Posted by neildubya on April 30th, 2008
So glad the luck of the draw gave me this benign but pleasant Araucaria to blog rather than yesterday’s Gordian nightmare.
Still short one answer and my explanation of some of the wordplay is imperfect, so some scope for audience participation if you are so minded.
1 CONDUCT MEDAL : sounds like meddle
9 (l)INER-R-OR : there’s an extra “R” I can’t quite explain – but that could be self-referential I suppose !
12 TAMBO(rine) : African leader, Oliver Tambo
13 NO-SH : ie. no “Sh!!!”
14 Despite having all the letters I haven’t got this yet
16 UNWIN-NABLE : Professor Stanley Unwin was a comedian and Elbans live on Elba I guess
20 SKIER – either a cricket ball hit into the sky or someone sliding on snow
21 CIVIL YEA-R : A church calendar that does begin on Lady Day (25th March). Will be humming Billie Holiday tunes today (nickname ‘Lady Day’)
23 EC(TOP-I)A – guessed it was a word from ectopic pregnancy and ectoplasm.Haven’t quite settled on a coherent reason for the wordplay though “Top hat” “Ace” backwards ?
24 RINGLET – contained in the tex, and I had to check there was a Ringlet Butterfly
25 SERVICE ORDER – connection with 7 is obvious if you know what DSO stands for
1 CLEAN AS A WHISTLE : (WALLACE SHINES AT)*
2 NURSE : initial letters of the clue
4 TO-PG-EAR : A lodger was a “Paying Guest” (PG) in Araucaria’s day, pretty obscure today though
5 ELEC-TORS : CELEbrities in reverse with a common crossword word for mountains
6 AUTOMATIC TELL-ER : reference to William TELL
17 AR-CH(A)IC : can anyone explain the initial “AR”, or have I totally missed the point ?
18 LIV-OR-NO : LIV is 54 in roman numerals
22 LINED – wrinkly, and warmer in the sense of a “lined jacket” which has a lining in it. Had a lot of fun trying to make “gonad” fit the clue as well as it fit the letters ??N?D .