Posted by Handel on September 30th, 2010
We’re both rather bleary-eyed today, so apologies for any typos. This was about as easy as Araucaria gets, but had lots of nice touches which made for a light, enjoyable solve. A few nitpicks on reflection, but generally these applied to clues with very gettable definitions (e.g. 23dn) so they didn’t cause any major delays.
1. T RUM PETER Blower being trumpeter
6. FAIR dd A slightly overused one, perhaps
10. RE BUS Ian Rankin’s creation
11. ORGAN STOP enjoyable definition, but not sure we’ve fully understood it. We got this from ‘Cardiac arrest’, and know that you pull them out, but why ‘pull out every one like this’?
12. LANCING dd, Lancing College is a major independent school in West Sussex; we hadn’t heard of it.
13. LIE OVER enjoyable dd
14. SUBJECT MATTER ‘subject’ as a verb, meaning expose, ‘matter’ being more matte, and therefore ‘less glossy’
17. CAMBRIDGE BLUE ‘the lighter one’, as both Cambridge and Oxford representatives in sport are called ‘blues’, but Cambridge is light blue, and Oxford dark. Hence Oxford = the dark side.
21. BLANKET sounds like ‘blank it’
22. FRANTIC (craft in)*
24. OCEAN WAVE anagram of ‘once a’ then ‘wave’ is ‘greeting’. Referencing ‘A Life on the Ocean Wave’, a song by Henry Russell.
25. MINIM dd, as well as being a note, a minim is a small amount
26. GARB <
27. ENTERTAIN dd, as in ‘entertain the notion’
1. TIRELESS ‘Tess’ is the novel, with ‘irel’, which is Ireland but ‘and leaves’. We thought this was a smart clue
2. UR BAN
3. PASSIVE SMOKING ‘pass’ is ‘I don’t know’, ‘Ives’ is a saint, ‘mo’ is a short time, and a king is ‘the throne’
4. THOUGH T(o) Last one in, and quite oddly worded we think. ‘Though’ would be the word used to start a concession, and ‘t’ is ‘to’ but limited, at least that is our reading of it.
5. REGALIA a.1. lager reversed, good surface on this one
7. ANTIVIRAL ‘vanit’ (‘interminable vanity), anagramised with ‘liar’
8. REPORT dd, our Chambers tells us it can mean ‘an explosive noise’
9. UNDER THE HAMMER (three M unharmed)* ‘to be knocked’ is the anagram indicator, and ‘down’ is the definition. Very hard not to read ‘knocked down’ as one phrase, so we liked this.
15. BUC< CANE E.R.
18. R.A. TRACE
20. O BLO(N)G ‘o’ is round, ‘online remarks’ are a ‘blog’, ‘pole’ is N for north
23. siT ON GAte Also known as ‘The Friendly Islands’, but no indication that it should be hidden in there, so we felt it was a bit unsatisfactory in the final analysis Thanks to longmac for this: ‘no location’ indicates remove SITE (location) from SIt on gaTE, to get TONGA