Posted by ilancaron on August 17th, 2007
Not a cross-reference in sight nor a long anagram. Was this really Araucaria? I can’t even detect a theme of sorts.
Now that I’ve said this, will someone prove me wrong?
|1||LAID-BACK – def is “relaxed” but not sure about “thinking about England?” though it seems like a good candidate for “wordplay in the answer” which would produce DIAL.|
|10||HELL,AS – not a bad clue albeit my last: “Dis”=HELL, “like”=AS.|
|12||TRA(NSIT CA)MP – (cast in)* in TRAMP for “walk” and “about” indicates the containment.|
|17||BIL(AT,ERA)L – AT, ERA in BILL (Brit slang for the heat, i.e. CONSTABULARY which is 4D). OK, so there was one cross-ref here after all.|
|19||AM,I,GO – I is the “setter” here. The question-mark in the clue is necessary because the answer is a question!|
|20||W(IRE,T)APPING – guess-hazard time: I suspect that there are printing presses in WAPPING (?).|
|24||AL,LIED – yeah, that’s how they got AL Capone finally – for tax evasion.|
|26||JINGLE BELLS=”belles” – Goodness, is it that time of year already? Anyway, ref Alfred JINGLE (“Pickwick Papers”).|
|4||CONSTABULARY – two slang terms for the coppers: “nick” is a Brit term for a police station.|
|6||CLEOPATRA – (parcel to a)*. Cryptic def of the empress as a “needlewoman” ref. Cleopatra’s Needle on the Embankment (didn’t know this but she has two sisters in Paris and NYC).|
|7||IDLENESS –ref. MSND: turns out that Puck is sent by Oberon to find a flower called “love-in-IDLENESS”.|
|11||HA(R,LEY S)TREET – R, LEYS in theatre* – ref. HARLEY STREET which is where all the rich consultants are but I’m not sure how LEYS is produced by “lines” in: “Medical centre on right lines having operating theatre outside”.|
|21||PRO(E)M – I’ve always thought of a PROEM as a hybrid of a poem with prose but it is in fact an introduction (or overture).|