Posted by Pete Maclean on February 23rd, 2012
Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of February 11, 2012
I found this to be a moderately challenging, interestingly offbeat and very clever puzzle by Mudd. There are many clues I think are particularly brilliant, especially 12A (AFTERLIFE), 22A (MAMBA), 27A (ERRAND) and 3D (WATERLOO). Some people, I imagine, might take exception to 24A and 2D because they are not quite complete according to convention; there is however a tradition of clues in this vein and I think they are fine.
1. FISHWIFE – double/cryptic definition. A rare meaning of trout is an irritating or grumpy person, especially a woman.
5. ALMOST – AL[a]MO (heartless mission) + ST (the way)
10. ROOST – ROOS (Australian natives) + T[asmanian]. Roos is, of course, short for kangaroos.
11. REARGUARD – R (right) + (A (a) + R[evolutionary]) in anagram of ARGUED
12. AFTERLIFE – anagram of IF LATER + F[urther] + E[existence]
13. TWINE – TWIN (double) + [rop]E
14. JALOPY – LOP (cut) in JAY (bird)
15. SNIPPET – SN (metal, i.e. tin) + IP (1p) + PET (darling)
18. DRESSER – double definition
20. MAGNET – MAG (publication) + NET (score)
22. MAMBA – MA (one degree) + MBA (another degree)
24. BACKTRACK – cryptic definition: ‘liar’ is ‘rail’ reversed, or BACK TRACK
25. ATTRIBUTE – anagram of A BIT UTTER
26. INURN – [englishma]N + RUN (sprint) + I (single) all backwards. Inurn means to put cremated remains in an urn. I fancy I have come across the word before but I had to look it up to be sure.
27. ERRAND – [athlet]E + R (runs) + R (runs) + AND (and)
28. CEMETERY – [on]E + METE (hand) together in CRY (sob)
1. FORMAT – FOR (on behalf of) + MAT (flat item)
2. SHORTCAKE – cryptic definition: ‘eclai’ is ‘eclair’ abbreviated or SHORT-CAKE
3. WATERLOO STATION – anagram of OWES A LOT TO TRAIN
4. FORTIFY – IF (provided) in FORTY (the supposed beginning of life)
6. LIGHTNING STRIKE – LIGHTNING (immediate) + STRIKE (action)
7. OMANI – IN A MO’ (very shortly) backwards
8. TED HEATH – anagram of HAD TEETH
9. CARESS – CARES (tends) + S (second)
16. PREMATURE – TAMER (more submissive) backwards in PURE (virgin)
17. ADAMS ALE – A DAM SALE (perhaps an occasion for buying females). Adam’s ale is a term for water. This is the second time I have come across it in a crossword recently.
19. RUB OUT – RU (rough sport, i.e. Rugby Union) + BOUT (boxing game)
20. MACHETE – CHE (revolutionary Argentinian) in MATE (china)
21. SKINNY – INN (local) in SKY (blue)
23. MOTOR – T[urn] in MOOR (peaty area)