Posted by Ciaran McNulty on April 15th, 2009
It’s fun to tackle Araucaria on a wednesday, he’s a bit less vicious but still as inventive as ever. I particularly enjoyed the pair of tricky anagrams in 5ac/7dn, the triply-defined 11ac, and 1dn just because I’m a fan of the books.
Quite a few unfamilar words today (10ac, 19ac, 2dn, 19dn) but they joy of a well-constructed clue is that in most cases you can work out or have a good idea of what the answer might be, and check it against reference. These don’t really work when you’re on the tube though.
(X) = inserted
(x) = removed
X* = anagram
“X” = homophone
1. MADISON. M.A.D. + IS ON. Mutually Assured Destruction was a policy that assumed if a war would destroy both sides, neither would initiate it. The acronym was pretty appropriate.
5. MEDICAL ETHICS. [CLI + MICEDEATHS]*. A kind of partial &lit.
9. RENAL. LEARN*.
10. THRASONIC. T(HR)A + SONIC. An unfamiliar word for me, got from the checked letters. It means ‘boastful’.
11. PERFECT SQUARES. A complicated clue playing with different meanings of square. 9 and 16 are mathematical squares, MADISON and WENCESLAS are town or city squares, and ‘squares’ arent ‘with it’, i.e. cool.
14. LANDLINE. An angler wants to LAND fish with his LINE.
18. APERIENT. A PE(RIEN)T. ‘Rien’ means ‘nothing’ in France (‘over the water’).
21. CODE OF PRACTICE. ACCEPTFOODRICE*.
23. WENCESLAS. “WHENCE IS LASS?”.
25. GREENER. G + RE + ENER(gy). Interesting how two different types of note are used.
26. REST DAY. STRAYED*.
1. MORIARTY. (memento) MORI + ARTY. James Moriarty is nicknamed the Napoleon of Crime in the Sherlock Holmes books.
2. DANCE ATTENDANCE. DANCE + AT TEN + DANCE. An idiom meaning ‘to wait on”.
3. SPLIFF. LIPS* + FF.
4. NOTICE. NOT ICE. Roller skaters often skate on things that are not ice, of course.
5. MARKSMAN. MARKS + MAN.
6. DISSUADE. DIS + “SUEDE”.
7. CONTRAINDICATED. CON(TRAIN)DI + CADET*.
8. LUCY STEELE. LU(CYST + EEL)E. A cyst is a little sac, or bag. Lucy Steele is a character from Sense and Sensibility, who I’m guessing marries one of the Ferrars.
12. SCRATCH-WIG. SCRA(WITCH*)G. A wig that only covers part of the head. Scrag is slang for ‘neck’ and is used as a verb meaning ‘to hang’.
15. MID-OCEAN. M(1 + DOC)EAN. Tristan da Cahuna is a remote archipelago in the middle of the Atlantic.
16. UNIPOLAR. [UP (s)AILOR + N]*
19. HAWSER. HAWS + E.R. Haws are the berries of the Hawthorn.