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Everyman No. 3395 (23th October)

Posted by The Trafites on October 30th, 2011

The Trafites.

Lorraine:  Good morning one and all,

Very enjoyable crossword this week, to be honest I really had no problems and found this weeks offering very straight forward. Favourites were 26ac – very clever indeed, with 3dn and 9dn all very good.

Thanks to all who visit my blog and a big thank you to Everyman for a very enjoyable puzzle.

Across
1. Pub against City in needle match (5,5)
LOCAL DERBY LOCAL(pub)+DERBY
6. Animal kept for breeding gets endless attention (4)
STUD STUD[y]
10. Living in a town in Darfur, Bangladeshi (5)
URBAN hidden: darfUR, BANgladeshi
11. Almost risk bringing in Arab coach (9)
CHARABANC ARAB in CHANC[e]
12. Stimulating drink (7)
CORDIAL dd
13. Leaves foil, crumpled with time (7)
FOLIAGE (FOIL*)+AGE
14. Flag showing major shipping hazards (5,3,4)
STARS AND BARS STAR+SANDBARS(shipping hazards)
18. There’s talk of a bit of trouble during change-over (12)
CONVERSATION A+T[rouble] in CONVERSION
21. Bird ran off in stadium (4,3)
BARN OWL (RAN*) in BOWL(such as the ‘rose bowl’, cricket stadium)
22. A permit held by the sportsman (7)
ATHLETE A+(LET in THE)
23. Mushy peas and tripe starter (9)
APPETISER (PEAS TRIPE)*
24. Bar, stifling to staff (5)
BATON TO in BAN
25. The queen of Carthage accomplished nothing (4)
DIDO DID+O
26. What Bloomingdale’s always has in? (10)
APOSTROPHE sort of cyrptic pun
Down
1. Boat set afloat (6)
LAUNCH dd
2. Poles caught sabre dancing (6)
CABERS C+(SABRE*)
3. Ageing, as the walrus undoubtedly is (4,2,3,5)
LONG IN THE TOOTH another cryptic pun
4. Former church leader’s first to stand out (5)
EXCEL EX+CE+L[eader]
5. Annual dinner of beef ‘Santa’ may provide (9)
BEANFEAST (BEEF SANTA)*
7. Hothead showing sign of emotion at opponent’s ground (8)
TEARAWAY TEAR+AWAY(opponent’s ground)
8. Drop iron? (8)
DECREASE cdd
9. Admitted as a barrister shouted for drinks? (6,2,3,3)
CALLED TO THE BAR yet another cryptic pun
15. Produces a meal at short notice – smashing result, with drink later (7,2)
RUSTLES UP (RESULT*)+SUP
16. One holds a sword – he won’t strike poet (8)
SCABBARD SCAB+BARD
17. Fearless, I unwisely printed (8)
INTREPID I+(PRINTED*)
19. Socialist premier in tabloid (3-3)
RED-TOP RED+TOP
20. Odd scene involving a session with a spiritualist (6)
SEANCE A in (SCENE*)
22. A bishop, as seen in wall hanging (5)
ARRAS A+RR(Right Reverand)+AS
 

4 Responses to “Everyman No. 3395 (23th October)”

  1. Bamberger says:

    For once I got to feel like those Times solvers who solve it in around 5 minutes -except for 26a where i could have stared at all week and not got it. Had to use a solver on that one and had an “ah” moment when the penny dropped. Had thought of floors, departments, customers etc but of course off track.

    This weeks was certainly not a fast solve.

  2. cholecyst says:

    Thanks, Lorraine. Interesting to see that CHARABANC (11 ac) is not dead after all. See http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2028769/Aerodrome-charabanc-obsolete-scrapped-Collins-Dictionary.html This the 3rd time it’s appeared recently in puzzles blogged on the 15×15 site.

  3. Kathryn's Dad says:

    Many thanks, Lorraine.

    I too struggled with APOSTROPHE, which was my last one in, and I needed your blog to see the parsing for STARS AND BARS – like Bamberger’s experience, stared at it for ages and still couldn’t see how it worked. I think your brain just ends up going down a cul-de-sac sometimes and can’t reverse out of it.

    But as you say, a pleasing Sunday morning solve as usual. APPETISER made me smile, which is one of my criteria for a good crossword.

  4. Stella Heath says:

    I like that criterion, K’s D. :)

    Hi Cholecyst, fortunately the words have only disappeared from the pocket dictionary.

    Ditto re 26ac.

    Thanks Lorraine and Everyman.

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