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Everyman No. 3365 (27th March)

Posted by The Trafites on April 3rd, 2011

The Trafites.

Lorraine:  Good morning one and all. Straight forward Everyman this week with some very enjoyable clues.

Big thank you to Everyman.

Across
1. Right to go after bankrupt agent (6)
BROKER R after BROKE(bankrupt)
4. Calmed down sailor on disastrous date (6)
ABATED AB+(DATE*)
8. Musical drama in which she (Greta Garbo) performed, receiving extremes of praise (3,7,5)
THE BEGGARS OPERA (SHE GRETA GARBO*) around P(rais)E
11. Additional passage from book court ignored (5)
EXTRA EXTRA(ct)
12. Five in tug and ten lost in pontoon (5-2-2)
VINGT-ET-UN V(five)+IN+(TUG TEN*)
the card game ‘pontoon’, literally ‘twenty-one’ in French
13. A Peebles spread cheese (3,5)
BEL PAESE (A PEEBLES)*
a mild Italian cheese
14. Fish, black when small (4)
BASS B+AS(when)+S
17. Fish, a freak, thrown back (4)
TUNA (A NUT<)
18. Forward subbed (8)
ADVANCED dd
21. Discover arsenic? Sure (9)
ASCERTAIN AS(chemical symbol for arsenic)+CERTAIN
22. No power in golf club, say (5)
UTTER (p)UTTER
24. Soldier’s operation, not the NHS’s concern (7,8)
PRIVATE PRACTICE PRIVATE+PRACTICE
25. The person to give one a hand (6)
DEALER cd ref. card player
26. Mineral’s exhausted, for the most part, in the Beaver State (6)
OREGON ORE+GON(e)
Down
1. Intensely cold beer (6)
BITTER dd
2. Clear above top of tower (5)
OVERT OVER+T(ower)
3. Stares at the old globes after end of lecture (8)
EYEBALLS (YE(old the)+BALLS) all after (lectur)E
5. Helplessly drunk, bishop before game (6)
BLOTTO B+LOTTO
6. London street that nerds vandalised (3,6)
THE STRAND (THAT NERDS)*
7. Identify San Diego criminal (8)
DIAGNOSE (SAN DIEGO)*
9. Fair exchange of repartee after somehow evading capture (4,3,4)
GIVE AND TAKE (EVADING*)+TAKE(capture, i.e. in chess)
10. Phones harsh critic for a box wrench? (4,7)
RING SPANNER RINGS+PANNER(critic)
13. Steal mate’s porcelain (4,5)
BONE CHINA BONE(slang, to seize or nab)+CHINA(cockney rs ‘china plate’=mate)
15. Son caught and punished (8)
STRAPPED S+TRAPPED
16. Act up during search for reconnaissance vehicle (5,3)
SCOUT CAR (ACT<) in SCOUR(search)
19. Understood by few, British composer seen round about (6)
ARCANE ARNE around CA(circa=about)
20. Encourage operator to appear topless (4,2)
URGE ON (s)URGEON
23. Fine German object (5)
THING THIN+G

5 Responses to “Everyman No. 3365 (27th March)”

  1. Davy says:

    Thanks Lorraine,

    Another well-clued puzzle from Everyman. I particularly liked BROKER, VINGT-ET-UN, UTTER, DIAGNOSE and URGE ON.
    The best laugh of the puzzle was the clueing of YE BALLS for old globes. Excellent stuff.

  2. Kathryn's Dad says:

    Many thanks, Lorraine.

    As Davy says, well-clued – as always with Everyman. My favourite was EYEBALLS too, although THE BEGGARS OPERA was a close second.

  3. Robi says:

    Thanks, nice puzzle Everyman and good blog, Lorraine.

    I, too, particularly liked EYEBALLS, as well as OREGON and THE BEGGARS OPERA.

  4. RichWA says:

    Thanks, Lorraine; clear and concise explanations.

    I’m not entirely happy with 10d – “box wrench” or “box-end wrench” is American for “ring spanner”, and there is nothing in the clue to suggest we are looking for an Americanism. Ask for a box wrench in a UK hardware store and you will get a box spanner, which is not at all the same thing.

  5. Robi says:

    I agree with RichWA @4; the following is from Wikipaedia:

    US: box-end wrench GB: ring spanner
    US: spark plug wrench GB: box spanner/tube spanner

    And this picture shows a UK box spanner set (which isn’t a ring spanner set.)

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