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Everyman 3366/April 3rd

Posted by Pierre on April 10th, 2011

Pierre.

The usual pleasing puzzle from Everyman to accompany my Sunday morning.  A good variety of clue types, and for me today some exceptional surfaces: of the acrosses, I could point to 10, 13, 15 and 25, but you could name several from the down clues as well.

dd  double definition
cd  cryptic definition
(xxxx)* anagram

Across

Second drink in isolated spot
BACKWATER
A charade of BACK and WATER.

Glimpse object of especial interest
SIGHT
This one took me a while to understand.  It’s a dd: if you glimpse something, you sight it; and if something is of especial interest, then it’s a ‘sight’ to see.  I got focused on Everyman’s use of ‘especial’ rather than ‘special’, thinking that must have been central to the clue.  Wrong.

Taking photographs of spectators where marksmen practise
SHOOTING GALLERY
A straighforward charade of SHOOTING (taking photographs) and GALLERY (spectators).

10  Land shortage ignored by duke
EARTH
A removal of D from DEARTH.

11  Maintenance allowance Olympian squandered
PALIMONY
(OLYMPIAN)*  It’s a term derived from PAL and ALIMONY, where the assets of a live-in but unmarried couple are divvied out after separation.  A quick flirt online suggests the neologism dates from 1977.

13  Literary character, jumping bail, put in prison
CALIBAN
An insertion of (BAIL)* in CAN for prison.  A character in Shakespeare’s Tempest.

15  Likely to remain fine in South, possibly after about one
SET FAIR
A charade of S (South) and (AFTER)* around I for one.

16  After last of nightmares, refuse to sleep
SLUMBER
A charade of S and LUMBER.

17  Pal carrying revolutionary weapon
MACHETE
An insertion of CHE, the setters’ favourite revolutionary, in MATE.

18  Cop loses out in disgusting place
CESSPOOL
(COP LOSES)*

20  Itinerant US actor making a comeback
NOMAD
A reversal of DAMON.  Referring to Matt Damon, the US actor.  I’m not that into cinema, but even I’d heard of him.

23  Fruit British head dropped into perfect drink
BUTTERNUT SQUASH
Clever.  It’s B for British and NUT inserted into UTTER (perfect) and SQUASH (drink).  This seems to crop up a lot in crosswords, perhaps because it’s got fifteen letters and is ripe (no pun intended) for cluing in various ways.  Like the tomato, it is technically a fruit, although cooks would probably regard it as a vegetable.

24  Helped let learner driver out
EASED
LEASED with the removal of L.

25  As good as gold?  Not us
RUNNERS-UP
A cd.

Down

A nervous wreck in box, on trial
BASKET CASE
A charade of BASKET and CASE.  I’d normally associate this word with the recent difficulties of the PIGS eurozone, but the SOED does give the ‘nervous wreck’ definition.

Group of singers sing endlessly about love
CHOIR
An insertion of O for love in CHIR[P].

Perform a baptism to celebrate a birth
WET THE BABY’S HEAD
A dd.

Can one holding drill start to repair a kitchen utensil?
TIN OPENER
Can (TIN) plus ONE enclosing PE (drill) and first letter of repair.

Royal feast cut short
REGAL
REGAL[E].  This is the nounal version of REGALE: ‘a sumptuous meal, a feast, an entertainment’.

I’m unfortunately turned over by a trick, a computer fraud
SALAMI TECHNIQUE
A reversal of I’M ALAS plus TECHNIQUE.  I vaguely knew this term, and on checking I find that it’s a method of fraudulently obtaining funds by regularly taking small amounts of money from accounts, so that it won’t be noticed: a bit like slicing a salami very thinly until you’ve got the whole sausage, I suppose.

New measuring device, reportedly for fruit
GREENGAGE
A charade of GREEN (new, naive) and GAGE, a homophone of ‘gauge’, a measuring device.

Film and play opening in Soho
TOYS
A charade of TOY (play) and S.  A 1992 comedy, which I had never heard of; but the answer couldn’t be much else.

12  Amity shown by female diner relaxed on liner
FRIENDSHIP
A charade of F, (DINER)* and SHIP.

14  Rule at sea confused eminent poets
LAUREATES
(RULE AT SEA)*

15  Dope easy to name
SIMPLETON
A charade of SIMPLE, TO and N.

19  Proprietor in state of depression having day off
OWNER
[D]OWNER

21  Upset mason grumbles
MOANS
(MASON)*

22  Efficient porter grabbing first of bags
ABLE
An insertion of B in ALE.

Many thanks to Everyman as always.

3 Responses to “Everyman 3366/April 3rd”

  1. Robi says:

    As Pierre says, very pleasing – I thought a bit more difficult than usual.

    No reference to addicts in SHOOTING GALLERY then! I liked TIN OPENER, but had to look up SALAMI TECHNIQUE; salami slicing is more of an everday term. Particularly nice surfaces for ABLE, OWNER etc.

  2. Robi says:

    P.S. And of course many thanks to Pierre for a super blog.

  3. bamberger says:

    Got al;l bar two out.
    13a left with c?l?b?n I still couldn’t get it. I don’t like clues that require literacy knowledge as the wordplay was hardly a giveaway.
    6d thought of phishing but can’t say that this is a computer fraud that I’ve heard of.

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