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Everyman 3142 – crossword to cross swords with

Posted by ilancaron on December 24th, 2006

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Nelson (19D) was the admiral (22A) who led the Royal Navy in the Battle of Copenhagen (18A). Maybe I’ve teased out a theme here after all. Or is the theme golf (see 1A, 18A)?

Across

1 S+CREW+DRIVER – Vodka and OJ – was my favourite drink in high-school (easy to drink, much like shandy). A DRIVER is a type of golf club.
9 EREWHON – (now here)*. EREWHON is a novel by Samuel Butler that I actually read in high-school (American high-schools don’t just teach Faulkner and Hemingway). It also happens to be nowhere in reverse – well, nearly (it’s a satire on utopian societies).
13 TENDER+FOOT – To FOOT the bill, means to pay it.
15 L+IF+T – If I had my Chambers I’d check to see if L is a std abbrev for “line”. IF is often “provided”.
17 C+OLD – I’m not going to indulge myself by suggesting that “Unfriendly Conservative” is a tautology and thus reveal my politics.
18 C+OPEN+HAGEN – C is indeed abbrev(“clubs”) in the context of bridge say. To “crack” the window means to OPEN it and I knew that Walter HAGEN played golf.
21 ANT BEAR – Kind of an aardvark that isn’t a bear at all but does like eating ants.
22 ADMIR(e)+A+L – Nelson (19D) is a good example thereof.
23 SCRATCH – double defs with unrelated etymologies and meanings, both of which are American in flavour.
24 O+REGANO – O for “duck” followed by (orange)*. The clue needs to be parsed as: “Herb used in cooking” is definition and “sour” is the anagrind. Momentarily misleading since “cooking” is probably number #3 on the list of top-40 anagrind hits.
25 CROSS (S)WORDS – I’ve heard that in some parts of the world there’s a type of puzzle called the CROSSWORD.

Down

2 RAN+GE – “Extremely” has cropped up several times recently as an indicator of the first and last letters (in this case of “GrotesquE”).
3 W+EA+R(IS)OME – I find this kind of complex wordplay somewhat WEARISOME since the surface seems forced. EA for “each”, IS for “one’s” and the whole thing is rather “tedious”.
5 VANISHING CREAM – cryptic definition for what makes you invisible.
6 RESPECT – hidden in “HampshiRE SPECTators”
14 FLOOR S+HOW – The wordplay floored me for a bit: because I couldn’t work out in what way being bewildered was floored. Interestingly virtually the same clue showed up in this week’s Times: “Nightclub entertainment baffles? In what way?”
16 CHA(MB+E)RS – Brit doctors are often MB, MO and once in a while even MD and DR! Sometimes CHAMBERS really just means “houses.”
17 CLASSIC – double definition: the Epsom Derby is one of the classic horse-races. At first, I misled myself on this because I decided that “remarkably” is an anagrind of “typical” and came up with clay-pit of which there are many in Derbyshire. Oh well.
19 NELSON – I had to look at a map to uncover NELSON, Lancashire.
20 VESTA+S – last clue this time: I don’t smoke obviously enough in England when I’m there to need Swan VESTA matches. A bit of overlap though here since both the matches and the goddess are VESTA.
22 A.M.O.U.R. – first letters of the phrase: “Annoy My Old Unmarried Relative”

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