Posted by Pete Maclean on March 28th, 2013
Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of March 16, 2013
This puzzle struck me as looser and harder than the typical Cincinnus. My top clues are 9A (OPERETTA), 12A (RATES), 2D (SPECTATOR) and 8D (POSITION).
1. ALSATIAN – A (a) + L (large) + I (one) in SATAN (devil)
5. CHOP UP – CHOP[in] (composer dropping in) + UP (at university)
9. OPERETTA – anagram of TO REPEAT
10. EMMAUS – EMMA (classic novel) + US (American)
12. RATES – E (English) in RATS (expression when annoyed)
13. RETHOUGHT – RE (engineers) + THOUGH (for all that) + T (time)
14. STICKS – double definition
16. BRAVADO – A (a) + D (duke) together in BRAVO (Charlie’s predecessor, in the phonetic alphabet that is)
19. APROPOS – A (a) + PROP (supporter) + SO (like this) backwards
21. AGHAST – AGHAS (commanders) + T[urkish]. ‘Aghas’ is an unusual spelling that I had to check in my Chambers.
23. BRIDEWELL – DE[ad] + WE (we) together in BRILL (fish). The origin of ‘bridewell’ is interesting. The word was once used in England to mean any place of detention and I imagine that Cincinnus intended it in this generic sense. The term came from a particular prison that was created in a building originally constructed as a royal palace and named Bridewell Palace due, it appears, to its proximity to a well known as St. Bride’s Well. There is more on Wikipedia if you are curious.
25. SUCRE – C (about) in SURE (safe)
26. REMISS – RE MI (notes) + S[inger]S. I guessed the answer quickly but had a tough time seeing how the wordplay worked.
27. IGNORANT – [s]IGNORA (foreign lady not opening) + NT (books, i.e. New Testament)
28. ACROSS – anagram of OSCARS
29. NOT A BEAN – double/cryptic definition (BEN is ‘bean’ with not A)
1. ABOARD – A (a) + BOARD (panel)
2. SPECTATOR – anagram of PROTECTS A
3. TREWS – reverse hidden word
4. ANTARES – RE (about) in ANTAS (Christmas visitor, i.e. SANTA, with head lowered)
6. HOMEOPATH – HOME (in) + O (love) + PATH (way)
7. PRANG – P[olice] + RANG (called)
8. POSITION – anagram of I STOP + NO I (no-one) backwards
11. STAB – BATS (cricketer) backwards. At first I thought ‘cricketer’ was a poor definition for BATS but, after checking, I am satisfied that it’s a good one.
15. CYPRESSSES – C (100) + Y (years) + PRESSES (cider makers)
17. ASSOCIATE – anagram of TAOISEAC[h]S
18. CANBERRA – CAN BE (is possible) + RR (Republicans) + A (area)
20. SEES – palindrome
21. ALLEGRO – anagram of LEGAL OR
22. SEXTON – double definition, the second referring to the fictional detective Sexton Blake
24. IZMIR – homophone (“is mere”) (is nothing but)
25. STOMA – STOMA[ch] (put up with no church)