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Guardian 24293 Brummie : Tree or False

Posted by neildubya on January 24th, 2008

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As previous discussed, I’m not a nature-boy, but “False Acacia” seems a tad obscure – oh well, thanks for the Botany lesson, Brummie.  Otherwise quite a blood-thirsty set of clues todays with some great wordplay.

ACROSS

1 FALSE ACACIA – (a calais cafe)*

9 ON(STAG)E – to “go stag” means women not allowed

10 S-(w)ORRIER

11 CHAIN MAIL

12 BE-A-NO – i.e the opposite of “Be a ‘Yes'”

13 BODY-AR-M(O)UR – A stiff is a body; “ar” is the hesitation

14 C(LAW)-HAMMER – can be used for removing the nails it knocked it – superbly crafted clue

18 BEHIND BARS

19 E.G-A.D

21 LAPS-E

24 ETHANOL – “LO” backwards with an anagram of “the” with “an” – not such a satisfying clue

25 D(ANC)IN-G

26 PATERNALISM – (PARLIAMENTS)* – excellent and unexpected anagram

DOWN

1 FISH AND CHIP SHOP – I guess a carpenter would have a “chip shop”

2 LEA(R)N – i.e David Lean, director of “Lawrence of Arabia” etc.

3 Omitted on purpose

4 CA-SELAW – “Wales” “A/C” in reverse

5 CERE(BR)AL –  “BR” is BRAIN reduced by 60%, Rye isn’t the town, it’s the cereal crop …

6 ANIMAL MAGNETISM

7 u(FO X CUB)e

15 INTERN-ET

16 BULLET-PROOF VEST – Cryptic Definition – the sort of “slugs” that come from a gun, not a garden

17 B-IPOLAR – B for Bass with (APRIL O)*

20 DO(TAG)E

23 FUN-GI

8 Responses to “Guardian 24293 Brummie : Tree or False”

  1. diagacht says:

    1ac I think it is a ‘FALSE ACACIA’ not ‘FALCE’

  2. beermagnet says:

    Ref 13/8 BODY ARMOUR: “rum with hesitation” gives R because the hesitation is the usual “um”. Remove “um” from “rum” to get R. “love” is AMOUR. So we get A(R)MOUR.

    1D A “carpenter” is a CHIPS. The HOP comes from “bound”.

    The one that I don’t follow is 11A CHAIN MAIL – how does this come from:
    Union post for defence against strikes (5,4)

  3. Peter Owen says:

    11A I explain this as CHAIN = UNION, MAIL = POST and chain mail is a defence against strikes by arrows.

  4. stan says:

    Sorry for the bain-storm earlier – totally messed up the anagram. Thanks for the extra clarification – think you’ve got it spot-on.

  5. stan says:

    And that’ll be “brain-storm”. My Legendary Attention To Detail is in full-effect today.

  6. Comfy Settee says:

    Really liked this puzzle, especially since I set a new PB for the solve!
    Also liked the BIPOLAR clue, because my work takes me to these places – was surprised that Brummie didn’t opt for some play on mental problems though (i.e. bipolar disorder) – would have been a great anagram indicator…

  7. Barbara says:

    6. Animal magnetism:
    This wasn’t explained in the blog.
    What is the wordplay?
    barred property??

  8. stan says:

    It’s a reference to “bar magnets”

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