Posted by PeeDee on July 16th, 2011
Araucaria in a solidly libertarian frame of mind for this puzzle. Some people will complain, some won’t care, some won’t notice. Personally, I’m in the ‘not care’ category, though I don’t think I would be so forgiving if it were another setter. Araucaria has made a whole new category for himself, in which he makes the rules and then sticks to them.
The theme is capital cities of the republics constituting the former Yugoslavia, not words on the tip of everyone’s tongue but all of them quite guessable from the clues. I didn’t know some of the literary references, so thank heaven for Wikipedia.
All in all, a rollicking good solve.
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|1||MELEE||Definition is ‘confusion’, the cryptic part is who goes in the wind (you), and who gets the lee side (me). A somewhat confused clue. Robi suggests definition may be “confusion over allocation of sides” which seems equally plausible to me.|
|4||SARAJEVO||RAJ (kingdom) with VASE* going round it and O (round) – capital of Bosnia and Herzgovina|
|8||SOUTHERN LIGHTS||OUT HER Name inside SLIGHTS (instances of disrespect) – the Aurora Australis|
|10||BELGRADE||BADE (ordered, once=old fashioned usage) including ELGaR (‘a’ missing) – capital of Serbia|
|11||ZAGREB||ZA (South Africa) with GREBe (tailless bird) – capital of Croatia|
|12||AT A GALLOP||A TAG (label) ALL (the whole) OP (opus=piece of music)|
|15||CORFU||Corfe Castle with last letter changed to U (given new finish)|
|17||DRAPE||D (key,music) RAPE (crime)|
|18||SIDEBOARD||sounds like “sighed bored”|
|19||SKOPJE||JOKES* (made=anagram) around P (piano, musical notation) – capital of Macedonia|
|21||CONSERVE||CON (prisoner) SERVE (to give someone a helping/portion at the dinner table)|
|24||CHANNEL ISLANDS||Charlie CHAN (fictional Chinese detective) then IS inside NELL (girl) with AND Son|
|25||PRISTINA||PRISTINe with last letter exchanged for A – the capital of Kosovo|
|26||ODEON||ODE ON (poem commemorating = poem on the subject of) – common name for cinemas|
|1||MISS BLANDISH||MISS (avoid) BISH (mistake, British slang) around LAND (country) – No Orchids For Miss Blandish is a crime novel by James Hadley Chase.|
|2||LJUBLJANA||anagram (=organised) of John (initially) and BULL then Leos JANAcek (composer, missing the Czech sound) – capital of Slovenia|
|3||ETHER||insidE THE Room – will make you unconscious, ie ‘out’|
|4||STRADDLES||S (saint) and Tommy TRADDLES (character from David Copperfield)|
|6||JAGUAR CUB||JAGUAR (make of car) and CU (copper, chemical symbol) and Bottomed (top letter)|
|7||VOTER||Cryptic definition. jvh suggests that this may be a reference to the recent UK referendum where a proposal to change government elections to the Alternative Vote (AV) system was rejected, hence voters have ’no alternative but…’. Very clever, went right over everyone else’s heads I think.|
|9||ABSURD PERSON||AB (able seaman, sailor) and (ROUND PRESS)* anagram=turning. Absurd Person Singular is a play by Alan Ayckbourn, odd=singular, odd=absurd and bod=person|
|13||ALED JONES||ALE (a beer) with DJ (presenter of records) ONES (singles) – presenter of The Choir, a music program on UK Radio 3|
|14||PODGORICA||Costa RICA following POD (group of dolphins) GO (depart) – capital of Montenegro|
|16||REARRANGE||REAR (back) RANGE (cooker)|
|20||OTHER||ETHER (3 down) with O (omissions) replacing E (errors) – definition ‘different’. ‘E&O’ is an abbreviation for ‘Errors and Omissions’|
|23||YETI||YET (still) and I (1 Roman numeral)|