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Everyman No. 3275 (July 5th).

Posted by The Trafites on July 12th, 2009

The Trafites.

Thanks to Andrew Kitching for the alert re the publishing error on this week’s Observer crossword web page;  we never looked at the incorrect pdf file, so therefore solved this cold from the newspaper.  Whether this week’s offering will still be a valid prize crossword, we do not know.

Again, another fairly easy jog, but the puzzle does seem to be getting a tad more difficult over the last two weeks.

Legend to solution comments:
*  =  anagram.
<  =  word reversed.

Across
1. MARIA M + ARIA
4. TWO SEATER (ROW ESTATE)*
9. PENAL SETTLEMENT ((SETTLE [order] + MEN [soldiers]
after [to board, i.e. getting on] (PLANE)*) + T (heading for terrible)
This is a bit contrived, we think – hard to work out the word play.
10. IMPRUDENCE R in IMPUDENCE
11. SWAN S + WAN
13. TORRENT OR in TRENT – river
15. LINING Hidden: popLIN IN Gaberdine
17. COLOUR CO + L + OUR
18. LAST OUT L.A. + STOUT
20. APEX APE + X
21. EFFUSIVELY FF + US + IVE in ELY
24. FRENCH ONION SOUP (PHONE COUSIN FOR)* around N
25. AUTOMATON AUTO = car + MAN around TO
26. DWELT LEWD< + T
Down
1. MEPHISTO (THIS POEM)*
2. RUN UP ladder = RUN (as in stockings) + UP (ahead)
3, 4. ALL QUIET ON THE
WESTERN FRONT
cryptic def. i.e. no cowboy films being made
5. OPTICAL ILLUSION cryptic def.
6. EDEN E + (END)*
7. TAE KWON DO (DAN WE TOOK)*
8. RETINA RE + TINA re = musical note (see re² in Chambers)
12. UNASSIGNED UNAS + SIGN + ED
14. ROOSVELT (RESOLVE TO)*
16. STAYS PUT TAY in SS + PUT  – river tay, put = express as in say
19. RAFFIA RAF + (I in FA)
22. ELOPE (subtract pen)ELOPE
23. SCAM (C in SA) + M

One Response to “Everyman No. 3275 (July 5th).”

  1. Andrew Kitching says:

    Agree. It has been getting tougher.

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