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Everyman 3328

Posted by Arthur on July 18th, 2010

Arthur.

Goodness me! This one was a toughie by Everyman standards with some less common abbreviations creeping in (RR for Bishop rather than B for example), and some less common knowledge required (including in one of the all-important long clues; 10dn). Hopefully some of you found this easier than me, as I did take a rather long time. Having said all of that, once the answers were there, the clues revealed themselves to be generally very precise.

Across
1 RUSKIN - IN  after R {river} + USK {Welsh river}
4 SCRAPE - SCRAP + E
8 BRAVADO – BRA + V + A + DO
10 FLATTER – dd
11 TERRORIST - ERRORS around I in TT – I can only assume that TT is an abbreviation for tattoo
12 LUPIN – UP in LIN(e)
13 WALTER MITTY - WITTY around [ALTER + M]
15 COUNTERFEIT – COUNTER + FE + IT
19 REBUS - RE + SUB<
20 IN ADVANCE – I + N + ADVANCE
22 WARRANT – RANT after WAR
23 AUSTERE – AUSTER {the South wind} + (shor)E
24 POTMAN – POT {to pocket in snooker} + MAN {a piece in chess}
25 FACTOR – F + ACTOR
Down
1 REBATE – BEERAT*
2 SPARROW - SP {starting price for odds} + ARROW
3 IMAGO - hidden in (h)IM A GO(alkeeper)
5 CHARLOTTE - LOT in CHART + E
6 AUTOPSY - AUTO + SPY*. PM stands for post-mortem here.
7 ERRANT – E + RR {Right Reverend} + ANT
9 OLIVER TWIST- OLIVER [Hardy] + TWIST
10 FATA MORGANA - ATANAGRAMOF*. A Fata Morgana is a very rare and specific type of mirage.
14 LOUISIANA – LOUISA around [I + AN]
15 CABARET – CAT around BARE
16 TANGENT - TAN + GENT
17 GROW UP - W in GROUP
18 VENEER - NE in VEER
21 VISTA - hidden in (Ma) VIS TA(te)

Common crossword abbreviations this week:

river = R
energy = E
five = V
one = I
male = M
iron = FE
name = N
female = F
East = E
English = E
women = W
Northeast = NE

4 Responses to “Everyman 3328”

  1. Andrew Kitching says:

    Agreed. I had to look up FATA MORGANA and confirm POTMAN. I thought AUTOPSY and AUSTERE were very nice clues

  2. Jack says:

    Thanks Arthur & Everyman

    Enjoyed this one very much, as you say somewhat more tricky than usual but as always IMO very well clued.

    In 11ac ‘TT’ is not an abbreviation for tattoo but is the ‘middle of tattoo’.

  3. Davy says:

    Thanks Arthur,

    Yes this was a more difficult Everyman which I finally finished in the evening. The main problems were FATA MORGANA and the top righthand corner. 6d was very well-disguised. All very enjoyable though.

  4. Kathryn's Dad says:

    Cheers, Arthur. Agree, a bit tougher than usual; I too had to confirm FATA MORGANA. I’ve noticed Everyman will often throw in a less well-known word or phrase – there have been several over the past months where I wasn’t familiar with the answer. But the clueing is invariably precise so the puzzle always remains solvable.

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