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Everyman No. 3403 (18th December)

Posted by The Trafites on December 25th, 2011

The Trafites.

Lorraine:  Merry Christmas to you all,

This weeks offering took me slightly longer than usual to complete. 9dn took me quite a while to solve, but all in all a most enjoyable puzzle.

Thank you Everyman.

Across
1. Lying down in middle of boulevard after drink (6)
SUPINE (IN+(boul)E(vard)) after SUP
4. In which one may see Odette boast about the French leading English (4,4)
SWAN LAKE (LA in SWANK)+E
10. Girl cuddling boy in a state (9)
LOUISIANA LOUISA around IAN
11. Clear away thatch aloft (3,2)
MOP UP MOP(hair, thatch)+UP
12. Cat, say, brought back after search (7)
SCOURGE (EG<) after SCOUR
13. Hornblower’s short speech after end of clash (7)
HORATIO (clas)H+ORATIO
Horatio Hornblower
14. Suspicious transaction with him, a republican? (14)
ANTIMONARCHIST (TRANSACTION+HIM*)
17. Said of a gunslinger pulling a fast one? (5,2,3,4)
QUICK ON THE DRAW cd
21. Drank one given by doctor, one by bunk (7)
IMBIBED I+MB+I+BED
22. Court finally presented with motive for act of betrayal (7)
TREASON (cour)T+REASON
24. Fuss about a single step in a series (5)
STAIR STIR around A
25. Complete change of opinion concerning fellow expert (5-4)
ABOUT-FACE ABOUT+F+ACE
26. Provide forceful evidence against the Italian, Italian arrested by pair (8)
MILITATE (IL+IT) in MATE
27. Is worried about small son getting pet (6)
CARESS CARES around S(on)
 
Down
1. Willy Loman? Name lass involved (8)
SALESMAN (NAME+LASS*)
2. Roman god in place, cast out (5)
PLUTO PL+(OUT*)
3. Quack remedy in no way unusual (7)
NOSTRUM NO+ST+RUM
5. Around northern tip of region, one state with a new meteorological facility (7,7)
WEATHER STATION R in (ONE STATE WITH A*)
a bit convoluted
6. Chief magistrate upset about demo (7)
NOMARCH (ON<)+MARCH
7. Inordinate praise about favourite hors d’oeuvre (9)
APPETISER (PRAISE*) around PET
8. Use Forster device? (6)
EMPLOY EM(forster)+PLOY
clever misleading clue
9. Respond humorously to fool getting comfortable role? (4,2,4,4)
TAKE IN GOOD PART TAKE IN(to fool)+GOOD+PART
15. Computer image of distressed lamb in hut (9)
THUMBNAIL (LAMB IN HUT*)
16. Trendy types, carollers surrounding wife (8)
SWINGERS SINGERS around W
18. Jazz fan about to reveal what goes on in nightclub? (7)
CABARET CAT around BARE &lit, perhaps
19. Choose artist showing a complex character (7)
ELECTRA ELECT+RA
20. Turn down quantity of Chinese food (3,3)
DIM SUM DIM+SUM
23. Small girl gets fish (5)
SKATE S+KATE
 ….

5 Responses to “Everyman No. 3403 (18th December)”

  1. madman says:

    Surely Pluto is a Greek god, with Pater Dis as the Roman equivalent??

  2. Davy says:

    Thanks Lorraine,

    The usual excellent surfaces from Everyman. I’ve ticked quite a few clues but particular favourites were SCOURGE, NOSTRUM and DIM SUM.

  3. Bamberger says:

    1d, 4a & 13a were easy if you knew who Willy Loman ,Odette & Hornblower were. If you didn’t you had to wait until you had a few checkers unless you wanted to google. For that reason I didn’t really like those clues.
    Otherwise ok.

    Thanks for the blog.

  4. Wolfie says:

    Thanks Lorraine and Happy Christmas to you.

    In Liverpool a Nomarch is a disreputable person……

    It seems strange sitting down after Sunday lunch today without an Everyman crossword to beguile me. Thank you Everyman for your weekly entertainment throughout the year.

  5. Kathryn's Dad says:

    Thanks, Lorraine.

    I missed Everyman on Sunday too. My favourites in this one were ANTIMONARCHIST and DIM SUM – both elegant but accessible clues, as always in this puzzle.

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