Posted by Pete Maclean on October 11th, 2012
Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of September 29, 2012
I typically find Bradman’s puzzles more difficult than most and this one was no exception. In particular, it took me a good while to complete the bottom-right quadrant with a totally unknown-to-me word for 16A and one I am only vaguely familiar with for 17D. My favourite clue is the delightfully deceptive 27A (SINGULAR) — congratulations to Don for coming up with that one! I also especially like 25A (MIDGE), which I guessed very quickly but took a long time to decide was right, 2D (SCARECROW), and 11,21D (SLOT MACHINE).
1. MISTRESS – MI (motorway) + STRESS (anxiety)
5. BREWED – homophone (“brood”)
9. DIANTHUS – anagram of IT HAD SUN
10. SCREAM – E (drug) in SCRAM (run off)
12. SEEDY – SEED (sow) + Y[ard]
13. ARLINGTON – [d]ARLINGTON (north-east city defaced)
14. BROGUE – B (bishop) + ROGUE (scoundrel)
16. THEORBO – THE (THE) + O (one circular thing) + ORB (second circular thing). A theorbo is a large, double-necked bass lute.
19. LOW GEAR – LOW (plunging) + GEAR (attire)
21. MARQUE – MARQUE[e] (big tent with far side sealed off)
23. SMART ALEC – MART (market) in SALE (business transaction) + C (about)
25. MIDGE – EG (say) + DIM (without much light) both backwards
26. OLDHAM – OLD HAM (person beyond learning how to act properly)
27. SINGULAR – double/cryptic definition
28. THEMED – THE MED[iterranean] (holiday area)
29. NEOPHYTE – anagram of NO TYPE HE
1. MEDUSA – anagram of MADE US
2. SCARECROW – SCARE (worry) + C (about) + ROW (crop section)
3. RATTY – T[o]T (child that’s loveless) in RAY (man)
4,20. SAUSAGE ROLL – anagram of SO REGAL in SAUL (old king). I don’t think of sausage rolls as party food particularly — more something to eat on the run. Do others consider them party fare?
6. RACONTEUR – CON (deception) in RAT (scoundrel) + RUE (regret) backwards
7. WHEAT – E (energy) in WHAT (that which)
8. DOMINION – DO (party) + MINION (follower)
11,21. SLOT MACHINE – anagram of METAL COINS H (hard)
15. GREAT DANE – double definition
17. ROUNDELAY – ‘OUND (‘arry) in RELAY (broadcast)
18. FLESH OUT – anagram of SHE in FLOUT (disdain)
22. DECREE – anagram of RECE[iv]ED
24. ADDLE – DD (theologian, i.e. Doctor of Divinity) in ALE (alcoholic drink). I originally thought that there has to be an error of tense in this clue since to ‘addle’ means to confuse, not confused. And I was wrong as Bradman points out in one of the comments below.
25. MUG UP – ‘gum’ could be MUG UP. I learned this expression, mug up, only recently when it appeared in another crossword I blogged.