Posted by Pete Maclean on July 5th, 2012
Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of June 23
I found a good challenge in this Mudd. My favourite clues are 6D (TRADESMAN) and 26D (CABER). There is something in the wordplay of 11A (ELEVATION) that I do not understand.
1. GOOD FOR NOTHING – anagram of NORTH FOOD in GOING (travelling)
10. BATON – BAT ON (don’t get out — as in cricket)
11. ELEVATION – EV (version of the Bible?) in ELATION (happiness). Do I have this wrong? I can find no confirmation that there is a Bible version identified as EV.
12. EVEREST – EVE, REST (advice from Adam after strenuous exercise)
13. STEAMER – T[axman] in SEAMER (bowler). A ‘seam bowler’ or simply ‘seamer’ is a cricket term.
14. TRACE – double definition
16. ROCK MUSIC – double definition
19. WILL POWER – P (penny) in WILLOW (wood) + ER (a little hesitation)
20. NEPAL – NE (Tyneside — i.e. the northeast) + PAL (friend)
22. GASTRIC – GAS (wind) + TRIC[e] (moment cut short)
25. EXCERPT – R[esult] in EXCEPT (though)
27. AGINCOURT – A GIN COURT (in which you might try a drink?)
28. BREVE – hidden word
29. LITTLE BOYS ROOM – anagram of TOILET OR SYMBOL
2. ON THE NAIL – double definition
3. DANCE – C (Conservative) in DANE (European)
4. OVERTHROW – OVER THROW (unexpected run — in cricket, I assume)
5. NEEPS – NEE (born) + PS (may I add). ‘Neep’ is a Scots word for turnip. Haggis with “bashed neeps” is a fine thing!
6. TRADESMAN – anagram of AND MASTER
7. IDIOM – IDIOT (fool) with last letter changed (amended, finally)
8. GENERIC – GEN (knowledge) + ERIC (man)
9. ABSENT – A (a) + S (seconds) in BENT (talent)
15. EMPIRICAL – PI (irrational figure) in anagram of MIRACLE
17. CARPENTRY – CARP (fish) + ENTRY (access)
18. SUPERHERO – ER (queen) in anagram of ORPHEUS
19. WAGTAIL – WAG TAIL (do as a dog)
21. LATHER – LATHE (machine turning) + R (right)
23. SWIFT – double/cryptic definition
24. CRUMB – CRUM[pet] (breakfast item pet dispensed with). Hm, I think of crumpets as an afternoon-tea item, not something for breakfast.
26. CABER – BE (live) in CAR (vehicle)