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Everyman 3413/4 March 2012

Posted by Pierre on March 11th, 2012

Pierre.

Another fine Sunday morning puzzle from Everyman, with some less common words thrown into the mix.

There were three solutions today that I wasn’t familiar with, but they were all clearly clued and gettable once you had a few crossing letters.  As well, there were some old chestnuts, but with an Everyman style puzzle I don’t think you can make too much of that.

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

Across

1 A farmer finally fit, fit for ploughing
ARABLE
A charade of A, R for the last letter of ‘farmer’ and ABLE.

4 Property propositions
PREMISES
A dd.

9 Cry of lady swimming in a residential enclave in Nassau
LYFORD CAY
No, I hadn’t either.  I don’t move in those kind of circles, dahling.  (CRY OF LADY)* with ‘swimming’ as the anagrind.

11 Bread, and what’s used to make it
DOUGH
A dd.

12 A charming French accent
ACUTE
A plus CUTE to give you l’accent aigu, like in the word été for summer (which occasionally comes up in crosswords).

13 Boy, a youth who drowned saving ten
ALEXANDER
A plus X for ‘ten’ in LEANDER, who in Greek legend drowned while swimming to see his squeeze at the time, Hero.

14 Irritable about intelligence surrounding large ship
CANTANKEROUS
A three-part clue: Everyman’s asking you to put together CA for circa or ‘about’ and NOUS for ‘intelligence’, and then put TANKER in the middle of it.

18 Old English weapon found in barracks by Welsh river
QUARTERSTAFF
A charade of QUARTERS for ‘barracks’ and TAFF for the Welsh river that flows through Cardiff among other places.  I was stuck for a bit trying to fit in AVON or AFON for the Welsh river.  ‘A stout pole, six to eight feet long and frequently iron-tipped, formerly used as a weapon by the English peasantry’ (SOED) and the second of the words with which I was unfamiliar.

21 Dropped charges causing one to cry
SHED TEARS
A charade of SHED for ‘dropped’ and TEARS for ‘charges (around)’.

22 One identifies bishop and rook pocketed by child
MITRE
Nicely misleading surface: I was trying to insert B and R into something.  It’s just an insertion of R for ‘rook’ in MITE, though.

23 Some characters in healthy Droitwich spa
HYDRO
Hidden in healtHY DROitwich.

24 Deteriorate? Manage to consult foremost of doctors
RUN TO SEED
Nice surface.  RUN for ‘manage’, then TO, SEE and D for the first letter of ‘doctors’.

25 Beginning to ask one about new lead for dog
AIREDALE
Another multi-part clue: A for the first letter of ‘ask’, I for ‘one’, RE for ‘about’ and (LEAD)*, with ‘new’ as the anagrind.

26 Note from voice on the radio
TENNER
A homophone of ‘tenor’.

Down

1 Wanting marriage, daughter drops out of amorous relationship
ALLIANCE
[D]ALLIANCE.

2 A female, articulate and rich
AFFLUENT
A charade of A, F for ‘female’ and FLUENT.

3 Big freight vessel left for Britain
LARGE
Another smooth surface.  The setter’s asking you to replace the B (‘Britain’) in BARGE with L (‘left’).

5 So marry her, one moved, displaying logic
RHYME OR REASON
(SO MARRY HER ONE)* with ‘moved’ as the anagrind.  From a phrase like ‘Where’s the rhyme or reason in that?’

6 A fellow, surrounded by kinky US dames, complained
MADE A FUSS
There are some great surfaces today.  An insertion of A F in (US DAMES)* with ‘kinky’ as the anagrind.

7 Read about king, well-built
STURDY
An insertion of R for ‘Rex’ or ‘king’ in STUDY.

8 Circle province
SPHERE
A dd.

10 American rustic – fine example by pub on line
CRACKER-BARREL
The third term I wasn’t familiar with, and I got stuck trying to fit in BARROW for the second element (BAR on ROW), but the crossers sorted it out eventually.  It’s CRACKER for ‘fine example’, BAR for ‘pub’, RE for ‘on’ and L for ‘line’.  The SOED gives the definition ‘homespun’.

15 Maturity shown by a deckhand originally guarding hold out at sea
ADULTHOOD
A and D for the first letter of ‘deckhand’ with an insertion (‘guarding’) of (HOLD OUT)* with ‘at sea’ as the anagrind.

16 Harshly criticise article on a building that was built to honour gods
PANTHEON
A charade of PAN, THE and ON.

17 Bid to imprison complete delinquent
OFFENDER
An insertion of END in OFFER.

19 When this is not shown, old lady makes a complaint
ASTHMA
A tricky one.  A charade of AS for ‘when’, TH (‘this’ when ‘is’ isn’t shown) and MA for ‘old lady’.

20 Kind offer
TENDER
A dd.

22 Animal lows close to byre
MOOSE
A charade of MOOS and E for the last letter of ‘byre.

Thanks as always to the setter.

6 Responses to “Everyman 3413/4 March 2012”

  1. Bamberger says:

    I got very little of the SW out and also failed on lyford cay, quarterstaff (though I got taff) and cracker barrel.

    Thanks for the blog

  2. Robi says:

    Smooth as ever.

    Thanks Pierre; I don’t suppose many people would know LYFORD CAY, but Google man revealed all. Apparently, as a setter, it is best to start in the centre and work outwards. With L?F?R?C?Y, there is not much more that can be fitted in. Like you, I hadn’t heard of CRACKER-BARREL.

    I particularly liked the clue for ASTHMA. Everyman clued the popular AIREDALE in January as: ‘Dog, adult one about to be put on tight lead.’

  3. davy says:

    Thanks Pierre,

    The last one in was LYFORD CAY which I’d never heard of but with the letters available, that seemed the only possibility. I haven’t ticked many clues but I did like PANTHEON particularly.

    All-in-all, another very entertaining, accessible puzzle with the usual smooth surfaces.

    Many thanks Everyman.

  4. Richard says:

    Regarding ‘cracker-barrel’ I wonder if there a recognition of ‘cracker’ to mean ‘poor Southern American whites’?

  5. Pierre says:

    Thanks for your comment, Richard. The solution, and your link to the poor from the Southern states, are both of American origin, but whether the terms are related, I can’t discover. We need a US-based solver to tell us, I think.

  6. Wolfie says:

    Hi Richard and Pierre.

    The OED indicates that ‘cracker’ as a contemptuous term for poor, Southern US whites goes back to at least 1766. The origin of the expression appears unknown or unclear. It seems to have no connection with ‘cracker-barrel’, which is first recorded in the mid-nineteenth century.

    Thanks for the blog Pierre

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