Posted by Pete Maclean on August 30th, 2012
Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of August 18, 2012
I found this to be another excellent Cincinnus with a few great clues and some nice challenges. My favourites are 29A (HARDY ANNUAL), 6D (DORSAL FIN) and 16D (AFTER YOU). 1A (LEATHERHEAD), 26A (SPADEWORK) and 14D (MARRAKESH) are also rather good.
1. LEATHERHEAD – THE (the) in LEAR (King) + HEAD (principal)
7. COB – double definition
9. TOTEM – TOTE (bear) + M[ountain]
10. DEPORTEES – ROPED (bound) backwards + TEES (river)
11. ENTERTAIN – ENTER (take part) + TA (volunteers) + IN (in)
12. AVAIL – homophone (“a veil”)
13. ABDOMEN – anagram of BAD + OMEN (sign)
15. LOFT – F (female) in LOT (shower)
18. PROS – PROS[e] (writing, not quite)
20. TANKFUL – T[h]ANKFUL (expressing gratitude when Henry leaves). It occurred to me to wonder if ‘expressing gratitude” properly defines ‘thankful’? And I satisfied myself that it does.
23. OMEGA – GEM (stone) backwards in [r]OA[d]
24. CHICANERY – CHIC (smart) + ER (queen) in ANY (some)
26. SPADEWORK – anagram of WE DO PARKS. Note that ‘ground’ is the anagram indicator, not part of the definition.
27. PHYLA – hidden word
28. WOK – W[as] OK (so-so)
29. HARDY ANNUAL – HARDY (novelist) + ANNUAL (book)
1. LUTHERAN – L[o]UT (yob lacking love) + HE (he) + RAN (managed)
2. APTITUDE – anagram of PUD EAT IT
3. HOMER – HOME (in) + R (river)
4. REDRAWN – N (new) + WARDER (guard) all backwards
5. EMPANEL – anagram of PALE MEN
6. DORSAL FIN – anagram of IN SALFORD
7. CRETAN – C[u]R[r]E[n]T + AN (an)
8. BASALT – anagram of A BLAST
14. MARRAKESH – A (a) in anagram of REMARKS + H (hot). An easy one for me as I happened to be there earlier this year.
16. AFTER YOU – double/cryptic definition
17. PLAY BALL – P (quietly) + LAY (song) + BALL (dance). A lay, in the sense used here, means a narrative song with a recurrent refrain.
19. SUCCOUR – CU (copper) in SCOUR (search)
20. TRICKSY – homophone (“Trixie”)
21. BOW SAW – BOW (London area) + WAS (was) backwards
22. DEBARK – double definition
25. ASPEN – hidden word