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Everyman No. 3347 (21st November)

Posted by The Trafites on November 28th, 2010

The Trafites.

Lorraine:  Hi fellow solvers, nothing too difficult this week, but had to look up 17d after managing to work out the answer but did not know it was the capital of Estonia.  First in was 22ac, spotted it immediately when scanning through the clues which I do every week to get the easy ones in to get me up and running.  Nick always puts a few links in for me every week, I hope you find them enjoyable.  Thank you Everyman, especially for the anagrams which I enjoy so much.

Nick:  Ref: 16ac:  Reminds me of the old joke when asked if I can do something urgently:  “You have two hopes…. Bob Hope and no f*%@?*g hope…”;  Anybody (usually) under 30 years old do not get it… :(

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

Across
1. Part of the UK was invaded by the French (5)
WALES LE(French ‘the’) in WAS
4. Purchase, on the phone before work, a derivative (2-7)
BY-PRODUCT homophone of ‘buy’=BY+PRODUCT(work)
the homophone indicator is ‘on the phone’
9. Thorough? Off-target twice, apparently (3-3-3)
OUT-AND-OUT cd; OUT=missing the target, as in darts e.g.
10. Treacherous type losing wife’s support (5)
EASEL (w)EASEL
11. Fragment Marlene forced out of wealthy landowner, perhaps (9-6)
GENTLEMAN-FARMER (FRAGMENT MARLENE)*
12. Storming start (5)
ONSET dd
14. Tennis player, contemptible on passenger ship? (9)
BASELINER BASE(contemptible)+LINER
style of tennis playing, Bjorn Borg being a typical (brilliant) example; (Jim Connors was too, sometimes)
16. Hope film director’s put in new oratorio (4,2,3)
ROAD TO RIO D(irector, as in managing director ‘MD’) in (ORATORIO)*
Ref. to Bob Hope in the great ‘road to…’ film series with Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour
18. Hare off across middle of neutral ground (5)
EARTH (HARE*)+(neu)T(ral)
19. Work for a pianist after the day job? (9,6)
MOONLIGHT SONATA sort of cd
Hear it here
21. Expresses mild disapproval in front of one Bantu tribe member (5)
TUTSI TUTS+I
See Tutsi
22. Lourdes so relaxing being free from smell (9)
ODOURLESS (LOURDES SO)*
23. Tiny fish in good bowl, item used by cook (6,3)
FRYING PAN FRY+IN+G+PAN
24. Floral feature has tulip’s head in centre of ring (5)
PETAL T(ulip) in PEAL(ring)
Down
1. Offender harassed dog owner on end of pier (9)
WRONGDOER (DOG OWNER*)+(pie)R
2. Tell principal of Loughborough College (3,2)
LET ON L(oughborough)+ETON(college)
3. Sleeveless shirt – team’s leader is after one (7)
SINGLET SINGLE+T
4. Literary people blog Rob Roy, sum up novel (10,5)
BLOOMSBURY GROUP (BLOG ROB ROY SUM UP)*
interesting clue in that a few years ago, ‘[we]blog’ was an unknown word and this anagram would be nonsense
5. Act firmly to gain momentum (3,4,4,4)
PUT ONES FOOT DOWN cdd
6. More than a couple of pounds altogether (7)
OVERALL OVER+A+LL
7. Constellation seen from Mars in our galaxy? (4,5)
URSA MINOR (MARS IN OUR)*
galaxy seems to be the anagrind; Chambers defines ‘galaxy’ as a ‘splendid assemblage’, i.e. made up of the parts
8. Row about lodge’s first doorkeeper (5)
TILER L(odge’s) in TIER
a tiler is a Freemason doorkeeper; Dodgy handshakes to get in, one presumes?
13. Able to endure stormy weather was theory, unfortunately (9)
SEAWORTHY (WAS THEORY)*
15. Tries during proper practice session (9)
REHEARSAL HEARS(tries, as in court) in REAL(proper)
17. Incredible bar in European capital (7)
TALLINN TALL(incredible, as in ‘tall story’)+INN
Capital of Estonia
18. Ecstasy obtained by tearaway, as a boost to self-esteem? (3,4)
EGO TRIP E(the drug ‘ecstasy’)+GOT+RIP
19. Second suitable upturned design (5)
MOTIF MO+(FIT<)
20. Boy losing book causes alarm (5)
ALERT AL(b)ERT
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6 Responses to “Everyman No. 3347 (21st November)”

  1. Stella says:

    Thanks, Trafites and Everyman.

    As you say, this was as usual fairly straightforward, but still a joy to complete.

    I appreciate your comments on ‘galaxy’, ’tiler’, and the irony of the anagram fodder in 4d.

  2. tmesis says:

    It has been suggested in the Guardian quick crossword comments that anyone interested in sensible (rather than egomaniac drunken ramblings) should come here – so here I am

    That was a gentle work out which unfolded nicely. Gentleman Farmer jumped out straight away. I guessed Tiler but didn’t know thw masonic connection. Funny handshakes all round!

  3. Stella says:

    Welcome, tmesis, look forward to seeing you around

  4. Kathryn's Dad says:

    Thank you, Trafites, for the usual clear and comprehensive blog. Pleasing puzzle as always from Everyman. TILER I got but didn’t understand. Don’t really have a favourite clue for this one – it was just a good crossword all round.

  5. Robi says:

    Thanks Trafites and Everyman. As a comparative novice, I wondered whether in 7d the anagrind could be ‘seen from’ or just ‘from;’ then, Ursa Minor is both a constellation and a (dwarf) galaxy?

  6. The Trafites says:

    Robi, I think the clue works thus: seen from ‘Mars in our’ in assemblage of it’s parts (galaxy). The part ‘seem from’ is a Ximenes acceptable grammar in redundant but linking words; it really says ‘this group of words make this [anagram indicator].

    Nick

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