Posted by linxit on September 19th, 2007
Solving time approx 30 minutes.
I didn’t see any answers on my first glance through the clues, but managed to work out the anagram at 27ac and worked upwards steadily from there. As usual from Araucaria, some very inventive clues, and some of the cryptic indications are more word-fun than wordplay.
1 DODGE THE COLUMN (month, cuddle ego)* – not a phrase I was familiar with, and even after correctly identifying the anagram fodder quite early, I could make nothing of it until I had nearly all the crossing letters.
9 OVERT,”I’M ER”
10 WAND,A – not sure where the flower comes in, but the fish is from the film “A Fish Called Wanda”
11 IBSEN – replacing U,PROF with S in Ibuprofen.
13 TOREADOR – i.e. To read or not to read?
17 E,S,PIED – using “in” as “next to”, a favourite Araucarian trick. I think there’s some justification in the dictionary, but I can’t remember it at the moment.
19 THREE-PLY – varies slightly from “the reply”.
22 COOK,STOUR – The Cook Strait splits the North and South Islands of New Zealand. Strange to have this answer again so soon – it was also in yesterday’s puzzle.
26 CRITERION – double meaning/cryptic definition. Touchstone is a character in As You Like It, which might be on at the Criterion Theatre (although not recently).
27 LONG IN THE TOOTH (light not hot one)* – first one I got!
1 DROP IN THE OCEAN – I had ?C?A? for the last word very early, but couldn’t get SCRAP out of my head. One of the last ones I put in.
3 EXTENUATE – EX=from,TEN(10),U(-turn),ATE(8 (say)) – I suppose the circumstances also affect the order of the wordplay!
6,4 LE,WIS/H,A,MILTON – currently leading the F1 Championship, if anyone’s wondering “Who?”
8 PAR,DON,MY FRENCH – “mon” being French for MY.
18,20 P(ROB,ON,O/P)UB,LICO(coil*) – took a while to realise that the PUB at the front of PUBLICO wasn’t the tavern in the wordplay.
21 TOUCAN – “Two can”…