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Everyman No. 3408 (29th January)

Posted by The Trafites on February 5th, 2012

The Trafites.

Lorraine:  Good morning one and all.

Very enjoyable crossword this week, smooth surfaces and nothing too taxing.

No particular favourites this week, and as usual enjoyed solving the clues, and was not stymied in any big way.

Big thank you to Everyman as always.

Across
1. Guitarist, singer, and actor (4,6)
BASS PLAYER BASS+PLAYER
6. Miss with something to keep her hands warm (4)
MUFF MISS=MUFF
9. Extra charge made by a key teacher at university (3-2)
ADD-ON A+D(key)+DON
10. Hotly pursuing filly, run unwisely round foremost of courses (2,4,3)
IN FULL CRY (FILLY+RUN*) around C(ourses)
12. Without preparation? Pick a cosmetic (4,5)
COLD CREAM COLD+CREAM((the)pick(of the best))
13. Pound included in bill, for fish (5)
BLEAK L in BEAK
14. One to decline being cuddled by a vivacious, sexy-looking girl? (1,3,2,3,5)
A BIT OF ALL RIGHT A+BRIGHT(vivacious) around (I TO FALL)(one to decline)
18. Opposing union may cause a financial problem (8,6)
NEGATIVE EQUITY NEGATIVE(opposing)+EQUITY(trade union)
20. Commanding Officer taken round state capital (5)
CAIRO CO around AIR(state, say)
22. Henley gal adrift in river (9)
ALLEGHENY (HENLEY GAL)*
tributary of the Ohio River
24. Old boy at meeting with a fixed idea (9)
OBSESSION OB+SESSION
25. Hunter – gold one – working (5)
ORION OR+I+ON
26. Iron uniform (4)
EVEN dd
27. An encumbrance? No more with crew (4,6)
DEAD WEIGHT DEAD+W+EIGHT
Down
1. Offshoot of British cattle farm (6)
BRANCH B+RANCH
2. Son’s become confused by talk over bike accessory (9)
SADDLEBAG S+ADDLE+(GAB<)(talk)
3. State of alarm, frightful in satanic spot (5,8)
PANIC STATIONS (IN SATANIC SPOT)*
4. Turn up a hill (5)
ASIDE ARISE A+SIDE A+RISE
5. Drop of lager during fine meal cooked at home (2,7)
EN FAMILLE L(ager) in (FINE MEAL*)
7. Article taken from grubby relative (5)
UNCLE UNCLE(an)
8. Being smart, I take off to test opinion (3,1,4)
FLY A KITE FLY+(I TAKE*)
11. See tree ahead of group of trees in picture (8,5)
LABURNUM GROVE LABURNUM+GROVE
this film HERE
15. I’ve to appear in FA team in this form of football (4-1-4)
FIVE-A-SIDE (IV’E in FA)+SIDE
16. Crowd, carefree mostly, by the arena (9)
GATHERING GA(y)+THE+RING
17. One cadet spinning a yarn (8)
ANECDOTE (ONE CADET)*
19. Sound of seal in a small pen? Possibly (6)
CYGNET homophone of SIGNET – ‘small pen’=small female swan(possibly)=CYGNET
21. Children – an important subject (5)
ISSUE cdd
23. Ruled in Dublin? Edward? (5)
LINED hidden: dubLIN EDward
 

9 Responses to “Everyman No. 3408 (29th January)”

  1. Kathryn's Dad says:

    Thanks, Lorraine. You’re right – a fine all round puzzle from Everyman as always (including, as is often the case, the old film). Nice surfaces, good range of devices.

    (You have a tiny typo in 2dn, btw – I’m sure you meant to say that it’s a reversal of GAB for ‘talk over’.)

  2. Bamberger says:

    For 13a I had B?e?k and bill in the sense of a beak rather than in a brown envelope just didn’t come to mind. Even with a solver I didn’t know that a bleak was a fish.
    For 22a I had a?l?g?e?y and ehln to play with. Without knowing the river there was no way of getting it right. Several anagram solvers denied such a word existed.

    Those two were taxing for me.

  3. Robi says:

    Smooth surfaces, as ever.

    Thanks Lorraine; I dredged up ALLEGHENY from somewhere in my subconscious. I had ‘ARISE’ for 4d, and according to the solution, that is correct.

  4. Hughr says:

    Thanks. I got 17/28 this week. I knew 22a was an anagram but I just didn’t know the river.

  5. Davy says:

    Thanks Lorraine,

    I enjoyed this very much and even if it’s allegedly on the easy side, I find it so much more enjoyable than many more difficult crosswords. My best guess for 22a was ALLYGHEEN which was close but not right. I found the correct answeer using Find and Fit but have never heard of the river. Is it famous in any way or was this just Everyman being obscure ?.

    The thing with Everyman is that his clues nearly always have good surfaces and never seem contrived.

    I’ve ticked the following clues as being worthy of mention and these are ADD-ON, COLD CREAM, A BIT OF ALL RIGHT (mabye sexist in some people’s eyes), NEGATIVE EQUITY, EVEN, EN FAMILLE and UNCLE.

    Thanks a lot Everyman.

  6. Tokyo Colin says:

    Thanks Lorraine,

    In response to Davy’s question I would have said it is much better known than rivers such as Fal, Exe, Ure and Wear that I have only encountered in crosswordland. The name Allegheny also refers to a county, a mountain range, a college, hospital and a very good Pale Ale. So it is hardly obscure.

    But you seem to be in good company based on the other contributors so it appears that none of those uses is well-known in the Guardian’s heartland. So score one for the “foreigners” I suppose.

    Last one in for me was 11dn. Now that’s obscure from where I sit, but gettable.

  7. Chas says:

    No more obscure rivers please!

  8. Robi says:

    Davy @5; I think you have to consider the difficulties of the setter. With A?L?G?E?Y, there really was only ALLEGHENY to fit in, if he left this clue to the end (even without the ‘Y,’ there is the same problem.)

  9. Davy says:

    To Tokyo Colin,

    From an English perspective, the rivers that you mention are not just in crosswordland and would be familiar to many English people whereas I suspect the Allegheny would not. The river Fal flows into Falmouth which is a famous Cornish resort ; the river Exe flows into Exeter which is a well-known city; the Ure flows into the Ouse in North Yorkshire which is where I live; and the Wear flows through Tyne and Wear which is a well-known metropolitan county.

    I’m surprised that I wasn’t aware of Allegheny pale ale though, as I like my beer.

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