Posted by tilsit on August 9th, 2007
SOLVING TIME: 24 MINUTES
Apologies for the late posting. A very clever puzzle from Gozo, reminiscent of Araucaria, with some good clueing, although a couple of queries. There seems to be an ambiguity at 19 down, and at 26 down the “container indicator” seems to be be lacking.
1 BIFFIN NIFF + IB (rev) IB = Short for IBIDEM (in that place) – A biffin is a red apple.
4 APRICOT PISCATOR (anag)
9 CHERRY HERR in CY
10 TAMARIND TAMARIN + D
12 MUSCATEL CATS/MULE (ANAG)
13 quince The Mechanicals were the group of strolling players led by Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Quince was also a member.
15 SLOE Odd letters in SALMONET
16 REDCURRANT CURR(Y) inside RED ANT
19 CLEMENTINE From the old song much mangled by Huckleberry Hound.
23 LYCHEE Hidden answer
25 MINNEOLA Type of orange. A NON-LIME (anag)
27 RIBSTONE Type of apple. BRETON IS (ANAG)
28 COMICE Type of pear. COMIC + E
29 PINK LADY You might say a “softer version of “Woman in Red” is Pink Lady. A type of apple.
30 ORANGE or + GEAN (ANAG)
1 BECOMES SECOMBE (ANAG)
2 FREESTONE Apart from being my old Physics Teacher, Freestone is a variety of peach.
3 INROAD IN + ROAD
5 PEAR Homophone of ‘pair’
6 HURRY Two defs – new on one me, a hurry is a type of drum-roll.
7 ONION ON + ION
8 SADDEST DAD / TESS (anag)
11 SEVENTY EVEN inside STY
14 SCANDIC SCAN + CID (rev)
17 AMAZONIAN Two defs
18 PEDESTAL PETES LAD (anag)
19 CALTRAP / CALTROP Both answers seem equally valid according to Chambers.
21 ETAGERE GATE (anag) + ERE
22 INDOOR I (one) + DONOR (anag)
24 CABIN As in Harriet Becher Stowe’s novel
25 ENID Hidden answer, but there isn’t an obvious indicator, although I could make a case for the “‘s” being the indicator.
Great stuff and thanks to Gozo