Posted by loonapick on July 19th, 2007
A typical Araucaria crossword, which hinges on being able to solve one key clue. In this case the key answer was the one at 19ac. Once you have that worked out, the rest (almost) falls into place.
Of course, being an Araucaria puzzle, there is the usual mix of obscure words and phrases, and some “challenging” wordplay, but, all in all, an enjoyable puzzle that leaves you 19ac,8 when you’ve finished it.
10,25 TEMPE-RATE – Tempe being a valley near Mount Olympus, noted for its rugged scenery.
12 CAT-A-MOUNT – another name for the puma
14 SAT-ANIC – (homophone of ALNWICK, a castle in Northumbria)
19,13 CON-SCIENCE – this gives you CON for 19ac, and these three letters make up parts of answers and clues throughout the puzzle.
21,19,1 ALLEGRO CON MOTO – (organ cello)*-MOTO – a musical instruction, meaning “quickly and lively” (is “livelily” a word)
22 SEGRAVE (homophone of SEA-GRAVE) – very clever clue, as Sir Henry Segrave died on Lake Windermere while trying to break the water speed record in 1930.
24 WATERFALL – not sure about “force in the North”?
26 TIT-US – as in “Titus Groan”, the hero of the Gormenghast trilogy by Mervyn Peake – sitting on my bookshelf waiting to be read.
29 EVACUATED – (due caveat)*
2,19,16 CHILL-ICON-C-ARNE – Thomas Arne, composer of Rule Britannia
3 (cen)TRE-PANNING – removing part of a bone, especially the skull
5 JETTISON – JET (1′s not)*
13 S-AC(c)RA – wedge-shaped bone in the lower spine, made up of five vertebra
15 THOUGH-TFUL(<=LUFT) – the definition is CON-SIDE-RATE, words appearing in the crossword. LUFT is the German for “air” as in Luftwaffe and Lufthansa
19 C(hurch)-HOT-APE-G – apparently a “chota peg” is a small drink
24 WELL CONTENT – a reference to “Alice in Wonderland”, I presume?