Posted by Pete Maclean on June 21st, 2012
Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of June 9, 2012
There are some typically brilliant Cincinnus clues in this puzzle, notably 29A (HEAVENWARDS) and 4D (BALFOUR), a couple of very devious clues, 1A (WHEREABOUTS) and 13A (AVENGER), one that I find weak, 11A (TIGHTROPE), and one unusually difficult clue, 1D (WHEATEAR). I got 4D quickly but the rest of the top-left corner was a challenge.
1. WHEREABOUTS – anagram of WE HEAR + BOUTS (fits). Not a homophone!
7. LAC – hidden word
9. ENROL – anagram of LONER
10. LAPLANDER – PLAN (scheme) in LA[r]DER (oust Russian leader in store)
11. TIGHTROPE – cryptic definition — and one that I am not enamoured of.
12. EIDER – RED (cherry) + IE (that is) all backwards
13. AVENGER – hidden word with a deeply cryptic definition. ‘One evening’ means one who evens scores! Hmm, brings back memories of Edward Woodward in The Equalizer.
15. NAYS – N[ationalisation] A[nger] Y[oung] S[ocialists]
18. EMUS – [r]EMUS (uncle’s no starter)
20. SUSTAIN – double definition
23. INUIT – UNI (university) reversed + IT (the very thing)
24. BRASSERIE – anagram of BERRIES AS
26. CAPRICORN – CAPRI (island) + C OR N (either side of coupon)
27. RIDGE – [b]RIDGE (part for game?). Is this right? I can think of no better explanation for ‘part of game’. Ah, but one of our commenters can; see below.
28. EVE – EVE[r] (always dropping back)
29. HEAVENWARDS – anagram of WARDENS HAVE
1. WHEATEAR – HEAT (round) in WEAR (sport). A very difficult clue!
2. EARL GREY – [GRE] (more than half of green) in EARLY (before breakfast, say)
3. ECLAT – C (chapter) in TALE (story) backwards
4. BALFOUR – LAB (labour) backwards + FOUR (4)
5. UMPTEEN – anagram of E[q]U[i]MENT
6. SNAKE EYES – cryptic definition
7. LA-DI-DA – I’D (Cincinnus had) in LADA (car)
8. CURARE – A (a) + [docto]R in CURE (antidote)
14. GEMUTLICH – anagram of CLUE MIGHT
16. LABRADOR – BRA (garment) in LAD (young man) + OR (or)
17. INTEGERS – anagram of SEEN TRIG
19. SUB ROSA – A (a) + SORBUS (tree) all backwards. I had not been familiar with Sorbus which, Wikipedia tells me, is a genus of about 100–200 species of trees and shrubs in the Rose family. Species of Sorbus are commonly known as whitebeam, rowan, and mountain-ash.
20. SHAWNEE – SHAW (playwright) + NEE[ded] (required 50%)
21. CIRCLE – double definition
22. MUD PIE – anagram of IMPUDE[nt] (forsaking books, impudent)
25. SCREW – double definition