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Everyman No. 3387 (28th August)

Posted by The Trafites on September 4th, 2011

The Trafites.

Lorraine:  Good morning one and all,

Nothing to taxing this week although I got the answers there were a few I had trouble working out. I had never heard of ‘dodge the column’ before.

Last in which had me stumped until Nick sorted it out for me was 23dn – we are still not sure of 11ac.

Big thank you to Everyman lovely puzzle as always, keep up the good work.

Across
1. One from a special service brigade to order start of onslaught (8)
COMMANDO COMMAND+O
5. A good man in coal mine is now too old (4,2)
PAST IT A ST[saint] in PIT
10. Incidental remark from a subordinate (5)
ASIDE A+SIDE
11. Sleep in Happy Valley (9)
DREAMLAND cd? – ‘Happy Valley’ appears to be a synonym of ‘Dreamland’ (as well as theme parks!), as like (typical) ‘Never Never Land’
12. Excellent penalty, with both sides in disarray? (4,3,5)
FINE AND DANDY FINE[penalty]+AND[with]+D AND Y ['D and Y' are the sides of 'disarray'!]
15. Diadem found in Haiti, a rarity (5)
TIARA hidden: HaiTI, A RArity
16. US writer who ran the comic (9)
HAWTHORNE (WHO RAN THE)*
this American writer -> HERE
18. An overwhelming influx in a new church in a dell (9)
AVALANCHE A+N+CH in A VALE
19. Tight-fisted type causing endless hardship (5)
MISER MISER(y)
20. New record cover’s for an old ballad (12)
GREENSLEEVES GREEN+SLEEVES
24. Two articles about lawlessness in a region of Ukraine (3,6)
THE CRIMEA THE+A around CRIME
25. Oxygen needed by very great Greek character (5)
OMEGA O+MEGA
26. Foremost of players, say, in a golf club (6)
PUTTER P[layers]+UTTER
27. Sutures for small and very small people (8)
STITCHES S+TITCHES
Down
1. Cleaner has appeal, no end (4)
CHAR CHAR(m)
2. Help to support married servant (4)
MAID AID after M
3. Stories about male and female bringing collectible items from the US (9)
AMERICANA ANA[gossip, stories] around M+ERICA
4. Steer clear of the post to evade one’s duties (5,3,6)
DODGE THE COLUMN dd
6. Tooled up, a revolutionary crossing top of mountain (5)
ARMED A RED around M(ountain)
7. This car ran off the rails – in this? (5,5)
TRAIN CRASH (THIS CAR RAN)* &lit
8. Toys by tree dad’s repackaged (5,5)
TEDDY BEARS (BY TREE DAD’S)*
9. Make no progress dispelling new ghetto fears (3,7,4)
GET NOWHERE FAST (NEW GHETTO FEARS)*
13. Tidy at university – honestly (8,2)
STRAIGHT UP STRAIGHT+UP
14. Busy magnate bringing in staff for administration (10)
MANAGEMENT MEN[staff] in (MAGNATE*)
17. Resolve, after much discussion, throwing event abroad (6,3)
HAMMER OUT HAMMER+OUT
21. Hospital worker inside comes running over (5)
NURSE hidden reverse: comES RUNning
22. Lot, husband of biblical character (4)
SETH SET[lot, as in 'job lot']+H
23. Voice of inferior quality? Sounds like it (4)
BASS homophone of BASE
 ….

6 Responses to “Everyman No. 3387 (28th August)”

  1. Bamberger says:

    16a Didn’t think much of this-how many will have heard of him? Not me.
    3d I think ana is only used in crosswordland
    4d -I hadn’t come across this either
    23d I’m usually useless at homophones but for once I got this at first glance.

    To me 16a & 4d spoilt an otherwise good crossword.

  2. John McDonald says:

    Have you not heard of “The Scarlet Letter”? Nathaniel Hawthorne’s most famous book.

  3. Kathryn's Dad says:

    Thanks Lorraine.

    I have to say that DODGE THE COLUMN was new to me as well, but Everyman often will include a phrase that’s a little out of the ordinary – however, the answer was clear once you’d got a number of crossing letters.

    I am struggling to understand how DREAMLAND can be equated to ‘Happy Valley’, if that is indeed how the clue works.

    STITCHES made me smile.

  4. Bamberger says:

    John @2. Not at all.

  5. Tom Willis says:

    We won a book token!

  6. DexterC says:

    NZ Herald carries this several weeks after original publication. I understood 11a as Happy(Dream)and Valley(Land)= sleep?

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