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Everyman 3308

Posted by Arthur on February 28th, 2010

Arthur.

Plenty of anagrams this week particularly in the down clues (I count 10 clues containing at least a part anagram). Since these are often the easiest to spot, it should have been quite good going, at least at first, this week but it wasn’t completely plain sailing with a couple of words not necessarily used by most of us on a daily basis – olios and caparison spring to mind. In this sense it was a very nice crossword with an easy “in” but also one where you it was necessary to rely on getting easier answers to have a chance at getting the harder ones.

Across
1 ESCALOPE - PLEASECO*
5 SMYTHE - S(atirise) + MY + THE. Reg Smythe is a well-known British cartoonist.
9 SOLITAIRE – dd
11 OLIOS – (F)OLIOS
12 WHOLE - “HOLE”
13 CAPARISON – CAP + SORAIN*
14 ONE-DAY CRICKET - ONE-DAY + CRICKET
18 ROOT AND BRANCH – TORNADO* + B + RANCH
19 SMART ALEC - RASCALMET*
20 RODIN – R + O + DIN
22 NEHRU – (B)ENHUR*
23 STRINGENT – STRING + E.N.T (= ear, nose and throat dept. in a hospital)
24 ARRANT – RANT after A + R(eichstag)
25 AS WELL AS – A + SWELL + A + S(tate)
Down
1 EASTWOOD – [A + ST (John's) WOOD] after E
2 CELLO – CELL + O(rchestra). This clue, of course, refers to Julian Lloyd Webber not his brother Andrew.
3 LITHE - L + [HE after IT]
4 PRINCE CHARLES - PRINCE + C + H(istorical) + ARLES. Historical is doind semi-double duty since Arles could correctly be described as a historical French city.
6 MOONRAKER - dd
7 TRIES IT ON – IT in NISTORE*
8 ESSEN – SENSE*
10 ESPRIT DE CORPS – COPPERSSTRIDE*
15 EARBASHER – [HERE + ARABS]*
16 ABOUT-TURN – dd
17 RHINITIS – HINTIRIS*
19 SANTA – dd ref. Santa Monica, Santa Barbara
20 RANGE - RAGE around N
21 DWELL - W in DELL

Common crossword abbreviations this week:

female = F
British = B
right = R
old = O
Eastern = E
Latin = L
caught = C
Italian = IT
name = N
wife = W

3 Responses to “Everyman 3308”

  1. Andrew K says:

    I did most of this fairly quickly, and then had 11 and 13 to solve. Eventually got 13, but put OMITS for 11 (Leaves…) without knowing why. Now I know, thanks for introducing me to a new word!

  2. nmsindy says:

    Pleasing puzzle, maybe a little harder than Everyman sometimes is. Liked ONE-DAY CRICKET.

  3. Tom says:

    I was the same as Andrew K – made a rapid start but was stumped by 11 and made the same mistake, entering OMITS due to ‘leaves’ in the clue. Good to widen my stew-based lexicon!

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