Posted by rightback on February 2nd, 2008
Solving time: Lost, but about 11 mins I think. One wrong (2dn).
A mini-theme in this crossword of detectives and their authors, with three pairs plus ‘Sherlock’ at 4dn.
I didn’t think this was one of Araucaria’s better puzzles, with most of the surface readings meaningless and quite a few other nit-picks with the clues. There’s a couple I don’t really get (14ac and 6dn),
Music (theme): Man of Mystery by Hank Marvin and The Shadows. I can’t find an online recording though, so here‘s a cover version by Muse.
* = anagram, “X” = sounds like ‘X’.
|1||ALL + [g]INGHAM – the author Marjory Allingham wrote about the detective Albert Campion (see 17ac).|
|12||[h]AIR + CREW|
|14||POST-MORTEM; POST + (TO ME MR)* – I don’t know why this is ‘like most of our creators’ work’.|
|15||LEG + WORK – a weak cryptic breakdown.|
|19||UNLITERARY; (I TURN EARLY)*|
|23||BIT + U MEN (= “YOU MEN”)|
|24||S(PAN + IS)H|
|27||ITINERANT; TINE in (TRAIN)*|
|1||CARDINAL + NUMBERS|
|2||FLUSHING – not ‘blushing’. I had a nagging feeling this was wrong and should have thought harder about it. Flushing is a port in Holland.|
|3||ENDA; (ADEN)* – an Irish saint. Together with 13/22ac, this and 25dn form two symmetrical pairs which are anagrams of each other.|
|4||SH(ER)LOCK – not keen on ‘Homes pronounced’ as the definition. This is more like a ‘double wordplay’ clue.|
|5||IMP + ACT|
|6||HEIRLOOM; (R[oyal] + OIL)* in (HOME)* – why does ‘royal’ = ‘R’? And how does the definition work? (Clue: “Home organised to keep royal oil available – that’s where it should stay”.)|
|7||P.O. + I + ROT – here ‘order’ = ‘postal order’ = PO.|
|8||THE WOMAN IN WHITE; (WITH NAME ONE WITH)* – decent anagram but the surface reading doesn’t seem to make sense.|
|16||OPT I MIST|
|17||C + HR + IS + TIE – Agatha Christie created Hercule Poirot at 7dn. The question mark is superfluous to the cryptic reading, which is unfortunate.|
|18||INIMICAL; rev. of MINI, + I + CAL|
|20||LET’S BE [having you]|
|21||RANK + IN – how does ‘graded’ = RANK? Ian Rankin created Inspector Rebus.|