing” (claim for a working model)
5. RANCID – RAN C.I.D. (was police chief)
9. FOREMOST – anagram of ROMEOS in FT (this paper)
10. BOTTOM – double definition
12. RIOJA – RIO (port) + JA (agreement in Berlin)
13. EXEMPLARY – EXE (flower) + P[ai]L in MARY (girl)
14. FILLET – FILLE (girl in Quebec) + T (time)
16. THOREAU – anagram of AUTHOR E[ssayist]. Does this count as an &lit? Thoreau was certainly an essayist but was he primarily an essayist? I do not know enough about him to be sure.
18. WHINGER – [matc]H in WINGER (footballer)
20. TISANE – T[hat] + IS (is) + AN (an) + E[ye]. I originally saw this as a hidden word that did not quite work!
22. LEASTWISE – LEAST WISE (most injudicious)
23. ROUSE – anagram of SOUR + [finn]E[gans]
24. ORISON – S (small) in ORION (heavenly figure)
25. PALMETTO – anagram of TOT MAPLE
26. SENATE – anagram of EAST EN[d]
27. LYNX-EYED – homophone (“link side”). I have been called “eagle-eyed” myself but don’t recall ever hearing the term “lynx-eyed” so found this one tough.
1. INFIRM – IN FIRM (member of company)
2. PERSONIFICATION – anagram of PIANO IF NICE SORT
3. SAMBA – SAM (pianist in film) + BA[nd]. Referring to Casablanca (“play it again, Sam”).
4. NASCENT – [carnatio]N + A (a) + SCENT (bouquet)
6. AMORPHOUS – P (quiet) + H (husband) in AMOROUS (loving)
7. COTTAGE INDUSTRY – anagram of REACTING TO STUDY
8. DUMMY RUN – DUMMY (pacifier) + RUN (go)
11. FELT – hidden word
15. LIGHTS OUT – double definition
17. SWALLOWS – W (with) in SALLOWS (trees)
19. RUIN – [b]RUIN (bear doesn’t start)
20. THERAPY – RAP (knock) in THEY (people in general). This one eluded me for a long time!
21. SECOND – double definition
24. REMIX – M (millions) + I (one) together in REX (king)