Posted by Ciaran McNulty on August 26th, 2008
A bit later than normal today sorry, I had noticed I was meant to be solving on Tuesday but had internalised this as ‘the second day of the week’, which the Bank Holiday managed to throw into disarray.
Perhaps typically for highly themed clues (esp Araucaria’s), this puzzle only opened itself up to me once I cracked 1 across. I must confess I had to resort to a list of works for most of the connected clues, but most of the rest popped out fairly quickly.
- * = anagram
- dd. = double definition
- cd. = cryptic definition
- “” = homophone
- 1. VAUGHAN WILLIAMS. V + AU + GHAN(WILL I)A + MS. Composer, died 50 years ago today. V. as an abbreviation of vidé was new on me, though I was familiar with q.v.
- 5. KITHARA. KITH + A R.A., a greek instrument.
- 9. LEMUR. L + EMU + R.
- 10. LINDEN LEA. ANDNELLIE*. A Vaughan Williams piece.
- 11. EAST LONDON. dd., I was fairly surprised to find there was a place called this in South Africa.
- 12. STUD. dd.
- 14. SEA SYMPHONY. S + EASY + MP + HON + Y. Another V.W. piece.
- 18. INSTINCTUAL. INST + INACULT*. Inst. is an abbreviation meaning ‘the current month’.
- 21. LARK ASCENDING. LARK + AS + C + ENDING, another V.W. piece.
- 22. ANTARCTICA. V.W. wrote Sinfonia Antarctica based on his music for Scott of the Arctic.
- 25. ARGENTINE. AR(GENT I)NE. Thomas Arne.
- 26. RAVEL. V.W.’s mentor and the opposite of ‘unravel’
- 27. SANDBAG. c.d.
- 28. DESERTS. As in ‘just deserts’. I could have sworn this was ‘just desserts’ but apparently it’s similar etymology to ‘deserve’.
- 1. VOLLEY. d.d.
- 2. UTMOST. M in STOUT*
- 3. HERALDSHIP. A reference to ‘The Herald of Free Enterprise’ that capsized on the Dover-Calais route in ’87.
- 4. NYLON. viNYL ONce.
- 5. KIND OF YOU. c.d.
- 6. THEM. T+HEM
- 7. ABLUTION. AB + LUT(I)ON.
- 8. AWAYDAYS. A WAY + “DAZE”.
- 13. APPLE CORES. The lyrics of THE LINDEN LEA refer to an apple tree.
- 17. ESTRAGON. NOSE backwards around TRAG. A character in Waiting for Godot.
- 19. SILVER. dd.
- 20. TALLIS. V.W’s Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis.
- 23. AMEND. dd. A.M. END
- 24. KNOB. K + NOB