Posted by linxit on March 8th, 2007
Solving time approx. 20 minutes.
Araucaria again. I got him last week too, on the Wednesday. What have I done to deserve this? Actually most of it wasn’t too bad today, although I got stuck for a while on the last couple of answers (5D and 19D), and had to guess 1D – no idea if I’ve guessed right. I was surprised that Brer Rabbit didn’t make an appearance in the thematic clues.
6 UNS(HAKE)N – I knew it was a fish inside NUNS*, but couldn’t think which one until I got (21,3,25).
9 TO(WAR)D – Tod is a traditional name for a fox (although I’ve only come across it in crosswords).
11 C,HOLES,TEROL (let or*)
15 B(RE(R)F)OX – not sure how “low-lying feature” is a definition/description of him though. Haven’t read Uncle Remus since I was about 8.
17 MU(RDO=rod*)CH – Sky pilot…very droll.
18 DEVA,STATION – Deva was the Latin name for Chester.
23,7 JE(ROME,K)ER,N – is he somehow related to the main Uncle Remus theme? I couldn’t find a connection.
1 GEORGE? – just guessing because it fits – first I thought maybe Kern might have an associate called George Harris, but apparently not. I found out that George III had the nickname Farmer George, but that doesn’t seem relevant either.
2 UNCLE(a)R,EMUS – I got this from the ..M?S at the end plus thinking what author could fit (4,8,6), and all the thematic stuff just fell into place together.
5 NE,WC,OMER – last one I put in – Saint-Omer is in Artois, but I was working back from the answer.
8 NO,EL – “boy like 21″ because most of the letters are the same I suppose.
12 TAX(EVAS)I,ON – “save” reversed in there
13 KOH-I-NOOR – (r)HINO in ROOK rev., worked out after putting in the answer immediately from the enumeration (3-1-4). What else could it be?
14 CH(IN,L)ESS – “probably going to wonder”, as it’s almost always used in the phrase “chinless wonder”
19 A,XEMA,N – was tempted by APEMAN, but luckily looked up gull and found that it’s in the genus xema. But who’s Koko? If it was a famous electric guitarist I would have heard of him, and it’s not the sort of name you’d associate with an executioner…
21,3,25 JOEL,CHANDLER,HARRIS – 3 straight definitions for each part of his name, but I still needed the hint from 2D to get it.