Posted by PeeDee on May 12th, 2012
As it was a bank holiday weekend I was really looking forward to another Araucaria special, but sadly it was not to be. This offering was enjoyable enough, though took up rather less time to solve than I had hoped.
I learned a couple of new words, ‘midinette’ being my favourite, and I’m glad Otto Preminger made an appearance as we have been having a bit of film noir fest on our DVD player recently, Otto has featured prominently on the bill.
Thank you Araucaria.
Hold the mouse pointer over any clue number to read the clue.
|1||MAPLE||P (piano) in MALE (man maybe)|
|4||MARINADE||AD (thse days) in MARINE (soldier-sailor)|
|8||THERMODYNAMICS||THE RM (Royal marines, body of marines) MONDAY* (anagram=maybe) SCI (science) reversed|
|10||EXISTENT||STEN (gun) in EXIT (way out) – definition is being|
|11||WRITHE||WRIT (summons) HE (man)|
|12||ORGIASTIC||(IT IS CARGO)* used=anagram – definition is ‘for rave’|
|15,17||CANTO FERMO||CANT (jargon) OF ER (monarch) MO (starts of monarch) – plain song, early western church music|
|18||ETIOLATED||TIO (uncle, Spanish) in ELATED (very happy)|
|19||CICADA||CAD (no gentleman) in CIA (spies)|
|21||SAPPHIRE||APP (software) in SHIRE (county)|
|24||DOWN IN THE DUMPS||DOWN (feathers) IN THE DUMPS (in landfill sites) – definition is ‘blue’|
|25||UNDERLIP||PURLOINED* missing O=nothing, anagram=criminal|
|26||LAY ON||definition and cryptic definition – reference to Shakespear’s Macbeth|
|1||MATTER-OF-FACT||MATTER (stuff) OFF (removed from) ACT performance|
|2||PREMINGER||NG (not good) in PREMIER (top job) – Otto Preminger, film noir director|
|3||EMMET||MET (came across) with ME (setter) reversed and placed in front – old name for an ant|
|4||MIDINETTE||DINETTE (eating area) on top of MI (M1 motorway, road) – a shop girl, especially in Paris, so named because they were seen crowding cafes at luchtimes (midi).|
|5||RANK||double definition – J Arthur Rank|
|6||NUMERICAL||ERICA (heath, heather) following NUM (Nation Union of Miners) Left - numerical order|
|7||DUCAT||old money, found in eDUCATion|
|9||SECOND PERSON||definition (you) and cryptic definition (Eve)|
|13||AVOIDANCE||AVOIr (nearly to have in French) DANCE (ball)|
|14||CHINA SHOP||IN ASH (tree) in CHOP (sack, to dismiss form employment)|
|16||NUTS IN MAY||NUTS (crazy) I (one, Roamn numeral) MANY* (crazy=anagram) – ‘here we go gathering nuts in May’ nursery rhyme|
|20||CROWN||CROW (bird) on N (pole)|
|22||PEDAL||D (top of digit) in PEAL (ring, of bells)|
|23||ANIL||A NIL (nothing) – deep blue colour|