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Everyman No. 3335 (29th August)

Posted by The Trafites on September 5th, 2010

The Trafites.

Trafites:  Notched up a level this week we feel.  Is 25ac a new higher level clue type introduced to Everyman?  Again a nice crossword to solve.  Thank you Everyman.

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Legend to solution comments:
*  =  anagram.
<  =  word reversed.
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
hd = hidden

Across
1. Perplexed, raised issue about eastern dramatist (10)
BEWILDERED BRED around (E+[oscar]WILDE)
6.
Stage favourites brought back (4)

STEP (PETS)<
9.
Dog following kind print worker (10)
TYPESETTER SETTER after TYPE
10.
Ring after European snubbed in game (4)

POLO O after POL
12.
Where H may be freely available (2,3)

ON TAP cd: H(ot) and C(old) are found on taps
13.
Complicated procedure to get millions invested in capital function (9)

RIGMAROLE (M in RIGA)+ROLE
14.
Come out with a mild exclamation of surprise (6,1,5)

STRIKE A LIGHT STRIKE(come out)+A+LIGHT(mild)
18.
Freedom to act for actress leaving on the wagon? That’s about right (5,7)

CARTE BLANCHE R in the actress CATE BLANCHE[TT] (TT=on the wagon)
21.
A royal has to name an Ivy League university (9)

PRINCETON PRINCE+TO+N
23.
French composer posed with one close to stage (5)

SATIE SAT+I+(stag)E
24.
Least likely to continue (4)

LAST dd
25.
One way shopper could get you a tiny jumper? (4,6)

SAND HOPPER cryptic reading;  look at the letters of shopper, you have S and HOPPER!
An AZEDian type clue – new to Everyman?
26.
Swear word used during set-to at home (4)

OATH hd: set-tO AT Home
27.
These areas, redeveloped, can bring peace of mind (6-4)
HEARTS EASE (THESE AREAS)*
Down
1. Weaver’s influence (6)
BOTTOM dd: Collins defines BOTTOM as influence, but Chambers doesn’t!
2.
Animal with one crossing a quarry (6)

WAPITI W(ith)+I around (A PIT)
3.
Miss card game and become exasperated (4,8)

LOSE PATIENCE LOSE+PATIENCE
4.
Go in to register (5)

ENTER dd
5.
Myrtle, for example, always gullible (9)

EVERGREEN pun on EVER GREEN
7.
Complete, from beginning to end, hiding nothing (8)

THOROUGH O in THROUGH
8.
Characteristic of conventional type? Not half! (8)

PROPERTY PROPER+TY(pe)
11.
A film director should say what is to happen (4,3,5)

CALL THE SHOTS cd
15.
Uncomfortable, a guy after trouble (3,2,4)

ILL AT EASE A TEASE(guy) after ILL
16.
Fizzy cola – a cup drunk in Mexican resort (8)

ACAPULCO (COLA A CUP)*
17.
What comprises coaches on piece of track attached to rear of locomotive? (5,3)

TRAIN SET TRAINS+(locomotiv)E+T(rack) &lit
19.
More would have us believe this is the perfect place (6)

UTOPIA cd: ref: book by Sir Thomas More
20.
Tries English vehicle (6)

HEARSE HEARS+E
22.
Lowest point? A depth in Northern Ireland (5)

NADIR (A+D(epth)) in N(orthern)+IR

4 Responses to “Everyman No. 3335 (29th August)”

  1. Kathryn's Dad says:

    Thank you both. There were a couple of tougher clues here, you’re right. I got SAND HOPPER without understanding why, so thanks for the explanation. I wasn’t keen on BOTTOM (that definition isn’t in my SOED either) but I liked Everyman’s spot of the CATE BLANCHETT/CARTE BLANCHE resemblance. TRAIN SET was clever too.

  2. Andrew Kitching says:

    Yes, tougher than average. Good training for The Times maybe?

  3. Stella says:

    There were a couple I couldn’t understand. I’m out of touch with the film industry so, though I’ve heard of Ms Blanchett, she didn’t come to mind; and I failed to see the parsing of 25ac. – brilliant!

    Also, I got 1d. wrong, but after the MSND references this week, I put it straight in after checking.

    I enjoyed the puzzle, and thanks, Trafites, for slearing up my doubts.

    Thanks , Everyman.

  4. Stella says:

    I meant ‘clearing up’ :)

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