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Everyman No. 3277 (July 19th).

Posted by The Trafites on July 26th, 2009

The Trafites.

Pretty tough going this week, especially if you didn’t know the
names of the film, the novel, the UK TV programme and the famous Russian(s).

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

Across
1. PAVLOV
PAVLOV(a) (i.e. snubbed = last letter removed);
Famous Russians Anna Pavlova and Ivan Pavlov
4. ADAM BEDE BED in A DAME;  The George Eliot novel Adam Bede
9. TARIFF AR in TIFF
10. CARRY OUT CARRY + OUT
12. LOCAL HERO LOCAL + HERO;  The film Local Hero
13. OLIVE O + LIVE
14. COUNTER-TENOR
COUNTER + TEN + OR
18. MAID OF HONOUR
Sort of cryptic definition
21. ARENA N in AREA
22. NEEDS MUST (MEND SET)* around U.S.
24. EARL GREY G + RE in EARLY
25. LOLITA This just seems a straight definition clue?  Comments welcome.
26. TAMARISK TAMAR + IS + K
27. TRENDY END in TRY
Down
1. POT BLACK POT + BLACK;  UK TV snooker programme Pot Black
2. VERACRUZ VERA + CRUZ (homophone of cruise)
3. OFFAL OFFA + L
5. DRAG ONES FEET
D + (GREASE OFTEN)*
6. MARCO POLO ARC in MO + POLO
7. EROTIC (IT in CORE)<
8. ESTEEM E + STEEM (homophone of steam; strangely Chambers states steem is another word for steam!)
11. MERRY DANCERS Cryptic definition;  A name for the Aurora Borealis; see also here
15. TRAFALGAR (FLAG A TAR)* + R;  Aptly, our blog name derives from the Trafalgar Arms in Pompey, our local boozer.  We wonder if Everyman reads here and put this in for us!
16. SOLUTION Double def.
17. BRITTANY BRITTAN + Y; Homophone of (Benjamin) Britten
19. TALENT TALE + NT;  Poor clue as NT is there in the wordplay
20. RED RUM RED + RUM;  Bloody hell!  No sign of murder!
23. SCOUR Double def.

12 Responses to “Everyman No. 3277 (July 19th).”

  1. Andrew Kitching says:

    All correct after a mistake last week. I agree, general knowledge needed very UK based

  2. Gaufrid says:

    25a is IT (sex appeal) in LOLA (girl) &lit

  3. The trafites says:

    Thanks Gaufrid – we see it now you explained, but didn’t at the time.

  4. Andrew says:

    I think 18ac is more of a dd – a Maid of Honour is a kind of cake as well as a bride’s attendant.

  5. The trafites says:

    Andrew, we wasn’t sure what type of clue this was, as the ‘whole’ clue sort of says:

    Maid of honour is not a tart (but she could be!). Also there is possibly the two defs. there, even if the second one is referred to obliquely.

  6. enitharmon says:

    I would have thought Pot Black, Local Hero and Pavlov hardly obscure. And serious crossword solvers are surely aware of Adam Bede – it’s an established canonical classic! (I have often wondered why Dickens, and not the much better writer George Eliot, is the definitive English Victorian Novelist, but hey ho!)

    I don’t understand why this puzzle is particularly UK-centric. Even though it is in a UK newspaper… The previous day’s Guardian puzzle was much more Aussie-centric.

  7. cholecyst says:

    enitharmon: You’re right about George Eliot. Middlemarch is the best (English) 19C novel.

  8. Eileen says:

    Hi trafites

    To redeem 19dn?: the parable of the talents is in the New Testament.

  9. Joachim says:

    I think 25a is actually an &lit:

    IT in LOLA
    where IT is ‘sex appeal’.

  10. Gaufrid says:

    Joachim
    Isn’t that what I said in comment #2?

  11. The trafites says:

    Sorry for late reply – it was our last game of ‘inter-pub’ rounders yesterday (Trafalgar lost 4 – 3) and we got pretty steaming drunk last night (too many Pimm’s No.1 and sambuca

    Ref. ADAM BEDE; defined as ‘a novel’ is pretty tough if you didn’t know the novel (as we didn’t), and we have asked all the x-word enthusiast’s in our pub (including a part-time librarian), and not one of them had heard of it!

    Eileen – we didn’t know that re the bible as we are not religious nor particularly au fait with biblical references.

  12. Andrew Kitching says:

    After completing this wek’s AZED, thought I’d whizz thru Everyman. Not so! Tough!! Await next blog with interest. This puzzle seems to be tougher than it was a fee months ago.

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