Posted by Pete Maclean on December 8th, 2011
Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of November 26
We have another fine Mudd puzzle this week. I especially like 10A (DISPLACE), 29A (TRAIN SET) and 5D (EXIT). Initially I got one clue, 22D (OTTAWA), wrong and failed to fully understand 26D (BONE).
Cinephile seems to have fallen off the rota for this Weekend prize puzzle. I wonder why. He seems to be producing other crosswords as usual.
1. FAMISH – F (strong) + AMISH (religious sect)
4. SEMANTIC – MAN (chap) in CITES (quotes) backwards
9. EXTORT – EX (former partner) + TORT (wrong)
10. DISPLACE – anagram of LIPS in DACE (fish). Lovely anagram indicator (“quivering”) for the context!
12. PLIMSOLL – anagram of SLIM in POLL (head)
13. STREET – anagram of SETTER
15. TORY – [his]TORY
16. MIDAS TOUCH – anagram of IM D[ish] OUT CASH
19. BEHINDHAND – “behind hand” (from here, might one whisper)
20. TACO – hidden word
23. ASTERN – A (a) + S (second) + TERN (winger)
25. WRETCHED – W[a]R + ETCHED (deeply impressed)
27. KINGSTON – KINGS (college) + NOT backwards. Kingston is, of course, the capital of Jamaica. I wondered at first about the appropriateness of “in recess” as a reversal indicator but Chambers tells us that it can mean “a going backwards”.
28. GAMMON – AMMO (bullets) in G[u]N
29. TRAIN SET – anagram of S (Sulphur) NITRATE
30. SANDAL – AN (an) in LADS (boys) backwards
1. FLEAPIT – LEAP (spring) in FIT (attack)
2. MATRIARCH – TRIA[l] (short test) in MARCH (spring)
3. STRESS – [lifeles]S + TRESS (hair)
5. EXIT – EX (someone who’s already left) + IT (it)
6. APPETITE – A (a) + P-PETITE (l-little)
7. TRACE – double definition
8. CHEETAH – homophone (“cheater”)
11. SLEIGH – SLEIGH + T (time) means cunning
14. TANNERY – ANNE (queen) in TRY (attempt)
17. UNASHAMED – anagram of HUMAN [ignoranc]E SAD
18. IMPRISON – anagram of IRON PINS
19. BLANKET – LANK (thin) in BET (chance)
21. ORDINAL – DIN (noise) in ORAL (test)
22. OTTAWA – WATT (engineer) in A and O (separate levels) all backwards. I went in a completely wrong direction with this one, figuring the answer had to be ITHACA!
24. TANGA – A (a) + GNAT (biter) all backwards
26. BONE – B ONE (vitamin B1 otherwise known as thiamine)