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Everyman 3198

Posted by Colin Blackburn on January 20th, 2008

Colin Blackburn.
Across
4 EGGPLANT — E.G. + G + PLAN + (allotmen)T
10 EXCHEQUER — “ex checker”
11 ORIBI — (I BIRO)< — the oribi is one of a number of regular crossword antelopes.
12 STAND — double def. — a stand in cricket is a partnership, ie the time or score of any two batsmen in at the same time.
14 AT THE FIRST BLUSH — F in (ESTABLISH TRUTH)* — the phrase means ‘offhand’. However, the word play is a nice cryptic definition of the phrase too.
16 NO EXPENSE SPARED — NO EXPNSE + SPARE + D
19 PETTY CASH — PETTY + C + (HAS)*
Down
2 TIC-TAC-TOE — (TO ACT ETC I)* — US name for noughts and crosses.
5 GERMAN SHEPHERD — GERMAN(e) + SHEPHERD
6 PROVERB — ROVER in PB — the pronunciation of lead here has to be that of the metal rather than the leash.
9 QUESTION MASTER — M in (TO EQUESTRIANS)*
14 ANNAPOLS — ANNA+POLIS(h)
20 TONGA — N in TOGA

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