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Everyman No. 3361 (27th February)

Posted by The Trafites on March 6th, 2011

The Trafites.

Lorraine:  Nice steady Everyman this week, nothing to taxing although I had to look up 25a. in Bradfords to confirm.

Thank you Everyman.

Across
1. Noon, and crate’s broken open for delicious drink (6)
NECTAR N(noon)+(CRATE*)
4. Sailor almost in a depression? Very close (8)
ADJACENT JAC(k) in A DENT
9. Show vet (6)
SCREEN dd
10. One who’s got over nasty virus starts to visit other relicts (8)
SURVIVOR (VIRUS*)+leading letters of V(isit) O(ther) R(elicts)
11. Firing girl taken in by lad is mistaken (9)
DISMISSAL MISS in (LAD IS*)
13. About right, worthless people causing mêlée (5)
SCRUM SCUM around R(ight)
14. Displays (along with archbishops, perhaps) pretensions (4,3,6)
AIRS AND GRACES AIRS(displays)+AND+GRACES
17. Star in launch a pirate injured (5,8)
ALPHA CENTAURI (LAUNCH A PIRATE)*
this star
21. Phoned after parking accident (5)
PRANG RANG after P
23. Tries in middle of proper dummy run (9)
REHEARSAL HEARS in REAL
24. People in authority adopting strange logo for divinity (8)
THEOLOGY THEY(people in authority, perhaps the illuminati) around (LOGO*)
25. Is coming back low, male in wind (6)
SIMOOM (IS<)+MOO+M
this wind
26. Mention a bogus name (8)
NOMINATE (MENTION A)*
27. Animal, steer, following embarrassed female (3,3)
RED FOX OX after RED F(emale)
Down
1. End of game inventor reviewed (2-4)
NO-SIDE EDISON reversed
NO-SIDE is the ‘end of a rugby match’
2. Character cutting could be a cheat (4,5)
CARD SHARP CARD+SHARP
3. A row about the Spanish workshop (7)
ATELIER A+(TIER around EL)
5. Wife, after large drink, gives incomprehensible talk (6,5)
DOUBLE DUTCH DUTCH(duchess, wife) after DOUBLE
6. One who offers counsel, as diver at sea (7)
ADVISER (AS DIVER)*
Chambers gives either end spelling, ‘ER or ‘OR. It doesn’t look right with an ‘ER ending though
7. Little fish always biting line (5)
ELVER EVER around L(ine)
8. Sweet one aboard streetcar is heading for university (8)
TIRAMISU (I in TRAM)+IS+U
12. Coach runs into box where there’s a problem with actors (5,6)
STAGE FRIGHT STAGE+(R in FIGHT(i.e. box))
15. Causes unnecessary alarm as crow flies off (5,4)
CRIES WOLF (CROW FLIES)*
so there yer go, ‘cries wolf’ is an anagram of ‘(as the) crow flies’
16. Monk runs as Russian leader (8)
RASPUTIN R+AS+(president)PUTIN
clever clue
18. Article on Heights in the Middle East from one from Luanda? (7)
ANGOLAN AN+GOLAN(heights)
19. Not similar to ‘fizzy’ ale in UK (7)
UNALIKE (ALE IN UK)*
real ale, not lager, one presumes ;)
20. Peak around South American capital with cross (6)
CLIMAX C(circa, around)+LIMA+X
the surface reading leads to Rio De Janeiro
22. A force losing second group of elite soldiers (1-4)
A-TEAM A+(s)TEAM
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8 Responses to “Everyman No. 3361 (27th February)”

  1. Robi says:

    Usual, clear clueing. Thanks, Lorraine for a nice blog :) ; I liked your links. I, too, had to check SIMOOM.

  2. Davy says:

    Thanks Lorraine,

    As you say, nothing too taxing. Among(st) many good clues, I particularly liked NOMINATE, RED FOX, STAGE FRIGHT

  3. Davy says:

    Accidentally hit Enter there. Clue of the day was CLIMAX which was marvellously misleading.

  4. Wanderer says:

    Thanks Lorraine and Everyman. It is a depressing commentary on the state of affairs in Russia that Mr Putin can turn up in a crossword clue as “Russian leader” three years after relinquishing the presidency. Very few would argue with Everyman’s description, although one suspects Dmitry Medvedev might. “Batman and Robin,” as the US embassy referred to the Putin/Medvedev relationship, according to Wikileaks.

  5. Stella Heath says:

    Thanks Lorraine, for your usual clear and precise blog. I’m reminded of some excellent clues here, providing an enjoyable solve.

    Just one thing: Rio is not the capital of Brazil :)

    Thanks as ever to Everyman. Now to see what he has to offer this week.

  6. Kathryn's Dad says:

    Very pleasing Everyman, a straightforward puzzle with lots of devices.

    TIRAMISU, CRIES WOLF and RASPUTIN were the ones I liked today. SIMOOM is one of those words where you think ‘that can’t exist’, but of course it does – a new word learnt.

    Thank you for blogging, Lorraine.

  7. AJK says:

    Fairly straightforward, although I had to look up SIMOOM, and I had forgotten about NO SIDE- a long time since I played Rugby at school. Clue of the puzzle- CLIMAX

  8. Robi says:

    Stella @5; up to 1960, Rio was the capital. :)

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