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Everyman 3312

Posted by Arthur on March 28th, 2010

Arthur.

This was nice and pretty gentle. The main features worth noting are three 15-letter anagrams and a rather nice long even-letters clue. If I was in a complaining mood I would say that it would have been more impressive if all four long clues were anagrams, but as it is, this passed the time very pleasantly. 15dn, I am still not wholly sure on part of it, but I’m sure I’ll be put right nice and quickly on here.

Across
1 SWING - S + WING
4 URSA MAJOR - R in USA + MAJOR
9 A STORM IN A TEACUP – AMPUTATIONSCARE*
10 LIEGE LORD – LIE around E.G. + “LAUD”
11 SWORD - S + WORD
12 TUITION – OUTINIT*
14 MERMAID - RM + AI in MED
16 INSIDER – INSIDE + R(eform)
18 CAMELOT - CAME + LOT
19 ASPEN – dd
20 FORT WORTH – FORT + WORTH
22 A PASSAGE TO INDIA – APOETSSAIDAGAIN*
23 SHED A TEAR – SHEAR around DATE
24 ESSEN – hidden in procESS ENgineering
Down
1 SCARLATTI – TRIALACTS*
2 IN THE FIRST PLACE – IN FIRST PLACE around THE
3 GORSE - G(olfer) + ROSE*
4 UNICORN - UN + COIN* around R(ichelieu)
5 STARDOM - MADSORT*
6 MAELSTROM – [MAESTRO around L] + M
7 JACK OF ALL TRADES – ADAFTJOKERSCALL*
8 RAPID - RAID around (Tri)P(oli)
13 INDONESIA – ONES in INDIA
15 DUTCH BARN – DUTCH + BA(i)RN. I am not certain why Dutch would be synonymous with wife. Any help much appreciated.
17 REFUGEE – (f)R(e)E(o)F(j)U(n)G(l)E(y)E(t)
18 CURATOR – RA in COURT*
19 AMASS - A + M + AS + S(ecurity)
21 WHITE - WITH* + gam(E)

Common crossword abbreviations this week:

South = S
king = R
son = S
Royal Marine = RM
first-rate = AI (looks like A1)
Latin = L
mass = M
one = I
artist = RA
million = M

5 Responses to “Everyman 3312”

  1. Sil van den Hoek says:

    Hi Arthur,
    although I am Dutch, the one I didn’t understand was 15d.
    So, I cannot help you.
    I hope, Everyman will turn up himself to explain.

    17d (REFUGEE) was my highlight today (which was last Sunday) – just brilliant!

  2. Gaufrid says:

    Hi Arthur
    Re 15dn. Dutch=wife can be confirmed in Chambers. It is Cockney slang, possibly short for Duchess of Fife, rhyming slang for wife.

  3. Andrew Kitching says:

    Quickest I’ve ever done an Everyman. This week’s offering is tougher. I agree, REFUGEE was a nice clue.

  4. Huw Powell says:

    Although I got 15D – and actually solved the whole puzzle, which is unusual for me and the Gaurniad, I still wonder why “Wife and child avoiding one” becomes “Dutch barn”. I got “bairn” = “child” “minus one” = barn, but why then is “wife” = “dutch”? PS, the Dutch barn thing is a bit Americanistic, I suspect. So easier for me as an ex-pat living in the ex-colonies.

    Thanks for the explanation at 23A!

    – Huw

  5. Andrew Kitching says:

    My old ‘Dutch’ was slang for my missus (wife) I think

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