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Everyman No. 3428 (17th June)

Posted by The Trafites on June 24th, 2012

The Trafites.

Lorraine:  Good morning to you all,

nice non-taxing puzzle this week, no particular favourites, just a nice well rounded solve.

Thank you Everyman as always.

Across
1. Excellent English poet capturing hearts (8)
CHAMPION H in (thomas)CAMPION
5. Order to strike – caught leaving at top speed (3,3)
ALL OUT (c)ALL OUT
10. Left river, in past, slowly (5)
LARGO L+(R in AGO)
11. Pleased, having stumped one former PM (9)
GLADSTONE GLAD+ST(umped)+ONE
12. Bird article written in pencil, unwisely (7)
PELICAN A in (PENCIL*)
13. See crushed ice does (7)
DIOCESE (ICE DOES)*
14. Book different course, following Heath, perhaps (8,6)
ROBINSON CRUSOE (heath)ROBINSON+(COURSE*)
18. Mixed up metal dealer with war poet (6,2,2,4)
WALTER DE LA MARE (METAL DEALER… WAR)*
20. Theatre role about Kit Carson, for example (7)
TRAPPER (REP+PART<)
23. Shakespearean actor, one in musical (7)
OLIVIER I in OLIVER
24. Mean male, an intermediary (9)
MIDDLEMAN MIDDLE+MAN
25. Old-fashioned old man penning note (5)
DATED DAD around TE
26. Fish seen round mouth of river? It’s a wonder (6)
RARITY RAY around (R+IT)
27. See it run off, hungry (8)
ESURIENT (SEE IT RUN)*
Down
1. Check across a border for a religious leader (6)
CALIPH CH(check, in chess) around (A LIP)
2. Sadly I fall, poor hoax victim (5,4)
APRIL FOOL (I FALL, POOR)*
3. Exile for writer (9)
PROSCRIBE PRO+SCRIBE
4. Imagine records involved the Mafia? (9,5)
ORGANISED CRIME (IMAGINE RECORDS)*
6. Catch girl with nothing on (5)
LASSO LASS+O
7. Ring precinct for gas (5)
OZONE O+ZONE
8. Temperate? Not half, before daughter wavered (8)
TEETERED TEET(otal)+ERE(before)+D
9. Main directions given by all the bridge players? (8,6)
CARDINAL POINTS cd N, S, E, W
15. Jogger grabbing a rest (9)
REMAINDER REMINDER around A
16. Struggle in Queer Street? This may give you some protection (9)
SERVIETTE VIE in (STREET*)
17. Pair watch for unfaithful type (3-5)
TWO-TIMER TWO+TIMER
19. Extremely clever to reword trust (6)
CREDIT C(leve)R+EDIT
21. Run to avoid large snake (5)
ADDER (l)ADDER
22. Guide the Italian aboard vessel (5)
PILOT IL in POT
 

6 Responses to “Everyman No. 3428 (17th June)”

  1. Robi says:

    Pleasant solve.

    Thanks Lorraine for the nice blog. Good imagine records/ORGANISED CRIME anagram. I liked ROBINSON CRUSOE and TEETERED.

  2. John says:

    Re TEETERED – I bodged it together from the letters TEETER being not half the letters of TEmpERaTE. Your parsing is much nicer.

  3. Kathryn's Dad says:

    Many thanks, Lorraine, for the blog.

    Yes, all good stuff from Everyman. Like Robi, I liked the ORGANISED CRIME and ROBINSON CRUSOE clues. CHAMPION does mean ‘excellent’, but I fancy it’s regional: it’s certainly common in my native North-East, but I’m not sure I’ve heard it much outside there.

    And 12ac was very topical, because I went out for a pelican curry with my mates last night. It was delicious, but the bill was enormous.

    I’ll get me coat …

  4. Davy says:

    Thanks Lorraine,

    Yes, another very enjoyable puzzle from Everyman. It may be on the easier side but is usually the most entertaining.
    As well as previously mentioned, I particularly liked REMAINDER, SERVIETTE (loved Queer Street) and ADDER (wonderful surface).

    Thanks KD for letting me know how expensive pelican curries are…
    … great joke by the way, it certainly gave me a good laugh.

    Thanks Everyman.

  5. Bamberger says:

    I failed on 8d and 20a. I assumed Kit Carson was some of Western character. Unless you google , how does he cross your radar?

    Liked the joke KD

  6. Donna says:

    Thank you, Everyman and Lorraine! I was able to get 8 Down from the crossing letters and straight definition but I couldn’t account for TEET. Like John, I used the letters in “temperate.” At 27 Across, I knew the answer was an anagram of “see it run” which meant “hungry,” but had to check Chambers Crossword Dictionary for the answer. “Esurient” is a new word to me, but I’m now quite sure that Kathryn’s Dad must have been feeling extremely esurient to eat pelican curry! Cute joke!

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