Posted by Eileen on October 7th, 2011
An entertaining and enjoyable workout from Araucaria, with not too many liberties taken, I think.
A few weeks ago, I blogged an Enigmatist puzzle based on London Underground stations, some of which I’d never heard of. This one, based on *Underground lines, was rather more accessible but I suppose might still prompt complaints about parochialism. I didn’t spot the theme until I solved 6dn, worked out the anagram and still had RCIRC left over!
8 FIRESIDE: FIRES shoots] + IDE [the fish I've only ever met in crosswords]
9 TUNNEL: N[ew] in TUNE [melody] + L[ine]
10 STARCH: STAR [brilliant] + CH [Companion of Honour]
11 TAP WATER: WAT [Tyler, leader of the Peasants' Revolt] in TAPER [gradually reduce]
12 LIMP: double definition [lacking starch]
13 MALEFACTOR: MALE [fellow] + FACTOR [estate manager]
15 ATHLETE: hidden in deATH LET Everyone – a rather macabre surface!
16 *JUBILEE: nowadays, we have Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees but, in Jewish history, a jubilee was held every fifty years, a year of release of slaves, cancelling of debts and return of property to its former owners
18 *VICTORIANS: VICTORIA [line] + NS [poles] – a rather loose definition!
19 CLUB: double definition
20 CINNAMON: CON [read] around INN [pub] + AM [before lunch]
22 RARELY: RA [artist] + RELY [trust]
23 NORTON: a Norton is a motor bike and ‘Burnt Norton’ is a poem by T.S. Eliot but is Araucaria really suggesting that NORTON is how the Irish would pronounce ‘Northern’ [line]? A step or two too far for me – I think I must be missing something: there isn’t even a question mark!
24 *BAKELITE: BAKE[rloo - line] + LITE ['not much of that' - used in advertising of foods / drinks that are low in calories, alcohol, etc]
1 *DISTRICT VISITOR: DISTRICT [line] + V  + IS IT [the thing] + OR [otherwise]
2 *METROPOLITANATE: METROPLITAN [line] + AT E[astern]
3 LIGHT METER: MET [came across] in LIGHTER [barge]
4 TEXTILE: when I only had the middle T, I was worrying about how to explain STETSON so it was a relief to see that it’s this cowboy, TEX Ritter + TILE [slang word for hat]
5 STOP: reversal of POTS
6 *ANTARCTIC CIRCLE: anagram of R[ight] IN ACT ACT + CIRCLE [line]
7 HETEROSEXUALITY: brilliant anagram [and surface] of TEXTILES [plural of 4 down] + YOU HEAR
14 FOUR STROKE: Spoonerism of STRAW FOLK: a man of straw is a worthless person
17 WANNABE: ANN [girl] in WABE, a word from the first verse of the nonsense poem ‘Jabberwocky’:
`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.’
Wikipedia tells me that the characters in the poem suggest it means “The grass plot around a sundial”, called a ‘wa-be’ because it goes a long way before it, and a long way behind it”.
21 MINE: double definition – and a rather bathetic ending, after the whimsical ingenuity of the previous clue