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Everyman 3324

Posted by Arthur on June 20th, 2010

Arthur.

A few slightly more obscure answers and a little fiendish wordplay here and there (8dn in particular) made this one a bit tricky, but hopefully pretty fair. Some lovely surfaces dotted about too. I particularly liked 25ac and 3dn.

Across
1 MACAW - M(imic) + A + CAW
2 LADY’S MAID - SADLY* + ADIM*
9 MAUDLIN – MAUD + L + IN
10 OPEN-AIR – OP + E(arly) + RAIN*
11 OBSTINATE - OB + [IN in STATE]
12 KEATS – hidden in (Spe)KE AT S(ervice)
13 IMPERSONATOR - cd
17 CUPBOARD LOVE – CUPBOARD + LOVE
20 ICING - first letters of I(t) C(overs) I(t), N(ice) G(ateau) &lit
21 TOP-FLIGHT – dd with the second slightly cd
22 LAURELS – dd
23 TIMBALE – [I + MB] in TALE
24 STEVENAGE – STEVEN + AGE
25 SMART – S(tock) + MART
Down
1 MAMMON – M(ention) + AMMON
2 COURSE - “COARSE”
3 WILLIAM CONGREVE - CMARLOWELIVING* + (playhous)E
4 LEND AN EAR - DANE in LEARN*
5 DRONE - DR + ONE
6 SPEAKING VOLUMES – SPEAKING + VOLUMES
7 ATALANTA – A in ATLANTA
8 DERISORY - SIRE< in DORY
14 SALTPETRE – SALT + PET + RE
15 ACHILLES – ACHES around ILL
16 APTITUDE – UPDATE* around IT
17 IGUANA - AGAIN around U {=universal – for all to see}
19 ATTEST - AT + TEST
21 TESSA - ASSET<

Common crossword abbreviations this week:

left = L
work = OP
old boy = OB
one = I
doctor = MB, as well as the more obvious DR (both used in this crossword)
area = A
Italian = IT
one = I
East = E

3 Responses to “Everyman 3324”

  1. Davy says:

    Thanks Arthur,

    I can’t let the situation arise where there are no comments, as you have been good enough to post your analysis of the answers. A week is a long time in the crossword world but I do remember being stumped for a while by 3 or 4 clues including MAMMON which I vaguely knew and DERISORY to which you have referred already.

    An entertaining puzzle from Everyman as always and today’s follows a similar pattern with about 4 clues requiring a lot of thought.

  2. Andrew Kitching says:

    Yes, I’m always grateful to Everyman for introducing me to crosswords. I do AZED most weeks now, but like to have a go at Everyman as
    my ‘dictionary free’ puzzle. Finding it tougher than usual this week.

  3. Huw Powell says:

    Hi and thanks for the blog. I was down to two missing when LAUREL twigged. Not getting DERISORY is embarrassing, though, especially considering sire and dory were words I was trying to stuff into it.

    Sadly I can’t remember from 5-6 days ago what I liked most or didn’t!

    Got but didn’t fully understand IGUANA, couldn’t find the “U” for the anagram.

    Anyway, I do remember enjoying it.

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