Posted by Pete Maclean on April 19th, 2012
Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of April 7, 2012
This puzzle has a few typically impressive Cincinnus clues but also one whose workings elude me. My favourites are 24A (YEMEN), 27A (KINESIS), 1D (GEORGE LAZENBY), 7D (RUSSELL) and, best of all, 23D (ALIEN).
1. GRIDDLE – G (good) + RIDDLE (sieve)
5. ACCORD – A (a) + C[heer] + CORD (means of securing)
8. OTHERWISE – anagram of WHITE ROSE
9. ONSET – ON SET (where action is called for — as on a film set)
11. GAMER – GAM (school, as in a gam of whales) + ER (ruler). Originally I did not understand where ‘gam’ came from but was, as usual, filled in by commenters (see below).
12. SO TO SPEAK – anagram of SOAK POETS
13. LANDMARK – D[ean] M[artin] in LANARK (Scottish town)
15. EVELYN – L[onel]Y in EVEN (flat). Hmm, this must be John Evelyn — not a diarist I knew of.
17. ZERO IN – ZERO (nothing) + IN (favoured)
19. TERRAPIN – P (quiet) in TERRAIN (ground)
22. NIGHTBIRD – NIGH (near) + T-BIRD (Ford)
23. ALLOW – [sw]ALLOW (bird ignoring directions initially)
24. YEMEN – ME (Middle East) in YEN (desire)
25. GLADIATOR – GLAD (happy) + I (current) + ROTA (list) backwards. I know ‘I’ = current from studying electricity (in V = IR, for example) but do not remember seeing it in a crossword before.
26. ON EDGE – hidden words
27. KINESIS – KINE (animals) + SIS (foreign agreements). I like the clever cluing of SIS!
1. GEORGE LAZENBY – anagram of GLOBE ZANE GREY. George Lazenby is an Australian actor who played James Bond in one film, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, in 1969. He was generally held to be a rather poor Bond. I thought he was very okay and only looked bad in comparison to Sean Connery — and anyone would look poor in comparison to Sean Connery.
2. INHUMAN – HUM (smell) + A[pparent] both in INN (watering hole). My Chambers tells me that to hum can mean to have a strong, unpleasant smell. I had not known this meaning.
3. DURER – U (University) + RE (about) together in DR (doctor)
4. EMISSARY – EMIS (music company’s) + [undercove]R in SAY (chance to speak)
5. AVERTS – anagram of SERVA[n]T
6. CROSSOVER – CROSS (annoyed) + OVER (about)
7. RUSSELL – double definition (referring to Russell Brand and Bertrand Russell)
10. TAKEN UNAWARES – KEN (man) in TUNA (fish) + WARES (stock)
14. MOISTENED – anagram of I NEED MOST
16. FEEDBACK – FEED (paid) + BACK (second)
18. REGIMEN – REGIMEN[t] (soldiers lacking finish)
20. PILATES – I (one) in PLATES (China)
21. NIGGLE – GG (goods) in NILE (river)
23. ALIEN – ALI (heavyweight who often won) + EN (points)