Posted by Ciaran McNulty on September 3rd, 2008
As is often with Araucaria, something of a challenge but satisfying to solve. I guessed the long linked clue starting at 7D fairly early from the pattern of ‘inherit’ which gave a lot of handy checking letters to power through the rest.
14A was especially challenging but luckily I recently spent a weekend in Honiton so was aware of Beer from the map!
* = anagram
“” = homophone
(lowercase) = removed
(UPPERCASE) = inserted
1. INDOMITABLE. IN + DOMI(cile) + TABLE.
9. LE HAVRE. L(EH)AV + RE.
10. ESCAPER. E,S+CAPER. Caper for ‘skip’ was one I didn’t spot easily.
11. STRESSFUL. STRESS + FLU*.
12. PARSI. PARSIMONY – most of MONEY.
13. EATS. Initials of Eggs And Toasted Sandwiches.
14. BRANSCOMBE. BRANS + CO + MBE. Town in Devon near a town called Beer. When a horse refuses to take a jump it ‘brans’.
16. ABHORRENCE. CARBONHERE*.
19. INCH. Double meaning, scots word for a small coastal island.
20. EMEND. Double meaning, ‘edit’ and also ‘without errors’.
23. HORMONE. “Whore moan”, a bit rude!
24. POITIER. Film star, Poitiers was the battle.
25. HOLD THE FORT. H + OLD + THEF(OR)T.
2. DIVES. Latin for ‘rich man’, also in the parable of Dives and Lazarus.
4. THE GLEN. In the online edition this is marked as (7) but must be (3,4). Monarch of the Glen is a Landseer painting + partial alagram of LENGTHENED?
5. BACKPACK. BACK + PACK.
6. EXPERIMENTALIST. EX(PERI + MENTAL)IST. A Peri is an Arabic fairy.
7,3,21,1. BLESSED ARE THE MEEK FOR THEY SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH. I haven’t completely explained it: B(LESS)ED + A + RE(THEME)EK + [FORTHEYSHALLIN?] + HER + IT + THEE ART + H. Explanations of the middle section would be welcome.
8. PRAISE THE LORD caPRA IS ETHEL OR Dora.
15. CRUDE OIL. CLOUDIER*
17. ENTREAT. (h)EN + TREAT.
18. CREEPIE. CREE + PIE.
19. SLIGO. S + L + I GO. County in Ireland.