Posted by Eileen on October 14th, 2010
After four days in the wilderness of no internet access -it’s very lonely out there – it’s great to be back in the nick of time to post my scheduled blog – especially since it’s a particularly entertaining Araucaria puzzle.
1 HAREBELL: hidden in churcH A REBELLious choirboy – nice surface.
5 JOSEPH: JOSH [joke] around EP [record]: reference to Joseph and his coat of many colours in the Old Testament [Genesis Chapter 37]
9 VIDELICET: VICE [something wrong] around DELI [good food shop] + T[ime]: definition ‘to wit’, more commonly seen in its abbreviated form, ‘viz’. [Deli was defined as ‘good food shop’ a few weeks ago and I wondered then about the need for ‘good’.]
11 FORUM: reversal of OF + RUM [spirit]
12 HYPOCRITICAL: homophone of HIPPO [pachyderm] + CRITICAL [seriously ill]: typical Araucarian whimsy
15 OAST: [t]OAST – a little naughty, since an oast is not really a cooker and bread is not necessarily toast.
16 AT LONG LAST: LONG [desire] in ATLAS [strong man] + T[he]: the strong man must be Charles Atlas, the body-builder, since the one who held up the heavens was a Titan.
18 TRANSVERSE: reversal of RT [right] + ANS[wer] + VERSE [poetry]
19 ZINC: Z [last letter] + IN + C : zinc is number 30 in the periodic table.
21 MALNOURISHED: MA [parent] + anagram of OIL RUN + SHED [abandoned]
24 TREWS: s[TREWS]
25,27,14,26 WHEN I AM AN OLD WOMAN I SHALL WEAR PURPLE: anagram of HER PEN A PANORAMA – SHE WILL WALLOW IN MUD: an Araucaria classic – and they don’t come much better: Joseph this time is not he of Technicolor dreamcoat fame but Jenny Joseph, whose poem ‘Warning’, of which this is the first line, was voted the Nations’s Favourite Poem in a BBC poll in 1996. Wallowing in mud is not actually one of her ‘disgraceful projects’ but going out in her slippers in the rain is, so it’s almost an &lit.
You can read the whole poem here:
http://www.poemhunter.com/best-poems/jenny-joseph/warning/ – Edit – but please see Comment 4!
! HOVE: In sailing, heaving to (to heave to and to be hove to) is a way of slowing a sail boat’s forward progress, fixing the helm and sail positions so that the boat does not actively have to be steered, thereby allowing the crew to attend other tasks: Hove is a town in Sussex.
2 RUDE: homophone of rued
3 BOLEYN: BON [good] around LEY [field]: Anne Boleyn was the second wife of Henry VIII, mother of Elizabeth I.
4 LUCK OF THE DRAW: UCK [‘field in Sussex’] + OFT [frequently] + HE [male] in LAW [regulation]: Uckfield is another town in Sussex: [I think I hear cries of ‘parochialism’ but the expression is common enough and the rest of the wordplay is very straightforward.]
6 OFF-STAGE: double / cryptic definition
7 EUROCRATIC: homophone of [b]ureaucratic [‘topped’]: a lovely surface, since the topped word is also often applied to Brussels.
8 HOMILETICS: HO[use] + MILE [a long way] + TICS [homophone of ‘ticks’ – marks of approval]
10 TORTOISESHELL: TORT [wrong] + OISE’S [French river’s] + HELL [very bad place]: this is clever, since ‘French’ can also be applied to ‘tort’, but it’s not doing double duty because a tort in English is a civil wrong.
13 BOTTOM STEP: reversal of PETS + MOTTO [slogan] + B [second class
17 ESPOUSAL: double definition [as in to espouse a cause]
20 REVIEW: RE [about] + VIE [struggle + W[est]
22 IMAM: I’M A M[uslim]: not the first [or second!] time I’ve seen this!
23 ANON: double definition; [nor this!!]