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Everyman No. 3399 (20th November)

Posted by The Trafites on November 27th, 2011

The Trafites.

Lorraine:  Good morning one and all,

I truly enjoyed this crossword, so many favourites. 3, 14 ,17 and 21ac;  23ac comes up all the time, a bit of an old favourite. My favourite down clues were 1, 4, 6, 8 and 15.

Big thank you to Everyman for a smooth Sunday morning solve.

Across
1. Dance after quiet game (8)
SOFTBALL BALL after SOFT
5. Hack holding page showing prominent headline (6)
SPLASH P in SLASH
9. One local person, about 100, is resting (8)
INACTIVE I+(NATIVE around C)
10. Briefly express American position (6)
STATUS STAT(e)+US
12. Flower standing in row, cut (5)
LUPIN UP[standing] in LIN(e)
13. Repulsive, smooth ale if off (9)
LOATHSOME (SMOOTH ALE)*
14. Film barrister attending meeting (5,9)
BRIEF ENCOUNTER BRIEF+ENCOUNTER
17. Money available for use by company run in Surrey town and London, perhaps (7,7)
WORKING CAPITAL (R in WOKING)+CAPITAL
21. In New Zealand, adult inhaling pipe gets a respiratory ailment (9)
INFLUENZA FLUE in IN+NZ+A
22. Consider carefully course announced (5)
WEIGH homophone: WAY
23. Got the shakes in deprived area (6)
GHETTO (GOT THE)*
24. Sheriff’s officer upset employees (8)
TIPSTAFF TIP+STAFF
25. President’s first to speak in golf club (6)
PUTTER P+UTTER
26. Popular batting order (2,6)
IN DEMAND IN(batting)+DEMAND
Down
1. Protect novice in cast (6)
SHIELD L[learner, novice) in SHIED[fling, toss]
2. She was a flighty young thing, and one likely to panic? (7)
FLAPPER cdd
3. Staff may make racket, working (5)
BATON BAT+ON
4. Even scores at cribbage? (5,7)
LEVEL PEGGING cd ref. cribbage board
6. Essential oil, oil university refined under cover (9)
PATCHOULI (OIL U*) after PATCH[cover]
7. Performs in a play abroad attached to different cast (4,3)
ACTS OUT OUT after (CAST*)
8. Inn shortly to be refurbished to accommodate engineers, initially (8)
HOSTELRY E(ngineers) in (SHORTLY*)
11. Support an outsider, reportedly a drunken reveller (12)
BACCHANALIAN homophone: BACK AN ALIEN
15. Protocol quite absurd – letter required to dismiss banks (9)
ETIQUETTE (QUITE*)+(l)ETTE(r)[dismiss banks, i.e. sides)
16. Admitting having spell of prosperity (6,2)
OWNING UP cd
18. Display mirror (7)
REFLECT dd
19. Bail out a bishop, a hero of pantomime (3,4)
ALI BABA (BAIL*)+A+B+A
20. Irritated husband in snack bar close to Anfield (6)
CHAFED (H in CAFE)+(anfiel)D
22. Refuse to kill (5)
WASTE dd
 

3 Responses to “Everyman No. 3399 (20th November)”

  1. Wolfie says:

    Thanks for the blog Lorraine.

    I enjoyed this too – a pleasant workout while digesting Sunday lunch. My favourite was 11d, which I don’t remember seeing before.

    My only reservation is about 4d – which is hardly a cryptic clue, given that the term ‘level pegging’ seems to derive from the system of pegs and holes used on a cribbage board to record the scores.

  2. Kathryn's Dad says:

    Thank you Lorraine and Everyman.

    Another enjoyable Sunday morning solve. I laughed at BACCHANALIAN. I’m sure it’s been done before, but it’s a new one on me.

    I think LEVEL PEGGING has two meanings: in sport, for example, two teams can be said to be ‘level pegging’ if they are drawing or have equal points, or are ‘even’.

  3. Lorraine says:

    Hi Kathryn’s Dad,

    I also loved 11dn. I am still telling people who do not understand cryptics about this clue!

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