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Everyman 3157/playing favourites

Posted by ilancaron on April 8th, 2007


Solving time: 25′

Good puzzle with strong clear wordplay leading unequivocally to the right answer: pleasant diversion over morning tea (even coffee)


4 WAG,E SLAVE – leaves* follows WAG for “jocular type”. I no longer belong to the WAGE SLAVE community.
11 RASTA – hidden in “orchestRA STAlls”.
12 C,AMBRIDGE – turns out that AMBRIDGE is where Brit radio programme “The Archers” is set (I know about this only because I’ve been reading Inspector Morse books lately).
13 BIRD ON A WIRE – (in wardrobe I)* — I know the Judy Collins song but there must be a film of same name as well.
17 TAKE(HOME)PA,Y – “nett” is Brit net — Y is an algebraic “variable”.
20 LEICESTER – two meanings: nice clue — I think the first meaning (“Queen’s favourite”) is ref Elizabeth I who had pet courtiers (I should probably check this).
23 CH(IN)A – nice containment &lit for what you serve tea in!
25 SC(HED)ULE,D – “He’d” in clues* followed by last letter of “crossworD”, note that “arranged” is the definition not the anagrind which is “cryptic”.
26 M(I,M)ED – M for Malta (really should check if this is a valid abbrev) inside the “sea” (MED) that it’s in. Good clue: def is “took off”.


1 DI,A,TRIBE – homophonic experts will no doubt tell me which Welsh name DI is similar to: “Torrent of abuse from a Welshman reportedly attached to a clan”.
3 THE FAT OF THE LAND – my first clue: clear consistent surface linking together two clean meanings.
5 G.L.E.A.M. – All those proper names left no doubt that we were to look for initials.
6 SOMERSET MAUGHA,M – (mag housemaster)*. I have a story involving Lord Beaverbrook, Somerset Maughham and my father. But I’ll take it offline.
7 ARMADA – clever cryptic def masquarading as, say, two meanings: roughly 427 “years ago”.
8 EX,OC,ET – The missile made famous by the Falkland Islands war.
16 BY,PASSE,D – I was misled into looking for an anagram of “duke” (“fashioned” seemed like a good anagrind candidate) but it’s just PASSE for “old-fashioned”.
18 F,LICKS – def is “seen in the cinema” and the only clue for which I’m uncertain about the wordplay: how are LICKS and “tanks” related?
19 FINISH – excellent double definition: “perfect” shifting from adjective to verb.
21 TA(M)IL

One Response to “Everyman 3157/playing favourites”

  1. says:

    tank and lick both mean to defeat heavily

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