Posted by Pierre on March 11th, 2012
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.
cd cryptic definition
dd double definition
anagrind = anagram indicator
[x] letter(s) removed
1 A farmer finally fit, fit for ploughing
A charade of A, R for the last letter of ‘farmer’ and ABLE.
4 Property propositions
9 Cry of lady swimming in a residential enclave in Nassau
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
12 A charming French accent
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
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
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
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
A charade of SHED for ‘dropped’ and TEARS for ‘charges (around)’.
22 One identifies bishop and rook pocketed by child
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
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
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
A homophone of ‘tenor’.
1 Wanting marriage, daughter drops out of amorous relationship
2 A female, articulate and rich
A charade of A, F for ‘female’ and FLUENT.
3 Big freight vessel left for Britain
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
An insertion of R for ‘Rex’ or ‘king’ in STUDY.
8 Circle province
10 American rustic – fine example by pub on line
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
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
A charade of PAN, THE and ON.
17 Bid to imprison complete delinquent
An insertion of END in OFFER.
19 When this is not shown, old lady makes a complaint
A tricky one. A charade of AS for ‘when’, TH (‘this’ when ‘is’ isn’t shown) and MA for ‘old lady’.
20 Kind offer
22 Animal lows close to byre
A charade of MOOS and E for the last letter of ‘byre.
Thanks as always to the setter.