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Everyman No. 3311 (14th March)

Posted by The Trafites on March 21st, 2010

The Trafites.

Lorraine:  Straight forward Everyman this week, as always very enjoyable.

Nick: We got married on Wednesday 17th (just gone), so a couple of pictures – hope you all don’t mind!  Lorraine is in the poppies, me in the hooped top :)

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

Across
1. Rum Serbian, volatile Nautilus crewman? (10)
SUBMARINER (RUM SERBIAN)*
6. Mark’s sudden attack of fear out East (4)
SCAR SCAR(e)
9. Writer from Inverness (5)
VERNE hidden: inVERNEss
10. Sordid material and Ecstasy secured by bloke for next to nothing (4-5)
DIRT-CHEAP DIRT+(E in CHAP)
12. Climber extremely embarrassed by athlete? (7,6)
SCARLET RUNNER cd
14. Not yet arrived, extra owed (7)
OVERDUE dd
15. Most friendly commander needing short afternoon nap (7)
COSIEST CO+SIEST(a)
17. Officer, not specific as to detail (7)
GENERAL dd
19. Guardian almost rude returning cycle (7)
CURATOR CUR(t)+(ROTA<)
20. Lean and solemn, foreign statesman (6,7)
NELSON MANDELA (LEAN AND SOLEMN)*
23. Paddy had a meal, neither very hot nor very cold (9)
TEMPERATE TEMPER+ATE
24. Soot, ghastly at back of fireplace (5)
GRIME GRIM+E
25. Implement put back in sack (4)
LOOT TOOL<
26. Worn-out, like an old shoe? (4-2-4)
DOWN-AT-HEEL cd
Down
1. Free bar (4)
SAVE dd
2. He conducted in Swiss capital, good man, a German (9)
BERNSTEIN BERN+ST+EIN
3. Poet and bandleader meeting parish priest (9,4)
ALEXANDER POPE ALEXANDER(‘s rag-time band)+POPE
4. Please have a drink (7)
INDULGE dd
5. Unstable boy holding sailor up (7)
ERRATIC (TAR<) in ERIC
7. Fresh chapter on English film director (5)
CLEAN C+LEAN
8. Putting things right in private school once head’s dismissed? (10)
REPARATORY (p)REPARATORY
11. Boxer in vessel with crew (13)
CRUISERWEIGHT CRUISER+W+EIGHT
13. Pleasant about debt ultimately inherited (10)
CONGENITAL T in CONGENIAL
16. Return for trial diet? Amazingly, more put on! (9)
EXTRADITE (DIET)* after EXTRA
18. Head of plant is absent from plant with back pain (7)
LUMBAGO (p)LUMBAGO
19. A case of cutlery, and where it may be used (7)
CANTEEN dd
21. Dance with member, Oscar (5)
LIMBO LIMB+O
22. Spring in English city lacking sun (4)
WELL WELL(s)

6 Responses to “Everyman No. 3311 (14th March)”

  1. Andrew K says:

    Congratulations to you both! You had a nice day.

    As Everyman goes, I thought this tougher than the previous week. I thought 1d was a bit of a stretch of sefinition of ‘Free’

  2. Nathan Jesurasingham says:

    Thanks for explaining 3d – I got the right answer but couldn’t understand the wordplay until I read the blog.

    Warmest congratulations to both of you for your wedding on St Patrick’s Day. I’m pleased that everything went well.

  3. The Trafites says:

    I have just seen the pictures that Nick posted!. Glad to be of help in explaining the solutions to the clues. Nearly finished this weeks already, most enjoyable.

  4. Davy says:

    Thanks Lorraine,

    I know this is supposed to be an easy puzzle but 19a, 16d and 22d were certainly well disguised and took me a while to get.

    22d especially is a brilliant clue. Bravo Everyman.

  5. Derek P says:

    Re 3dn, I didn’t originally understand pope = parish priest, although via Chambers I discover that a pope is a parish priest in the Greek Orthodox Church.

  6. Meadowman says:

    Congratulations to you both,

    And Thanks for the blog.

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