Posted by Ciaran McNulty on November 4th, 2009
A cracking effort from Araucaria, that left me scratching my head for most of my lunchtime today.
There’s often debate about what sort of knowledge is acceptable to assume on the part of the solver – I’m not sure how kosher it is to expect us to know about wartime cabinet members, but for me it was still a fun crossword with a bit of research.
1. HERBERT MORRISON. HERB + TERM* + ORRIS + ON. ‘On’ as ‘added’ just about works.
2. LARAMIE. L(A RAM)IE. Never heard of the place but apparently it’s in Wyoming.
9. SEPIA. SE(PI)A.
10. MAIN FORCE. Double def, I guess?
12. VISA. (ad)VISA(ble).
14. COUNTERFOIL. COUNT + E.R. + FOIL.
18. ERNEST BEVIN. E.R. + NEST + BEV + IN.
21. TRIP. Prelapsarian normally means ‘in Eden’, but literally means ‘Before the fall’.
22. NOT WHILE I’M ALIVE HE AIN’T. HOMEWHENALLINITIATIVE*. Famous quote, apparently! Took a look on google to confirm for me.
25. CHURCHILL. C(HUR)C + HILL. Ben is re-used to mean Ben-Hur and ‘hill’. As well as being PM, Churchill wrote and painted (and founded my Alma Mater).
27. PENTARTH. PEN + ART + H(is). Town in Wales.
29. SCEPTRE. SPECTRE with P and C swapped.
1. HIS OWN WORST ENEMY. HI + SOWN + ROW< + STEN + E(ast) + MY. Excellent!
2. REPORT. RE: PORT.
3. ELASTICISE. SALE < + CITIES*.
4. TIMON. NOM + IT<
5. LEITMOTIV. “LIGHT” + M.o.T. + IV. Hadn’t seen the -iv spelling before.
6. RIFT. Not sure about this, there’s a saying ‘the rift in the lute’ but it seems weak.
9. EYEBALL. EYE + BALL.
13. BRAND IMAGE. BRAN + DIM(AG)E. A dime is 2 nickels. Not sure the def quite fits.
15. UNBOOKISH. U.N. + ? + SH. Not sure about this, ‘his body’ is the UN, and most of the letters from BOOKI are in his name…
16. DEATH CAP. double def.
17. ANTIGUAN. ANTI + GU(A)N.
20. AMPERE. AM + PERE. Bilingual refers to the fact the answer switches language midway.
23. WALES. W(h)ALES. Not my fatherland, but it is some people’s (“Land of my fathers”, etc).
24. SCAR. Presumably a reference to Scarborough.