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Everyman No. 3397 (6th November)

Posted by The Trafites on November 13th, 2011

The Trafites.

Lorraine:  Good morning to you all,

I had real trouble starting this week. I got 26ac immediately but then that was it. I put the puzzle down for a while then asked Nick to get me up and running, then there was no stopping me. Think I just had a mental block on crosswords last week.

Big thank you to Everyman for an eventually enjoyable puzzle.

Across
1. Friend, old countertenor, comes from a city in California (4,4)
PALO ALTO PAL+O+ALTO
5. Unpretentious representative inhabiting isle abroad (6)
SIMPLE MP in (ISLE*)
9. Late drink may make bad thing better (8)
NIGHTCAP (THING*)+CAP
10. Dog, good thing to have following onset of burglaries (6)
BASSET ASSET after B(urglaries)
12. A second artist brought back bouquet (5)
AROMA A+MO+RA all reversed
13. Go on, smile, having broken down newly-coined word (9)
NEOLOGISM (GO ON, SMILE*)
14. At which one may have been punished if stealing mail (8,4)
WHIPPING POST cdd
18. George Hepplewhite’s PM? (7-5)
CABINET-MAKER cryptic pun
21. Discourage fellow cleaner (9)
DETERGENT DETER+GENT
23. Bottle-neck? (5)
NERVE cdd
24. Sexy Italian breaking heart? Just the reverse (6)
EROTIC IT in CORE all reversed
25. Seek a tip cooking what’s often served with chips? (5,3)
STEAK PIE (SEEK A TIP*)
26. Sailor needing to achieve objective (6)
TARGET TAR+GET
27. Mother may go after this clergyman (8)
REVEREND a pun type clue: REVEREND (mother)
Down
1. Colonialist entertaining scholar and author (6)
PENMAN MA[scholar] in PENN
2. Large body of soldiers, say, described by hero (6)
LEGION EG[say] in LION
3. Almost lost Asian ruler in Russian city (9)
ASTRAKHAN ASTRA(y)+KHAN
4. Boring person studies children’s writer (12)
TRAINSPOTTER TRAINS(studies)+POTTER
will anoraks get annoyed at this clue?
6. Leaders of industry deny accident harmed our state (5)
IDAHO first letters
7. Greek god mysteriously poisoned (8)
POSEIDON (POISONED*)
8. One male brought in possessions for valuation (8)
ESTIMATE (I+M) in ESTATE
11. Tossed confetti at us in opera (4,3,5)
COSI FAN TUTTE (CONFETTI AT US*)
15. Novelist suppressing joke – it’s fruity (9)
GREENGAGE [graham]GREENE around GAG
16. Rigorous appraisal of a trial involving police branch (4,4)
ACID TEST A TEST around CID
17. A racket, rising commotion in slaughterhouse (8)
ABATTOIR A+BAT+(RIOT<)
19. Complain about onset of pig flu (6)
GRIPPE GRIPE around P(ig)
20. Motto on one side of court (6)
LEGEND LEG(on, legside in cricket)+END(side of a court)
22. Put up beams in the auditorium (5)
RAISE homophone: RAYS
 

4 Responses to “Everyman No. 3397 (6th November)”

  1. Kathryn's Dad says:

    Thanks, Lorraine.

    I too took a while to get going on this, and in fact for the second time in a month couldn’t finish it – thought it must be PENMAN but didn’t put it in because I couldn’t parse it. PENN for ‘colonialist’ is fair, but perhaps a stretch. I knew GRIPPE from the French, but never realised that it also existed in English, but it’s in my SOED.

    Cabinet makers twice in two weeks from Everyman – we’ll be having a nina next …

    Enjoyable puzzle, thanks to the setter.

  2. Stella Heath says:

    Thanks Lorraine, and Everyman.

    I don’t remember this being more difficult than other recent puzzles, but I’m with K’sD re 1d. It took me a long time to realise who the colonialist was.

    I think I pointed last week to a possible indication on one of Everyman’s other hobbies – if I didn’t, I meant to, but without giving too much away, since I didn’t know George Hepplewhite, though Sheraton last week was at least familiar. Great clue, anyway.

  3. Graham says:

    While cheating to get “Motto on one side of court”, I found the exact same clue in the Telegraph puzzle 26329, November last year. Same setter or a bit of borrowing?

  4. Kris says:

    Can someone please explain 12 ac? Where did that MO and RA come from? Many thanks.

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