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Everyman 3282

Posted by Arthur on August 30th, 2009

Arthur.

It felt like a lot of anagrams and first or last letters this week, but maybe that was just the order in which I approached the clues. The few place name answers were not hard to work out from the wordplay, but also not that well-known (at least to me) so some post-crossword googling was required to check. Actually as a general rule, while the answers weren’t always obvious from the definition, the wordplay was usually pretty easy so it shouldn’t have been particularly troubling.

Across
1 SHOP-SOILED - SHOPS + OLIED
6 BOLD - BOD around L
10 CUT UP – U(pse)T< in CUP. Interestingly the clue here tells us to reverse UT but it would work equally well if we didn’t and put it in a different place. I assume this was because the surface reads better with “suffering setback”.
11 DORDRECHT – D + REDTORCH*. A port in the Netherlands.
12 NEW JERSEY - NEW + JERSEY
13 TEETH – hidden in staTE ETHiopia
14 HANSEL AND GRETEL - ALEGENDENTHRALS*
17 NORTHERN IRELAND – NORTH + DINNEREARL*. Frederick North was British Prime Minister from 1770-1782.
20 YEARN - YEAR + (ramada)N
21 OFF LIMITS – O + FILM* in FITS
23 ON THE NOSE – HONEST* in ONE
24 TIARA – I in TARA. Tara is the name of the plantation in Gone with the Wind.
25 NINA – hidden in fuN IN Acapulco
26 DEAD-NETTLE – ATTENDED* + LE
Down
1 SECOND HONEYMOON – SECOND + [HOME + NO + (holida)Y]*
2 ON TOW – ON + TO + W(aterway)
3 SUPREME - S(ize) + UP + REME. The REME are the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.
4 IN DESPAIR - DINES* + PAIR
5 EARLY - (n)EARLY
7 ORCHESTRA – HERCOSTAR*
8 DUTCH ELM DISEASE – THISMALEDEDUCES*
9 CRATER – CRATE = banger as in old car + (firecracke)R
15 NORMANTON – NORM + ANTON
16 DRIFFIELD – DR + IF + FIELD
18 HUNTER – dd
19 EPISTLE – E + S(hor)T in PILE
21 OZONE - O + ZONE
22 INAPT - IN + APT

Common crossword abbreviations this week:

lake = L [but also quite often the name of a lake]
old = O
one = I
English = E
round = O

2 Responses to “Everyman 3282”

  1. Andrew Kitching says:

    Pretty easy until left wth last 2 (DORDRECHT and ON THE NOSE) which slowed me down.

  2. Nathan Jesurasingham says:

    I found Dordrecht and Driffield tricky – never heard of either place and only got them from the word play.

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