Posted by Eileen on April 26th, 2012
A reasonably straightforward puzzle from Araucaria, with a trademark long answer to help things along and some nice constructions to boot. Very enjoyable, I thought.
1,5 ROBINSON CRUSOE: ROBINS [birds] + ON + anagram [maybe] of COURSE: the fictional Robinson Crusoe is based on the real-life Alexander Selkirk
9 SCIMITAR: IMIT [9ac [l]IMIT, ‘topped’] in SCAR [trauma]
12 NO GENTLEMAN: NOGENT [le ROTROU] and LE MAN[s] are railway stations between Chartres and Angers, so they are ‘all but’ stops – definition, ‘cad': one of my favourite clues
15 DELTA: double definition: the Nile delta is so called because its shape resembles the Greek letter D
17 SNOWFLAKE: anagram [cooked] of FOWL in SNAKE [reptile]: a snowflake is a type of cocktail
18 MISCHARGE: MARGE [spread - margarine] round I’S [one's] CH [church]
19 LIMIT: IT following LIM: homophone [report] of LIM[b] [member]
20 OPERATIONAL: OPE[n] [begin, not finishing] + RATIONAL [with reason]
24,10 DESERT ISLAND: DESERT [worth] + IS + L [pound] + AND [plus]
25 DENTURES: anagram [false] of SET UNDER – another favourite clue
26 MUSKET: MUSK [perfume] + ET [the oxymoronic familiar alien]: I can’t remember how compilers managed before 1982 – ‘and French’, I suppose
27 MY FATHER: cryptic definition referring to the music-hall song, ‘Lloyd George knew my father’, to the tune of ‘Onward Christian soldiers’ – nice one, Araucaria!
1 RISING DAMP: nothing to do with golf or horse-racing this time: a ‘possible clue’ to a reversal [rising] of PM [premier] and AD [advertisement]
2 BRIDGELESS: BLESS [express good wishes] around RIDGE [where pressure's high] – definition, ‘Humber is no longer’, since the construction of this
3 NAIRN: AIR [tune] + N [named] after N [northern] – what a pity Alexander Selkirk wasn’t born here!
6 RESENTFUL: RESTFUL [inducing tranquillity] around E N [directions]
7 SWAY: double definition
8 EDDY: and another
11 IMMODERATELY: anagram [out] of MAY TERM I DOLE
13,4: I AM MONARCH OF ALL I SURVEY: anagram [used] of AMMONIA on [before, in a down clue] RC [Catholic] HO [house] FALL [collapse] IS U [refined] RVEY [anagram - 'affected' of VERY]: the opening line of Cowper’s poem, ‘The Solitude of Alexander Selkirk':
I am monarch of all I survey;
My right there is none to dispute;
From the centre all round to the sea
I am lord of the fowl and the brute
O Solitude! where are the charms 5
That sages have seen in thy face?
Better dwell in the midst of alarms,
Than reign in this horrible place.
14 FERTILISER: anagram [out] of I ERR IS LEFT
16 ASHBOURNE: ASHBO: how a drunk might pronounce ASBO [Anti-Social Behaviour Order - 'order to behave'] + URN [container for tea] + E [point]: [I won't apologise for quoting, again, the much-missed Linda Smith's injunction:"Don't knock asbos, it's the only qualification some of these kids will ever get." ]
21 INTRA: hidden in poINT RAcing
22 ADAM: A [first] + DAM [mother]
23 ISIS: IS [lives] – and again