Posted by Pete Maclean on March 1st, 2012
Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of February 18, 2012
It helps to know some British new towns for this puzzle. I was well aware of Milton Keynes but, while I had heard of Skelmersdale, I had no idea it was a new town. Fortunately, Wikipedia has a list. As usual with Cinephile, we have a mix of very pedestrian clues (1A, 26A, 4D, 17D, 22D) and some inspired ones, 13-14A (CATCH TWENTY-TWO), 21A (EARDRUM), 6D (UPSTART) and 15D (EGREGIOUS).
1. STRADIVARIUS – I (one) + DARTS (moves quickly) both backwards + VARI[o]US (different sorts of, loveless)
8. HEARTEN – HEAR (listen) + TEN (2200 hrs). Hmm, I think that ‘listen’ does not strictly mean ‘hear’. Does the question mark somehow make this okay?[
9. LUMP SUM - UM (uncertainty) in LPS (records) + UM (uncertainty). Well, 'um' is an expression of uncertainty more than uncertainty per se but I think this is okay.
11. BERLIOZ - BERLI[h] (capital reduced) + OZ (little weight)
12. TRAVAIL – AV (voting system) in TRAIL (track). AV stands for Alternative Vote. Where does ‘new’ come in? Is AV a considered a new voting system?
13, 14. CATCH TWENTY-TWO – double definition, the first referring (I assume) to cricket and the second Joseph Heller’s famous novel and the movie based on it.
16. TOWN CRIER – CROWN TIER (one restricting the monarchy) spoonerized
19. TRACK – T (bone) + RACK (lamb dish)
21. EARDRUM – ‘EARD (‘as received sound) + RUM (funny)
23. GOSSIPY – anagram of YOGIS PS (postscript)
24. HEIRESS – H[ibernian] + EIRE (his country) + S (ship)
25. OVERDUE – O (oxygen) + VERDU[r]E (greenery right away)
26. SKELMERSDALE – K[i]D + ELMERS together in SALE (auction). “Elmer’s Tune” is a less well known number performed by Glenn Miller.
1. SEA FRET – anagram of SET FARE
2. RUTTISH – TT (refusing booze — i.e. TeeTotal) + I (one) together in RUSH (hurry)
3. DONIZETTI – [recog]NIZE in DOTTI (crazy-sounding — homophone of ‘dotty’). I think this is a poor clue because it gives no indication of what part of RECOGNIZE is required.
4. VALET – VALE (farewell) + T (time)
5. REMNANT – anagram of MAN in RENT (payment)
6. UPSTART – P[arvenu] in US (America) + TART (bittersweet)
7. THE BACK TEETH – anagram of BET THAT CHEEK
10. MILTON KEYNES – I (first) + LT (lieutenant) together in MONKEY (primate) + NES (three points)
15. EGREGIOUS – EG (for example) + anagram of ROGUE IS
17. WARWICK – WAR (fighting) + WICK (burner)
18. CORNELL – CORN (grain) + ELL (measure)
19. TESSERA – TESS (novel heroine — i.e. Tess of the D’Urbervilles) + ERA (period)
20. ARIADNE – ARIA (song) + END (finish) reversed
22. MASSE – ASS (fool) + ME (setter). Despite having devoted much time in my student years to snooker, I was unaware of this term. It refers to a steep curve or complete reversal of cue ball direction without the necessity of any rail or object ball being struck, due to extreme spin imparted to the cue ball by a steeply elevated cue. And the E properly has an acute accent.