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Everyman 3154/Mar 11

Posted by ilancaron on March 18th, 2007


Solved last week before I left for Sicily. Solved again today as I write this up upon return from Italy – where my only exposure to crosswords, let alone cryptics, was Un Mot Croisee from an old Le Monde uncovered in a café (OK, a bar) in Palermo. Really just sets of definitional clues as far as I could tell. Though the Sudoku was remarkably similar. Even in French.

 A few clues that I struggled with: 12A, 21A, 15D.


5 [a,r]KANSAS – Nice clue: too bad that Montana and “A River Runs Through It” couldn’t have been referred to somehow as well.
10 CAR(R.O.)T – what would we do without cricket clues: R.O.=run out.
12 S,TIFF – I struggled with this a bit since I didn’t know that pet also means a sulk.
14 RUB SHOULDERS – double/cryptic def for how a masseuse gets to know her customers.
18 ILLUSTRATION – clever double definition though a question-mark is in order since a “plate” is really a type of ILLUSTRATION.
21 SWEET GALE – another clue I struggled with: I had SWEET ?A?E and had to do a bit of dictionary searching to find the plant (I’m more familiar with her as Gail).
25 LET ALONE – two meanings: “much less” nicely shifting from its literal (opposite of more) meaning to the idiomatic phrase.
26 DON,KEY – I think this was my last clue: obviously not familiar enough with the various Brit epithets for thickness.
27 STITCH UP – two meanings: more Brit slang. I knew the “incriminate” sense but not the “swindle” sense though they are perhaps too close etymologically to be a good double definition: see Collins STITCH UP.


1 COARSE=”course” – Hard to separate “inferior race” because I obviously had racism on my brain.
3 PLUS, FOUR,S – Does anyone wear these other than that late American golfer who died in a plane crash (Payne Stewart I think). I suppose FOUR is “a number”. There are lots of others. I discovered this counting to infinity when I was about four.
4 CENTRE SPREAD – another instance of the answer being the wordplay since CENTRE is recent* (i.e. a SPREAD of CENTRE).
7 STREAKER – Cryptic def for the guy (almost never a girl) showing his stuff when he knows he’s got a large captive audience.
11 SIX OF THE BEST– one clue with two Britishisms: a cricket over of six balls and a caning of six of the best (though I remember that they came in threes in my school).
15 LOOK SMART – My final struggle: I fell in love with LOOK SHARP which I think is as acceptable in both senses: ”Be quick to appear fashionable and upmarket” so I needed 27A to disambiguate.
19 BROOCH=”broach” – (does this homophone work in Scotland I wonder?). Good clue because both “on the radio” and “to speak about” can be homophone indicators.
21 TERSE – hidden in “BatTERSEa”

One Response to “Everyman 3154/Mar 11”

  1. says:

    I do this one only occasionally and would find it generally a good deal easier than the Indy daily cryptic.

    My biggest difficulty was with 21 Across which I pencilled in, as SWEET Rose, Jane and, finally, GALE. Always a bit weak with the plants.

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