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Everyman 3419/ 15 April 2012

Posted by Pierre on April 22nd, 2012

Pierre.

Another pleasing Sunday morning solve from Everyman, with a wide range of references.  Fewer anagrams than usual from this setter, but still an accessible puzzle with a nice range of cluing devices.  And I learned a new word, which is always welcome.

 

 

 

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

Across

1 Small article by Dali in Central American capital
SAN SALVADOR
A charade of S, AN and SALVADOR Dali, the surrealist painter, to lead to the capital of El Salvador.

9 Put the wind up a member crossing line
ALARM
An insertion of L for ‘line’ in A ARM.

10 Father in capital wants us brought over together
PARI PASSU
An insertion of PA in PARIS followed by a reversal (‘brought over’) of US to give you the Latin phrase, which is a legal term and literally means ‘with an equal step’.

11 Chap was the leader, coming over and heading for Admiral Nelson
MANDELA
A charade of MAN, LED reversed (‘coming over’) and A for the first letter of ‘Admiral’.  Nelson Rolihlahla MANDELA, for whom the word ‘elder statesman’ might as well have been invented.

12 Gent has arm in an article of clothing
GARMENT
Well, cluing doesn’t come clearer than this: it’s ARM in GENT.

13 Stateswoman – chat nervously with her after start of tribunal
THATCHER
Some might query the definition, but it’s T for the first letter of ‘tribunal’, (CHAT)* and HER, with ‘nervously’ as the anagrind.

15 Streak across mud, getting immersed
SMUDGE
Hidden (‘immersed’) in acrosS MUD GEtting.

17 American after a taxi back? You can count on it!
ABACUS
Nice surface.  A charade of A BAC (cab reversed) and US.

18 So, a nicer new storyline
SCENARIO
(SO A NICER)*

21 Long-suffering patient, uncomplaining
STOICAL
A nicely done triple definition

22 Look at our Sunday paper, endlessly
OBSERVE
OBSERV[ER]

Edit: OBSERVE[R] in fact – thanks to Robi for the correction.

24 Irritation shown by terrible Russian chap having little time to gad about
GALLIVANT
A charade of GALL, IVAN and T for ‘little time’.  The reference is to Ivan the Terrible, who did some good as well as some bad stuff.

25 The snow leopard, at one time around for all to see
OUNCE
An insertion of U in ONCE to give the setters’ favourite feline.  The U is from ‘universal’, meaning a film can be seen by all ages.

26 Excellent company making film
HIGH SOCIETY
The 1956 film starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra.  Everyman’s almost trademark inclusion of an old movie.  I’ve got him down as a bit of a buff.

 

Down

1 Health resort in a European country
SPAIN
Simple, but good: a charade of SPA and IN

2 Complex calculations made by anaesthetist? Crisis in middle of surgery
NUMBER CRUNCHING
I liked this one specially.  It’s NUMBER for ‘anaesthetist’ (because he numbs you), CRUNCH for ‘crisis’, IN, and G for the middle letter of ‘surgery’.

3 Group of characters in sacred river requiring help
ALPHABET
A charade of ALPH, the sacred river, and ABET for the (often criminal) type of help.

From Samuel Taylor Coleridge:

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea

4 House housing a bad-tempered woman
VIRAGO
An insertion of A in VIRGO.  House: ‘Any of the twelve divisions of the Zodiac’ (Collins).

5 Craftily, trader tempts one in a place on the high street
DEPARTMENT STORE
(TRADER TEMPTS ONE)* with ‘craftily’ as the anagrind.  Another nice surface.

6 Shrub grew on church official
ROSE ELDER
A charade of ROSE for ‘grew’ and ELDER for ‘church official’ gives you the shrub of the Viburnum family.

7 Rodent, second seen in trade centre
MARMOT
An insertion of MO for ‘second’ (as in ‘just a mo’) in MART to lead you to the buck-toothed, whistling, little fellow.

8 A free BBC?
AUNTIE
The pet name for the BBC is a charade of A and UNTIE for ‘free’.  Concise cluing from Everyman.

14 A ring brought in by governess for a religious leader
AYATOLLAH
I learned a new word this morning, AYAH: ‘a governess, especially one of Indian or Malay origin’ (Collins).  Stick A TOLL in that and you’ve got your answer.

16 Short signs for wrong and right beneath a puzzle
ACROSTIC
This was definitely my favourite today – it’s a really good spot, and a charade of A CROS[S] TIC[K] for the puzzle where the first letters of each line spell out a word.

17 Delegate, a southern character
ASSIGN
A charade of A, S and SIGN.

19 Key man, first to bat
OPENER
A dd.  A ‘key’ is obviously an ‘opener’, which is also one of the two men or women batting first in cricket.

20 Means to support a learner driver, whatever the circumstances
ALWAYS
Because it’s a down clue, it’s WAYS for ‘means’ below A L.

23 Hot drink, not busker’s first
RANDY
[B]RANDY.  Let’s have a bit of decorum on a Sunday morning, please …

Thanks to Everyman for a straightforward but entertaining crossword.

4 Responses to “Everyman 3419/ 15 April 2012”

  1. flashling says:

    Re 12a as you say Pierre but actually I had a problem in that I thought that can’t be all there is to it and didn’t put it in for quite a while, perhaps clues can be too easy sometimes :-)

  2. Davy says:

    Thanks Pierre,

    An entertaining puzzle from Everyman as always. I particularly like MANDELA which was well-hidden, ALPHABET and the excellent AUNTIE.
    I didn’t know PARI PASSU but the clue led straight to the answer, well not immmediately.
    Good stuff Everyman.

  3. Robi says:

    Good, entertaining crossword.

    Thanks to Pierre for an excellent blog; typo on OBSERVE[r]. I agree that ACROSTIC was the COD. Re 12: ‘Male member inside an article of clothing’ might also lack decorum for a Sunday……..

  4. Pierre says:

    Thanks, Robi. I’ve corrected the blog.

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