Posted by Eileen on February 3rd, 2011
What a treat! This took a while to get into but, once I latched on to the theme – right up my street! – it was rather plainer sailing for me than for our hero. Some lovely penny-dropping moments, eg 4dn and 22dn. I know this one won’t suit everyone but I hope most readers enjoy[ed] it.
1 STYGIAN: STY [hovel] + GIAN[t]
2 CREVICE: C [number] + RE [dealing with] + VICE [bad habit]
10 EMMA: an old signaller’s name for the letter M
11 TELEMACHUS: TEACH US around LE M [little gentleman from Paris]
12 SUITOR: SUIT [clothes] + OR [gold in heraldry]
13 PENELOPE: PEN [write] + ELOPE ['run away with me']: hurrah for an ellipsis that means something! Penelope was beset by a succession of suitors during Odysseus’ twenty-year absence.
14 EARLY DAYS: anagram of LADY and YEARS, with the hilarious indicator ‘Gaga’ : Edit: it is I who am gaga – please see comments 3 and 4!
16,17: JAMES JOYCE: I think this is [Henry] JAMES + JOYCE [Cary]?
19 OUT OF TOWN: double / cryptic definition: reference to the nursery rhyme:
The lion and the unicorn were fighting for the crown
The lion beat the unicorn all around the town.
Some gave them white bread, and some gave them brown;
Some gave them plum cake and drummed them out of town.
23 TENNYSON: TENNYS [homophone of ‘tennis’ [court affair broadcast] + ON [continuously]: Tennyson wrote the poem ‘Ulysses’ after the death of his close Cambridge friend, the poet Arthur Henry Hallam.
24 YAHOOS: YA [consent of some!] + HOOS [homophone of 'whose']: the yahoos were, originally, savage creatures in ‘Gulliver’s Travels’.
26 WATERCRESS: anagram of WAR SECRETS
27 MAME: anagram of EMMA: Jane Russell’s role in the 1953 film, ‘The French Line’. Jane Russell and Lady Gaga in the same crossword – typical Araucaria!
28 ULYSSES: [j]ULY [much of summer] + SSES [sounds like SEAS [on]: ‘much of’ seems to be doing double duty here. Ulysses is one Latin version of Odysseus.
29 HYDRANT: HYDRA [many-headed monster] + N[o]T
2 TEMPURA: UP + ME in ART [skill] all reversed
3 GRANT: double definition: Ulysses S. Grant was the 18th President [1869-77] of the United States.
4 ATTIRED: A T[i.e.] + TIRED [limp]
6 ROMANY: RO [sounds like ‘roe’ [deer] + MANY [in large numbers]
7 VACILLANT: AC[count] in VILLA [house] + NT [books]
8 CRUMPLE: RUMP [bottom] in [cir]CLE
9 FLOPSY BUNNIES: LOPS [cuts] + YB [BY being turned] in FUNNIES [comic strips]: The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies is a story by Beatrix Potter.
15 LICENSEES: L [one studying - I think this is OK in these days of the written driving test] + ICEN[i] [Boudicca's tribe of ancient Britons] + SEES [observes]
18 OVERALL: double / cryptic definition: reference to dressing ships ‘overall’ on ceremonial occasions.
20 ODYSSEY: typical Araucaria!: sounds [sort of] like ‘ODD, is he?]: the story of Odysseus’ wanderings.
21 WOODMAN: WOO [court] + anagram of MAD + N[ew]
22 PSYCHE: [to]PSY ['growing girl' in 'Uncle Tom's Cabin'] + CHE [revolutionary]: CHE and EMMA in one puzzle!
25 HOMER: double definition