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Everyman No. 3315 (11th April)

Posted by The Trafites on April 18th, 2010

The Trafites.

Lorraine:  Thank you Everyman, quite a breeze this week, nothing to taxing, perhaps having a week off helped and gave my poor brain a rest. I hope everyone else found this weeks as pleasant to solve as I did.

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

Across
1.
Indian officer, soldier and revolutionary (8)

COMANCHE CO+MAN+CHE
5.
Hold up a picnic basket (6)

HAMPER dd
9.
Professional wearing article, a protective garment (5)

APRON AN around PRO
10.
A man from Ireland collecting standard US equipment (9)

APPARATUS PAR in A PAT+US
12.
Lab cope with modifying drug for clinical trial (7)

PLACEBO (LAB COPE)*
13.
One may be required after a game of rugby on ‘B’ deck (7)

RUBDOWN RU+B+DOWN; &lit
14.
Just awful, residents’ diet (13)

DISINTERESTED (RESIDENTS DIET)*
16.
More than one good man lacking polish seen in sharp suit (5,8)

ROUGH DIAMONDS ROUGH+DIAMONDS
21.
One in cartel amended clause (7)

ARTICLE I in (CARTEL)*
23.
Terry, perhaps, or Bill with long hair? (7)

ACTRESS AC+TRESS
Who is Terry I wonder?
24.
Something that is incidental to neighbourhood children? (4,5)

SIDE ISSUE SIDE+ISSUE
25.
Club record on circuit (5)

DISCO DISC+O
26.
Damage in a harbour (6)

MARINA MAR+IN+A
27.
Cabinetmaker subdued about that woman (8)

SHERATON HER in SAT ON
Down
1.
Applauded Charlie, left well behind in race? (7)

CLAPPED C+LAPPED
2.
Misguided rangers coming after me, a fish-eating duck (9)

MERGANSER ME+(RANGERS)*
3.
Article used in navy, strong fabric (7)

NANKEEN AN in (N KEEN)
4.
Madly in love? Completely (4,4,5)

HEAD OVER HEELS dd
6.
Turn holding mug and a tumbler (7)

ACROBAT ROB+A in ACT
7.
A top spinning round one in courtyard (5)

PATIO I in (A TOP)*
8.
Feel bitter about unopened gift (6)

RESENT (p)RESENT
11.
Take wine with girl in a South African city (4,9)

PORT ELIZABETH PORT+ELIZABETH
15.
Intimate group after ultimate in food and service (6,3)

DINNER SET INNER SET after D
17.
Affected charm in meeting from which Jack is excluded (7)

UNCTION (j)UNCTION
18.
Bullfighter in Benidorm, at a do, relaxing (7)

MATADOR hidden: benidorM AT A DO Relaxing
19.
Soldiers shortly to join poet (7)

SASSOON SAS+SOON
20.
New manor’s an extortionate price? (6)

RANSOM (MANORS)*
22.
Organised tour round duke’s house (5)

TUDOR D in (TOUR)*

6 Responses to “Everyman No. 3315 (11th April)”

  1. Tokyo Colin says:

    Thanks for the blog Lorraine. Not difficult to fill in the squares but a couple of doubts remain.

    I assume the Terry in 23ac is Ellen, based on past experience.

    I believe 16ac is ROUGH DIAMONDS (pl). So DIAMONDS = “suit” but why is ROUGH = “sharp”?

  2. The Trafites says:

    Hi Colin,

    I read it as, lacking polish is rough and sharp suit is diamond as it is the only suit with corners?

  3. Eileen says:

    Hi Lorraine

    I read it as Colin did: I think ‘lacking polish’ has to be part of the definition. I had doubts about rough = sharp, too, but then thought of speaking roughly / sharply. Chambers doesn’t give rough = sharp but does have harsh as a definition for each of them – which I know is not quite the same thing!

  4. Andrew Kitching says:

    These days I do Everyman fairly quickly, and then get stuck over one or two clues. In this puzzle the word was NANKEEN. Never heard of it.

  5. The Trafites says:

    Nick: I corrected the typo to ROUGH DIAMONDS

    It is ROUGH+DIAMONDS – remember the Guardian/Observer uses Collins dictionary as it’s bible for crosswords, and indeed under ‘rough’ in Collins it states ‘harsh or sharp’ as one definition.

  6. Paul B says:

    FYI I don’t think Collins is the only allowed dictionary: Chambers is certainly one more that’s in favour, which means TAGHAIRM’s a goer.

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