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Guardian 24,463 – Araucaria

Posted by Uncle Yap on August 16th, 2008

Uncle Yap.

From Prize Crossword 24,463 – 9 August 2008
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram

What a rare double treat today. First it was the Master as Cinephile in the FT and then as the monkey puzzler in the Guardian. As usual, it was entertaining and challenging and a great deal of fun as I solved this with Dr Gurmukh, sipping probably the best single malt in the world, the Glen Morangie … another reason why I never watch the clock since solving time would include time to refill our glasses, admiring the cleverness of the compiler and laughing at our blindness for not spotting a hidden answer (said to be the easiest kind of clues)

Across
1 RUMPOLE Cha of RUM (funny) POLE (stick) Rumpole of the Bailey is a British television series created and written by British writer and barrister Sir John Mortimer, QC and starring Leo McKern as Horace Rumpole, an aging London barrister who defends any and all clients.
9 STRIDENT Cha of ST (street  or way) Ride (mount) NT (books forming New Testament of the Holy Bible)
10 WRASSE ha
12 RIDER HAGGARD cd Sir Henry Rider Haggard KBE (1856–1925) was a prolific writer of adventure novels set in exotic locations, predominantly Africa
15 UPSIDE DOWN Up Side (winning team) Down (feathers)
17 HEL hel (l) in Norse mythology, the goddess of the dead, sister of the wolf Fenrir, and daughter of Loki.
19 TOE to E (a transcendental number is a number that is not a root of any algebraic equation with integral coefficients, whatever that means :-)
20 INTOLERANT cd
26 DEBLUR Ins of B (note) in rev of RULED (controlled) and I thought this was a cheeky Araucaria word until I saw it in Chambers. How many of you still remember his “deranged orange” to indicate the letter “o”?
27 MORTIMER Cha of M (medium-sized) OR (gold) Timer (watch) Sir John Clifford Mortimer, CBE QC (born 21 April 1923) is an English barrister, dramatist and author
28 AYESHA a very naughty ha concealed in the next answer. Wisdom’s Daughter: The Life and Love Story of She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed By H. Rider Haggard
29,5 THE AYES HAVE IT T + Ins of YE (you) SHAVE (razor) I (one) in HEAT (temperature)

Down
1,2 RUSHMORE A punny way of saying ‘hurry faster’ Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota, hosts a monumental granite sculpture by Gutzon Borglum of former US presidents Washington, Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Lincoln
3 OLD BIRDS Another punny way of calling the extinct bird, the dodo. BTW old birds is defined in Chambers as astute, experienced persons; or canny folk
4 ERNIE dd One is half of the Morecombe & Wise Show and the other does not like Uncle Yap at all…I have held some British Premium Bonds since the 70’s but Ernie has never picked any of my numbers (electronic random number indicator equipment)
6 AURIGA Cha od AU (gold) Riga (the capital of Latvia)
7 EUSTACHIAN EUST (on) A CHIAN (an inhabitant of Chios, an island in the Aegean Sea)
8 THEODOLITE Cha of THE ODO (sounds like “odder” or less familiar) LITE (“light”, illumination)
11,22 SHE WHO MUST BE OBEYED Shew (display) *(bed you both seem) This is the clue that showed what both Mortimer and Haggard have in common, a wifey character aka SWMBO
13 MULTIMEDIA Mu (Greek character) *(limited) A
14 ASSESSABLE A very clever clue of Asses (ungulates) + Sable (one of ungulates – a large predominantly black antelope of S and E Africa  with long, ringed backward-curving horns.)
16 DONJON Sounds like Don Juan; a strong central tower in ancient castles
18 RESETTLE *(street) LE (the French)
21 ABLUSH AB (able-bodied sailor) LUSH (alcoholic)
23 E-BOAT *(to be a) I like the use of innocuous-seeming fodder
24 EMMY (j) emmy, TV’s equivalent of the cinema’s Oscar
25 IRIS (h)

3 Responses to “Guardian 24,463 – Araucaria”

  1. Comfy Settee says:

    I thought it stretching things rather to equate the pronunciation of DONJON with that of DON JUAN? Or have I been mispronouncing one of them all these years?

  2. Andrew says:

    I think it’s actually a homophone of Don John, which is the anglicised version of the name.

  3. Qaos says:

    Thanks again to Uncle Yap for another delightfully well-written and informative post. Almost as much fun to read as doing the original puzzle!

    The one that caught me out was “flag” = IRIS. Another one to remember for later …

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