Posted by Pete Maclean on January 24th, 2013
Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of January 12, 2013
I found the top-right quadrant of this puzzle to be tricky, especially 4A (CROSSBAR) and 6D (SHRINK WRAP). My favourite clues are 20A (WINDSOR) and 14D (MOUNTAINEER).
1. CHOUGH – H (hot) in COUGH (splutter). A chough is a type of crow but is not, I believe, a commonly known bird. I was lucky in being very familiar with the word from frequently passing a pub in Blandford Forum, Dorset called “The Three Choughs”.
4. CROSSBAR – CROSS (pass) + BAR (save). This was one of the last clues I solved. Both the wordplay and definition (“some goal” meaning a part of a goal) are hard.
10. MACHETE – anagram of CAME THE
11. AIRLESS – double/cryptic definition
12. SILK – S[eparate] + ILK (sort)
13. BARKING MAD – cryptic definition. Barely cryptic though…
16. LOAFER – double/cryptic definition
17. BLOW-OUT – double definition
20. WINDSOR – double definition. What a beautiful, serendipitous clue! The answer jumped right out to me.
21. MATTER – double definition
24. PINA COLADA – PIN (secure) + A (a) + CO (company) + LADA (car)
25. MINI – hidden word
27. DETROIT – ET (visitor from afar) in DROIT (right)
29. EXPRESS – double definition
30. RAPESEED – APES (simians) in REED (grass)
31. CLARET – CLARE (college) + [spil]T. Clare is a Cambridge college. I figure the definition, ‘blood’, refers to colour.
1. CAMISOLE – CAM (river) + I (one) + SOLE (fish)
2. OSCILLATION – anagram of COLONIALIST
3. GHEE – G[oat] H[as] E[aten] E[verything]
5. ROAD KILL – anagram of A KID in ROLL (butty)
6. SHRINK WRAP – anagram of I SHARK PR[a]WN
7. BYE – double definition. ‘Extra’ defines BYE as a cricket term.
8. RESIDE – RE (on) + SIDE (edge)
9. DECAF – FACED (opposed) backwards
14. MOUNTAINEER – anagram of ENUMERATION
15. MENDACIOUS – END (close) in MAC (coat) + I (I) + O (love) + US (you and me)
18. ROULETTE – LETT (Baltic native) in ROUE (playboy). ‘Lett’ is an old-fashioned term for a Latvian. And a good word to keep in mind as it comes up in crosswords occasionally.
19. TRAIN SET – IN (popular) in anagram of TREATS
22. SPIDER – double definition. A spider is a type of rest as used in snooker and billiards while house and money are types of arachnids.
23. ADIEU – DIE (something cast) in AU (gold)
26. OPAL – O (old) + PAL (China)
28. TIP – PIT (hole) backwards