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Guardian 24193/Araucaria

Posted by linxit on September 27th, 2007


Solving time 20:19

Araucaria’s certainly on form today. A great 28-letter anagram at 1A,8D and a lot of other very clever clues made this a real pleasure to solve. I don’t think there was anything to really grate with my Ximenean sympathies either, apart from “some x” meaning “the first (unspecified number of) letters of x”, used a couple of times in 9 and 22. There seems to be a lot of General Knowledge required to solve this one, hence the large number of Wikipedia links.

1,8D THAT’S THE WAY THE COOKIE CRUMBLES (she makes with buttery chocolate)* – Starting off with a 28-letter anag &lit., I just knew this was going to be good.
9 EN(LIV)EN – NENE around VIL(lages) all rev.
10 LO,CAR NO – where a lot of treaties were signed after the end of WW1.
12 RO(A,ST,PO)RK(e) – ref. Rorke’s Drift, site of the famous battle in the Zulu War. The River Po in Italy is easily the most-used non-English river in cryptics.
13 FATHE(r),ADED(dead*)
15 U.N.,MAN – Ban Ki-Moon is current Secretary-General of the UN.
17 COM,P(L)ETER – I like COM for “Dot’s follower”. PETER is slang for a safe, not sure why. Is it rhyming slang? Naturally none of us bloggers use crossword completers, do we? (he says, looking around shiftily…)
20 HAR(D)COURT – ref. Port Harcourt in Nigeria.
22 OP.1,UM – first piece is OP.1, i.e. Opus 1, followed by MU rev. (some MUsical).
25 SMOKELESS ZONES (Seeks,zoom lens’s)* – nice definition, July being when the smoking ban came into force in England.

1,21 TWENTY,F(OUR,H,OUR,C)LOCK – “Guardian’s” is often OUR.
2 A,ILMEN,T(rade) – I’d never heard of Lake Ilmen, but what else could it be?
3,4 SEVENTEEN HUNDRED – according to Wikipedia, the War of the Spanish Succession began in 1701, but the problem started in 1700. I’m not sure why “shadow time” is 5pm though – surely that depends on the time of year and the weather conditions!
5 WELL,AND – The River Welland in East Anglia.
6 (twent)Y,ACHT – acht being German for eight. I already had 1,8 and 20 when I looked at this, so I wasn’t fooled for a minute by the seeming reference to other clues. Well, not much more than a minute…
7 H(A.R.P.)OON – ARP stands for Air Raid Precautions. Geoff Hoon is the cabinet minister (currently Chief Whip, formerly Defence Secretary).
14 WOLF,O(WIT)Z – Paul Wolfowitz, former head of the World Bank.
16 M(A(R)XIS)M – the Axis powers were the enemy in WW2.
17 CHUN(NE)L – NE inside lunch* – nickname for the Channel Tunnel.
18 MAT,TINS – normally spelt with only one T.
19 TRINI(ty),AN – I think. St. Trinian’s is a fictional girls’ school famous from a series of films in the 50’s and 60’s, and a new remake coming out later this year.

9 Responses to “Guardian 24193/Araucaria”

  1. Mark says:

    3,4 across – shadow time = 5 o’clock shadow (bags under the eyes)

  2. Will says:

    A 5 o’clock shadow is the beard growth that shows by 5 o’clock in the afternoon.

  3. Mark says:

    i meant 3 and 4 down – sorry!

  4. Mark says:

    17 ac – Peter – St. Peter (had the keys to heaven and hence meant something secured with a lock in criminal slang ?) – p.s. thanks “Will” that’s what i was trying to think of…

  5. Shirley says:

    2D from Wiki!! Lake Ailman is in northwestern Russia and occupies the centre of the Ilmen Plain.It provides the headwaters of the Volkhov River. I’m surprised it doesn’t appear in crosswords more often!

  6. John Hooper says:


    I had TUITION for 19D as it was the only school related word I could think of.

    I agree it probably is TRINIAN but why ?????

    Neither seem to fit the clue very well.

  7. Pilko says:

    St TRINIAN is the ‘patron saint’ of the fictional girls’ school.

  8. Paul B says:

    God is TRINITY. Most of that plus AN.

  9. Ron says:

    A peterman is slang for a safe-cracker

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