Posted by loonapick on January 3rd, 2007
Araucaria, love him or loathe him, rarely fails to produce an enjoyable puzzle to solve and you always learn something new to boot.
This is typical fare – there aren’t many examples that I could see which were “unfair” (possibly 19dn), and the more diffcult words were guessable via the wordplay. But I think 1dn is simply wrong.
You do need to know a bit about English geography and history, as some of the clues are linked to 21ac and 27dn.
8 – EDWIN – ED(W)IN – Edin referring to Edinburgh; alhough I haven’t ever seen Edin on it’s own, I think the clue is probably fair.
11 – LINGUAL – (a gull in)*; a nounal anagram indicator, which some solvers don’t like. Personally, I think it’s acceptable.
12 – WEDMORE – scene of a treaty in 878 between Alfred the Great and Guthrum, where Guthrum became Alfred’s adopted son.
13 – NASIK – hidden in “religioN AS I Know”; Nasik, aka Nashik, is a city in India.
17 – PETER PAUL – (perpetual)*; great clue which threw me at first, because I quickly put in STILL LIFE.
25 – ACTIVATE – ACT IV + (tea)*; not sure what “Shakespearean” brings to the party.
26 – DENEB – DENE(=valley) + B(born); the brightest star in the Cygnus constellation.
27 – ALFRED THE GREAT – (Father Ted regal)* the culinary reference relates to the story that he burnt a batch of cakes while hiding out on a peasant’s home.
1 – SHETLAND PONY – SHE-T-L-AND-PONY where T=”model”. I think the setter has got a bit mixed up with his slang terms for money. As far as I know there are 20 ponies in a monkey, not the other way round, as the clue would indicate (pony = £25, monkey = £500).
2 – ROWAN – RO(W)AN; see 19dn
3 – TENDULKAR – TEND-U(L)K-A-R; refers to Indian batsman, Sachin Tendulkar.
16,10 – LET THE DOG SEE THE RABBIT – LET(T)HE-DO-G(SEETHE)RAB-BIT
14 – SATIRICAL – SAT 1-RI-CAL where RI=Rhode Island and CAL=California
19 – LAMBETH – I can see the links to walk, Rowan and Canterbury, since Lambeth Palace is the official residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury, currently Rowan Williams, and The Lambeth Walk is a song, but there’s no wordplay, just a series of links (am I being too pedantic?)
22 – OSIER – ‘osier indicating “hosier”. When you see ‘e in a clue, that often indicates that you need a word from which you can drop the letter “h”.