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Guardian 24264/Araucaria

Posted by linxit on December 19th, 2007

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Solving time – 26:40

I struggled to get going on this, and after 10 minutes only had half a dozen answers in, but gradually managed to work up from the bottom right-hand corner and finish it.

Across
4 (h)ALL,BUT – ‘alibut, with the I replaced by L (plate). The clue is phrased the other way, so that you’d have to replace the L in the answer to get the fish.
9 CLAP,HAM,JUNCTION – the other 4 linked clues form a straight definition.
10 B(RUN)E,I
12 PAT,RON,AL – not 100% sure what this has to do with Georgia, but I Googled and found that Georgia (the ex-Soviet state) has a patronal presidency (whatever that means). Chambers was no help.
15,14 O,BITE,R DIC(CID rev),TUM – I knew this phrase as it came up in an Azed puzzle a while ago.
18 SIB,(d)ELIUS
22 S,ODIUM – presumably it’s an element of Nature because it’s symbol is Na.
24 MARR(O,WBONEJ=newjob*,ELL)Y
25 NEWLY,N – you can’t get much further south-west than Newlyn!
26 OT,ALGY – alternative form of otalgia which I wasn’t aware of.

Down
1 MA(LA)RIA
2 L,UP,IN
5 L,AN,YARD
7 THOR,EAU – Henry David Thoreau, author of Walden.
8 DJ,(r)EBEL – I didn’t know the word, but it was obvious from the wordplay once I had the checking letters. It’s an Arab word for a hill or mountain.
13 ROTTEN,ROW – a track running along the edge of Hyde Park for horse riders.
16 B(RITA)IN – “Educated girl” as in the play “Educating Rita”.
17,3 RAILWAY STATION (I saw to train lay)* – the second half of the word layout is the anagram indicator. Very Araucarian!
18 SI(TCO)M – OCT rev inside SIM – a SIM card is what goes inside a mobile phone.
19 B,U,SIEST(a) – I assume B = second as it’s the 2nd letter of the alphabet, or 2nd class, grade etc.

3 Responses to “Guardian 24264/Araucaria”

  1. beermagnet says:

    I was equally baffled as to why Patronal might mean Georgian but ended up justifying it to myself as a reference to St George who is our Patron Saint. Alternatively, maybe it is a reference to the way the lineage of the Hanoverian kings George I, II, III, IV passed from father to son in a patriarchal/patronal manner?
    So, frankly, I’m still not sure.

  2. cloudypiss says:

    What was 20 down? We can only think USUALLY but we don’t know why?

  3. Deano says:

    Yep, 20 down is USUALLY. “U” for posh (from upper-class), then SALLY (the girl) with another U inside

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