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Everyman 3336

Posted by Arthur on September 12th, 2010

Arthur.

A pretty fair one this week with far fewer anagrams than the one I blogged last. I don’t like the stutter in 11ac as it seams a dull and obvious way to add an extra C, but otherwise I was happy. I particularly liked 21ac and 17dn.

It was also a slightly odd crossword in that one of the solutions was used as part of another, crossing, clue (11ac & 6dn).

Across
1 PICK UP ON - PICK-UP + ON
5 OCELOT - LOT after [O + CE]
10 AHEAD - A + HEAD
11 ECCENTRIC – ERIC around [C + CENT]
12 CAMBRIDGE CIRCUS - CAMBRIDGE + CIRCUS
13 JOYOUS - JOY + O + U.S.
15 MAESTRO - MASTER* + O
18 HEARKEN - HE + KAREN*
19 ROCKET - dd
21 DEFINITE ARTICLE – DEFINITE + ARTICLE
24 STRIKE OUT – STRIKE + OUT
25 IDAHO – first letters of I(owa) D(etained) A(t) H(eathrow) O(vernight)
26 AYE-AYE – dd
27 BACKSTOP – BACKS + TOP
Down
1 PLAICE – I in PLACE
2 CREAM SODA - REAMS in CODA
3 UNDER LOCK AND KEY - NAKEDYONDERLUCK*
4 OREAD - hidden in (folkl)ORE A D(ryad). This is almost &lit except an oread is in folklore NOT a dryad.
6 CONFIDENCE TRICK - KINDOFECCENTRIC*
7 LYRIC – dd
8 TUCK SHOP – TUCKS + HOP
9 SCREAMER - dd
14 SANCTION – dd
16 TRENCHANT – TRENCH + ANT
17 RHODESIA - SOIHEARD* &lit
20 RECOUP - RE + COUP
22 FARCE - FARE around C
23 ASTRA - hidden in (f)AST RA(ce)

Common crossword abbreviations this week:

old = O
church = CE {Church of England}
ring = O
ball = O
one = I
100 = C

2 Responses to “Everyman 3336”

  1. Davy says:

    Thanks Arthur,

    I enjoyed this one as always and found it easier than some of the recent offerings.
    The outstanding clue in this puzzle was 17d (ans=RHODESIA) which was just brilliant.
    Well done Everyman.

  2. David Travis says:

    Many thanks for explaining this one Arthur.

    I found this one particularly hard — I’m not sure if it’s because I’m currently working through a book of Telegraph crosswords and have lost the Everyman way of thinking of if it’s because there was so much misdirection in the clueing. For example, I was foxed by 6d as I couldn’t work out where to start because it had so many anagram indicators (‘Swindle kind of eccentric comic’). Similarly, 17d, although a very good clue, was hard because I was expecting a homophone.

    I thought 25a was a nice clue as I’d not seen one of these before in Everyman.

    Thanks again for explaining these.

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