Posted by rightback on June 20th, 2009
Solving time: 20:43
Another impressive ‘Araubetical’ with answers beginning with each letter of the alphabet. Most of the difficulty for me came from getting started on the grid rather than the clues per se, and also from mis-solving a couple of clues, but I was badly held up at the end by the first four clues (A, B and two Cs). These were linked with ellipses which I foolishly assumed was not relevant to the cryptic readings, but in fact all four answers were vegetables or homonyms thereof. There were a couple of references to ‘kitchen’ as well.
Does anyone know the correct past tense of ‘to veg out’, by the way? The title of this blog looks quite wrong, on reflection.
Music of the day: I don’t know if ‘paternal rhythm’ in the top line was a deliberate reminder that tomorrow is Father’s Day, but let’s have Son Of My Father by Chicory Tip, apparently the first electronica record to reach number one anywhere in the world. I’m not sure it has really stood the test of time, though.
* = anagram, “X” = sounds like ‘X’. Clues are given in normal grid order.
|P||P(A TERN)AL – a good clue which I misparsed, assuming that ‘Father’s’ would give ‘PA’S’ with the definition being ‘bird’ and being distracted by the likes of ‘passerine‘.|
|R||RHYTHM; HYTH[e] in R.M. – a ‘jolly’ is a Royal Marine.|
|Q||QUID (2 defs) – I didn’t know the second definition (‘plug’ and ‘cake’ can both mean ‘a chunk of tobacco’) but couldn’t see any viable alternative.|
|A||ARTICHOKES; CHOKE in (ART IS) – the first of the four vegetable-related clues.|
|F||FLOWER (2 defs) – the old chestnut of ‘flower’ = ‘something that flows’, but used as the answer in this case.|
|N||NOONTIDE – ‘noon’ was the ninth hour of the Roman and ecclesisatical days. I’m not sure if that’s all there is to this clue or whether ‘tide’ in some way can mean ‘to do’.|
|X||XYLENOL; (NO + X + YELL)*|
|K||K(ITCH)EN – not quite sure what ‘the other’ is doing in this clue; possibly just a nod to clue F?|
|D||DISKETTE; DIS + KETT[l]E – not sure about the definition here (‘a record’); I think a ‘diskette’ just refers to floppy disks for computers rather than e.g. CDs, but perhaps the intention is ‘record’ in the sense of a record of information.|
|C||COLLIE; “CAULI” – which with ‘F’ makes “CAULI”-FLOWER.|
|H||HELLRAISER – I think this is a semi-cryptic definition with the idea being that if you ‘raise hell’ it is no longer the underworld. Possibly ‘long’ in this clue was supposed to read ‘longer’?|
|V||VET + O|
|Y||YE + OMAN + RY|
|M||MANUALLY; M + “ANNUALLY”|
|Z||Z + END – an Iranian language related to Sanskrit. This wasn’t a word I knew; I remembered that Araucaria uses ‘last’ = ‘Z’ and tried ‘zees’ and ‘zeds’ before seeing the answer.|
|U||UNFAIR (2 defs)|
|B||BROCCOLI; BROC[k] + COLI – ‘as is’ links to the previous answer which is also a vegetable, with the wordplay being ‘brock’ (a badger) ‘detailed’ (i.e. having the tail, or last letter, removed) + ‘coli’ meaning ‘of the intestine’ in a bacterial sensem as in ‘E. coli’.|
|S||SYNOPTICAL; (POLICY + ANTS)* – this held me up a lot because I hazarded ‘syntopical’ early on and then (when crossing letters appeared to confirm it) forgot it was potentially wrong, and so it proved.|
|T||THREAD; TH[eology] + READ|
|L||L.A. TENT – the wordplay made me smile but I think a question mark might have been warranted.|
|W||WEEDKILLER; (I + K + E.R.)* in WELLER – Sam Weller is a character from Dickens’ Pickwick Papers.|
|O||OUTRAGED; O + U + TRAGED[y]|
|E||E + VICTORS|
|J||JERSEY (2 defs) – I rushed into ‘jumper’ here, possibly subliminally affected by the cow that jumped (over the moon), which held me up no end.|
|I||ICECAP; rev. of (PACE + C + I) – difficult wordplay which I couldn’t fathom when solving, partly because I thought ‘one’s back’ must give the reverse of ‘ace’ in the middle. ‘Pace’, from the Latin ‘pax’ (‘peace’), means ‘with all due respect to’ when disagreeing with someone, hence ‘never mind’ in the sense of ‘never mind [what] so-and-so [thinks]’.|
|C||CAR + ROT – this was my last entry thanks to my slowness over the first four connected clues.|