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Everyman No. 3327 (4th July)

Posted by The Trafites on July 11th, 2010

The Trafites.

Lorraine:  I got straight into this weeks puzzle, a couple had me beat for a while, 10 and 20 across were the last two I solved.  Always nice to see my old favourite ‘redrum’ pop-up.  Many thanks to Everyman.

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

Across
1.
German city providing meat (and food generally, upon reflection) (7)

HAMBURG
HAM+(GRUB<)
5.
Stake needed, unlimited (4)

ANTE
(w)ANTE(d)
9.
Festoon of flowers for US actress and singer (7)

GARLAND
dd
10.
Mishandle wages at university (5,2)

SCREW UP
SCREW+UP
SCREW=WAGES, apparently
11.
Warder, no vegetarian? (9)

BEEFEATER
sort of cd
12/13.
Sort of insurance policy quite needed by school? (5,13)

FULLY COMPREHENSIVE
cd
16.
Rare eagle on silver tree (7,6)

SEVILLE ORANGE
(EAGLE ON SILVER)*
19.
Very bad, if legal, squandering capital (5)

AWFUL
(l)AWFUL
20.
Jupiter, say, the king sheltering below (9)

THUNDERER
UNDER in THE R
Jupiter was the god of the sky and thunder
22.
Tutor is itinerant holidaymaker (7)

TOURIST
(TUTOR IS)*
23.
Crow put him right off (7)

TRIUMPH
(PUT HIM R)*
crow = to boast, i.e. about winning, which TRIUMPH also means
24.
Monster consequently returned (4)

OGRE
(ERGO)<
25.
Train staff (7)

RETINUE
dd
Down
1.
Small house on top of Grasmoor’s second ridge (4-4)

HOGS BACK
HO+G+S+BACK
RIDGE seems to be doing double duty here?
2.
Film return of famous racehorse – extremely unpleasant (6,4,4)

MURDER MOST FOUL
(REDRUM<)+MOST FOUL
3.
American needing time for practice (5)

USAGE
US+AGE
4.
Travel with wife, pay half each (2,5)

GO DUTCH
GO+DUTCH
DUTCH is a contraction of duchess=wife
5.
Unplaced horse, a length ahead of second roan racing (4-3)

ALSO RAN
A+L+S+(ROAN*)
6.
More frugal once their rift is sorted out (9)

THRIFTIER
(THEIR RIFT)*
7.
Vandalised new gym, relevant in film (6,5,3)

TWELVE ANGRY MEN
(NEW GYM RELEVANT)*
8.
Agile, agent crossing river (4)

SPRY
(SPY around R)
14.
Disgusting rioting (9)

REVOLTING
cdd
15.
I don’t know what a customs officer may do (6,2)

SEARCH ME
cd
17.
Beatles record – odd title, extremely bizarre (3,2,2)

LET IT BE
(TITLE*)+B(izarr)E
18.
What map line may show just short of lake and hill (7)

EQUATOR
EQUA(l)+TOR
19.
Singer – all things considered, get her off! (4)

ALTO
ALTO(get her)
21.
Current doctor, fit for a change! (5)

DRIFT
DR+(FIT*)

6 Responses to “Everyman No. 3327 (4th July)”

  1. AJK says:

    Excellent blog, Lorraine. I couldn’t see the wordplay for ANTE, ALTO and AWEFUL- all deletion clues, so I need to work on those, I guess.

  2. Rishi says:

    For me 1d was the last to go in. I parsed it just as you have done above but I think ‘ridge’ is only the definition as wordplay stops with ‘second’, v., BACK.

  3. Everyman says:

    1D [HOG’S BACK] Small house on top of Grasmoor’s second ridge
    ho + G(rasmoor)’s + back (second), ridge = definition

  4. Kathryn's Dad says:

    Thanks, Lorraine. Lots to admire here: some clever anagrams and amusing cds as well as Everyman’s typically elegant surfaces. HOGS BACK was my last to go in as well, which I finally got from the wordplay and then had to verify. It’s written as HOG’S BACK outside crosswords. For non-UK solvers, it’s a ridge in the North Downs, chalk uplands in the SE of England, and gets its name from its resemblance to a pig’s back. I never knew that, but then there are myriad other things I don’t know as well … but I have learned a few things from crosswords, that’s for certain.

  5. Nathan Jesurasingham says:

    Excellent puzzle – this represents Everyman in top form.

    Thanks to Lorraine for her usual top-notch review and thanks to Everyman for an enjoyable puzzle.

  6. Lou MacKinnon says:

    This Xword was published in the NZ Herald on Sat. 7 August ’10 (today)and like others my last in just before midday was 1d

    I look forward to The Everyman in Saturday mornings paper and enjoy the battle

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