Posted by PeeDee on June 9th, 2012
Another great crossword from Araucaria. In my paper copy of the Saturday Guardian the wrong crossword was printed (yet again) so I got this one from the Guardian website.
I’ve said this before, but I find it amazing how Araucaria manages to keep his crosswords fresh and interesting after producing so many over so long. I think much of this is down to the word selections for the grid and the cross-referencing of the clues. One gets the feeling that he’s just writing in words and clues as they pop into his head, and serendipitously they just all happen to fit together into a grid. I know the reality of the process is much more prosaic, but the result is the same.
Hold the mouse pointer over any clue number to read the clue.
|9||EGOMANIAC||(COME AGAIN)* inclined=anagram – definition is “I’m all right Jack”|
|10||ABHOR||AB (able seaman, sailor) with HO (house) on R (river)|
|11||See 24 down|
|12||TRAVERSED||VERSE (lines) in TRAD (traditional, square)|
|13||BROTHER||R (right) in BOTHER (trouble)|
|14||BACKLOG||BACK LOG to get GOL (endless gold)|
|17||TABLE||double definition – board and list|
|19||See 24 down|
|20||MOSSO||MOSS O (zero) – a rolling stone gathers no moss, ‘mosso’ is a musical tempo marking|
|22,21||CHINESE LANTERN||(ENTIRE CHANNEL’S) – 7 is ‘physalis’ a genus of the nighshade family, one species being Physalis alkekengi commonly known as the chinese lantern. I think there is also a cryptic nod to nightshade here, a chinese lantern being a (light) shade used at night.|
|24||GOLDENEYE||GOLDEN (or) EYE (private eye, dick) – a type of duck|
|26||STRAW||STRAWberry – traditionally a constituent in brickmaking|
|29||CORPOREAL||PORE (breathing hole) in CORAL (sea creatures) – definition is ‘material’|
|1||KERB||K ER (king, The Queen, royals) B (born)|
|2||TOMATO||MA (mum) has T (time) inside TOO (as well) – botanically a fruit, cullinarily a vegetable, could be a ‘cherry tomato’. Unclued we also have 26 28 2 (STRAWBERRY TOMATO) which is another 7. Thanks to eagle-eyed Eileen for spotting this.|
|3||HARD CHEESE||double definition – ‘too bad’ and Philidelphia is a soft cheese|
|4,22||WINTER CHERRY||INTERConservative (leader of) in WHERRY (boat) – common name for various species of physalis|
|5||SCRAMBLE||double definition – rapid take off of aircraft and to cook (eggs) with butter|
|6,16,28||CAPE GOOSEBERRY||CAPE (cover) GOOSEBERRY (unwanted third) – another species of physalis (… indicates the following solution)|
|7||PHYSALIS||troPHY SALISbury – any plant of the physalis genus of the nightshade family|
|13||BETEL||BE (take part of, in play) TEL (Terence)|
|15||COMMISSION||(I’M SO I’M SO)* twice, anagram=bad in Cable News (opening letters) – definition is something ‘obtained by officer’|
|18||BUNGLERS||N (name) in BUGLERS (brass)|
|19||TENDENCY||TEN (10) and C (100, a number) inside (about which is) DENY (disown, to say one has no) – definition is ‘inclination’.
|23||EARNED||E (English) Thomas or Michael ARNE (composer) D (died)|
|24,19across,11||GO BY THE BOARD||double definition|
|25||EMYS||in thE MYStery – a genus of turtles. What does ‘plays’ contribute here?|
|27,8||WELL BRED||WELL (source of drink) and BRED (sounds like bread, food)|