Posted by Pierre on February 27th, 2011
There has been discussion recently about Everyman getting a bit harder. This one was certainly accessible, but for me it just lacked a bit of the usual zing.
Comment was made on the Everyman blog a few weeks ago about the puzzle being formulaic, but in a good way: clever anagrams, some multi-word phrases, a couple of less well-known words clearly clued. This offering seemed to lack some of that, I thought, but it could just be me. However, still a pleasing interlude with my Sunday morning coffee.
dd double definition
cd cryptic definition
1 Fan in seat wriggling about so
An insertion of THUS in (IN SEAT)*
6 Mark on skin causing alarm, no end
SCAR[E] with no end.
10 Wife’s mother at home with rules and regulations?
A rather obvious clue.
11 Film of past committee
A 1987 rom-com which I must admit I’d never heard of, but the charade of OVER and BOARD is very clear. There’s a remake coming out this year, apparently.
12 Rows across a river in Spanish city
An insertion of A + R in LINES. Lovely surface, leading us to the Andalusian city.
13 Inn with a small restaurant
TAVERN plus A. Simple, but good.
14 A source of treasure in Valencia? Dad’s mistaken
(VALENCIA DAD’S)* and a further Spanish reference.
18 Teacher nastily shamed sister
21 Letters received ahead of good job taken with airline
A charade of POST, BA (British Airways or Bloody Awful, depending on your experience with them) and G.
23 Dour expert’s frown
A charade of GRIM and ACE. This one’s been round the block a few times.
24 Somehow I fall, poor victim of hoax
(I FALL POOR)*
25 How movie ends is unimaginative
Because ‘movie’ ends in an ‘e’! This one really made me smile, but it was my last one in, because for me ‘unimaginative’ is not synonymous with ‘inane’. I’d choose ‘silly’ or ‘senseless’ and since ‘unimaginative’ isn’t central to the clue I wonder why Everyman didn’t choose another adjective.
26 Be mindful of college turning
A reversal of ETON, the college where half the current cabinet spent their time warming lavatory seats for each other and preparing for high office. This one’s been following GRIMACE around the same block.
27 Bitter line written in a hospital department
Nice clue: it’s STRING inserted in A ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat department, the setters’ favourite hospital unit).
1 Fit to eat in deli? Be worried.
(DELI BE)* Bit of an odd surface, I thought, until my failing eyesight revealed that it was DELI and not DELL.
2 Gift, article left in shelter
An insertion of A + L in TENT.
3 Like a member of the jet set?
A cd, and one that again is a bit well-worn.
4 Those having great stamina in club teams?
A charade of IRON (golf club) and SIDES. The SOED indicates bravery rather than stamina, and references particularly Edmund II and Oliver Cromwell.
5 Kind of dessert
7 Tea girl’s name for Mao?
A charade of CHA, IRMA and N.
8 Unorthodox lad described by globetrotter, old tennis star
An insertion of (LAD)* in ROVER. The Australian left-hander is now 72: he was only 1.70m tall and about 70kg dripping wet, but he wasn’t half good.
9 Like Caesar’s wife over hint?
A charade of ABOVE (over) and SUSPICION (hint). It’s referring to the phrase ‘Caesar’s wife must be above suspicion’. Somebody who knows more about classics than I do* will give you chapter and verse.
*Go on, Eileen, you know you want to.
15 Unconventional Irish soldier?
A charade of IR and REGULAR.
16 Comedian entertaining a clergyman
Lovely surface: it’s an insertion of A in Charlie CHAPLIN.
17 Snark and its strange language
19 A drop of red in buffet in appropriate container
Insertion of A + R (a drop of red) in CAFE. Anyone else think that café for buffet is a bit of a stretch?
20 Failing to change sides
A dd. The noun has the stress on the first syllable, the verb on the second. Learners of ESOL must love that kind of stuff.
22 Misleading explanation for grand deficit
A charade of G and LOSS.
So for me, a generally sound but slightly uninspiring puzzle by this setter’s very high standards. Thanks to Everyman as always.