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Guardian 24182/Auster – Strange Fruit

Posted by neildubya on September 15th, 2007

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The link for the Across clues is that these are all fruit grown in Australia. Some of them are not at all Pom-friendly, and without the Internet, and especially http://www.campionandcurtis.com/seasonal.html, I would have been at a loss. I can’t imagine many other solvers get their 5-a-day from many of these.

Across

5 F (EI)< J O A – Holden is Australia’s main car manufacturer. I think this is Auster’s hint to the link. In fact, the name “Auster” should have been somewhat of a clue …

9 PO (ME) LO

10 RAM BUT AN

12 ELDER BERRY – Reference to Chuck Berry – outstanding clue

13 BOY SON BERRY

18 KAFFIR LIME – (IMF FLAKIER)*

22 MUSCATEL – (CAMUS)* (LET)<  THis is first across that I got which gave me the idea that we were looking for fruit or wine.

23 PEP IN O

24 O RANGE – i.e zero range – a traditional clue. Made me stop thinking about wine and concentrate on fruit.

25 SAP (OTE)*

Down

1 JILL A ROO – A female version of a Jackaroo : an inexperienced Australian rancher

5 FEELER – The last I got and probably the easiest clue here – a simple double definition i.e “put feelers out”

7 ON AGRA – Knew the Taj was in Agra, needed Internet to confirm this was the Evening Primrose

8 C (RED) ENT IALS – i.e RED in CENT with an anagram of SAIL

14 STRA (TEG)< Y

15 REDEPLOY – (REED PLOY)*

16 CARUSO – CA (OURS)* where Ca. is short for Circa (about)

17 S TAN CE – S(outh) TAN, second half of the word Race

20 ESPIAL – (i LAPSE)*

2 Responses to “Guardian 24182/Auster – Strange Fruit”

  1. Michod says:

    It’s actually BOY SEN BERRY, referring back to the ELDER BERRY – brilliant!
    I didn’t clock that they were all Australian, but there were some seriously obscure fruits here.

  2. AlanR says:

    Really fun crossword – I actually found it the easiest one this week, since the wordplay was pretty straightforward, even though there were no fewer than 11 words that I’d never heard of before!

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