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.
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.