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Guardian 24,295 (Sat 26 Jan)/Araucaria – Whodunnit?

Posted by rightback on February 2nd, 2008

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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’.

Across
1 ALL + [g]INGHAM – the author Marjory Allingham wrote about the detective Albert Campion (see 17ac).
12 [h]AIR + CREW
13 NEIL (hidden)
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.
17 C[h]AMPION
19 UNLITERARY; (I TURN EARLY)*
22 LIEN; (NEIL)*
23 BIT + U MEN (= “YOU MEN”)
24 S(PAN + IS)H
26 RE-BUS
27 ITINERANT; TINE in (TRAIN)*
Down
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.

3 Responses to “Guardian 24,295 (Sat 26 Jan)/Araucaria – Whodunnit?”

  1. Andrew says:

    14A – the “creators” are the detective story writers, whose work is about what happens after a death.

    6D – I assumed it meant that heirlooms should stay at home (rather than being sold for a fortune at Sotheby’s, say), though that seems pretty weak.

  2. rightback says:

    14A – that makes sense. I thought there must be a bit more to the theme than I’d seen.

  3. beermagnet says:

    6D I reckon R for Royal is OK as it is used in abbreviations such as HRH His/her Royal Highness. For the definition I took the idea to be that heirlooms need to stay in the home else they cease to be heirlooms, almost by definition.

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