# Fifteensquared

## Everyman 3402/11 December

Posted by Pierre on December 18th, 2011

A well-constructed entry-level puzzle from Everyman this morning, with a nice range of cluing devices and some pleasing surfaces.  Perfect for beginning and improving solvers.

cd  cryptic definition
dd  double definition
(xxxx)*  anagram
anagrind = anagram indicator
[x]  letter(s) missing

Across

1 A stubborn type beginning to trust a lucky charm
AMULET
A charade of A MULE and T for the first letter of ‘trust’.

4 Drink one with a girl after time
TIA MARIA
Another one: of T for ‘time’ and I for ‘one’, then A MARIA to give you the liqueur.

9 Choked, the lord upset about IOM race
THROTTLED
(THE LORD)* around TT for the often fatal Isle of Man motorbike races.  ‘Upset’ is the anagrind.  The clue prompted me to find out what TT means: it’s ‘Tourist Trophy’.

11 Unusual paperback?
NOVEL
A dd.

12 I frame Swedish director seducing new Swedish actress
INGRID BERGMAN
An insertion of N for ‘new’ in I GRID and BERGMAN for the Swedish producer Ingmar BERGMAN (no relation). ‘Seducing’ is the insertion indicator, presumably in the sense of ‘attracting’.  Anyway, it’s a good surface reading.  INGRID BERGMAN is probably best remembered for playing Isla Lund in Casablanca opposite Humphrey Bogart.  ‘Play it again, Sam’ is one of the famous movie misquotes; she never said that.  What she actually said was ‘Play it, Sam’.

14 Device that spins to and fro
ROTATOR
The clue is relying on the fact that ROTATOR is a palindrome.

15 Drink, more bubbly, for top boss
SUPREMO
A charade of SUP and (MORE)*  ‘Bubbly’ is the anagrind.

17 Hear about old shocking event
TRAGEDY
An insertion (‘about’) of AGED for ‘old’ in TRY (in its legal sense).

19 Brief increase in small dried grapes
RAISINS
A charade of RAIS[E] IN and S.

21 Medal winner? Initial clue required?
VICTORIA CROSS
A clever charade of VICTOR and I ACROSS to give you the medal.

24 Child about to leave Mediterranean island
MINOR
MINOR[CA].  CA is an abbreviation for ‘circa’, or ‘about’.

25 Not fully satisfied, cook eats a tin around one
INSATIATE
(EATS A TIN I)*  ‘Cook’ is the anagrind.

26 Copy of short specification – mine smudged
SPECIMEN
A charade of SPEC and (MINE)*  ‘Smudged’ is the anagrind.

27 Perhaps fly home ahead of party
INSECT
A charade of IN for ‘home’ and SECT.

Down

1 Sadly it’s a threat, if the situation stays as it is
AT THIS RATE
A clearly signposted anagram to give us plenty of starting letters for the acrosses.  (IT’S A THREAT)* and ‘sadly’ is the anagrind.

2 Just out of bed? Correct
UPRIGHT
A charade of UP for ‘out of bed’ and RIGHT for ‘correct’.

3 New titles composed for famous bass guitarist
ENTWISTLE
(NEW TITLES)*  ‘Composed’ is the anagrind and it’s John ENTWISTLE, the bass guitarist in The Who, who died from a cocaine-induced heart attack in 2002.

IN DIRE STRAITS
Everyman’s on a bit of a rock ‘n’ roll mission today.  It’s IN for ‘popular’ and DIRE STRAITS for Mark Knopfler’s lot.  I’m partial to a bit of Dire Straits myself, particularly the hauntingly melancholic ‘Romeo and Juliet’.

6 Note small car on motorway
MINIM
More music.  A MINIM is the musical note that’s worth two crotchets and is a charade of MINI and M for ‘motorway’.

7 Earnings, extremely remunerative on location
REVENUE
A charade of RE for the outside letters of RemunerativE and VENUE.

8 Supporter in mass meeting, losing head
ALLY
[R]ALLY

10 Celebrity bid stupidly to secure old undergarment
LIBERTY BODICE
(CELEBRITY BID)* around O for old; ‘stupidly’ is the anagrind.  It is indeed an old undergarment: younger solvers (if they are ready for a frisson of excitement) can find out here why Market Harborough is famous for something.

CONSISTENT
An insertion of SIS for half of ‘sister’ in CONTENT.

16 Royal taken over to northern university
PRINCETON
Since this is a down clue, Everyman’s asking you to put PRINCE for ‘royal’ over TO and N for ‘northern’ to make the New Jersey Ivy League University.

18 Further loan
A dd, relying on the English language’s capacity to have nounal and verbal meanings of the same word.

20 Cut off, one very much overdue
ISOLATE
A charade of I and SO LATE.

22 A dog may be company on rig at sea
CORGI
A charade of CO and (RIG)*  ‘At sea’ is the anagrind.

23 Prophet from Arabia – Moses?
AMOS
And finally a hidden answer: it’s in ArabiA MOSes.

Fine stuff from Everyman, thank you as always.

### 2 Responses to “Everyman 3402/11 December”

1. crosser says:

Thanks, Pierre. Yes, this was straightforward but I needed your help in understanding how 21 across worked. It turned out to be a very good clue, in my opinion.

2. Davy says:

Thanks Pierre,

I thought this was the easiest Everyman in a long while but still entertaining and full of good clues. I particularly liked INGRID BERGMAN, TRAGEDY (excellent surface), VICTORIA CROSS (liked 1 Across), INSATIATE and IN DIRE STRAITS. Thanks Everyman.

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