Posted by Pete Maclean on March 14th, 2013
Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of March 2nd, 2013
A Cinephile puzzle that is very Cinephilic! Solving it took me some time and I needed a bit of help here and there. Cinephile’s themed puzzles often prove fairly easy because, once one cops to the theme, one can easily complete a number of answers including, typically, the longest ones. Even though I am hazy on the history of Neville Chamberlain’s time, I was easily able to get all the “appeasement” clues. But, unusually, that still left a few toughies such as 10A (TRADESMAN). My favourite clues here are 9A (ROWAN), 22-24A (PEACE IN OUR TIME) and 2D (NEWS VALUE).
1,25. MUNICH AGREEMENT – [im]MUNI[ty] + ME (setter) in GREEN (colour) in CHAT (talk). Rather loose cluing of MUNI.
4. EPISODIC – SODI[um chloride] (a lot of salt) in EPIC (saga). A lot of salt? I’d say a pinch!
9. ROWAN – double definition. Topical of course and rather clever. I like it.
10. TRADESMAN – ART (painting) + DESMAN. Yes there is an amphibious mammal called the desman — look it up on Wikipedia if you wish confirmation. I had to! (Thank you, Bob.)
11,12,19. NEVILLE CHAMBERLAIN – NE (Geordie, that is as in North East, I guess) + VILLE (town) + CHAMBER (room) + LAIN (had a rest)
14. ROUNDERS – hidden word
17. EASY MEAT – Y (“why”) + ME (me) + A (first) all together in EAST (quarter)
22,24. PEACE IN OUR TIME – anagram of AUCTION EMPIRE + E (east)
26. AVAIL – A (a) + VAIL (homophone of “veil”)
27. ENTANGLE – [p]ENTANGLE
28,13. DEADLY DULL – Spoonerized DUDLEY (West Midland) + DELL (wooded hollow). Dudley is a town in the West Midlands of England.
1. MARINADE – MARINA (boatyard) + DE[ck] (quarterdeck twice). Is a marinade necessarily spicy?
2. NEWS VALUE – anagram of EVEN US LAW
3,21. CANDLE GREASE – AND (with) + LEG (member) together in CREASE (fold)
5. PRANCING ABOUT – anagram of NO GRUB CAPTAIN
6. SEEPAGE – SEE (V, as in vide) + PAGE (P). I needed help understanding this wordplay! (Thanks, Peter.)
7. DEMOB – DEMO (protest) + B (second)
8. CANARY – double definition
10. THE COMMON WEAL – anagram of MONTH COME + WEAL (damage). Weal may refer to something like a welt that damages skin or to wealth.
15. SWAZILAND – [br]AZIL (American country not British) in SWAN (bird) + D (dead)
16. UNDERLAY – UN (a French) + R (right) in DELAY (procrastination)
18. SHEBEEN – SHE (lady) + BEEN (gone)
20. UPTAKE – anagram of A PET UK
23. AFRIT – FRI (a little day) in AT (at). An afrit is a supernatural creature in Arabic and Islamic cultures. I fancy I came across one in Morocco last year.