Posted by neildubya on December 5th, 2007
…. hardly ! It’s an Araucaria after all.
Interim version of the solutions – feel free to help me out with the left side of the puzzle – managed to crack the RHS and the theme in a spare 30 minutes over breakfast. Otherwise I’ll be back at lunchtime to finish it off.
6 DUNDEE : Bonny Dundee. Scots folk hero that 90% of Scots claim to be related to
9 IMP-A-LA : “A La” means in the style of. Although it also sounds dangerously like a name I should be using carefully these days. Thank you for not stoning me.
10 TAKE BACK
12 TOASTED TEA : (TO EAT DATES)* It was the only anagram I could find - which gifted me the theme.
13 PROFIT-E-ROLE : Profit =Return
23 BATTEN-BURG : Batten = eat in a big fast way Burg = (Grub) <
3 HUCK-STER : Huck(leberry) Finn and (rest)*
7 ECCLES : Short for “Ecclesiastes” or “Ecclesiastical”
8 STRAIT-LACED : (ARTIST)* + laced (into a corset)
17 ARREST = (SARTRE)*
20 TUBMAN = President of Liberia for a long time not so recently