Posted by Pete Maclean on November 8th, 2012
Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of October 27, 2012
The last Mudd in this space was unusually, surprisingly difficult. This one was a breeze; I finished it in a single sitting. My top clues in it are 3D (RUGGED), 4D (CHATELAINE) and 21D (CHARGE).
1. FLAT RACE – FLAT (note) + RACE (people)
5. SOCCER – homophone (“socker”). ‘American football’ presumably defining football as it is called by Americans.
9. INTEGRAL – anagram of LARGE TIN
10. DETAIL – DE-TAIL (remove the end, you might say)
11. LISTENER – E[ars] N[ormally] in LISTER (recorder)
12. PRESTO – anagram of TOPERS
14. PALINDROME – D (daughter) in PAL IN ROME (amico)
18. PURITANISM – anagram of PRIM AUNT
22. THANKS – H (hospital) in TANKS (military)
23. SLAPDASH – SLAP (strike) + DASH (career)
24. EDITOR – hidden word
25. CO-WORKER – OW (pained cry) in CORKER (something great)
26. SHEATH – HEAT (fever) in SH (mum)
27. ENTRANCE – double definition
1. FRILLY – ILL (green around the gills) in FRY (fish)
2. ATTEST – AT TEST (watching over). Watching an over in cricket, that is!
3. RUGGED – cryptic/double definition
4. CHATELAINE – anagram of ETHICAL AN + E (English)
6. OVERRIDE – anagram of DRIVER O[n]E
7. CHAT SHOW – HATS (pillboxes, say) in CHOW (dog)
8. ROLLOVER – ROLL (bread) + OVER (finished)
13. TINSELTOWN – anagram of WENT LOST IN. I asked a Los Angeleno friend what she understood Tinseltown to mean. She told me she considers it to be Hollywood as an idea, and largely Hollywood as an idea from a different era. So definitely part of LA but perhaps not a geographical part.
15. SPOTLESS – S[ylph] + POTLESS (with a flat stomach)
16. ORGANISE – anagram of IS ORANGE
17. STAKEOUT – S (seconds) + TAKEOUT (kill)
19. UPROAR – UP (out of bed) + ROAR (homophone of “raw” meaning bloody)
20. PARKIN – PARKIN[g] (stoppin’)
21. CHARGE – double definition. When my father finished a meal in a restaurant and wanted to know the cost, he would typically ask, “What’s the damage?”.