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Everyman No. 3389 (11th September)

Posted by The Trafites on September 18th, 2011

The Trafites.

Lorraine:  Good morning to you all,

I found nothing too taxing this week, a nice gentle Sunday morning solve.

No particular likes or dislikes this week, the only query was 6dn. All comments most welcome, nice ones please as it’s my Birthday today (I am 34 in hexidecimal!)

Thank you Everyman and keep those anagrams coming please.

Across
1. Drug injection for pop (3,4)
POT SHOT POT+SHOT (as in ‘have a pop’)
5. Proust slipped into a state of unconsciousness (6)
STUPOR (PROUST)*
9. Not lasting long, something enjoyed by pupils? (5-4)
SHORT TERM cdd
11. Spill drop of rum by video (5)
TAPER R after TAPE
a spill is used to light candles etc.
12. Book in Saturday’s client in need of treatment (1,5,2,7)
A STUDY IN SCARLET (SATURDAY’S CLIENT)*
13. Gather a large amount (5)
AMASS A+MASS
15. Find out when? Sure (9)
ASCERTAIN AS+CERTAIN
17. Murderous child – I am treated without love (9)
HOMICIDAL (CHILD I AM*) around O
18. Coffee (instant) and tea (5)
MOCHA MO+CHA
this clue might be better as ‘Have tea after instant coffee’?
19. In a state of great elation at the North Pole? (2,3,2,3,5)
ON TOP OF THE WORLD cd
23. Home help returned from Asian country (5)
INDIA IN+(AID<)
24. Relish acquiring one gite abroad in today’s climate? (9)
ZEITGEIST ZEST around (I+(GITE*))
25. Rotten type, in time, may cause mistakes in print (6)
ERRATA RAT in ERA
26. Decisive moment following onset of storm – squeeze together (7)
SCRUNCH CRUNCH after S(torm)
Down
1. After last of lasagna, tagliatelle perhaps (5)
PASTA PAST+A
2. Seawards in crude raft, marines could show you a hatchery (5,4)
TROUT FARM (OUT in (RAFT*))+RM
3. Strongly disliked bowler, English, opener for Derbyshire? (5)
HATED HAT(bowler)+E+D(erbyshire)
4. Article on genius from Australia making a film (3,6,2,2)
THE WIZARD OF OZ THE+WIZARD+’OF OZ’
6. Four-letter word used by girl upset about first of tasks (9)
TETRAGRAM (MARGARET<) around T(asks)
a non-Zimean ‘indirect anagram’ here! See comment #1
7. Whelp I left for student (5)
PUPIL PUP+I+L
8. Girl in race, one across imaginary kingdom (9)
RURITANIA (RITA in RUN)+IA(one across)
10. Game at which children always leave one standing? (7,6)
MUSICAL CHAIRS cd
13. A goddess paid her to, in error (9)
APHRODITE (PAID HER TO)*
14. Chap Tyson dealt with, a toady (9)
SYCOPHANT (CHAP TYSON)*
16. Sounds like a combination of notes by one playing instrument (9)
ACCORDION homophone of ‘A CHORD’+I+ON
20. Circuitous tour round duke’s house (5)
TUDOR D in (TOUR*)
21. Bet salary on foremost of runners (5)
WAGER WAGE+R(unners)
22. Drop it in front of Dominican church (5)
DITCH (IT after D)+CH
 

4 Responses to “Everyman No. 3389 (11th September)”

  1. Everyman says:

    6D is a reversal of MARGARET round t(asks)

  2. David Travis says:

    Thanks for the detailed explanations — I like your reworking of 18a.

    I didn’t get the reversal in 6d (thanks Everyman). But fortunately the definition part of the clue was easy to spot and with the checking letters I got the answer.

  3. Davy says:

    Thanks Lorraine,

    I was mislead by 16d into misspelling ACCORDION ie I interpreted ‘one playing’ as an anagram of ‘one’ leading to EON at the end. I think this was Everyman’s intention. I realised the mistake when ZEITGEIST wouldn’t fit in.

    Favourite clues were TAPER and ACCORDION which were very cleverly worded.

    Happy birthday Lorraine. My hexadecimal age is 3E (approaching 40) so I’m ‘A’ years older than you. I will keep your secret.

  4. Kathryn's Dad says:

    Many thanks, Lorraine.

    I specially liked ZEITGEIST, as well as HATED for its Derbyshire cricketing reference. But I was keen to see your blog this morning because although I got TETRAGRAM I couldn’t parse it for love nor money. I’ve got a work colleague called Margaret who’s keen on cryptics so I’m going to mail her the clue and see if she gets it.

    My knowledge of the hexadecimal system is non-existent, but Happy Birthday anyway!

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