Posted by Andrew on October 8th, 2008
A birthday treat for me – blogging Araucaria. Not too hard by his standards, though there were a few tricky areas and one rather obscure answer at 5dn.
dd = double definition
* = anagram
< = reverse
1. STOCKING FILLER COST* + (NG IF<) in KILLER. Not usually a birthday present but quite apt for me anyway.
9. SALIERI LIE in SARI – the composer who (most unjustly) appears as the villain in Peter Shaffer’s play (and film) Amadeus.
10. NANKEEN NAN, KEEN.
11. EVENS (el)EVEN’S. EL=Railway or line seems to have come up a lot lately – it’s a reference to the Elevated railways in some American cities. “This number” refers to the number of the clue.
12. HALF HITCH Refence to hitch-hiking, and to a type of knot (“not, say”). I don’t really like these reverse homophoines, but the meaning here is clear enough. I remember learning how to tie a “round turn and two half-hitches” in the cubs several years ago..
13. SOLDIER ON SOLDERING IRON less RING, and then “slightly adjusted”
14. CHAFF dd
15. NOVEL dd
17. ARBORETUM A R BORE TUM. “Tum” is your “inside”
20. LAST LAUGH (AT HULL GAS)*
22. EQUAL Hidden
23. SUBARID I was trying to find a place called Subarid, then realised it was really “sub-arid”, i.e. “near-desert”. SUD is French for South and BARI is a resort in Southern Italy
24. MATTHEW MATT (not glossy) + HEW (cut)
26. KEYHOLE SURGERY KEY HOLES URGE RY.
I think it’s a weakness that KEYHOLE has pretty much the same sense in both the answer and the wordplay, especially as it’s such a large part of the phrase. I was wrong here – see Richard’s comment below.
1. SYSTEMS ANALYST (LAST NASTY MESSY)*. A term not often used these days for someone whose job is to specify what a computer system should do, for someone else to program.
2. OIL WELL dd
3. KEEP STILL KEEPS TILL
4. NEITHER Hidden – rather a vague indication.
5. FENELON NÉ in FELON “François de Salignac de la Mothe-Fénelon, more commonly known as François Fénelon (6 August 1651–7 January 1715), was a French Roman Catholic theologian, poet and writer.” Thanks, Wikipedia…
6. LUNCH L’UN CH. Carrying over a bit of French from the previous clue.
7. ELECTRA ELECT RA. Ra is the familiar Sun god. The Electra complex is the equivalent of the Oedipus complex with the sexes reversed.
8. IN THE FAMILY WAY I nearly gave up trying to work out the wordplay here, but got there in the end: it’s AM I (“is setter”) in FLY (a horse-drawn carriage), all in IN THE WAY.
14. CARPENTER To welcome little fishes, you might say: “Carp, enter!”
16. VISIBLE SIB in VILE
17. ARUNDEL A RUN LED<. Arundel is in Suffolk, and Arundel Castle is the home of the Duke of Norfolk.
18. BAHAMAS HAM in BAAS
19. TOUGHIE TO UGH IE. “To ugh” is “to comment on the repulsive”.
21. LURCH dd – you can be left in the lurch.