Posted by rightback on October 16th, 2010
Solving time: 12 minutes
If you didn’t solve this puzzle and are confused by the title of this blog, you have probably fallen into the same trap as me. I spent three minutes at the end of this trying to work out why ‘tier’ should define TWINE and looking for an alternative answer. Only after looking up ‘tier’ did I twig that a tier is something that ties. Very much 1-0 to Araucaria.
My dullness aside, I thought this was a very good puzzle. The clues were concise and not over-complex, generally sound in wordplay and with mostly convincing surface readings. My only real doubt is at 21ac (APPLE).
Music of the day: You’re Not Alone, the only UK #1 for 2dn (Olive).
* = anagram, “X” = sounds like ‘X’.
|1||TROUBLESOME; TOME around ROUBLES|
|9||HUNTING; HUNG around TIN – I liked ‘shown up as a picture’ for HUNG.|
|10||FREIGHT; (HER GIFT)* – I actually dismissed this anagram on first look, which is ironic since there are actually two options (‘fighter’ being the other).|
|11||FREDERICA; [a]FRICA around REDE – ‘rede’ is an old word meaning ‘to advise’ or ‘advice’. I don’t know if it has survived in any form, or if there are any well-known literary examples. If not, this is perhaps a bit archaic for a blocked puzzle.|
|12||T + WINE – and to think that ‘He draws level (4)’ was a clue in a recent Listener. There’s no hope.|
|13||ROCK (2 defs) – as in ‘to be somebody’s rock’ and ‘rock and roll’.|
|14||LEADER + SHIP – an uninspired breakdown, but at least ‘leader’ was indicated in a very different sense (an editor’s article in a newspaper being a ‘leader’ or leading article).|
|16||CONCILIATE; CON + “SILLY” + ATE|
|21||APPLE (2 defs) – I’m not sure I understand this but can’t see an alternative. ‘Jobs here’ might refer to the company Apple, and ‘pupil’ has an optical connection via ‘apple of one’s eye’, but that phrase doesn’t (as far as I know) refer to an eye’s pupil in any way. Clarification welcome.|
|22||STRATA + GEM|
|24||GROUCHO (cryptic definition)|
|25||IMPLANT; I’M + PLAN + T[ree] – an awkward ‘for’ in the middle of this.|
|26||FORTH + BRIDGE – which is notorious for constantly being painted, although perhaps not for much longer.|
|1||TEN PER CENT PROOF (one defintion, one literal interpretation) – should have been quicker on this!|
|2||OLIVE[r] – the cook is Jamie Oliver.|
|3||BEG + RIME – not ‘beseech’, which I spent a while on.|
|4||ELFLAND; EL + FLAND[ers] – ‘faerie’, as in Spenser’s The Faerie Queene, means ‘the world of fairies’.|
|5||OVERT + URN|
|6||ENGLISH LANGUAGE; E after (ANGELS LAUGHING)* – nice clue.|
|7||CHAFER (2 defs) – I wasn’t completely convinced that some who chafes is impatient, but then there was a question mark at the end of the clue.|
|15||SILENCER – not really sure what’s cryptic about this. I suppose ‘gun’ could be interpreted as ‘gunman’, in which case ‘Gag on gun’ might be something shoved in his mouth, but that seems more contrived that the actual reading.|
|16||CHARGE (2 defs)|
|17||IN SOOTH; (IT’S HOON)*|
|18||TERRIER (2 defs) – another I didn’t understand while solving, but this was more excusable: a terrier is ‘a register or roll of a landed estate’ or an inventory. That being the case, I don’t know why this clue has a question mark since it’s a straight double definition.|
|20||DEMOTE; DEMO + T[h]E|
|23||TEPID; TED around PI – pi being a relationship between the circumference of a circle and its diameter. I liked the surface reading of this clue.|