Posted by Andrew on November 6th, 2008
A relatively straightforward Araucaria, thought including a couple of words that were new to me, with a theme based on various kinds of beating,
dd = double definition
* = anagram
< = reverse
1. ABUSED US (=The Guardian) in ABED
5. LATCHETS (THE LAST C)* – Chambers defines LATCHET as “a thong or lace”
9. ANDROPOV AN + “DROP OFF”. Yuri Andropov was a rather sinister character who succeeded Leonid Brezhnev for a brief period at the top of the USSR.
10. SCARED S CARED – reference to “scaring the living daylights” out of someone.
11. BACON BUTTIES BA (degree) CON (=with) BUT (qualification) TIES (restricts)
13. TIME dd – time is known (especially in Araucaria puzzles) as “the enemy”.
14. DRUMFIRE DRUM, FIRE. Chambers defines this as “massed artillery fire with a rolling sound”, hence “big shots”
17. POLYGAMY (MY PLAY GO)*
20. BASS BARITONE BASS BAR IT ONE
24. HINDERED HIND + DEER*. Very clever
25. SKETCHES S KETCHES
26. SISLEY ISLE in S(urre)Y. Alfred Sisley was an English-born impressionist painter
2. BAND Sounds like “banned”. I thought the “beat” link was to do with beating time, but apparently “beat the band” is a phrase meaning to do something superlatively. Its possible origins are discussed here.
3. SHRUBBERY RUBBER in SHY. A rubber is a series of games in Bridge
4. DEPICT DE (French for “of”) + PICT
5. LIVING DAYLIGHTS DAYLIGHT in LIVINGS. The playwright is (I guess) Henry Livings
6. TUSCULUM C in TUMULUS* – a town near ancient Rome.
7,18. HEARTBEAT The theme word, which luckily I solved early on. It’s one of those “reverse” clues – “Heart beat” could be a “clue to earth”. Probably I got it so quickly because it’s reminiscent of Taupi’s puzzle last week, which involved various anagrams of HEART, based on the answer HEARTBROKEN.
8. THE RETREAT THERE + TREAT, and armies can “beat the retreat”
12. BIT OF A LARK IT + OF(f)AL in BARK
15. FIBRELESS FIB RE LESS – rather vague wordplay: I think the idea is the contrast between being “truthful over the more important” and fibbing re (about) the less.
16. SAVANNAH A VAN in HANS<
19. BOUNDS dd – refers to the old tradition of “beating the bounds”, i.e. marking out the territory of a town or village
21. SWIFT dd – Jonathan Swift is the satirist
22,23. GENERATION GENE/”JEAN” + RATION (=share) – and a reference to the Beat Generation of the 1950s.