Posted by Pete Maclean on November 1st, 2012
Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of October 20, 2012
Here we have another brilliant puzzle from Cincinnus. My favourite clues are 18A (LAMA), 4D (DENOUNCE), 13D (LEGERDEMAIN) and 17D (AVENGERS). I also applaud the inventiveness of 14A (BARBECUE), 3D (FRENCH BEANS) and 6D (EL PASO). Curiously, there are two clues that could reasonably lead to alternative fitting answers (11A and 20D).
1. PUFFED UP – “tough pup” (sturdy little dog) Spoonerized. I found this difficult as I was looking for a literal Spoonerism not a phonetic one.
6. ESCUDO – E[uro] + SCUD (move quickly) + O (old)
9. SPLEEN – P (power) + L (line) together in SEEN (witnessed)
10. APPETITE – [hul]A [hoo]P + PETITE (little)
11. ERIC – hidden word (referring of course to Eric Idle). One of my correspondents pointed out that RICH could also work (as in ‘idle rich’).
12. UNRESOLVED – anagram of RUDE NOVELS
14. BARBECUE – homophone (“barber queue”)
16. GRIP – double definition
18. LAMA – L[e]A[n] M[e]A[t]
19. COVERAGE – COVE (old-fashioned fellow) + RAGE (blow a fuse). ‘Cove’ is a slang term for fellow that is seldom heard these days.
21. BASSET HORN – anagram of BRASS ON THE. I am not familiar with basset horns but figured this had to be an anagram, quickly spotted HORN as a likely second word and then confirmed the BASSET part.
22. EDGE – G (good) in EDE[n] (garden almost)
24. STAR TURN – START (open) + URN (vessel)
26. ENAMEL – reverse hidden word
27. FRANCK – C[onservatoire] in FRANK (speaking plainly)
28. RESONANT – SO (about) and AN (article) in RENT (break). But please see comments 1 and 2 below.
2. UPPER – [s]UPPER (meal with no starter)
3. FRENCH BEANS – cryptic definition of an unusual kind. It works well because ‘bean’ can mean head (tete in French).
4. DENOUNCE – E (English) + NO (no) together in DUNCE (one who knows little)
5. PRAIRIE SCHOONER – PRAIRIE (plain) + SCHOONER (glass). I would probably have written this clue as “Plain, glass-covered wagon”. I wonder if there is a good reason to omit the hyphen?
6. EL PASO – anagram of APOS[t]LE
7. CUT – double definition
8. DITHERING – ID (I’d) backwards + THE RING (Bayreuth production)
13. LEGERDEMAIN – anagram of DEALING MERE
15. ALABASTER – A (a) + LAB (little dog) + ASTER (flower)
17. AVENGERS – anagram of NERVE GAS
20. STRUCK – S (small) + TRUCK (vehicle). STRIKE would also work!
23. GREEN – double definition
25. RUN – RU[i]N. ‘Dish’ as a verb can mean to ruin.