Posted by tilsit on May 11th, 2007
Solving time: 27 minutes
It is lovely to be able to blog the doyen of crossword setters, but we get off to the wrong start with the grid design. I really dislike this grid which consists of only 6, 8 and 10 letter answers as you only have one way in to each corner.
I found it a fairly tough puzzle to get into at first with the two “big clues” not apparently obvious. Eventually I cracked them both, after searching for non-existent anagrams. In fact Araucaria infrequently uses large anagrams in his longer clues.
If there is a theme in the puzzle there are a couple of repetitive answers. CAN CAN, CHA CHA
Good fun, with some nice clues to make you smile, and to set you up for the weekend onslaught of puzzles.
ACROSS ( * = ANAGRAM R = REVERSAL cd = cRYPTIC DEF)
1 IGNITION G NIT (Good fool) + IO (I love) all inside IN - Is Araucaria using “home” as a container indication here? Or is he saying IN = HOME and the clue is saying IN IN? Can’t tell which.
5 ESPIED PIED (spotted) after E&S (quarters)
9 JACOBITE JA (Consent of German) + CO (Company) + BITE (morsel)
10 CHA CHA “Rosie Lee’s repetitive movement” CD Rosie Lee = Cockney Rhyming slang for tea.
11 ROSIE LEE Very clever clue. Cider with Rosie = book by Laurie (sic) Lee
12 AMORAL Hidden answer
14 FALLING OFF I suspect this is a CD clue relating to the old expression “Fell off the back of a lorry”
18,20,1 REPETITIVE STRAIN INJURY RE (concerning) + PETIT (small) + IVES (Saint) + TRAIN (Followers) + IN JURY (The Twelve -good men and true)
22 CAN CAN Potential = CAN + 18 (Repetitive) = MOVEMENT (can can)
23 ASSISTER One who helps = def. AS + SISTER\
24 LUANDA LANDAU with the U moved to second place.
26, 25, 4 TO COME TO THE AID OF THE PARTY Another charade clue TO COME = Future + TOT = infant + HEAD = leader with I inside head + OFT = frequently + HEP = trendy + ARTY = aesthetic
27 RESPONSE ESP in RONSE*
2 NO CASE CD – expression “No case to answer” Question mark to indicate clue is slightly “dodgy”. One of the weaker clues in the puzzle, I’d say.
3 TABLET Double def
6 SCHUMANN HUM in SCAN + N
7 ISCARIOT Another clever clue BISCAY less BY + RIOT
8 DEAR LIFE A clue I don’t understand - can see the “cost of living” bit.
13 OLIVE STONE OLIVE(R) STONE – Nice clue!
15 BRACELET BRACE + LET
16 SPONDAIC An early sighting for the I-Pod in a crossword IPOD CAN*
17 AT RANDOM RAND in ATOM
19 HIP HOP HIP (Fruit – Rose hip) + HOP (plant)
21 DREDGE DR (Medicine Man) + EDGE (Side)
Thanks to Araucaria for a very enjoyable breakfast-time solve.