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Everyman Crossword No. 3269 (May 24)

Posted by C G Rishikesh on May 31st, 2009

C G Rishikesh.

I enjoyed doing this none-too-difficult puzzle.

Across

1 BOTTOM – triple definitions: Weaver (character in Shakespeare’s MND), backside, foot (the lowest point)
5 DOG STAR – Also known as Sirius (which I first came across in Pope’s Rape of the Lock) is the heavenly body, I think. The Lassie part of the clue, I don’t understand.
9 TOTEM – TOTE (carry), M (maiden)
10, 11 HANDLEBAR MOUSTACHE – cryptic definition
12 EMAIL – rev. of Liam (Irishman), E (last in office)
13 PARTNERSHIP – anag. of PRINT PHRASE
15 DEVIL’S BONES – The latter half of this clue I solved just moments before posting this. Dice are made of bones; Devil’s bones because gambling leads to ruin.
20 AWARD – A (a), WARD (rev. of draw)
22 23 CHRISTIAN SCIENTIST – IT (it) in anag. of CAIRNS IN STITCHES
24 ALIEN – AN (article) going round LIE ( made-up story)
24 NEST-EGG – anag. of SENT, E.G. (say), G (grand)
26 ALECTO – ALEC (boy), TO(-y) (incomplete toy)

Down

2 OUTJUMPED – OUT (elsewhere), JUMPED (ran)
3 TEMPT PROVIDENCE – TEMPT (risk failure) PROVIDENCE (US state capital)
4 MOHICAN – anag. of MACHO IN ( ‘comic’ is the anag. signal)
5 DANSEUR – anag. of US André
6 GOLDEN HANDSHAKE – GOLDEN (successful, prosperous as in the “Golden Age of the Guptas”)), HAND (worker), SHAKE (upset)
7 TIBIA – TIB I [rev. of I BIT (chewed up)], A (a)
8 RARELY – R (resitance), A (a), RELY (bank)
9 TOME – to me (how I may want it dedicated)
14 PESSIMIST – anag. of WORST TIP
16 LACKING - deleting S from SLACKING (skiving, evading duty or work) – the def. for word req’d is ‘missing’ – The deletion fodder occurred to me only now after I had given the crossword a rest.
17 BIRETTA – B (black), anag. of ATTIRE (‘ghoulish’ is the anag. signal)
18 PARSON – P(page), ARSON (crime)
19 ANON – (-c)ANON – deleting C(cold) from CANON (clergyman)
21 AMISS – A (a), MISS (young woman)

3 Responses to “Everyman Crossword No. 3269 (May 24)”

  1. gav says:

    On 5ac Lassie was a famous Holywood Dog.

  2. Andrew K says:

    ALECTO a bit obscure, don’t you think? I googled it.
    Otherwise, nice puzzle.

  3. C. G. Rishikesh says:

    Thanks, gav.

    Andrew K, as a student of Eng. Lit., I wasn’t much bothered by the Fury.

    Authors, book titles, literary terms – such things are not a problem. Nor films – as they are released in India.

    I am usually floored by obscure British place names and by TV shows or radio plays or song titles, which are all outside of my ken. That’s when I have to look up after getting the solution from wordplay.

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