Posted by Gaufrid on June 17th, 2009
I do enjoy Araucaria’s libertarianism and today was no exception. A mini theme revolving around ‘the House’ which, according to Chambers, can be “at Oxford, Christ Church (Aedes Christi), in London, the Stock Exchange or the Houses of Parliament”, all of which appeared in the grid (11,16, 2, 6) or were used as part of a clue (5,14). We also had ‘bingo hall’ and ‘Olivier’, though I am unable to explain the latter to my full satisfaction.
1 VICE-CHANCELLOR VICE CHANCE (bad luck) ROLL (revolution) reversed – I assume this needs to be read as ‘bad luck’ = ‘vice chance’ as in ‘vice squad’ and ‘vice ring’.
9 REMAINDER A in REMINDER (note)
10 REIGN REIGN[ite] (start to light again)
11,16 STOCK EXCHANGE STOCK (family) EX (old) CHANGE (coppers)
12 OBSESSIVE *(BOSSES) I’VE (setter’s)
13 MUSTERED homophone of ‘mustard’ (keen type)
17 LIBIDO BID (order) in LIO[n] (cat with no tail)
19 EXPLORED *(X OR L DEEP)
22 TAOISEACH TAO (good conduct) IS EACH (for everyone)
24 SODIC SO (thus) CID (police) reversed
25 DUTCH dd
26 BINGO HALL BIN (house collector of rubbish) H (hospital) in GOAL (objective) L (student)
27 DOUBLE JEOPARDY DOUBLE J (feature of the hajj) *(PRAY DEO)
1 VERSIMILITUDE *(ER SUITE MDLVIII) – excellent anagram fodder I thought.
2 COMMONS dd – you have to search hard in Chambers for commons = food but it’s there!
3 CHICKWEED CHIC (smart) K (sum of money) WE (Guardian) ED (editor)
4 ANDROGEN *(ON GANDER)
5,14 CHRISTCHURCH CHRIST CHURCH (university house, see preamble) – I hope you all resisted the temptation to parse this as CHRIST (university) CHURCH (house, of God) even though there is a Christ University in Bangalore
6 LORDS cd
7 OLIVIER I (first) in OLIVER (musical) – presumably the ‘house’ is the Olivier Theatre or have I missed something?
8 UNMETHODICALLY *(ANY OLD CHUM I LET) – excellent surface
15 HELISCOOP IS COO (pigeon talk) in HELP (aid)
18 BOOK TWO Spoonerism ‘took boo’ (received disapproval)
20 RED HAIR *(HARRIED) – where does the ‘one’ fit in, it seems superfluous to me?
21 BARBIE BARB (hurtful remark) IE (that’s) – two definitions
23 SAHIB AH (expression of satisfaction) in SIB (relative)