Posted by Pete Maclean on December 13th, 2012
Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of December 1, 2012
I found this to be a moderately easy puzzle. My top clues are 14A (DJIBOUTI), 18A (ARES), 22A (FIRM) and the marvelous anagram of 3D (PAUL ROBESON).
1. TADPOLES – TAD (little) + POLES (Europeans)
6. RARELY – RA (artist) + RELY (bank)
9. JAGUAR – AG (silver) + U (you say) together in JAR (grate)
10. RIVETING – double definition
11. ODER – OD[d]ER (disheartened stranger)
12. SUNDAY BEST – anagram of NUDES BY SAT
14. DJIBOUTI – DJ (presenter on radio) + BOUT (fight) in II (2)
16. TAIL – T[he] A[rrows] I[f] L[ooking]
18. ARES – hidden word
19. GARDENER – anagram of RED ANGER
21. MAINSPRING – MA (mother) + IN SPRING (when tulips appear)
22. FIRM – FIR (wood) + M[olten]. Hands up those who started by filling in DEAL. Sort of works but, always remember, Cincinnus is usually impeccable and ‘solid wood’ just does not work well to define DEAL.
24. FISHMEAL – FISH (possible smelt) + MEAL (dinner). No, no, not that fish is smelly but the species of fish called a smelt.
26. NEISSE – anagram of SEINES. This one I had to look up. I understand that the full name of the river is the Lusation Neisse, it forms part of the border between Germany and Poland, and it is a tributary of the Oder (11A).
27. ANIMAL – IM (this writer’s introduced) in LANA (Turner) backwards
28. TALISMAN – L (lake) + I (isle) together in [Abel] TASMAN (navigator). I did not originally understand what ‘navigator’ clued here and help was supplied; see comment #1 below.
2. AWARD – A[nnoy] + WARD (old guard)
3. PAUL ROBESON – anagram of SOPRANO BLUE
4. LARKSPUR – LARKS (singers) + UP backwards + R (right)
5. SHRINKING VIOLET – SHRINK (trick cyclist, in its meaning as a psychiatrist) + anagram of IN VEIL GOT
6. REVEAL – A (a) in REVEL (live it up)
7. RUT – TUR[n] backwards
8. LANDSLIDE – LAND (country) + anagram of IS LED
13. BUTTERFLIES – BUT (only) + FRET (worry) backwards + LIES (stays). Skippers are a family of butterflies, generally small and found worldwide.
15. JORDANIAN – JO (little woman) + R (runs) + DAN IAN (boys)
17. ORIGINAL – O (old) + RIG (equipment) + anagram of NAIL
20. APPEAL – double definition
23. RASTA – R[e]A[d]S [a]T[l]A[s]
25. HAM – HAM[burger]