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Everyman No. 3422 (6th May)

Posted by The Trafites on May 13th, 2012

The Trafites.

Lorraine:  Good morning one and all,

lovely puzzle this week, I enjoyed it tremendously.
Lots of favourites, 4, 14, 26 and 27ac and 1, 5,6, and 19dn.

Big thank you to Everyman, this was so much fun to solve.

Across
1. Sent a message about Slovenian tourist destination (6)
CABLED CA+BLED
see this LINK
4. Desert that woman? On the contrary (6)
RATHER RAT+HER
10. Brings up in houses built across river (9)
NOURISHES (IN HOUSES*) around R
11. Count’s child at university (3,2)
TOT UP TOT+UP
12. Unfashionable shed one rejected (7)
OUTCAST OUT+CAST
13. Starts to avoid key meals (7)
LUNCHES L(a)UNCHES
14. Groom’s award in sport? (3,2,3,5)
MAN OF THE MATCH cd
17. The most tongue-tied manages this without the slightest exaggeration? (2,3,3,5)
TO SAY THE LEAST cd
21. Royal attendant has no time for messenger (7)
COURIER COUR(t)IER
22. Urge simple changes involving uranium (7)
IMPULSE (SIMPLE*) around U
24. Love game, possibly last in series (5)
OMEGA O+(GAME*)
25. I must be protected by guns regulation (9)
ORDINANCE I in ORDNANCE
26. I may pose a problem for a dog (6)
SETTER cd
27. Stand by wife, a sly type (6)
WEASEL EASEL after W
Down
1. Charlie, on French river, making soup (8)
CONSOMME C+ON+SOMME
reference from the phonetic alphabet, alpha (or alfa), bravo, charlie…
2. Lacking sharpness, trombone, say, in club? (5,10)
BLUNT INSTRUMENT BLUNT+INSTRUMENT (CLUB is the definition)
3. Girl from Israeli port brought over around one (5)
ERICA (ACRE<) around I
see this LINK
5. Social worker, woman, having short chat before the baby’s born (9)
ANTENATAL ANT+ENA+TAL(k)
6. Struck senior teacher – possible punishment to get prominent media attention (3,3,9)
HIT THE HEADLINES HIT THE HEAD+LINES
7. Meal for old man, among others (6)
REPAST PA in REST
8. Roofing material which church required (6)
THATCH THAT+CH
9. A squalid property surrounding yard provides sanctuary (6)
ASYLUM A SLUM around Y
15. Charm of fiesta can, somehow (9)
FASCINATE (FIESTA CAN)*
16. Light ale brewed at that place inside (8)
ETHEREAL THERE in (ALE*)
18. Flowering plant in a Lancashire river (6)
YARROW dd
19. What one may have expected from ‘Sweeney Todd’ (musical affair)? (6)
HAIRDO HAIR(musical)+DO(affair)
20. Game the French boycotted is over (6)
ACROSS (l)ACROSS(e)
23. Writer, for example, brought up in a London suburb (5)
PENGE PEN+(EG<)
 

5 Responses to “Everyman No. 3422 (6th May)”

  1. Davy says:

    Thanks Lorraine,

    No really stubborn clues this week but still very entertaining. For pure entertainment, I think it’s the highlight of the week.
    I did however think that rat=desert was a stretch too far.

    I particularly liked OUTCAST, TO SAY THE LEAST, COURIER, WEASEL, ETHEREAL and HAIRDO (my COD). Thanks.

  2. Bamberger says:

    While 1a,3d,13a couldn’t have been anything else, I would still be trying to work out the word play
    1a& 3d Hadn’t heard of bled or acre.
    13a I’m afraid I still I don’t see this. Starts =launches. How does “to avoid key” mean remove the letter “a”?

    Thanks

  3. Davy says:

    Bamberger,

    The sense of key is musical as in the key of A.

  4. Bamberger says:

    Thanks Davy -you could have sat me down all year and I would never have got that. I’d half thought of key=answer and answer =a.

  5. Kathryn's Dad says:

    Thanks, Lorraine, I enjoyed it too.

    I thought MAN OF THE MATCH was clever, and I never knew that YARROW was a NW river, so I learned something.

    Another pleasing Sunday puzzle from Everyman.

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