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Everyman Nº 3,398 (13 November 2011)

Posted by PeterO on November 20th, 2011


Everyman continues to provide a wide variety of clue types, with smooth surfaces. As is often the case, there are several geographic references which may not be known to many of his solvers worldwide, but are generally placed in contexts which allow the answer to be deduced easily.

1. Criminal raced across a shopping precinct (6)
ARCADE An envelope (‘across’) of ‘a’ in ARCDE, an anagram (‘criminal’) of ‘raced’.
4. Diplomatic in court in case of potential fault (7)
TACTFUL An envelope (‘in case of’) CT (‘court’) in TAFUL, an anagram (‘potential’) of ‘fault’.
9. In favour of appointment, in theory (11)
PROPOSITION A charade of PRO (‘for’) + POSITION (‘appointment’).
10. What could be held by mourner? (3)
URN A hidden answer (‘what could be held by’) in ‘moURNer’, &lit
11. Take flight from secluded place (7)
RETREAT Double definition.
12. Daughter led astray by former airline? Nonsense (7)
TWADDLE A charade of TWA (Trans World Airlines, ‘former airline’) + D (‘daughter’) + DLE, an anagram (‘astray’) of ‘led’.
13. Fluid we rub on baby in Bedfordshire mansion (6,5)
WOBURN ABBEY An anagram (‘fluid’) of ‘we rub on baby’.

Woburn Abbey, seat of the Duke of Bedford

15. For example, George Peppard’s lead heading Tarantino’s cast (6,5)
PATRON SAINT A charade of P (‘Peppards lead’) + ATRONSAINT, an anagram (‘cast’) of ‘Tarantinos’. Definition: ‘for example, George’, the patron saint of England. The surface references to Hollywood make for an ingenious misdirection.
19. English deserter, through drink, makes a mistake (7)
ERRATUM A charade of E (‘English’) + an envelope (‘through’) of RAT (‘deserter’) in RUM (‘drink’).
21. Mean to declare silver at the end of cruise (7)
AVERAGE A charade of AVER (‘to declare’) + AG (chemical symbol, ‘silver’) + E (‘at the end of cruisE‘).
22. Sounds like bent grass (3)
RYE A homophone (‘sounds like’) of “wry”.
23. Row after promise made to include league’s leader in baseball championship (5,6)
WORLD SERIES A charade of an envelope (‘to include’) of L (‘Leagues leader’) in WORD (‘promise’); + SERIES (‘row’).
24. County containing power plant (7)
SPURREY An envelope (‘containing’) of P (‘power’) in SURREY (‘county’, south of London). Spurrey is a new one on me, although as a common weed I must have seen it often enough.

Spergularia arvensis, corn spurrey

25. Small son, delicate (6)
SLIGHT A charade of S (‘son’) + LIGHT (‘delicate’). I spent some time trying to equate ‘son’ with LIGHT, but this way it actually works.
1. A steeple to rise to a great height (6)
ASPIRE A charade of ‘a’ + SPIRE (‘steeple’). ASPIRE generally conveys a desire, but Chambers does give a definition “to tower up”.
2. Native American’s dog torn apart by wild cat (7)
CHOCTAW An envelope (‘torn apart by’) of CTA, an anagram (‘wild’) of ‘cat’ in CHOW (‘dog’).
3. Various nobodies needing time to make a useful contribution (2,4,3)
DO ONES BIT An anagram (‘various’) of ‘nobodies’ + (‘needing’) T (‘time’).
4. Drayman’s T-shirt, shockingly novel (8,6)
TRISTRAM SHANDY An anagram (‘shockingly’) of ‘Draymans T-shirt’. Laurence Sterne’s novel comes up every now and then in crosswords; I blogged one such a few months back.
5. Dance in study with Georgia (5)
CONGA A charade of CON (‘study’) + GA (USPS-approved abbreviation for the state of ‘Georgia’).
6. Factory set up by railway (7)
FOUNDRY A charade of FOUND (‘set up’) + RY (‘railway’).
7. Bird left in snare (6)
LINNET A charade of L (‘left’) + ‘in’ + NET (‘snare’).
8. Waving my cross – it’s free from religious order (7,2,5)
SISTERS OF MERCY An anagram (‘waving’) of ‘my cross its free’. ‘From’ fits the surface, but in the wordplay suggests the wrong order of the clue’s components.
14. Groom’s partner, quite possibly in prison (9)
BRIDEWELL A charade of BRIDE (‘grooms partner’) + WELL (‘quite possibly’, as, for example, “could well be”). Bridewell was originally a palace in London, built by Henry VIII, later a poorhouse and prison. The word lingers on as a generic name for a prison.
15. Social climber’s rave-up disbanded around noon (7)
PARVENU An envelope (‘around’) of N (‘noon’) in PARVEU, an anagram (‘disbanded’) of ‘rave-up’.
16. Doing business with a duke in Hertfordshire town (7)
TRADING An envelope (‘in’) of A D (‘a duke’) in TRING (‘Hertfordshire town’).
17. Remains in Chermside, Brisbane (6)
DEBRIS A hidden answer (‘in’) in ‘ChermsiDE BRISbane’. Chermside is a suburb of Brisbane.
18. Bidet’s cracked in flat (6)
BEDSIT An anagram (‘cracked’) of ‘bidets’.
20. Rear of tractor, perhaps (5)
TOWER Double definition.

5 Responses to “Everyman Nº 3,398 (13 November 2011)”

  1. Stella Heath says:

    Thanks for the blog, PeterO, and to Everyman as always for the puzzle.

    I spent a fair time last Sunday learning about St. Bridget, 15ac of Ireland and friend of St. Patrick’s. You always learn something with Everyman :)

    (You might want to remove an extraneous ‘ in your comment om 4d, Peter)

  2. Stella Heath says:

    “on”, even ..

  3. Kathryn's Dad says:

    Thanks, Peter.

    Enjoyed this one, especially PATRON SAINT (where I discovered what George Peppard did), SPURREY (which was a new one for me) and SISTERS OF MERCY (where I was taken back to sitting in my room at college with the curtains closed listening to Leonard Cohen …) Although those that know the song will understand that Cohen’s sisters weren’t of the religious variety.

    Thanks to Everyman as always.

  4. Davy says:

    Thanks Peter,

    Another entertaining puzzle from Everyman with the usual great surfaces. I particularly liked ARCADE, TACTFUL, PATRON SAINT, LINNET and BEDSIT (took me longer than it should have to see this anagram).

    I was also reminded of Ode to Billie Joe by the answer CHOCTAW :

    And then she said “I got some news this mornin’ from Choctaw Ridge”
    “Today Billy Joe MacAllister jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge”

    Some oldies like myself may remember this song.

  5. PeterO says:


    Thanks for pointing out the slip. I do not know how the greengrocers’ apostrophe slipped in, and I can hardly say that I did not have time to proof-read the blog!

    Davy @4 The year 1967 seems to loom large here. The Choctaw Indians were originally from Mississippi, and some have managed to hang on there, but much of the tribe was relocated to Oklahoma.

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