Posted by Pete Maclean on August 2nd, 2012
Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of July 21, 2012
Some people may not be thrilled but I was happy to come across a Cinephile puzzle for the first time in a while. There are several decent clues and one that I do not care for, 20, 5 (WAILING WALL) which seems hardly cryptic.
1. RADIUS – double definition
4. SWAP SHOP – rhyming word pair
9. EFFETE – EF (notes) + FETE (celebration)
10. CLARINET – IN (at home) in CLARET (red)
12. MONETARY – MONET (painter) + A (a) + RY (line, as in railway)
13. ROBUST – BUS (transport) in ROT (rubbish)
16. MISREAD – MIS[s] READ. I needed a friend’s help with this one (thanks, Bob) since I had never heard of this Miss Read who writes books about a village.
20, 5. WAILING WALL – ??? I don’t know how to categorize this clue — it seems hardly cryptic! The Wailing Wall (which I have visited) is so called not because the stones cry out of course but because it was used to mourn the destruction of the Temple.
21, 15. SCARCITY – SCAR (trauma) + CITY (financial centre)
25. OYSTER – double definition. An Oyster Card is an electronic ticket used on public transport in London.
26. MUSHROOM – MUSH (gooey mess) + ROOM (space)
28, 30. FRANCOIS HOLLANDE – FRANCO (old Spanish [leader]) + IS (is) + HOLLAND (location for Dutch) + E (English). How interesting to see two clues for Francois Hollande in consecutive weeks.
31. TENDER – double definition
1. REED MACE – MA (degree) in anagram of DECREE. I had never heard of reed mace but guessed the answer and then looked it up.
2, 11. DEFINITE ARTICLE – DEFINITE (clear) + ARTICLE (object)
3. UMTATA – UM (uncertainty) + TATA (farewell). I had to look this one up too! And Wikipedia tells me that Umtata is actually an old version of the name of the Bantustan capital; it is now called Mthatha.
6, 14. PERSONAL PRONOUN – anagram of SOON ANNUL PROPER
7, 29. HONOUR BRIGHT – ON (on) in HOUR (time) + R (right) in BIGHT (bay). I was unfamiliar with this expression!
8. POTATO – POT (top up) + A TO[p]
17. VALENCIA – VALE (farewell) + anagram of I CAN
18. ACT OF GOD – double definition
19. PROMPTER – double definition
22. LOOFAH – A FOOL (an idiot) backwards + H (hospital)
23. ASSAIL – ASS (idiot) + AIL (be poorly)
24. CHARGE – double definition
27. PIED – PIED (foot over water, i.e. the French word for foot)