Posted by Eileen on March 22nd, 2013
Typical Araucaria fare today, with familiar ploys which will tickle or exasperate, depending on your predilections. Needless to say, I loved it.
1 Call boy’s takeover
HI [call ] + JACK [boy]
4 I finish the paper and don’t say a word, getting more embarrassed
SH [don't say a word] + REDDER [more embarrassed]
9 Tax on part of capital suggested by one of the Greens?
LO [part of LOndon - capital] + VAT [value-added tax] for a shade of green often used in tweeds or wools
10 Guardian people personally bear being translated with spirits
OURS [French for bear - bear being translated] + ELVES [spirits]
11,12 Jethro’s accepted name for game with partners in place of the disgusted
TULL’S [Jethro's] round [accepted] N [name] + BRIDGE [game with partners ie W E] for the Kent town proverbially famous for outraged writers of letters to the Times
I’d heard of Jethro Tull in history lessons as the Agricultural Revolution inventor of the seed drill, well before the emergence of the rock band
13 Sensational development of a lord and master in police force (first century)
anagram [development] of A LORD and MA [Master of Arts] in MET [Metropolitan police force] + I [first] + C [century]
20,17 It’s quite obvious you should give level ground urgently to Eisenhower and Co
PLAIN AS A PIKESTAFF
PLAIN [level ground] + ASAP [as soon as possible - urgently] + IKE [Eisenhower] + STAFF [and Co!]
21 One location in which British king turns to Middle Easterner
reversal [turns] of LEAR [British king] in I SITE [one location]
23 Knowledge obtained during golden break in friend’s house
KEN [knowledge] in anagram [break] of GOLDEN
Araucaria must have a dog – this is the third time very recently that he has clued ‘dog’ as ‘friend’
24 Formerly called early supper, as they say?
HIGH T = high tea [early supper] as they say. A Level English to the rescue yet again: I knew ‘hight’ = ‘called’ from ‘The Faerie Queene’
25 Revolutionary movement with wings?
RED [revolutionary] + START [movement] for this pretty little bird
26 Engineer in 5 is frit
RE [engineer] in SCAD [a kind of mackerel - see 5dn]
Margaret Thatcher once caused some consternation in the House by supposedly reverting to her Lincolnshire vernacular and accusing Denis Healey of being ‘frit’ but it’s well-known here in Leicestershire, too
1 Interval of third or seventh note?
This is a musical reference that I’ll leave someone else to explain
2 Young ’un, dance with a swing, if I were you, flower!
Araucaria used this device two puzzles ago, so I was well prepared for it this time. We need to replace the i in JiVE [dance with a swing] with U [if I were you] to give JUVE + NILE [flower]
3 Provide for pet corgi owner
CAT [pet] + ER [the nation's most famous corgi owner]
5 Rome’s in trouble, besieged by cyber criminal on line with fish
anagram [in trouble] of ROME’S in [besieged by] HACKER [cyber criminal] + EL [line - the Chicago railway that often crops up in crosswords]
6 The Guardian is in Leeds, resolved to find white flower
WE [the Guardian - second outing] + IS in anagram [resolved] of LEEDS
re the discussion yesterday about the unnecessary use of ‘English’ in a clue, the edelweiss is invariably defined as a white flower [eg 'The Sound of Music': 'small and white, clean and bright' ] and there’s a very nice reference in the surface here to the white rose of Yorkshire. [I didn’t join in the fray yesterday but I get more exercised about the gratuitous use of ‘female’ [eg writer] which crops up from time to time!]
7 Are they responsible for many bad things?
D  EVILS – &lit
8 Among other things is “Don’t comply”
IS in REST [other things]
10 Veteran coped with alarming effect
anagram [effect] of COPED and ALARMING
14 Sell shares small boy put up, not wearing a shirt?
reversal [put up] of SID ['small boy' - even I get irritated by this device!] + IN VEST – which doesn’t necessarily mean not wearing a shirt!
15 Claim to have illness caused by a gremlin
anagram [caused by] of A GREMLIN
16 Moved to be insincere
18 Has another bath up from which he cannot climb?
reversal of REDIPS [has another bath, cryptically referring to this phenomenon which makes Flanders and Swann frit]
19 Witch doctor initially taking in mythical voyager to Mars
WD [witch doctor initially round ARGO [Jason's ship - mythical voyager]
22 Code for the thick-headed
hidden in thE THICk-headed