Posted by linxit on January 30th, 2007
An enjoyable puzzle today from Araucaria, which either means that there wasn’t too much non-Ximenean shenanigans going on, or that I’m actually getting used to his style (however, the wordplay escaped me on a couple of clues). I’m pretty sure that the online version has a typo in 13ac though – if not, ignore the first sentence because that makes no sense at all! [Although I now take it back, having seen michod's comment]
1 CARMART,HENS,HIRE – nice easy start, obviously going to be a county – didn’t take long to see which one.
9 SATISFIED – I don’t get the wordplay on this one. [SAT,IS,FIE(l)D, thanks loonapick, but I can't see how SAT is "much of day". Hmph!]
11 O,DON,A,TA – luckily I remembered this from another recent puzzle. It’s the dragonfly genus.
13,16,18 & 24 – DIS,CON,TEN,TED – opposite of 9ac, easy enough. But the clue in the online version reads “13, 16, 18, 24 26 6 10 and 8 are not 9 (3)”. What are the last four clue numbers about? INFERNO SWINDLE IN TOW and EDWARD THE FOURTH. Makes no sense to me – I think somebody did a cut-and-paste from another clue and forgot to edit it afterwards. [But see michod's comment below - actually that's brilliant, but I think the online version didn't do it justice - the way it was presented just looked like a mistake]
17 STEW,ART – I was sure the royal family name is spelt “Stuart”, but according to this it was changed from “Stewart” in 1548.
19 IKEBANA – hidden in lIKE BANAnas, the Japanese art of flower-arranging.
22 INST,YLE=Ely rev.
28 INDIA – I’d heard of the rubber and the ink, but not the paper. According to Chambers, India paper is a fine quality paper of Chinese or Japanese origin!
30 MAR(RIED=ride*,INCH,UR)CH – not keen on time=March, one of my few grumbles though.
1 COSMOPOLITANISM (plot,a commission)* – had to write out the letters to get this one.
2 RAT,10 – wasted a bit of time trying to work out what it had to do with 10ac.
3 AB,STAIN – the first two letters, that is.
4 TRIB(AD)E – not a word I’d ever come across, but the wordplay was pretty simple.
6 S(outh)WIND,LE – liked the definition here, “a fast one”.
7 INTEST(AC)Y – i.e. (isn’t yet)* around AC, “out” is the anagrind.
20 A,LIZAR(d),I – the fact that it had its tail removed made me think of lizard. Alizari is one of those words that I knew existed but didn’t know what it meant. Now I do – it’s a type of madder (the plant).
22 IDI AMIN – another one that I don’t understand the wordplay of. Looks like DIAM must be “lot of stones”…? [Of course it is! DIAM(onds) - how did I miss that?]
27 RADA,R – Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, correctly=right=R