Posted by Ciaran McNulty on January 9th, 2009
An enjoyable Araucaria today, with a completely non-topical theme of the Proms, with a bit of Shakespeare thrown in.
dd = double definition
* = anagram
“” = homophone
… = letters removed
() = inserted
4. CAUGHT. CA(UGH)T.
6. GREEK GOD. GREE(K, GO)D.
9. TABARD. “Ta, Bard”.
10. IMPRIMIS. IMP(RIM)IS. Latin for ‘first’. Impis are a group of armed Zulus.
11. PENNY-A-LINER. Old slang for for a hack, i.e. someone paid 1d per line.
15. LATERAN. LATE + RAN. The Lateran palace is a Catholic palace in Rome (or maybe Vatican City, I’m not sure).
17. DISDAIN. “‘Dis Dane”.
18. PROGRAMMING. PRO(GRA..)MMING. The promenade concerts are also known as the proms, so ‘promenading’ is a synonym for ‘promming’.
22. UNCLOTHE. UNCL(OTH…)E. Hamlet’s uncle Claudius is the villain. Othello is the play on which 23A is based.
23. OTELLO. O + TELL + O. The archer is William Tell.
24. BIOSCOPE. B(1 + OS + COP)E. An old, bulky, cinema projector.
1. CHERRY BRANDY. C(HER)RY B(RAND)Y.
2. PROMENADER. PRO-ME, NADER. Ralph Nader is a perennial US presidential candidate. ‘Pro-me’ is quite cute.
3. BEAR ARMS. dd.
4. CATAPULT. C(A TAP)ULT.
5. URBANITY. U(R + BA…)NITY.
7. GAME. dd.
8. DASH. There is a dash in the middle of a double-barrelled name.
12. LAND OF HOPE AND GLORY. HELPDOFANDANGO* + LORY Played on the last night of the Proms.
13. CARILLON. CAR(ILL)ON. A type of ring in bell-ringing. Lesie Caron was a French dancer and film star.
16. REPROACH. REP + ROACH.
19. MATURE. MANURE with T replacing N.
20. BULB. What a lovely clue!
21. ECHO. Hidden in thE CHOrus.