Araucaria Cryptic Crosswords
Araucaria (aka John Graham) was the best-known and best-loved of all British
crossword constructors. His crosswords appeared regularly in
The Guardian and
the Financial Times, and baffled and entertained crossword enthusiasts
for more than forty years.
Botanically, of course, the araucaria is a tree familiarly known as the
monkey-puzzle tree. For his Financial Times crosswords, John used the
pseudonym Cinephile. Why Cinephile? Well, CINEPHILE is an anagram of
CHILE PINE, another name for the araucaria.
What you will find here is a small selection of Araucaria crosswords that have
previously appeared in the subscription crossword monthly, 1 Across.
These are all specialized crosswords, considerably more demanding than the
standard daily newspaper crossword, and are definitely not for novices or the
faint-hearted. But each presents a thoroughly enjoyable challenge for the
crossword enthusiast, who can relish here all of Araucaria's famous wit and
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