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Everyman 3427/10 June 2012

Posted by Pierre on June 17th, 2012

Pierre.

Late on parade, for which apologies.  I did forget, since you ask, so the blog is a bit rushed.  Another fine puzzle from Everyman, with one or two old chestnuts – but as I’ve said before, I’m not going to be critical about that in a puzzle which is designed for improving solvers.  I remember the first time I came across the ORCHESTRA and CARTHORSE relationship, and it didn’t seem like a chestnut then.

 

 

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

Across
1 Crazy, me, about a Frenchwoman
MADAME
An insertion of A in MAD and ME.

4 Make a mistake rotating students
SLIP UP
A reversal of PUPILS

8 Huge movie
TITANIC
A dd.

10 A series under discussion
AT ISSUE
A charade of A and TISSUE, in the sense of ‘a tissue of lies’.

11 Name old-fashioned puzzle
WORD SQUARE
A charade of WORD and SQUARE for ‘old-fashioned’ gives you the crossword-like puzzle.

12 Gorilla may be hot on board vessel
THUG
An insertion of H in TUG.

14 No North Sea oil? That’s confused naval man
HORATIO NELSON
(NO NORTH SEA OIL)*  ‘Confused’ is the anagrind.  Nice surface.

16 Training on second musical instrument, a fiddle?
SHARP PRACTICE
A charade of S for ‘second’, HARP for ‘musical instrument’ and PRACTICE for ‘training’.

18 A stake in Italian tearoom
ANTE
Hidden in ItaliAN TEaroom.

19 They may be put on for the rest of the train travellers in France, perhaps
WAGONS-LITS
A (not particularly inspired) cd.  A WAGON-LIT is a French railway carriage with sleeping compartments (LIT is French for ‘bed’).  This is the plural, where you have to add an S to both words (although WAGON-LITS is also in dictionaries).

22 Trendy type seen round hotel, briefly
IN SHORT
A charade of IN for ‘trendy’ followed by H inserted in SORT.

23 Inform editor, surprisingly acute
EDUCATE
A charade of ED and (ACUTE)*  ‘Surprisingly’ is the anagrind.

24 Good parties for French wine
GRAVES
A charade of G and RAVES for the French wine.  Mainly dry and white, if I remember well.

25 Small number crossing river, British one
SEVERN
An insertion of R for ‘river’ in SEVEN.  Is SEVEN a small number?  For the parents of septuplets, possibly not.

Down

1 Record label millions love, tenor’s first to admit
MOTOWN
A charade of M for ‘millions’, O for ‘love’, T for the first letter of ‘tenor’ and OWN for ‘admit’.

2 Put off cleaner gent jilted
DETER
DETER[GENT].  This one’s been round the block a bit.

3 Handwritten document, with tear, kept in blessed sanctum
MANUSCRIPT
An insertion of RIP for ‘tear’ in (SANCTUM)*  ‘Blessed’ is the anagrind, in its less usual form meaning ‘inflict injury or damage on’  (SOED).  Helps if you know a bit of French, because blesser means ‘to injure’.

5 Hideaway left warm and dry
LAIR
A charade of L and AIR for what you do to your washing

6 Model that’s changed inside as fast as possible
POSTHASTE
An insertion (‘inside’) of (THAT’S)* IN POSE for ‘model’.

7 Drama in gym – gentry involved
PEER GYNT
A charade of PE for ‘gym’ and (GENTRY)* with ‘involved’ as the anagrind.

9 Opposite number’s bar role
COUNTERPART
A charade of COUNTER and PART.

10 Film a number entertaining Irish press
AIR FORCE ONE
An insertion of IR and FORCE in A and ONE gives you the 1997 film starring Harrison Ford.

13 Novelist in infamous bar in the north-east
NEVIL SHUTE
Everyman’s asking you to insert EVIL and SHUT in NE to give us the British-Australian novelist.

14 Hospital in the Alps, newly-built with a fitness centre
HEALTH SPA
An insertion of H in (THE ALPS)* plus A, with ‘newly-built’ as the anagrind.  Another pleasing surface.

15 Evaluating a small saw
ASSAYING
A charade of A, S and SAYING.  It’s ‘saw’ in its ‘adage’ or ‘saying’ sense.

17 Behind adult not inclined to leniency
ASTERN
A charade of A and STERN gives you the nautical term.

20 Crazy discarding spades? Senseless
INANE
IN[S]ANE

21 Solid fuel all right in church
COKE
An insertion of OK for ‘all right’ in CE for ‘church’.

Many thanks to Everyman.

7 Responses to “Everyman 3427/10 June 2012”

  1. Bamberger says:

    Re 3a “blessed” seems to be a favourite of Everyman as an anagram indicator.
    11a I don’t see why name =word-I’d be grateful for elaboration.
    25a I guessed this and had s=small and number=even but didn’t think number =even was very good. When does a number stop being small?

    Failed on 13d -I think that is hard.

    Much better than the previous two weeks.

  2. Davy says:

    Thanks Pierre,

    Well, once again I’ve been caught out by WAGONS LITS. I agree it’s not an inspired clue but if you don’t
    know the term or can’t remember it, then it becomes difficult to solve especially with most of the consonants
    missing ie _A_O_S _I_S. I came up with ‘famous airs’ but that would only fit the first part of the clue. I
    suppose the answer is obvious to seasoned travellers and as the song goes ‘I won’t get fooled again’. Although
    I said that about number=anaesthetic but it still occasionally gets me.

    I particularly liked SLIP-UP, COUNTERPART, NEVIL SHUTE and ASTERN. Thanks Everyman.

  3. Pierre says:

    Morning Bamberger. I didn’t give ‘name’ and ‘word’ a second thought when I solved 11ac, but the first definition for NAME in my SOED is ‘A word or combination of words constituting the individual designation by which a person, animal, place or thing is known’.

    I agree that NEVIL SHUTE is tricky to get if you haven’t heard of the author. He died in 1960, so he’s not exactly contemporary, but his novels were popular. The way I got it was to deduce that N and E would be the first and last letters, then with a couple of crossers, I could see it because I was aware of him, although I’ve never read any of his works.

  4. Robi says:

    Thanks Everyman and Pierre.

    Nice anagram for HORATION NELSON. I thought WAGONS-LITS was sufficiently well-known not to cause too much of a problem. I had to think twice for the TISSUE=series in 10a.

    I particularly liked HEALTH SPA.

  5. Donna says:

    Thank you, Everyman and Pierre. This puzzle gave me more of a tussle than the previous few, but I finally finished it except for “WAGONS-LITS.” All week I kept on looking at it and thinking that something would finally click, but it never did! Well, I’ve learned a new word! I did get 10 Across based on “under discussion,” but I thought it was a double definition with “a series” meaning a British TV series which I’d just never heard of by the name of “At Issue.” I wasn’t at all familiar with the meaning of “tissue” as “series.” Something else new! Wishing you all a great week ahead!

  6. Pierre says:

    Thank you, Donna, for your comment. If this is the first time you’ve commented on the Everyman blog, then welcome! Seems like WAGONS-LITS was a bit of a stretch for some people.

  7. Paul B says:

    Sorry to be pedantic … okay, so no I’m not, but it’s WE who (geddit) ‘won’t get fooled again’. That’s the title: the lyric, however, is ‘we don’t get fooled again’ throughout the song.

    I had a bit of trouble with the WAGONS-LITS too, but thought there were some lovely clues in this puzzle.

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