Posted by Pete Maclean on March 15th, 2012
Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of March 3, 2012
Cinephile is back with a puzzle that is a little harder than his usual, has a bunch of unconventional clues and has a few darned good ones. My favourites are 21, 14, 11, 20 (TURN OVER A NEW LEAF), 9A (METONYMY), 16A (WOLFISH) and 17, 10 (VEGETABLE MARROW).
1. PSALMIST – anagram of MAIL in PSST (surreptitious summons)
5. ISLAND – IS (is) + L (left) + AND (with)
9. METONYMY – “ME TONY” (Blair introducing himself) + “MY” (his)
12. CAMPER VAN – PERV (deviant) in CA[y]MAN (unknown leaving tax haven). One could be picky and complain that Cayman is not a tax haven; the tax haven alluded to is the Cayman Islands. But I am okay with this.
13. ECOLI – hidden word
16. WOLFISH – LOW (sound of Taurus) backwards + FISH (Pisces). Three constellations in one clue! Stellar!
19. ILLEGAL – LOG (member) in anagram of I (one) ALL
21, 14, 11, 20. TURN OVER A NEW LEAF – TURNOVER (apple pudding) + ANEW (again) + LEAF (homophone of “lief” meaning gladly)
24. NONET – NO NET (so tennis impossible). Unconventional but I think it works well.
25. ARAUCARIA – AU (golden) + CAR (chariot) together in ARIA (song). One might hope that John Graham would do a specially good job of cluing his other pseudonym but I find this one rather lacklustre. The surface reading is poor and ‘from’ gets in the way a bit.
28. STRAINER – S (S) + TRAINER (shoe)
29. TOTTER – double definition
30. BRADSHAW – BRAD (fixer) + SHAW (playwright). It took a while before the penny dropped for me. I understand that Bradshaw still exists in some form but it is best known as a British railway timetable of old, much mentioned in novels including the stories of Sherlock Holmes.
1. PUMICE – UP (up) reversed + MICE (little creatures)
2, 27. AS TIME GOES BY – ASTI (sparkler) + MEG (girl) + anagram of BOYES
3. MANGE – [blanc]MANGE (sweet when rendered white). Another unconventional clue.
4. SAMOVAR – MO (doctor) + V (opposed) together in SAAR (German region)
6. SHOVELLER – double definition. I cannot decide if this clue is a good one or not. The issue is what role ‘said’ plays in it. Its presence is devious in that it suggests a homophone but it seems to spoil the purity of a double definition. (See comments below for more…)
7. AMBROSIA – BROS (relatives) in AM I (is setter) + A (first)
8. DAYLIGHT – double/cryptic definition
15, 23. VEGETABLE MARROW – anagram of WORM EAT GRAVEL BE
17, 10. MIDNIGHT COWBOY – MIDNIGHT (in the dark) + COWBOY (incompetent operator). Hmm. ‘In the dark’ cluing MIDNIGHT is a bit rough. Midnight is a time; ‘in the dark’ is not. (See comments below for more…)
18. PLANGENT – PLAN (scheme) + GENT (man)
21. TRACTOR – ROT (rubbish) + CART (vehicle) all backwards
22. BRUNCH – BRUN (coloured French) + CH (companion). This is another clue I am unsure about. Okay, ‘brun’ is a French colour (brown) but can it mean coloured? (Perhaps as in describing skin colour?) I don’t know.
26. CLAUD – C (number) + LAUD (praise)