Posted by PeeDee on February 18th, 2012
Very enjoyable. As usual Araucaria demands a broad range of knowledge form his solvers, and I think this results in interesting crosswords. I wonder if the eclectic mixes come from Araucaria relying less on computer software than some of his more modern counterparts? Solving an Araucaria puzzle feels like being granted a glimpse into someone’s mind.
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|1||BUFF-TIP||BUFF (polish) TIP (piece of advice) – a moth, nocturnal flyer|
|5||SPECTRA||Second PETRA including C (100, a number) – defiition is ‘ranges’|
|9||THE PLOT THICKENS||HEP (switched on, jazz-era slang) Willy LOTT (owner of the cottage, painting by John Constable) HICK (countryman) inside TENS (numbers)|
|10||OPHIR||OP (opus, work) by Damien HIRST (desanctified, missing ST=Saint) – biblical port and region famous for its wealth|
|11||AVOIDANCE||A (first) V (versus, against) O (love, zero tennis score) I DANCE (get moving)|
|12||SERENADER||SERE (sear, to dry) and Ralph NADER (US political campaigner)|
|14,23,22||A ROSE-RED CITY HALF AS OLD AS TIME||AROSE (got up) (TRY CHIDE)* possibly=anagram ALFAlfa SOLD AS TIME (lucerne mostly, sold as thyme) say=sounds like – last line from poem by John William Burgon describing Petra|
|15||CHIDE||HID (concealed) inside CE (church)|
|16||SYNCRETIC||SYN sounds like “sin” (wrongdoing reported) CRETIC (Cretan, a Greek Islander) – definition is ‘reconciling beliefs’|
|18||MUSK MELON||KUMMELS* (possibly=anagram) and ON (possible) – definition is ‘fruit that is scented’|
|24||SHEBEEN||Definition and cryptic definition – literally a shebeen sells moonshine, cryptically Moonshine is a girl who has been missing. brucew @2 comments that this is from a poem:
The day is ending
And the moon can be seen
But all through the day
Where has She been?
Anyone know who wrote this?
|1||BUTTONS||double definition – Buttons is a servant in Cinderella|
|2||FRESH FRUIT SALAD||(SUFFER SHIRT)* anagram=twisted by A LAD (boy)|
|4||PETRA||Ancient city in Jordan and a dog appearing on the childrens TV program Blue Peter for 15 years. I don’t know why this is particularly a god’s place (more than any other archaeological site), can anyone explain? Possibly dog=pet and ra=god, Petra=a place? Possibly this clue is a biblical reference to ‘a place of safety’, associated with Petra? Also, what is the elipsis for?|
|5||SCHOOL RUN||SCHOOL (some fish) RUN (get moving) – cryptically commenting on the drive to school|
|6||EL CID||EL (Elevated Railway) CID (police, criminal investigations division) – definition is ‘hero’|
|7||THE END OF THE LINE||double cryptic definition – the last metrical foot of a line of poetry and a fishing line|
|8||AUSTERE||A (an) US (American) TREE* (anagram=sadly)|
|13||DESULTORY||DUELS* (anagram=unplanned) TORY (Conservative)- definition is ‘unplanned|
|14||ARRIVISTE||JM bARRIE (topless playwright) about VISTa (bottomless prospect)|
|15||CAMPHOR||MPH O (miles per hour zero, no speed) in CAR (vehicle) – chemical that goes into the making of mothballs|
|17||CISTERN||C sounds like “sea” (they say) IS TERN (seabird) – definition is ‘water supply’|
|19||MIAMI||I’M (setter is) AIM (goal) all reversed|
|20||NUDES||included in meNU DESsert – definition is ‘they have nothing on’|