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Everyman 3384 / 7 August 2011

Posted by Pierre on August 14th, 2011

Pierre.

Week in, week out, Everyman produces an enjoyable and accessible Sunday crossword.  Here’s another one.

cd  cryptic definition
dd  double definition
(xxxx)*  anagram
anagrind = anagram indicator

 

 

Across

1 Polish in Ulster, rioting
LUSTRE
(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
INTIMATE
A dd.  One of those words which has two pronunciations.

9 Leader of band in flat, the elder of two brothers
DRUM MAJOR
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
HITCH
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
A dd/cd.

14 Parking within remove exhaust
DEPLETE
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
NUTCASE
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
VARIETY
A dd.

19 Conductor in rear of bus taking silver
SARGENT
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?
STUDIO AUDIENCE
(INCAUTIOUS DEED)*  ‘Worried’ is the anagrind.  Again, another really clever surface, but a perfectly accessible clue.

24 Specialist area in hospital in French resort
NICHE
An insertion of H for ‘hospital’ in NICE, the posh resort in the South of France.

25 Passing maple here that’s rotten
EPHEMERAL
(MAPLE HERE)*  ‘Rotten’ is the anagrind.

26 Sweet shot may hit this window
BULLS-EYE
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
IN GEAR
A dd.

Down

1 Old gay criminal and prima donna in a romantic comedy film
LADY GODIVA
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
SHUNT
A charade of S for ‘small’ and HUNT for ‘pack of hounds’

3 Lettuce and eggs chief’s brought in
ROMAINE
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
INHABIT
A dd.  ‘People’ as a verb as the definition; IN HABIT would be ‘in uniform’.

7 Every other substitute
ALTERNATE
A dd.

8 Italian novelist must collect hard copy
ECHO
‘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
JIGGERY-POKERY
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
BESTSELLER
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
PIRATICAL
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?
ENDLESS
A dd.  If something had no purpose, it would be END LESS

20 Film of artist, US portrait painter
RAIN MAN
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
NERVE
‘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
SNUB
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.

9 Responses to “Everyman 3384 / 7 August 2011”

  1. Andrew says:

    Thanks Pierre. In 9ac, “drum” is slang for a flat or house – probably cockney rhyming slang: drum’n’bass = place.

  2. RichWA says:

    Thanks for that, Pierre. I think you’re making 16ac more complicated than it really is – I read it as “case” brought against(ie placed next to) “nut” (slang for “head”)

  3. Pierre says:

    Thanks, Andrew. I thought I knew my apples and pears and Bristol Cities, but that’s a new one on me.

    RichWA, I’ve no doubt you’re right! (But I think my way works too …)

  4. Robi says:

    Nice one; a bit more difficult than some.

    Thanks, Pierre; like RichWA I parsed nut=head as a slang term.

  5. Stella Heath says:

    Thanks Pierre, especially for the parsing of 5d.

    I seem to remember this being a little tougher than the usual Everyman. Scrupulously fair, as usual, though; many thanks to the setter.

  6. Davy says:

    Thanks Pierre,

    Another excellent offering from Everyman. I particularly liked SARGENT, STUDIO AUDIENCE and the brilliant NORTH AND SOUTH (such economy of words in the clue).

  7. Wolfie says:

    Thanks Pierre.

    I agree with RichWA about the construction of 16ac, though I was less concerned by the parsing of the clue than by Everyman’s use of extremely derogatory terms for people with mental illness in both the clue and the solution.

  8. Bamberger says:

    Wolfie @7. I suggest you keep well way from Cyclops in Private Eye then -you’d have a fit of the vapours.

  9. Wolfie says:

    Hi Bamberger – thanks for the friendly advice!

    I have completed Cyclops once or twice – last time when I found an old copy of the Eye in my dentist’s waiting room. Can’t say I was particularly impressed, though I am pleased to report that I did not succumb to a fit of the vapours!

    I suppose one difference between Private Eye and the Guardian/Observer is that the latter newspapers have an editorial code that urges jounalists and other contributors to avoid the use of derogatory or offensive language in relation to people with mental illness.

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