Posted by Pete Maclean on April 12th, 2012
Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of March 31, 2012
I bet a lot of people had trouble with 3D (PHWOAR). I certainly did. I was not inclined to believe PHWOAR is a real word but it’s in my Chambers! My top clues this week are 4D (DISEMBOWEL), 5D (ACIDIC) and 15D (ASWAN DAM).
1. STAMPEDE – STAMPED (marked) + [blad]E
5. ACIDIC – I and I (a couple) in ACDC (heavy metal band). I like ‘gatecrashers’ as an insertion indicator!
9. LIKEWISE – KEW (part of West London) + IS (is) together in LIE (fiction)
10. GAUCHE – G[ala] + AU (gold) + CHE (red)
11. GENDARME – anagram of GERMAN D[eutschmark] + E (English)
12. FREEZE – homophone (“frieze”)
14. LOCOMOTION – LOCO (insane) + MOTION (proposal)
18. STRIPTEASE – anagram of TAPESTRIES
22. ADDING – [cl]ADDING (insulation, brow wiped). Or is it [p]ADDING? This alternative did not originally occur to me but is suggested in a comment below. And I think it is better.
23. SOAP DISH – SOAP (Neighbours) + DISH (honey)
24. DETAIL – de-tail (dock)
25. SPACE BAR – ACE (wonderful) in SPAR (box)
26. MIRAGE – M[aterialise] + I[in] + RAGE (fashion)
27. PRIESTLEY – homophone (“priestly”)
1. SILAGE – I (one) + L (left) together in SAGE (plant). The definition in this clue is ‘fodder crop’. Silage is, by definition, made from a crop but is it proper to term it a crop itself? I fancy that ‘fodder’ would be better by itself. What do you think?
2. ASKING – SKIN (hide) in [b]AG (sack, head unseen)
3. PHWOAR – PH (the acid test) + O (love) in WAR (conflict). ‘Phwoar’ is defined as an expression of finding someone sexually appealing.
4. DISEMBOWEL – anagram of HAS MILDEW SO
6. CHAT ROOM – CHAT (bird) + O (nothing) in ROM (memory)
7. DECREPIT – E[conomy] in anagram of PREDICT
8. CHEYENNE – YEN (money) in HEN (female) in CE (church)
13. GOBSTOPPER – GOB (spit) + STOPPER (goalkeeper)
15. ASWAN DAM – anagram of WAS + AND (with) + A[i]M. Great word play and surface here!
16. CREDITOR – RED (blushing) + IT (it) together in CO (business) + [leade]R
17. SPANKING – SPAN (bridge) + KING (card)
19. APACHE – H[eavyweight] in APACE (swiftly)
20. GIBBET – BIG (mammoth) backwards + BET (stake)
21. SHIRTY – double/cryptic definition