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Everyman No. 3341 (10th October)

Posted by The Trafites on October 17th, 2010

The Trafites.

Lorraine:  Nice easy Sunday morning solve this week, a very enjoyable puzzle. Thank you Everyman.

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

Across
1. Prince in favour of metal supports (10)
FORTINBRAS FOR+TIN+BRAS(supports)
a prince in Hamlet
6. Items stolen from son, habitual joker (4)
SWAG S+WAG
10. Loud, and not just in pleasure ground (7)
FUNFAIR F(forte=loud)+UNFAIR
11. Fish in European river – member gets a small number (7)
POMPANO MP in PO(E. river)+A NO
12. Uncomfortably hot, I tell her off on a whim (3,3,4,2,2)
FOR THE HELL OF IT (HOT I TELL HER OFF)*
14. Record broken by unknown composer (5)
LISZT Z(unknown, as in maths, x,y,z) in LIST
15. Soldier and sailor back on leave (6,3)
DESERT RAT (TAR<) after DESERT(leave)
nice clue
17. Duke is vulgar, reportedly, in speech (9)
DISCOURSE D+IS+COURSE(homophone of coarse)
19. Fish cigarette out of front of sideboard (5)
GAPER GASPER(cigarette) without S(ideboard)
21. Released from nick in an unfit physical state (3,2,9)
OUT OF CONDITION OUT OF(released from)+NICK(condition, as in ‘good nick’ e.g.)
24. Work issue (7)
PRODUCT dd
25. Unpaid, a wretched RU team (7)
AMATEUR A+(RU TEAM*)
26. Call from Trier in Germany (4)
RING hidden: trieR IN Germany
27. Eliminate king in another foreign country (5,5)
NORTH KOREA ((K.O.(eliminate)+R(king)) in (ANOTHER*)
Down
1. Female provided note from flute (4)
FIFE F+IF(provided)+E(note)
2. Rex Mason’s terribly extortionate prices (7)
RANSOMS R+(MASONS*)
3. Fat? Felt anxious, worried, uncertain about what should be done? (2,1,5,2,4)
IN A STATE OF FLUX (FAT FELT ANXIOUS)* &lit
nice synonymic anagram
4. One serving Arthur during drinking spree (9)
BAR TENDER ART in BENDER
5. Drink containing very soft fruit (5)
APPLE PP(in music p=softly, pp=very softly) in ALE
7. Punishment? Why? (4,3)
WHAT FOR cdd
8. Good landlord’s blue tale (5,5)
GHOST STORY G+HOST’S+TORY(blue)
9. Selfish remark from one fairly good sailor after start of manoeuvres (2,3,5,4)
I’M ALL RIGHT JACK I+M(anoeuvres)+ALL RIGHT(fairly good)+JACK
13. Lout, old criminal, bundled into helicopter (10)
CLODHOPPER (OLD*) in CHOPPER
great misleading anagrind ‘criminal’
16. Firm dates fixed quickly (9)
STEADFAST (DATES*)+FAST
18. Rest brood, depressed (3,4)
SIT DOWN SIT(brood, as in ‘sit on eggs’)+DOWN
20. Settler, one taking part in landing (7)
PIONEER I ON in PEER ONE in PIER
22. Eclipse abroad to study (5)
OUTDO OUT+DO(to study?)
23. District of Colombia realtor (4)
AREA hidden: ColombiA REAltor
‘of’=’among’ in this case

11 Responses to “Everyman No. 3341 (10th October)”

  1. Davy says:

    Thanks Lorraine,

    Yes mainly easy but always enjoyable. I liked FORTINBRAS (although bras for supports is a trifle overused); STEADFAST (good surface); and BARTENDER (though fairly obvious, it had a great surface). I also thought that the Rex Mason clue was a bit of a stretch but not too far.

  2. Stella Heath says:

    Hi Trafites, thanks for the blog.

    This was enjoyable, with some great surfaces, but I needed your explanation for 19ac.

    On the other hand, I disagree with you on 20d. I think the parsing is ONE in PIER(landing)

    Favourite clue, 3d.

  3. The Trafites says:

    Tanks Stella,

    yes you are correct about20d. User error going on there, have to blame my husband Nick for that one.

    Lorraine.

  4. Stella Heath says:

    And who do I blame for the military vehicles, Lorraine? :D

  5. Kathryn's Dad says:

    Thanks Lorraine

    Very good as usual from Everyman with plenty of inventive clueing. I too couldn’t parse GAPER, so needed your explanation. I know why you’ve put a question mark in your explanation of 22dn, but I think it just about works: ‘I’m doing Chemistry at A-level’, ‘I’m studying Chemistry at A-level’.

    Favourites FORTINBRAS and IN A STATE OF FLUX.

  6. The Trafites says:

    Hi Stella,

    Thought it would be funny to put a user error in, just my childish sense of humour which backfired on me. serves me right for letting everyone know it was Nick.

    Lorraine.

  7. The Trafites says:

    Hi Kathryn’s Dad

    Totally agree, FORTINBRAS and IN A STATE OF FLUX were two of my favourites also.

    Lorraine.

  8. Stella Heath says:

    :lol:

  9. Andrew Kitching says:

    Quite tough, but everything fairly clued. This week’s seemed much easier. Today was 4 Everyman’s solved without any dictionary assistance. So, having a go at ‘The Times’ this week. Might be a step too far.

  10. Kathryn's Dad says:

    Good for you, Andrew K. I thought a few of today’s clues were tough ones, so there you go. Good luck with The Times this week – I guess you know that there’s an on-line only Guardian puzzle called the Quiptic on Mondays? It’s intended for ‘beginners’, but if you look at the 225 blogs for the past few weeks when it’s been blogged, you’ll find a variety of comments about its difficulty …

    But not a bad option if you’re looking (like me) to improve your cryptic skills.

  11. Andrew Kitching says:

    Just looked at today’s Times (Monday)- can’t see an obvious clue! Nightmare.

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