Posted by michod on December 12th, 2007
A pretty tough one this, took a good half hour and left me in doubt about the wordplay of two clues, including the main theme-word. But I think I’m there now. I thought at first that there was a historical theme, then was surprised to discover it was football. In the end, of course, it’s classic Araucaria, linking diverse themes through Chelsea/Stamford Bridge.
1. HAR (RAH<) OLD. Got this after I saw the historical theme.
2. LONGWAYS. Not quite sure about this - going the long way may involve a lot of turnings, in my experience.
9. SIN EW Y. I think the definition – ‘using muscle’ is justified in a poetic, if not a biological sense. I couldn’t get the wordplay for agges, but it’s wrong = SIN, (bridge) partners = E and W, yard = Y.
10. MO(UR) IN HO. Former Chelsea manager, not now to be England’s.
17. (Win)CHELSEA. Not sure where Winchelsea is (Kent?), but I guess it’s no longer a port. I guessed this from C_E_S__, and then saw 10ac, but it took a while to work out why.
18. PRIESTCRAFT. A difficult anagram incorporating two abbreviations (FR RC APTEST I). I think this kind of thing’s generally regarded as OK if the abbreviation is obvious, making the anagram direct and not indirect. This applies to RC, but not FR, which could be PA, DA. Of course, it didn’t help that the paper version had the word length as (10).
22. HAUNTING. Double def.
23. SENLAC (LANCES*). Scene of the Battle of Hastings (4dn), which followed that of..
24. STAMFORD BRIDGE. The theme-linker – Chelsea’s ground, and scene of 1066 victory for Harold that preceded his defeat at Hastings.
1. FLOWER SHOW (SHOWER FLOW). Another Chelsea event.
3. A G-GRIEVE.
4. HAS TIN GS. Tin is old slang for money, so I suppose ‘HAS TIN’ means ‘can afford’, although pedantically speaking, what you can afford depends on how much tin you have.
7. AUNT. Is an anagram ‘of’ 21, and a part ‘of’ 22.
12. P(ENS)IONE(e)RS. Yet another Chelsea link. All that’s missing is a reference to Elvis Costello’s “I don’t want to go to Chelsea’.
16. TIP STAFF. I’m sure it’s been done before, but it’s neat.
19. C(HER)RY. Nice definition – ‘with heart of stone’?
20. THUS. I’m not sure who the poetical goddess is, but added to THUS, I’m sure she’ll make a flower – ACANTHUS, AGAPANTHUS or some such.
21. TUNA (A NUT<).