Posted by Pierre on May 20th, 2012
I always look forward to blogging the Everyman puzzle, because there’ll be plenty of inventive but gettable clues and a wide range of references that often have me going off on a tangent to look up more about a particular subject. I also thought there were some exceptionally good surfaces this morning.
cd cryptic definition
dd double definition
anagrind = anagram indicator
[x] letter(s) removed
1 Dubious sort with alcoholic drink on platform
A charade of (SORT)* and RUM, with ‘dubious’ as the anagrind.
5 Let off surplus dynamite, initially
A charade of SPARE and D for the first letter of ‘dynamite’.
9 Splendour of Greek article under bust
A charade of GR for ‘Greek’, A and (UNDER)*, with ‘bust’ as the anagrind.
10 Joined one editor
Fourth charade in a row: of UNIT and ED
12 Head leaving specimen, more than enough
13 Around five, alkie and a TT uncommonly chatty
An insertion of V for ‘five’ in (ALKIE A TT)* with ‘uncommonly’ as the anagrind.
14 New French calendar?
A cd, referring to the French Revolutionary Calendar (or French Republican Calendar), introduced in France during the 1790s. It didn’t last long, although according to it, this puzzle was published on 25 Floréal an 220 de la Révolution. Yes, I thought you’d be fascinated by that …
16 Soon converted a lone militant
IN NO TIME AT ALL
(A LONE MILITANT)*
20 Getting bitter with money for bread
A charade of SOUR for ‘bitter’ and DOUGH for ‘money’ for the type of bread.
21 Fish steak prepared
22 Doctor returning to northern college
A reversal of RIG for ‘doctor’, TO, and N for ‘northern’ gives you the Cambridge College, which used to be all-female, but became co-educational in 1976. Girton undergraduates tend to be among the fittest at the University, since the college is some way from the City centre where most lectures are held, so cycling in and back each day gets their cardiovascular system going.
23 Decidedly fashionable black suit
‘Decidedly’ is the definition: it’s a charade of IN for ‘fashionable’ and SPADES for ‘black suit’. Another lovely surface.
24 Attractive young girls with special ability
A dd. ‘Howay, lads, shall wi gaan an check oot the talent in the Bigg Market the neet?’ as they would say on Tyneside.
25 Bird in box by bank
A charade of SPAR and ROW, for Passer domesticus, which was once extremely common, but whose numbers have declined significantly in recent years; the reasons for this are not fully understood.
1 Newspaper left on top of an overcoat
A charade of RAG, L, and AN gives you the type of overcoat.
2 Holiday-maker holding up small scuttle
Since it’s a down clue, it’s CAMPER holding up S. ‘She scuttled/scampered off.’
3 Dickens character, impolite penning note
An insertion of G for the musical note in RUDE gives you Barnaby RUDGE, the character from the novel of the same name.
4 Rise to heaven, the home of the greater gods
I think Everyman is simply referring here to the fact that to ‘rise to heaven’ you’d have to MOUNT OLYMPUS, but perhaps someone has a better idea.
6 Writers having a drink in a US city
A charade of PENS for ‘writers’, A and COLA for the city in Florida. Another lovely surface reading.
7 Tins are wrong for a wine
(TINS ARE)* One of the most disgusting variants of alcohol I’ve ever tasted. It’s right popular with crossword compilers, though, because it’s also (RETAINS)* (RETINAS)* (NASTIER)* (INTERS A)* (INSERT A)* (NEAR ITS)* and (EARN ITS)* I think it deserves some kind of award.
8 Daughter, having drunk rye after rum, becomes unsteady
A charade of D for ‘daughter’, ODD for ‘rum’ and (RYE)* ‘Drunk’ is the anagrind, and it’s another well-crafted surface.
11 One-armed bandits – lost cash in ‘em, stupidly
(LOST CASH IN EM)*
15 After surprising veto duke’s dejected, defeated in the House
A charade of (VETO)* D for ‘duke’ and DOWN for ‘dejected’, with ‘surprising’ as the anagrind.
16 Awareness, in a sense
A charade of IN and SIGHT
17 Grey gear?
18 Depend on the German rowing club
A charade of LEAN and DER for one of the German words for ‘the’. The LEANDER rowing club is one of the oldest in the world and is based near Henley-on-Thames. If I was being hyper-picky, I’d say that ‘lean’ and ‘depend’ are only synonymous in the phrasal verbs ‘lean on’ and ‘depend on’.
19 Watch cutter pitch
A charade of SEE and SAW; ‘pitch’ is the definition. I couldn’t make sense of the surface for ages, but I think Everyman’s asking you to imagine that you’re safely on the shore watching a cutter (boat) pitching in rough seas.
21 Wild ape is a brownish colour
An anagram to finish off. (APE IS)*
No old films this week … ah well, you can’t have everything. Thanks to Everyman.