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Guardian 24049/Araucaria

Posted by linxit on April 12th, 2007


Solving time: approx. 25 mins

Araucaria’s outdone himself with this one – bit of a nightmare to solve with the number of clues referring to others, obscure wordplay, plain cheating and general skulduggery. Despite that I enjoyed the challenge, although there are still a couple I can’t explain.

1,5 GREATER (“grater”),SPOTTED – a type of eagle, although I thought for a while I was looking for a type of cheese.
10,27 OVER/T,URN
11 A,C(HIEV(hive*))ABLE
12 ASLEEP – this is where the cheating comes in. The Wordsworth line is “Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting.” I reckon that makes it (1,5). 12, 6 and 22 make up a triangle of mutual anagrams, although only 6 has a valid definition.
13 ROSS,(c)LARE – ROSS being the Scots county, CLARE the Irish one, making up ROSSLARE the Irish port.
19 BOBBY,SOCK – for 1950’s teenagers maybe (unless they’ve made a comeback – I wouldn’t know).
24,17 RANGER SCOUT – ? can’t think of anything else that would fit, but there’s no such thing. The oldest scouts are called Rovers, Rangers are older Girl Guides. Also, it’s enumerated as (11) rather than (6,5), so maybe I’m barking up the wrong tree completely. [As indeed I was – correct answer is Kinder Scout, as explained by Beermagnet below.]
26,23 1,ST,HE,PO,PEA,CAT,HO,LIC – nice clue apart from “partially licensed house” = HO,LIC at the end. PO = Italian river = flower is one for beginners to watch out for.
28,29 B,LADDER/CAMPION – I was briefly tempted by SLADDER until I realised that B can be second if A is first. Albert Campion is the “detective in novel” – novels actually. Anyone remember the TV series with Peter Davison?

2 REV,IS IT? – for some reason I imagine someone asking this in a Welsh accent.
7 TRAMLINES (terminals*) – the outside lines on a tennis court only used in doubles matches.
8 (h)EN(LAR)GE – a LAR was a household god in Roman times. All I can remember from my Latin O-Level is the phrase “lares et penates“. I think LAR might be a back-formation because they were never referred to in the singular.
9 PHAR((b)YNG)OS,COPE – “admiral beheaded” is quite apposite as Admiral Byng was executed after a court-martial for failing to defeat the French!
18 C(L)AUSAL – yes, a causal clause does exist – that’d be the bit after the word “because” probably.
20 BERGAMA – where Turkish rugs are made. I got that from B?R?A?A, I just don’t understand where AMA comes from or what scarlet has to do with it. All I can see is B(born) + R(king) in EG(say). What am I missing? [Wrong again – it’s B,O(K)HARA, ref Scarlett O’Hara from “Gone With the Wind”. Thanks again, Beermagnet. I suppose I’m unlucky that I knew of Bergama rugs.]
21 CHEER,10 – this was mischievous, with all the other clues referring to clue numbers this one just means 10=IO.
22 ELAPSE – anagram of 12 and 6, but how does fall=elapse? I’ve looked in 5 or 6 online dictionaries, but none of them give the less common meanings of words. Maybe it’s in Chambers…

2 Responses to “Guardian 24049/Araucaria”

  1. says:

    24/17 is Kinder Scout the highest peak in the Peak District ( ) and scene of a famous trespass, and subject of an araucarian clue not so long ago I recall. I reckon this too should be (6,5) rather than (11) also.
    That makes 20D B-H-A-A for which I put in BOKHARA which seems to be a place in Persia now I’ve Googled it.
    O’Hara is the Scarlet.

  2. says:

    Thanks for that. I think I’d vaguely heard of Kinder Scout, but not enough to ring any bells unfortunately. Once I got SCOUT I was only thinking of types of scout and knew RANGER was wrong but it fit the gap. At the time 24 and 20 were the only two I had left and I was already thinking BERGAMA but couldn’t justify it…on other days at this point I’d have checked the blog, but today happened to be my turn!

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