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Guardian 24,105 (Sat 16 Jun)/Araucaria – Green lights

Posted by rightback on June 23rd, 2007

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Solving time: 7:16

I’m not sure I’ve ever solved an Araucaria puzzle faster than this. ‘Collie’ was my first solve, followed (via a look at 27ac) by ‘flour’ and then somehow an inspired spot of the anagram at 1/17dn.

The surface readings in this puzzle were generally sound, though assisted by lots of superfluous link words, especially Araucaria’s favourite, ‘for’ (25ac, 27ac, 15dn).

* = anagram, “X” = sounds like ‘X’.

Across
1 UNALTERED; (NATURE LED) – a rather vague definition (‘led by conservative management?’).
11 PET + AS + U.S. – a low, broad hat worn by the ancient Greeks, and in particular by Hermes, the messenger god.
14 DEVA + STATED
13 ERNE – I guessed this from ‘Raptor’ but didn’t know the loughs in question.
16 PAR + LOUS (=(SOUL)*)
17 BUMP + K + IN
24 TELSTAR; (SATELLITE – LIE)* + R – the first communications satellite.
25 CHOW + DER
26 N(AIR)N
27 CA(LAB + RE)SE – after some bemusement I realised that ‘re’ must be Italian for ‘king’, from the Latin ‘rex’. ’20 10, say’ is “COLLIE FLOUR” (a poor excuse for a vegetable, if you ask me).
Down
1 PURPLE SPROUTING BROCCOLI; (CURL UP GIRL COPPER IN BOOTS)* – I wrote out the letters here without much hope. Somehow this phrase, which I don’t think I’d heard before, jumped out.
2 FAST + ENER[gy]
3 S[ain]T + ASH
4 BRUSSELS + SPROUTS
5 ODE + SSA (rev. of ASS) – a very useful port for crossword setters.
6 A + FORET + I + ME
7 RO(BUS)T
8 PRES(I + DENT + CAR)TER – Prester John was this chap.
15 COMPETE + NT
18 KILL + DEER
20 C + OLLIE
21 T(H)RICE
23 L + [h]OBBY

One Response to “Guardian 24,105 (Sat 16 Jun)/Araucaria – Green lights”

  1. Mike M. says:

    You hadn’t heard of purple sprouting broccoli?!? Shame on you for missing out on the most wonderful of veg – you owe it to yourself now to track some down in your nearest organic farm shop!

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