Posted by Pete Maclean on January 26th, 2012
Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of January 14, 2012
As is sometimes the case with Bradman’s puzzles, I found this one decidedly tricky in spots. I expect I have all the right answers but there are two clues that I do not fully understand the workings of: 27A and 24D. My top clues here are 5D (SPLOTCH) and 16D (LED ASTRAY).
1. THROES – homophone (“throws”)
5. SUNLIGHT – UN (peacekeepers) in SLIGHT (minimal)
9. DOCTORAL – C[hemistry] in DOT (mark) + ORAL (exam)
10. DREAMY – E (energy) + AM (in the morning) both in DRY (dull)
11. BOFFIN – OFF (what’s rotten) in BIN (waste container). A fine surface reading here!
12. TREATISE – TREATIES (paper agreements) with last two letters reversed
14. ANOTHER PLACE – anagram of PARENTAL ECHO. So, ‘house next door’ defines ‘another place’? I am not familiar with such use of the expression ‘another place’ which leaves me wondering how good this clue is.
18. GOLD STANDARD – GOLD (top Olympian) + STANDARD (yellow flag)
22. DOCUMENT – DO (party) + MEN (chaps) in CUT (curtailed)
25. INSECT – IN (attached to) + SECT (religious group)
26. NAUTCH – U (university) in NATCH (as you’d expect to see). Nautch (which I had to look up) is an intricate traditional Indian dance performed by professional dancing girls.
27. APIARIAN – A (a) + PI (holy, slang for pious) + ARIAN (heretic). I was unable to understand the working of this clue until I received some help (see the first comment below). Google told me that there was a heretic named Arias but that still did not fit. What I needed to know was that followers of Arias were called Arians. (Apiarian means to do with bees or beekeeping, hence the buzz.)
28. CLERICAL – CL (class) + ERIC AL (two men)
29. GEYSER – anagram of E[n]ERGYS
2. HOOPOE – HOOP (ring) + O[n]E (one nameless)
3. OUT OF HAND – double definition
4. STRUNG OUT – RUNG (support) in STOUT (sturdy)
5. SPLOTCH – PLOT (scheme) in SCH (school)
6. NUDGE – G (good) in NUDE (as nature intended)
7. ID EST – IDES (the day ruler fell) + T (short time). The ruler here is, of course, Julius Caesar.
8. HOMESICK – anagram of SOME in HICK (parochial countryman)
13. AMP – A (a) + MP (politician)
15. REALIZING – REAL (authentic) + I (one) + ZING (enthusiasm)
16. LED ASTRAY – LEDA’S TRAY (what might have brought food to queen). Leda was a queen of Sparta in Greek mythology.
17. MONORAIL – NO (number) in OR (men, i.e. other ranks) together in MAIL (post) backwards
19. SUM – SUM[p] (bottomless cesspool)
20. NETBALL – anagram of BAT in NELL (king’s mistress)
21. SCRAPE – SCRAP (throw away) + E (drug)
23. UTTER – [p]UTTER (club, president being deposed)
24. ETHIC – ??? An anagram of THE CI[ty] perhaps? ‘Ultimately deficient’ could be the indicator to remove the TY but where is the anagram indication?