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Everyman 3724

Posted by Arthur on July 5th, 2009

Arthur.

Definitely a bit harder to get going this week. The double definitions seemed to often require very specific knowlege for the second definition, and the two word clues (except 4dn which was my favourite) were simply broken into their constituent words before cluing (I prefer it when the wordplay bridges the gap, so to speak) so overall, not a favourite of mine.

Across
1 TOP BRASS – POT< + BRASS
5 JARGON - dd
9 PEARL – dd. Pearl was apparently one measurement in an extinct way of defining font (type) size, which has been superseded by the point system.
10 OBSESSION – OB + SESSION
12 CAMPION - CAMP = affected + I + ON = acting. Jane Campion is a famous filmmaker although she is probably as well known as a screenwriter as a director.
13 EARNEST – A in ERNEST
14 SMOTHERED MATE – SMOTHERED + MATE. In chess, a smothered mate is a checkmate delivered by a knight in which the mated king is unable to move because he is surrounded (or smothered) by his own pieces.
17 ORIENT EXPRESS – ORIENT = direct + EXPRESS = say
21 ENRIQUE - (INQUEER)*
22 CELESTA – CELEST(e) + A
24 THE RED SEA – (ADESERTHE)*
25 VENUS – VENU(e) + S
26 ERSATZ – hidden in flowERS AT Zoo
27 STURGEON – SURGEON around T
Down
1 TYPECAST – cd using double meaning of the word “part”
2 PSALM – S in PALM = prize (e.g. Golden Palm at Cannes)
3 RALEIGH – (AGIRLHE)*
4 SLOANE RANGERS – (ONSALE)* + R + ANGERS. A colloquial name for  certain type of upper class young lady taking it’s name from Sloane Square in London. Princess Diana was probably the most well known Sloane Ranger.
6 ASSYRIA – A + S + SYRIA. Assyria was a kingdom in Mesopotamia
7 GUINEVERE – I in GUN = piece + EVE + RE
8 NINETY – dd. Joe 90 was a 60’s TV show in from the creators of, and in the same vein as, Thunderbirds
11 SPEED MERCHANT – SPEED + MERCHANT
15 ODOURLESS – (SOLDROUES)*
16 ASSASSIN – AS = for instance + SASS = cheek + IN
18 INQUEST – IN + QUEST
19 PALAVER – A + LAVER  after (championshi)P. Rod Laver was world tennis no. 1 from 1964 to 1970
20 CENTRE – C + ENTRE = “ENTER” (I think…)
23 SINGE – SING(l)E

Common crossword abbreviations this week:

old boy = OB
one = I
adult = A
Sun = S
tons = T
son = S
river = R [but sometimes requires the name of a river instead]
small = S
about = RE
at home = IN
clubs = C
left = L

2 Responses to “Everyman 3724”

  1. The trafites says:

    Ref. 9ac – C defines it as a 5pt type.

    We wasn’t happy with the homophone at 20dn either.

  2. C G Rishikesh says:

    I too had a slow start with this. The last to fall was top left quadrant. I thought there were too many proper names in the grid. And, in 3 dn, it takes time for us to determine whether what is needed is a synonym for ‘courtier’ or the name of such a personage. An anagram is supposed to be a starter but this eluded me till the later stages.

    Though I got 9d PEARL early on, I had to look up the dictionary for its “type” meaning.

    I found the pithy clue at 17a ORIENT EXPRESS very pleasing.

    16d ASSASSIN too was refreshingly different in avoiding a couple of fools.

    19d PALAVER I know more in the sense of copious talk than ‘bother’.

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