Posted by rightback on April 26th, 2008
Solving time: 11:58
The clueing in this puzzle was more ‘down the line’ than normal for Araucaria, I thought. Nothing too obscure either, although a couple where the wordplay helped me out.
3dn and 19/20dn have the same definition (‘in a state’) but there were no cross-clue references in this – all the more surprising, as DOODAH (20dn) is the main bit of the chorus to CAMPTOWN RACES (16dn/9ac), which you’d think was deliberate on the setter’s part.
Music (1ac): Jupiter from Gustav Holst’s suite The Planets.
* = anagram, “X” = sounds like ‘X’.
|1||JUPITER; “JEW PITTA”|
|5||SIDECAR (double definition)|
|10||FOREST + ALL|
|11||HUM + ANGUINE + A + PIG – I didn’t know ‘anguine’ (meaning ‘of a snake’) or ‘pig’ (= ‘a segment of an orange’).|
|14||AIR (= ‘melody’) + TIGHT (= ‘one over the eight’)|
|17||STEELMAN; (MALTESE + N[ame])* – this took a bit of fathoming after stopping the clock. It turns out that Corus is one of the world’s largest steel producers.|
|21||PRINCIPAL FOCUS; (FOR PUCCINI’S PAL)* – sadly I had to write the letters out to spot this; I’d probably have got it instantly during my GCSEs.|
|23||LA(C + RIM)OS + O – a musical term.|
|25||SUSTAIN (double definition)|
|26||ASHTRAY – “ASTRAY” said with a slur. Another I didn’t get when solving.|
|2||PICK UP + THE PIECES|
|3||TIS + WAS – my last entry, having tried to justify ‘Tasman’ for a while.|
|4||RE + FUG + E|
|5||SARDINIA; (AND AIR IS)*|
|6||DIS + KETT[l]E|
|7||CHAMP + AGNES + UPPER – nicely split up.|
|8||REL*G*T**N; ELEG[y] in RATION – this is a sore subject at the moment so no comments on this clue please (unless Leicester ensure safety by beating Sheffield Wednesday this afternoon – not likely, I fear).|
|12||PER SE + POLIS – I wasn’t familiar with Marlowe’s Tamburlaine or his destination, but the wordplay got me there.|
|15||OLD CHINA (double wordplay) – this is a bit naughty as there’s no proper definition. The phrase ‘old china’ can mean a mate, but not a former mate.|
|16/9||CAMPTOWN RACES; CAMP + (C TO ANSWER)* – ‘Plantation song’ because this was originally published in Stephen Foster’s Plantation Melodies.|
|19/20||ALL OF A DOODAH; (FOOD)* around ADO, all in ALLAH|