Posted by Pierre on August 14th, 2011
Week in, week out, Everyman produces an enjoyable and accessible Sunday crossword. Here’s another one.
cd cryptic definition
dd double definition
anagrind = anagram indicator
1 Polish in Ulster, rioting
(ULSTER)* ‘Rioting’ is the anagrind, and Poland”s probably been a good place to be over the last week or so given the rioting we’ve had in England.
4 Hint from a close friend
A dd. One of those words which has two pronunciations.
9 Leader of band in flat, the elder of two brothers
A charade of DRUM and MAJOR. A flat is a type of drum (I assume, although I would welcome confirmation from the drummers in the audience) and the second part of the clue is the public school method of differentiating younger and older brothers: Charlesworth Major and Charlesworth Minor, for example.
11 Couple strike small child
A charade of HIT and CH for ‘child’. The definition is to ‘join together’, as in hitching a caravan to a car, or of course to get married.
12 Being hissed at shopping for a goose?
GETTING THE BIRD
14 Parking within remove exhaust
An insertion of P for ‘parking’ in DELETE for ‘remove’. Possibly not the greatest surface Everyman has ever created, unless I’m missing something or the clue hasn’t been reproduced correctly.
16 Legal action brought against head, a fruitcake
On the contrary, this is a great surface and clue: it’s a cd. It’s the NUT (the National Union of Teachers, whose members infamously roughed up David Blunkett when he was Education Secretary) and CASE, for ‘legal action’. If legal action were brought against a head teacher, then it might be an NUT CASE; ‘fruitcake’ is the definition.
17 Collection in class
19 Conductor in rear of bus taking silver
The reference is to the conductor Sir Malcolm Sargent. You need to take the rear of buS and add it to ARGENT for ‘silver’.
21 Incautious deed worried those present at a TV recording?
(INCAUTIOUS DEED)* ‘Worried’ is the anagrind. Again, another really clever surface, but a perfectly accessible clue.
24 Specialist area in hospital in French resort
An insertion of H for ‘hospital’ in NICE, the posh resort in the South of France.
25 Passing maple here that’s rotten
(MAPLE HERE)* ‘Rotten’ is the anagrind.
26 Sweet shot may hit this window
Kind of a triple definition, I think (in which case, a rarity). It’s a sweetie, a shot that hits the centre (bull) in darts, and a type of window.
27 Ready to drive off, wearing harness
1 Old gay criminal and prima donna in a romantic comedy film
Apparently a 2008 rom-com which bombed at the box office, unless anyone has a better idea. (OLD GAY)* plus DIVA.
2 Bypass small pack of hounds
A charade of S for ‘small’ and HUNT for ‘pack of hounds’
3 Lettuce and eggs chief’s brought in
The type of lettuce is an insertion of MAIN for ‘chief’ in ROE, which are fish eggs.
5 Novel PM distributes inside
NORTH AND SOUTH
Brilliant. I’ve seen the answer before, but not clued as cleverly as this, I don’t think. It’s Mrs Gaskell’s novel and is an insertion (‘inside’) of HANDS OUT in NORTH, who was the British Prime Minister from 1770-1782.
6 People in uniform
A dd. ‘People’ as a verb as the definition; IN HABIT would be ‘in uniform’.
7 Every other substitute
8 Italian novelist must collect hard copy
‘Copy’ is the definition: Everyman’s inviting you to put H for ‘hard’ inside Umberto ECO, the Italian novelist best known for Il Nome della Rosa, translated into English as The Name of the Rose.
10 Old golf club taking two years to get to grips with fire-raiser’s mischief
A JIGGER is an old golf club; two years give you YY, and POKER (inserted into them) is a ‘fire-raiser’. ‘Mischief’ is the definition. What is the point of golf?
13 Top actor not quite becoming top author
A charade of BEST for ‘top’ and a shortening (‘not quite’) of Peter SELLER[s], the Goon and actor perhaps best known for Inspector Clouseau. ‘Not now, Cato!’
15 One despicable person in photo, a Latin practising robbery on the high seas
This is I RAT (‘one despicable person’) in PIC (‘photo’) plus A and L for ‘Latin’. It’s a multi-part construction, but the definition is slapping you in the face, innit?
18 Continuing too long, and with no purpose?
A dd. If something had no purpose, it would be END LESS
20 Film of artist, US portrait painter
The exceptional 1988 film featuring Dustin Hoffman as an autistic savant is a charade of RA for ‘artist’ and INMAN, the American painter.
22 Regular turned up with bandaged right cheek
‘Cheek’ is NERVE: if you invert (‘turn up’) EVEN for ‘regular’ and insert (‘bandaged’) R for right, you’ve got your solution.
23 Cold shoulder and rolls served up
A verb for ‘to cold shoulder’ is a reversal (‘served up’ in a down clue) of BUNS for ‘rolls’. Or baps, or cobs, or stotties, depending on where you live in the UK …
Usual fine puzzle from Everyman, for which thanks.