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Everyman 3295 (November 22nd)

Posted by The Trafites on November 29th, 2009

The Trafites.

Lorraine: This week it took me a while to get started!. Having 9 anagrams certainly helped me though, I love anagrams because you know without doubt that you have got the correct solution.

Nick: I had to help out Lorraine a little bit this week, as although Lorraine had completed the crossword, we are still unsure of how 2 clues work – namely 18dn (some sort of homophone pun?) – edited, see below thanks to Rishi; and 22dn with the definition (take it = REACT)? Thanks to Everyman for the explanation of this.
*  =  anagram.
<  =  word reversed.

Across
1. CHANCELLOR CHANCE + ROLL<
6. AMIS AMIS(s)
9. ATOLL A + TOLL
10. CAFETERIA (ACE FARE IT)*
12. DESPAIR (AS PRIDE)*
13. CUE CARD CUE (homophone of queue) + CARD
14. NINE MENS MORRIS (NIM NO MERRINESS)*
17. INSIDER TRADING INSIDE + (DART< in RING)
21. CARAVAN CAR + VAN around A
23. GOLIATH (TAIL in HOG)<
24. TRANSPORT DD
25. ELGAR (REGAL)*
26. RATE RAT + E
27. CREAM SODAS CREAM + (D in SO AS)
Down
1. CLAUDE LAUD in CE
2. ACOUSTICS (SO CAUSTIC)*
3. COLLARED DOVES COLLARED + (ViDEOS)*
4. LUCERNE DD
5. OFFICES C in (FIFE SO)*
7. MARIA M + ARIA
8. SLAPDASH SLAP + DASH
11. THE GONDOLIERS (SONG LIED TO HER)*
15. RUN RAGGED RUN RAG + G + ED
16. PISCATOR (APRICOTS)*
18. RANCOUR RANK (homophone) + OUR ? homophone of RANKER
19. REGATTA (GREAT AT)*
20. CHORUS C + HORUS
22. REACT ACT after R + E

3 Responses to “Everyman 3295 (November 22nd)”

  1. Rishi says:

    18d: RANCOUR (bitterness) is homophone of ‘ranker’ (private).
    Chambers def. for ‘ranker’ is “a person who serves or has served as a private soldier; an officer who has risen from the ranks.”

  2. Rishi says:

    As for 22d:

    Turn after river close to village – take it (5)

    Let me try:

    Turn – def.

    after – position ind.

    river – R

    close to village – - E

    take it – meaning “take {the} turn”, ‘turn’ yielding ACT.

  3. Everyman says:

    22d
    REACT = take it, as in how did he react?/how did he take it?, so R for river + (villag)e + act for turn

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