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Everyman No. 3424 (20th May)

Posted by The Trafites on May 27th, 2012

The Trafites.

Lorraine:  Good morning to you all,

yet again another fine example of a lovely Everyman crossword.
No problems this week, particular favourites were, 1, 20 and 23ac and 5, 7, 9 and 13dn.

Thank you to Everyman as always.

Across
1. Sexual urge of one bachelor in pool (6)
LIBIDO I+B in LIDO
4. Bishop, surrounded by staff, arrives back in capital down under (8)
CANBERRA (B in CANE)+(ARR<)
10. Direct and forceful, boy in refurbished flat (7)
FRONTAL RON in (FLAT*)
11. Reportedly speak highly of exercise book (4,3)
LORD JIM homophone: LAUD and GYM
can ‘exercise’=GYM?
12. Devious, a villain, Cheam criminal (13)
MACHIAVELLIAN (A VILLAIN CHEAM)*
14. Herald hour to take on board new bearing (9)
HARBINGER HR around (BEARING*)
15. Zones in Far East (5)
AREAS hidden: fAR EASt
16. French river certain to cover miles (5)
SOMME SOME around M
18. Sticking together once cheer distributed (9)
COHERENCE (ONCE CHEER)*
20. Article’s about group covering a popular song (3,6,4)
THE PARTYS OVER THE+PARTY’S+OVER
23. First letters from a pal, first of many (7)
ACRONYM A+CRONY+M(any)
24. Performing animal kept in one (2,5)
ON STAGE STAG in ONE
25. Call Heather annoying? (8)
NEEDLING NEED(call?)+LING
26. Live it up, taking in a show (6)
REVEAL REVEL around A
Down
1. Take elevator (4)
LIFT dd
2. Something from the baker in error (7)
BLOOMER cd
3. Out of order having little time for female police officer (9)
DETECTIVE DEFECTIVE with T(ime) for F(emale)
5. Goods for sale may be in disarray (3,4,3,4)
ALL OVER THE SHOP cd
6. A gem of a girl? (5)
BERYL cd
7. Be happy about Irish writer, we hear (7)
REJOICE RE+homophone: JOYCE
8. Notice one in church has to give (10)
ADMINISTER AD+(I in MINSTER)
9. Train Glaswegian pilot? (6,8)
FLYING SCOTSMAN cd
13. Sort hating scary funfair ride (5,5)
GHOST TRAIN (SORT HATING*)
15. Social climber making rare visit abroad (9)
ARRIVISTE (RARE VISIT)*
17. Tennis star, in short ceremony, misbehaved (7)
McENROE (CEREMON(y))*
19. Raced over to judge to tell the story (7)
NARRATE (RAN<)+RATE
21. Girl left a record (5)
ANNAL ANNA+L
22. Timber trade (4)
DEAL dd
a DEAL is usually a plank on scaffolding
 

6 Responses to “Everyman No. 3424 (20th May)”

  1. Kathryn's Dad says:

    Thanks, Lorraine.

    Just to answer a couple of your points. ‘Call’ for ‘need’ works in a phrase like ‘There’s no call/no need for it’. And ‘gym’ for ‘exercise’ is a bit of a stretch, but I was okay with it in the end. Another pleasing puzzle from Everyman.

  2. Bamberger says:

    Got one wrong.
    I was stuck on 16a and 17d.
    For 16a with s????e, I was convinced that certain =sure and hence the answer was either surme or sumre river.
    Getting 17d confirmed to me that it was the sumre.

  3. Davy says:

    Thanks Lorraine,

    Just a minor point : I would say that 2d and 6d were dds rather than cds, as each clue has two parts meaning the same thing.

    Yes Bamberger, I had the same thoughts on 16a but finally realised the answer was SOMME. However, I took ‘miles’ to be MM and
    was left with SOE which I couldn’t explain. So ‘miles’ in this case was a single M leaving some=certain.

    Particularly liked ACRONYM and DETECTIVE. Thanks Everyman.

  4. Robi says:

    Thanks Everyman, especially for the description of LIBIDO.

    Thanks Lorraine; I had to resort to the web for the parsing of DETECTIVE. Gym is in my Chambers crossword dictionary as a synonym for exercise, so I guess that is OK.

    I particularly liked ACRONYM.

  5. David Sedgwick says:

    2 Down. Something from the baker in error (7)
    BLOOMER
    What has baker got to do with it? Something from the florist in error (7) I can understand.

  6. Nick says:

    A bloomer is a type of loaf:

    Bloomer

    Nick

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