Posted by PeeDee on August 6th, 2011
For those that don’t already know, Biggles is used a psedonym on crosswords compiled as a group effort from Araucaria, Enigmatist, Paul and Shed. Biggles was the eponymous WWII hero of the series of novels by W.E Johns, and since all the above compilers have the first name John, they call themselves ‘We Johns’.
This time I believe three of the Johns (Aruacaria, Enigmatist and Shed) are getting together to celebrate the marriage (1,30ac) of the fourth, Paul (28ac), to his fiancee Taline (26ac) in an Armenian church (5ac) with reception at Richmond Park (14ac). Taline is a painter (12,31,29,19,21) and etc… etc… congratulations to all involved! Hopefully by the time this post goes live we will be able to view the photos of the happy day on John and Taline’s wedding site.
Can anyone guess which clues are by who? My guess is 12,31,29,19,21 is Araucaria, but what about the others?
|1,30||GETTING MARRIED||(MAID REGRETTING)*|
|5||ARMENIA||MEN (folk) in ARIA (song)|
|10||BEIRUT||BE (live) wIre (second letter of) RUT (mating season)|
|11||UP TO HERE||(TRUE HOPE)*|
|12,31,29,19,21||IF A PICTURE PAINTS A THOUSAND WORDS||anagram of NOW I’D SUPPOSE Union and A HANDICRAFT ARTIST|
|13||PICNIC||PICk (select) NICk (man) with the Ks (thousands) missing|
|14||RICHMOND||RICHe MONDe (affluent + society in French) without the letter Es|
|15||AGAIN||NIAGarA (fall) without RA (Royal Academician, painter) reversed|
|16||WITNESSES||(SWEET SINS)* – peoply who testify. Testes is Latin for witnesses, hence the ‘translation’ element of the clue – thanks to Eileen for this.|
|24||EQUATION||(ONE and IT)* containing (comprehends=’takes in’) QUA (as)|
|27||GAL||GALe (tempest without last letter)|
|28||MIND GAME||(AND ME)* containing (suppressing) Giggle (a little of) on the M1 (arterial road in UK) – Paul’s clue’s are games for the mind|
|2||EVENING||Double definition (or cryptic definition?)|
|3||TARANTINO||TAR (pitch) ANTI (opposing) NO (gainsayer, one who votes ‘no’)|
|6||RETICENT||RECENT (fresh) containing IT reversed|
|7||EGHAM||HG Wells in MAE West reversed (viewed from the bottom) – town in Surrey, UK|
|8||IN RANGE||GRANNIEs* (without s=seconds, batty=mad=anagram) – can be ‘bagged’ i.e. shot|
|9||GUARDIAN ANGEL||anagram of A UGANDAN GIRL guidE (last letter of)|
|17||SHORT LIST||Shirt (introduction to=first letter) with HOIST (lifter) holding RT and L (Right and Left hands)|
|18||ASPIRATE||AS (like) PIRATE (corsair) – the H sound is unpronounced in honour and honesty so they are lacking aspiration|
|20||TEQUILA||QUITE* and Los Angeles – a ‘short’ is an alcoholic drink|
|22||DRIFTER||RIFT (cleft) inside (pinched by) RED (Marxist) reversed (revolutionary) – definition bum=tramp|
|23||DELPHI||DEL (Del and Rodney from UK sitcom ‘Only Fools and Horses’) PH1 (very acidic on ph scale) – home of Pythia, the Oracle of Delphi|
|25||ADDER||LADDER (with top removed) – opposites in ‘snakes and ladders’ board game|
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