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Everyman crossword No 3,394

Posted by Stella on October 23rd, 2011

Stella.

A slightly more difficult offering than usual this week from Everyman, at least in a couple of clues.
Even so, great fun, and the welcome chance to look up one of my favourite musical films.

 

Hold the mouse over the answers to 13ac and 8d for links to Wiki, and 20d links to You Tube

Across
1. Firm order initially put in by one working with horses (9)
STABLEBOY STABLE + O(rder) in BY
6. Chaplain may give tramp religious education (5)
PADRE PAD = “tramp” (vb.)+ R.E.
9. Chooses not to be involved with new post abroad (4,3)
OPTS OUT *POST + OUT = “abroad”
10. A series in dispute (2,5)
AT ISSUE A + TISSUE, as in ‘a tissue of lies’
11. Have no influence getting foreign noble free (5,3,7)
COUNT FOR NOTHING Definition and cryptic definition
12. Grasslike plant in small border (5)
SEDGE S(mall) + EDGE

13. US author may, reportedly (9)
HAWTHORNE Homophone for another word for the may tree.

15. Athletic event last month, Irish town shortened (9)
DECATHLON DEC(ember, last month of the year) + ATHLON(e)

17. After short time, warning device may become a source of irritation (5)
THORN T + HORN, eg. ‘a thorn in one’s side’, a figurative source of irritation.
19. Never doing anything wrong, chess player threw in hat excitedly (6,4,5)
WHITER THAN WHITE WHITE + *THREW IN HAT
22. Resign from bank at Oxford on Thursday? (5,2)
THROW UP ROW (bank) + UP (at Oxford) after TH(ursday).

I found it hard to accept “resign” as the definition, but it does appear in Chambers, albeit as 3rd or 4th option.

23. Making a mistake about a piece of jewellery (7)
EARRING ERRING around A
24. Salesman’s extremely lengthy answer (5)
REPLY REP + L(ength)Y
25. Messed about, ace landed upset (3,1,5)
LED A DANCE *ACE LANDED
Down
1. Endless criticism involving old philosopher (5)
STOIC O in STIC(k), for one following an ancient Greek philosophy of life
2. Surprise caused by a tanker originally entering channel (7)
ASTOUND A + T(anker) in SOUND (= “channel”)
3. Deliberately ignore fashion article on alternative fashion (4,3,5,3)
LOOK THE OTHER WAY Two alternative synonyms for “fashion” around THE + OTHER
4. Engagement later – both made up (9)
BETROTHAL *LATER – BOTH
5. Long period of time before end of depression (5)
YEARN YEAR + (depressio)N
6. Go on a pub crawl, to get rid of the blues? (5,3,4,3)
PAINT THE TOWN RED Definition and cryptic definition
7. Tramp carrying one collection of papers (7)
DOSSIER DOSSER, with 1 inside. This time, “tramp” is a noun.
8. Film starring Jessie Matthews – about parting revenge, roughly (9)
EVERGREEN RE in *REVENGE

12. Drink stewed tea in ward, so busy (4,5)
SODA WATER *TEA in *WARD, SO
14. Started and took the lead (4,5)
WENT AHEAD Double definition
16. Tweet from Greek character, leading bishop inside (7)
CHIRRUP RR (= Right Reverend = “bishop”) between CHI = “Greek character” + UP = “leading”
18. Work in front of ironmonger’s, on view (7)
OPINION OP + IN + I(ronmonger’s) + ON
20. Actor O’Toole, at heart, soft-hearted (5)
TOPOL The middle letters of o’TOOLe around P = “soft”

The misdirection towards Peter completely threw me, and I had to seek assistance on-line for this, my last in. It’s a pity the actor is so much less familiar than the film.

21. Bird dog dropping first of birds (5)
EAGLE (b)EAGLE. I believe I’ve seen this a couple of times recently.

Iberian imperial eagle

One Response to “Everyman crossword No 3,394”

  1. Kathryn's Dad says:

    Many thanks, Stella.

    More good stuff from Everyman. COUNT FOR NOTHING made me smile, and I also liked LOOK THE OTHER WAY. Like you, not so keen on THROW UP, but it’s perfectly fair; and I couldn’t see how TOPOL worked for a good while.

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