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Everyman 3284

Posted by Arthur on September 13th, 2009

Arthur.

No big surprises here and nothing very difficult. There do seem to be a lot of word or part word reversals in this one. The main point of note is a rare but welcome quadruple definition in 19dn and actually quite a liberal spread of double definitions too.

Across
1 DIVERS – dd
4 TENNYSON – “TENNIS” + NO<
10 SURE THING – dd
11 GAMIN – GAMIN(g)
12 ROOST – ROOT around S
14 BAGATELLE – BELLE around A GAT = a piece as in a gun
15 BITTER LEMON – LEMON after BITTER
18 LAMENTATION – LAMENTATION(s)
21 ESTATE CAR – STATE in RACE<
22 ERNIE – I in ERNE
23 OBESE – O.B.E.S as in more than one O.B.E. + E
24 INNKEEPER – KEEP in INNER
26 DISASTER – DI’S + ASTER
27 BRIGHT – BRIGHT(on)
Down
1 DESCRIBE – SCRIBE after ED<
2 VERMOUTH – REV< + MOUTH
3 RAT – TAR<
5 ENGAGEMENT RING – cd
6 NIGHTINGALE – IN GALE after NIGHT. Reference to Florence Nightingale.
7 SAMPLE – S(herry) + AMPLE
8 NANTES – ANTE in N(otoriou)S
9 PINBALL MACHINE – NIMBLECHAPLAIN*
13 THE PLATTERS – THREATSPELT*. I’m afraid I’d never heard of the vocal grow The Platters, but after a few checking letters, there weren’t many possible options.
16 WINNIPEG – WIPE around INN + (bi)G
17 IN SECRET – NICEREST*
19 SECOND – Quadruple definition
20 STRESS – S(tate) + RESTS*
25 ERR – Hidden in PetER Rabbit

Common crossword abbreviations this week:
small = S
one = I
European = E
Sailor = TAR [as well as AB, SALT…]

2 Responses to “Everyman 3284”

  1. Andrew Kitching says:

    19 was last in. I’d never heard of a GAMIN. Didn’t know until checked in Chambers that DIVERSE could be spelt without an ‘E’

  2. enitharmon says:

    Oh, Arthur!

    If you’ve never heard of The Platters, may I suggest that you get acquainted with them? You won’t regret it. Perhaps the finest of the 1950s doo-wop ensembles. Notable for The Great Pretender, Only You, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, Red Sails In The Sunset, and many others.

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