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Everyman 3338 (19 Sept.)

Posted by Gaufrid on September 26th, 2010

Gaufrid.

Arthur is having problems with his computer so I am standing in this week. For me this was a gentle Sunday morning warm-up prior to the stiffer challenges of Azed.

The only clue that took any time was 14ac (my last entry), an obscure (well let’s just say I’ve never heard of it) film made 70 years ago and clued in a somewhat less than user-friendly manner. The other answer with which I was not familiar (4dn) at least had an obvious anagram as the wordplay. It was pleasing to see that the usual bird/golf connection had been avoided in 21ac though I think the sever/severe link in 18dn is now well past its sell-by date. My pick of this week’s clues has to be 1dn.

Across
1 IMPOSITION  I (one) M (month) POSITION (situation)
6 FLEA  F (fine) LEA (meadow)
9 SALTIRE  SALT (sailor) IRE (anger) – “an armorial emblem in the form of a St Andrew’s cross (heraldry)” or “loosely, the national flag of Scotland, a white St Andrew’s cross on a blue background”.
10 BLANKET  dd
12 CRACK  dd
13 ESTATE CAR  STATE (condition) in RACE (TT {Tourist Trophy}) reversed
14 PENNY SERENADE  PENNY (girl) A D (duke) in SERENE (honoured) – ‘honoured’ as in His Serene Highness. This film.
17 ROUGH-AND-READY  *(NO ARGUED HARDY)
19 FROGMARCH  [evenin]G in FROM ARCH (vault)
21 EAGLE  hidden in ‘onE A GLEbe-house’ – “a gold coin of the United States, formerly worth ten dollars and now available in denominations of 5, 10, 25 and 50 dollars”.
23 CORN DOG  CORN (cereal) DOG (follow)
24 IMITATE  IT in I (one) MATE (friend)
25 DATA  A TAD (somewhat) reversed
26 STAG BEETLE  S (son) TAG (handle) BEE (insect) *(LET)

Down
1 INSECT  IN (batting) SECT (order) – a very pleasing surface.
2 PALMA  PAL (friend) MA (old lady)
3 STICK-IN-THE-MUD  dd
4 TREVELYAN  *(VET NEARLY) – Wikipedia tells me that Alec Trevelyan is a character in the Bond film GoldenEye.
5 ORBIT  hidden in ‘moOR BITterns’
7 LIKE CRAZY  dd
8 ATTORNEY  *(ONE RATTY)
11 AT THE SAME TIME  dd
14 PLUTOCRAT  *(OP ART CULT)
15 EARTHLING  EAR (organ) L (left) in THING (body) – I had a little difficulty equating ‘thing’ with ‘body’ but Chambers Thesaurus gives them as synonyms in the sense of ‘article”.
16 PREFACED  PREFACE (foreword) D (daughter)
18 SEVERE  SEVER (cut) [yuletid]E
20 RIGHT  homophone of ‘rite’ (religious ceremony)
22 GRANT  GR (Greek) ANT (social worker)

3 Responses to “Everyman 3338 (19 Sept.)”

  1. Andrew Kitching says:

    14 and 15 were last two in for me. Got 14 from wordplay; 15 from definition.

  2. Stella Heath says:

    It’s difficult to comment one week later.

    I’d never heard of the film, either, or a corn dog, but the wordplay was qite clear. I guessed Trevelyan, as it’s a reasonably common surname, and sounds like one Fleming would choose. but didn’t bother to check it.

    The rest was pretty straightforward, thogh I needed your explanation for 25ac.

    Thanks Gaufrid and Everyman

  3. Huw Powell says:

    Yes, thanks Gaufrid and Everyman!

    A fun puzzle, which I managed to finish with only a little confirming research required at 14a and 4. Finishing without marking any clues as “unfair” or “how does this one work?” is always a pleasure, too.

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