Posted by loonapick on September 12th, 2007
A literary romp from Araucaria – five of the down answers are the names of books and there’s at least two more literary reference among the clues. Great fun, just a shame that once I’d got the four long down answers, the rest of the puzzle fell into place a bit too quickly.
Every clue hear is worthy of a mention, but I’m not allowed to blog them all, so here are the most obscure or noteworthy.
8 ASHPLANT – PLAN in (hats)* – An ashplant is a type of walking stick, presumably made from ash?
10 RUS(S(om)E)T – both RUST and RUSSET being shades of red
12 LYRA – a constellation and the principle character in Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” trilogy.
13 GOLDEN WEST – OR=golden and W=west – the reference is to the Puccini opera, La fianculla del West (The Girl of the Golden West)
15 KNEES-UP – (keep sun)*
18 S(eptembe)(C(H)OOL)(YEA)R – this clue doesn’t work for us Scots, since our school year starts in August.
23 MEDICI – relating to the Italian family, and to Browne’s most famous work, Religio Medici (The Religian of a Physician)
1 A STUDY IN SCARLET – (Cindy us)* in A STARLET – the first story to feature Sherlock Holmes
2 (n)A(PASS-AGE)TO-IN-(<=AID) – by EM Forster
3 PAN-TAG-(c)RUEL – by Rabelais
5 (g)OD-IN – not Ximenean, but typically Araucarian
6 A FAREWLL TO ARMS – disappointingly obvious
7 (b)ACH-(b)RIST(MASCAR(a))OL – much better
14 EXTIRPABLE – (tip be relax)*
17 HEAL-THY – brilliant – “Physician, heal thy self”