Posted by Pete Maclean on December 1st, 2011
Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of November 19
I found the bottom-right quadrant of this puzzle a bit tricky, especially 24A and 15D. My favourite clues are 1A (PIERCE), 17A (CAFE NOIR), 5D (AFRICAN VIOLET) and 21D (AD LIBS).
1. PIERCE – PIER (supported) + C[hang]E
4. BARRACKS – R (right) in BARACKS (President’s)
9. LOCUM – LO (see) + CU (copper) + M[olten]
10. FOR A START – FOR (dedicated to) + ASTART[e] (goddess, but not finally)
11. OMNIBUS – double definition
12. CAIRENE – CA (about) + IRENE (woman)
13. EARS – hidden word
14. MIDNIGHT – double definition
17. CAFE NOIR – I (I) + O (love) backwards in anagram of FRANCE
19. PING – [ping] PONG. I like the rather absurd surface reading of this clue.
22. REFUSAL – double definition
24. LADDERS – LAD (boy) + [fre]D [astair]E [ginge]R [roger]S. While I think it’s brilliant to work in Fred and Ginger, I am not otherwise enamoured of this clue — I think that ‘finally’ is a weak indicator for multiple last letters (although fine for one).
25. WILLOW TIT – WILL (is going to) + OWT (anything) + [c]IT[y]. I had to look up a list of tits to find this one.
26. INDIE – IN (not out) + DIE (join the choir invisible)
27. LENINIST – NINE (9) backwards in LIST (lean)
28. ASTRAL – ASTRA[y] (almost missing) + L (line)
1. PULLOVER – PULL (remove) + OVER (surplus)
2. ECCENTRIC – CENT (a coin) in CIRCE (enchantress) backwards
3. COME BY – double definition
5. AFRICAN VIOLET – anagram of LOVE IN FIAT CAR
6. RESTING – RE (about) + STING (rock star)
7. CRAVE – C (Conservative) + RAVE (party)
8. SATEEN – A[partmen]T in SEEN (spotted)
10. FASHION PLATES – anagram of A FINE SHOP LAST
15. TAIL-ENDER – AIL (trouble) in TENDER (boat)
16. EGGSHELL – EGG (food) + SHELL (container). Eggshell refers to a light-blue paint.
18. FESTOON – FE (one metal, iron) + TOO (also) in SN (a second metal, tin)
20. CREWEL – homophone (“cruel”)
21. AD LIBS – cryptic definition
23. FELON – F[ortunat]E + LON[don]