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Everyman 3162/no longer a greenhorn

Posted by ilancaron on May 13th, 2007


Solving time: 15’

Rather fast solve for me… nothing really held me up with the long clues falling almost on first read. I think this means that I’m no longer an Everyman GREENHORN.


1 BACK-TO-BACK – two meanings: I suppose “terraced houses” are BACK-TO-BACK since they are connected to each other.
10 G[et],RACE – Even I know that WG GRACE was a “famous cricketer” (with a big beard).
11 REM(BRAND)T – BRAND in term*.
12 TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT – The enumeration and the clue transparency made this a very easy double/cryptic def.
13 LAMB,ENT – Charles LAMB is a popular cryptic essayist as is the ENT hospital ward.
15 A,T (HEAR)T – My last clue, I think because I resisted defining AT HEART as “really” for a long time. Recall that the TT race is a motorcycle race in the Isle of Man.
17 END,GAME – interesting clue that took a bit to decode: ENDGAME is the Beckett “play”, where the wordplay is (the verb) GAME for “trick” and END for “purpose”. Note how “X on Y” produces Y,X.
20 DUTCH ELM DISEASE – quite an impressive anag &lit: (causes the middle)*.
22 GREEN,HO,RN – another interesting clue that takes a bit of decoding: definition is “raw, inexperienced youth” and “new” produces GREEN, “house” abbreviated as HO and finally “outskirts of Ripon” is RN.
23 AMIGO – hidden in “PotsdAM, IGOr”. If you’ve read “The Good German” you’ll know that Igor was a common name at Potsdam – too bad the Spanish weren’t involved, would have been a great &lit if so.
25 ST, BENEDICT – BENEDICT “Arnold” isn’t considered much of a saint to Americans – but I imagine the British are rather grateful.


1 B(A,GAT)ELLE – it’s a table “game” and GAT is slang for a “piece” or gun.
3 THE (TIME) MACHINE – I’m pretty sure that TIME is “the enemy” here (as in, old age I suppose) and “infiltrating” indicates insertion.
4 B(URN)OUT – for some reason I put in BLOWOUT here initially which slowed me down.
5 C(A,MILL)A – at first I thought this was CAMELIA which is also a “plant” but “plant” is MILL here and CA is our Chartered “Accountant”.
7 WINNEBAGO – (Now I began)*. I usually think of WINNEBAGO as a huge US-style camper.
8 GO(T) AT – def is “unfairly influenced” and GOAT is our “foolish person”.
16 TURNED OUT – quite liked these two quite different meanings: “Came to be expelled”.
18 EE,L(P)OUT – hadn’t heard of the EELPOUT but the wordplay was tractable enough. Don’t need to know what “panchax” means just that its first letter is P but do need to know that “yobbo” is LOUT and “extremely ExquisitE” is EE.
20 DOG,MA – nice simple charade for “teaching”.
21 ALIBI – easily spotted hidden in “MexicALI BIllionaire”.

3 Responses to “Everyman 3162/no longer a greenhorn”

  1. says:

    Time is ‘enemy’ in Bradford, from the idiom.

  2. says:

    1A: Back-to-back housing was much grimmer than terracing – three shared sides rather than just two, and usually only three rooms.

  3. says:

    My gran lived in a back-to-back in the seventies (before that she lived in a post-war pre-fab!) The three sides were only shared at the first floor level. On the ground floor there were only two shared sides since a separating passageway was needed between each alternate pair of back-to-backs to give access to the rearmost houses. Despite the size, the back house of a back-to-back benefited from being away from the road and having a small enclosed garden. In some ways this was much less grim than a standard terrace. Although many back-to-back developments were, along with terraces of the same period, slums.

    I suspect Engels had something to say about them!


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