Posted by Uncle Yap on January 5th, 2010
Araucaria, as usual, combines a great sense of humour with his enigmatic style of clueing. I particularly like his well-disguised definitions such as playgirl for Cressida and Great king for Alexander. Very challenging and totally entertaining.
1 LIBEL LAWS Barrier backed by head of state against some of our freedoms (5,4) I can see WALL (barrier) backwards and S (head of State) but it took me ages to see LIBE comes from some of “our freedoms” namely, life, LIBErty and the pursuit of happiness (US Declaration of Independence)
6 MUSIC Sounds like Mew’s sick
9 SUPER-INJUNCTION Cha of SUP (drink) ERIN (ireland) JUNCTION (get-together) Super-injunctions have become one of the most effective tools powerful individuals and corporations reach for when they want to silence the media. In their simplest form, they prevent news organisations from reporting what happens in court, usually on the basis that doing so could prejudice a trial. (Guardian news report)
11 CRESSIDA Cha of Cress (plant) Ida (4 such named mounts in Crete, Turkey, Antartica and Tasmania according to Wikipedia) and only the good Reverend John Graham will call a female character in a play as “playgirl”
14 COMBATANT Ins of BAT (flier) in COMA (trance) + NOT minus O
15,24 ROSINANTE Rosin (amber or resin) Ante (stake)- the name of Don Quixote’s horse
16 AVERT A VERT (green)
18 ALEXANDER Ins of X (kiss) in ALE (drink) + AND ER (and queen). What a marvellous def, Great King ! Great Clue !
20 EMPORIUM Rev of MUIR (Hugh, the Guardian diarist) OP (work) ME (setter)
21 ISIS Egyptian goddess, wife and sister of Osiris.
25 CIRCUMFERENTIAL Ins of N (North point) in *(miracle cure if t)
26 PLONK dd
27 NEW JERSEY What a way to define this American state ! “request from wool shop”
1 LISTS dd; the boundary of a jousting-ground or similar area, hence the ground itself 14Ac is combatant
2 BAPTISM Ins of APT (fitting) + IS in BM (British Museum). Whereas a church baptism uses water, another common expression is “baptism of fire” a trying ordeal especially when someone is new.
3,10 LORDSHIP Cha of Lords (Mecca for cricketers) Hip (joint)
4,22 AUNT SALLY Cha of Aunt’s (relative’s) Ally (friend) and of course an Aunt Sally stall is put up as a fairground attraction for people to thrown stick or balls at
5 SQUARE-TOED Ins of O (oxygen) in *(tree) -> inserted in SQUAD (soldiers)
6 MUCK-SPREAD Spreading scurrilous and slanderous stories may well get one into trouble with Libel laws (answer to 1Ac)
7 SPIRITS dd
8 CONTAINER dd Answer to 10Ac is SHIP and there is something called container ship
12 CARTER RUCK Ins of R (right) + TERR (lot of terrorists) + U (turn) in CACK (dirt), a firm of solicitors in the UK, presumably noted for their vigorous defence and/or prosecution of libel matters.
13 RAGAMUFFIN Cha of RAGA (Indian music) MUFFIN (the Mule in a UK children’s tv show)
14 CLARET CUP Ins of *(truce) in CLAP (applause)
17 ESPARTO ha
19 DISMISS DIS (Underworld) MISS (girl) A very clever definition
23 CROW dd
Key to abbreviations used
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram