Posted by Pete Maclean on September 13th, 2012
Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of September 1, 2012
Ah, what a lovely puzzle! Plaudits for 12A (LA MER), 18A (EXTRACTOR FAN), 24A (LA SCALA) and 9D (TRANSFORMATION). Slight, tentative quibble about 1D (PEDALO).
1. PARLANCE – PAR (standard) + LANCE (equipment for a tourney)
5. LAPSED – anagram of PLEADS
10. DODGSON – DODG[e]S (lacking energy avoids) + ON (working). Lewis Carroll was the pen name of Charles Dodgson.
11. RESERVE – double definition
12. LA MER – double/cryptic definition. That is ‘Nice view’ as in ‘view from Nice’.
13. EINSTEINS – EINS (German ones) + T (time) + EINS (more German ones)
14. CLOSE-FITTING – SEAL (close) + FITTING (apt)
18. EXTRACTOR FAN – EX-TRACTOR FAN (one who used to like farm vehicles)
21. CREAM SODA – REAM (plenty of paper) in CODA (passage)
23. OMAGH – O (old) + MAG (publication) + [punc]H
24. LA SCALA – anagram of CALLAS. This clue may seem an obvious one for LA SCALA but I wonder if I would have spotted it. Others might well have but Cincinnus, I fancy, could hardly miss it.
25. ISTHMUS – IS (is) + M[alin] in THUS (like this)
26. SEDATE – double definition
27. ANNOUNCE – ANN (girl) + OUNCE (cat)
1. PEDALO – P[eopl]E + O LAD (old boy) backwards. I think that using ‘people on vacation’ to indicate that PEOPLE should be vacated is very clever but I am not sure that I like it.
2. RADOME – AD (notice) in ROME (capital)
3. AUSTRALIA – A (a) + L (half-century) in AUSTRIA (another country). Would this clue be better written as “Test match player …” instead of ‘players’?
4. CONVERSATIONAL – anagram of LONERS VACATION
6. ASSET – A (a) + S (small) + SET (rig)
7. SARDINIA – anagram of AIDS IRAN
8. DRESSAGE – DRESS (groom) + AGE (time)
9. TRANSFORMATION – anagram of FOR ASTON MARTIN and &lit. What a great find! I contend that this is a fine clue although it might also be considered slightly awkward. If one takes it as not an &lit. then ‘change’ has to do double duty (as definition and anagram indicator) which is not considered good form. If one does take it as an &lit., as I think we should, then the definition seems a bit over-specific, but workable.
15. TEA FOR TWO – double/cryptic definition
16. HERCULES – HERCULE (Poirot) + S (‘s)
17. STRESSED – DESSERTS (fools, perhaps) backwards
19. CARMEN – CAR (Austin) + MEN (Morris). How does ‘Morris’ clue men? Does this refer to Morris dancers?
20. CHASTE – CHAS (Charles) + [stuar]T [fugitiv]E
22. MEANT – N (nitrogen) in MEAT (food)