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Everyman 3390/19 September 2011

Posted by Pierre on September 25th, 2011

Pierre.

Another gentle but pleasing Sunday morning stroll with Everyman.

dd  double definition
cd  cryptic definition
(xxxx)*  anagram
anagrind = anagram indicator
[x]  letter(s) removed  

Across

1 Cigarette butt’s gone out, pocketed by theologian
DOG-END
An insertion of (GONE)* in DD for Doctor of Divinity.  ‘Out’ is the anagrind.

4 Caught out in rocky place in reconnaissance vehicle
SCOUT CAR
Another insertion: of C OUT in SCAR in its ‘crag’ sense.  Gordale Scar in Yorkshire is one you might have heard of.

9 Small square sail shown in book
MOONRAKER
A dd.  One of Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels, and ‘the uppermost course of sail on a fully rigged ship’.

11 Found in Ephesus, historic dish
SUSHI
Hidden in EpheSUS HIstoric.

12 Proceed cautiously with wife at church dance gatecrashed by son
WATCH ONES STEP
A charade of W AT CH for ‘wife at church’ and an insertion of S for ‘son’ in ONESTEP.

14 Inappropriate home, small apartment
INAPT
A charade of IN and APT.

16 Anxiety caused by flying to it again
AGITATION
(TO IT AGAIN)*  ‘Flying’ is the anagrind.

18 Denied row involved a bedcover
EIDERDOWN
(DENIED ROW)*  ‘Involved’ is the anagrind.

19 Such as turns to and fro
ROTOR
Unless someone has a better idea, I think this relies on the fact that a ROTOR – something that turns – is a palindrome, a word or phrase that reads the same backwards or forwards.  Was it a rat I saw?

20 Hateful thing I, A. Nobel developed
OBJECTIONABLE
A charade of OBJECT for ‘thing’ and (I A NOBEL)*  ‘Developed’ is the anagrind.

24 Foe some cavalrymen eventually repelled
ENEMY
A hidden reversal: ‘some’ tells you to look for a hidden word in ‘cavalrYMEN Eventually and ‘repelled’ tells you to reverse it.

25 Irrelevant, a Parisian’s told
UNRELATED
A charade of UN for the French indefinite article and RELATED.

26 Irritable about most in party making a mockery
TRAVESTY
An insertion of RAV for most of RAV[E] in TESTY.

27 Popular player’s first was located not out of bounds
IN PLAY
A charade of IN for ‘popular’ and LAY for the past tense of ‘lie’, in the sense of ‘Here lies the body of John Smith’.

Down

1 Stupid chap from restaurant getting a lift
DUMB WAITER
A charade, with the definition being the device in a restaurant where meals are lifted from the kitchen to the serving area.

2 Spirit from good landlord
GHOST
A charade of G and HOST.

3 Former PM meeting celebrity, a guiding light
NORTH STAR
A further charade.  Frederick North was Prime Minister from 1770-1782.  The North Star, currently Polaris, was how sailors judged their latitude before GPS came along.

5 Couturier isn’t rich, radio broadcast
CHRISTIAN DIOR
Normally ‘radio’ or ‘broadcast’ would have you looking for a homophone, but here the latter is the anagrind and the former part of the anagram fodder.  It’s (ISN’T RICH RADIO)*

6 On horseback, group brings distress
UPSET
A charade of UP (as in ‘up in the saddle’) and SET.

7 ATM ready on time
CASHPOINT
An ATM is an Automated Teller Machine.  A charade of CASH for ‘ready’ money, and POINT, one of whose definitions in the SOED is ‘A jot, a whit, a moment, an instant’.    CashPoint is a registered trademark of LloydsTSB.  Not a lot of people know that.

8 Runs over to help attack
RAID
A simple charade of R for runs and AID.

10 At which a bounder may be tried with unfair bias?
KANGAROO COURT
A cd.

13 Disagreeable Finn rudely treated
UNFRIENDLY
(FINN RUDELY)*

15 Stars in Oman dread travelling
ANDROMEDA
More celestial bodies.  (OMAN DREAD)*  ‘Travelling’ is the anagrind.

17 A secretion troubled lad in ear, to a point
ADRENALIN
The ‘fight or flight’ hormone is an anagram, ‘troubled’, of (LAD IN EAR)* and N for North, a ‘point’ of the compass.  Probably more commonly spelled ADRENALINE, but both versions are correct.

21 Irish writer gets great pleasure attending church
JOYCE
The Irish author probably best known for Ulysees is a charade of JOY and CE.  Easy clue, but nice surface.

22 Stake the Spanish climbing plant
BETEL
I entered BETAL here to start with, because I thought that it was BET for ‘stake’ and AL for a reversal of LA, the Spanish definite article, with ‘climbing’ being a reversal indicator in a down clue.  In fact it’s just a charade of BET and EL, another Spanish definite article.  Never heard of it, but as always with Everyman, it’s fairly clued.  Another good surface.

23 Flog Ecstasy in club
BEAT
An insertion of E for the drug in BAT.  What did setters do before Ecstasy was invented?

Thank you as always to Everyman.

4 Responses to “Everyman 3390/19 September 2011”

  1. PeterO says:

    Thanks to Everyman, and to Pierre for the blog. You might dredge up 22D from South Pacific: “Bloody Mary’s chewin’ betel nuts”. The nickname Bloody Mary very likely refers to the nuts, which stain the saliva red.

  2. Mystogre says:

    Thanks Pierre. I was also a little confused by the way ROTOR worked but your explanation makes sense. But I didn’t like the POINT part of the money machine, although Chambers does give it as a moment in time. I kept looking for the PI with seeing I thought I had the ON and T. Took a while for the penny to drop.

    I did enjoy TRAVESTY and OBJECTIONABLE. My Spanish includes the article as “el” rather than “la” for BETEL, but I see the latter also means “the”.

    Yes a gentle ramble through words and just the thing for an after lunch sit. Thanks Everyman again.

  3. Stella Heath says:

    Thanks Pierre.

    For future reference “la” is the feminine single definite article in Spanish, Italian and French, whereas “el”, its masculine counterpart, which is uniquely Spanish.

    I liked the link to the Gordale Scar, where I found another to an interesting page on Yorkshire chorizo :D

    Thanks as ever to Everyman.

  4. Stella Heath says:

    A “which” too many! the result of writing slowly – I’d forgotten what goes before ;(

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