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Everyman No. 3420 (22nd April)

Posted by The Trafites on April 29th, 2012

The Trafites.

Lorraine:  Good morning to you all,

I start this week by thanking Everyman for a most enjoyable puzzle. I managed to romp through this weeks offering fairly quickly. Lots of favourites, to numerous to mention.

Thank you again Everyman a most enjoyable solve.

Across
1. Provider of children’s entertainment, TV on leave (4-2-3-3)
JACK-IN-THE-BOX THE BOX after JACK IN
9. Ascot’s winning margin? Short row follows (7)
NECKTIE NECK+TIE(r)
10. Mummy’s boy, reportedly depressed when the day is done (7)
SUNDOWN homophone of SON+DOWN
11. Jumper next to mine in shabby cinema (7)
FLEAPIT FLEA+PIT
12. Theatrical company to improve further performance (7)
REPRISE REP+RISE
13. Escaped in cab, sodden, unfortunately (9)
ABSCONDED (CAB, SODDEN)*
15. Project involving small fair (4)
JUST JUT around S
17. Homestead a long way away? Miles (4)
FARM FAR+M
18. Former PM leading workers in county (9)
NORTHANTS NORTH+ANTS
19. Body of troops ordered to carry equipment (7)
BRIGADE RIG in BADE
21. Surprisingly large one, a country in Africa (7)
ALGERIA (LARGE*)+I+A
22. Film director down in Italy (7)
FELLINI FELL+IN+I
23. Locks in fortress, essential (7)
TRESSES hidden: forTRESS ESsential
24. Working with responsibility in a successful business (5,7)
GOING CONCERN GOING+CONCERN
Down
1. Psychologist married German woman in the Bernese Alps (8)
JUNGFRAU JUNG+FRAU
2. Dogs may be spooked reckons special (6,8)
COCKER SPANIELS (RECKONS SPECIAL)*
3. At home, spinner for Middlesex initially playing his best (2,3,4)
IN TOP FORM IN+TOP+(FOR+M)
4. Newspaper job? (5)
THEFT THE FT(financial times)
5. Undemanding jockey in film (4,5)
EASY RIDER EASY+RIDER
6. Have, in an excited state, to confess (3,2)
OWN UP OWN+UP
7. Beginning to realise Doctor No is no obscure novel? (8,6)
ROBINSON CRUSOE R(ealise)+(NO IS NO OBSCURE*)
8. Girl, extremely drunk, dropping CD (4)
ANNE (c)ANNE(d)
14. Ground in lane with odd weed (9)
DANDELION (IN LANE+ODD)*
15. Astronaut, first from Georgia, hugged by Beatle on leaving (4,5)
JOHN GLENN G in JOHN LENN(on)
16. Hit man in SAS twice, unwisely (8)
ASSASSIN (IN+SAS+SAS)*
19. Polish fan (4)
BUFF dd
20. I depart after American friend (5)
AMIGO I GO after AM
21. Classically elegant upper room (5)
ATTIC dd
 

4 Responses to “Everyman No. 3420 (22nd April)”

  1. Bamberger says:

    Fairly steady solve apart from 15d where i had j?h? g?e?n. All I could think of was John Green and despite running through all the Beatles names, I just couldn’t see anything else. In fact if someone had stood over me and told me to try again, I think I could have gone all week and still not got it.

  2. Wolfie says:

    Thanks for the blog Lorraine. I enjoyed this one too. Being old enough to remember my excitement during the early days of the space-race in the 1960s I got 15d straight off. John Glenn was the first US astronaut to orbit the earth – an achievement that is hinted at in the clue. He went on to become a US senator.

  3. Robi says:

    Usual smooth surfaces and very enjoyable to solve. Usual classic film reference.

    Thanks Lorraine for a nice blog. I did like the clue for JOHN GLENN.

  4. Kathryn's Dad says:

    Thanks, Lorraine.

    Usual fine stuff from this setter, and like Wolfie and Robi, I was a fan of the JOHN GLENN clue. And it’s clear from the regular appearances of old movies that Everyman is a film 19dn …

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