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Guardian 24,093 (Sat 2 Jun)/Araucaria – Mosley harmless

Posted by rightback on June 10th, 2007

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Solving time: 28 minutes for all but 22ac; one other mistake (9ac).

I still can’t work out 9ac, for which I entered ‘anivorous’, but I should really have got 22ac, even though I didn’t know the place.

Apologies for posting this late.

* = anagram, “X” = sounds like ‘X’.

Across
9 AP (?) + IVOR (= ‘Welshman’) + O + US – Merops is a genus of bee-eaters. The name ‘Ivor’ comes from Old Norse according to Chambers, but seems to be common amongst Welshman, e.g. Ivor Novello. I can’t explain ‘son of’. (The full clue is: “Merops is the son of a Welshman with love for America”.)
10 SANTA – refers to 20dn (“CLAUS”) and one of various Santa Barbaras (I don’t know which is most famous).
11 E + P(HES)US – this was a rare Shakespearean reference which I understood, having read A Comedy of Errors (for a Listener once, I think), but the definition is vague. The play is about two sets of twins, both separated at birth, with one of each pair being brought up in Ephesus and the other in Syracuse.
12 ADAM + ANT – not really sure why ‘one giving birth’ is ADAM.
13 OILS[kin]
14 HARD-BITTEN; (BIRTH TEN AD)*
17 SERVANT; VAN in SERT – The Servant was a film directed by Joseph Losey.
13 BACKGAMMON (cryptic definition)
22 ACE + H[eart(s)] – football surface readings are my Achilles heel. This is not the first time that I have kicked myself for failing to get a clue involving the words ‘red card’.
23 TH[e] [f]ATWAS – an old TV programme on the BBC.
24 CLUED UP
26 LOSE + Y – Joseph Losey – see 17ac and 18dn.
Down
1 TAKE + TOT + HE + BOTTLE
2 NICHOLAS; “KNICKERLESS”
3 LOIS; (OILS)*
4 COX’S WAIN – my favourite clue.
5 OSWALD MOSLEY; (S + WALD) in OM, + (LOSEY)* – founder of the British Union of Fascists. Does ‘worthy’ give OM as in ‘Order of Merit’?
6 ESPALIER; E,S (= ‘quarters’) + “PALLIER”
7 INF[ra] + ACT
8 WAITING TO HAPPEN; (WHITE PAINT ON GAP)*
17 SCORCHER; rev. of CROC in SHE, + R
18 ACC(I.D.)ENT – another film directed by Losey, based on a book by Nicholas Mosley.
20 CLAUSE; “CLAWS”
25 URGE (hidden) – Araucaria’s hidden words rarely have a ‘containment’ indicator.

4 Responses to “Guardian 24,093 (Sat 2 Jun)/Araucaria – Mosley harmless”

  1. says:

    I struggled a bit with 22 as well: I knew the place, but didn’t put it in with much confidence, since the wordplay had me stumped. “Ap” is found in (old, I think) Welsh names and means “son of” (I knew this because I knew of the 12th century king Rhys ap Gruffydd, but why I knew of him, I’m not sure); so “son of a Welshman” is “Ap Ivor”; rather nice. I assumed that the idea in 12 was that Adam figuratively gave birth to humanity, but maybe it’s something else.

    Enjoyable puzzle, I thought, as usual.

  2. says:

    12ac – surely “one giving birth” is A + DAM

  3. says:

    Brilliant. I don’t know how he keeps it up, across or down.

  4. says:

    AP IVOR means “son of IVOR” in Welsh in the sam way that O’Brian and McDonald mean “Son of” Brian and Donald in Scotland. AP RHYS was commonly shortened to PRICE.

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