Posted by Pete Maclean on February 2nd, 2012
Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of January 21, 2012
Cinephile is back with a beastly puzzle that I enjoyed. I like crosswords with themes, even ones like this where there is nothing cryptic about the theme. And Cinephile is certainly a master of them. The clues I particularly like here are 10A (OXYGEN), 18A (UNINTENDED) and 7D (ARGUMENT). I have some tentative doubt about 25A (GANGLION).
1. RIDICULE – RID (get shot) + I (one) + anagram of CLUE. Some might complain that ‘of’ gets in the way here. Or can ‘rid’ mean get shot of?
5. AFRAID – anagram of FAR + AID (help)
9. TOGETHER – TO (to) + GET (acquire) + HER (woman)
10. OXYGEN – OX (beast) + G (good) in YEN (craving)
11. FINALITY – anagram of I (one) FAINTLY
12. FLAMBE – LAMB (beast) in FE (iron)
14. INTERVENES – anagram of TEN IS NEVER
18. UNINTENDED – UNI[o]N (loveless marriage) + TENDED (nursed)
22. ABOARD – BOAR (beast) in AD (poster)
23. AGNUS DEI – GNU (beast) in anagram of ASIDE
24. SHARES – HARE (beast) in SS (ship)
25. GANGLION – GANG (mob) + LION (beast). I was initially unsure if ‘ganglion’ by itself properly meant a swelling but apparently it does — see the first comment below.
26. CURDLE – CUR (beast) + anagram of LED
27. ADROITLY – anagram of IDOLATRY
1. RATIFY – RAT (beast) + IF (providing) + Y[our]
2. DOG-END – DOG (beast) + [m]EN + D (died)
3. CATTLE – CAT (beast) + anagram of LET
4. LIEUTENANT – LIEU (place) + TENANT (holder)
6. FOXGLOVE – FOX (beast) + GLOVE (cover)
7. ARGUMENT – GUM (sticky stuff) in A (a) RENT (schism)
8. DANSEUSE – anagram of USES in DANE (Hamlet)
13. NEW ENGLAND – EWE (beast) in NN (poles) + GLAND (organ)
15. JURASSIC – JUR[ies] (half of at least 24 people) + ASS (beast) + IC (in charge)
16. MINOTAUR – TAU (cross) in MINOR (not so important)
17. STIR WELL – ST (saint) + IRWELL (Manchester stream). I had to look up Irwell to confirm that it is a river that runs through Manchester.
19. GUNG HO – GUN (weapon) + GHO[sts] (half the spirits)
20. ADDICT – anagram of DID in ACT (performance)
21. KIDNEY – KID (beast) + NEY (soldier, referring presumably to Marshal Ney)