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Everyman N° 3,429 (24 June 2012)

Posted by PeterO on July 1st, 2012

PeterO.

This time Everyman’s vocabulary has returned to normal.

The clue constructions are notably simple, and it would hardly be an Everyman without the odd geographical reference.

Across
1. Runs a racket in a capital city (5)
RABAT A charade of R (‘runs’) + ‘a’ + BAT (‘racket’), for the capital city of Morocco.
4. Lacking humour, husband no longer in the game (7)
WITHOUT A charade of WIT (‘humour’) + H (‘husband’) + OUT (‘no longer in game’).
8. Escape and holiday at no cost (5,4)
BREAK FREE A charade of BREAK (‘holiday’) + FREE (‘at no cost’).
9. Recording sent over about unknown one working abroad (5)
EXPAT An envelope (‘about’) of X (‘unknown’ in algebra) in EPAT, a reversal (‘sent over’) of TAPE (‘recording’).
11. Last of beef – rush in new supply (7)
FURNISH A charade of F (‘last of beeF‘) + URNISH, an anagram (‘new’) of ‘rush in’.
12. Eastern sea creature shedding tail in spring (7)
EMANATE A charade of E (‘eastern’) + MANATE[e] (‘sea creature shedding tail’).
13. Train fare may have been put away here (10,3)
RESTAURANT CAR Cryptic definition; fare = food, put away = eaten.
16. Wrote in an excited state about Peter Pan wickedly pinching crown (3,3,2,5)
PUT PEN TO PAPER A charade of PU, a reversal (‘about’) of UP (‘in an excited state’) + an envelope (‘pinching’) of TOP (‘crown’) in TPENAPER, an anagram (‘wickedly’) of ‘Peter Pan’.
18. Gross Welshman, reportedly a troublemaker (7)
GREMLIN A charade of GR (‘gross’) + EMLIN, a homophone (‘reportedly’) of EMLYN (‘Welshman’).
20. Like a wild animal, one getting out of control during row (7)
LEONINE An envelope (‘during’) of EON, an anagram (‘getting out of control’) of ‘one’ in LINE (‘row’).
22. Drink rum in heart of shantytown (5)
TODDY An envelope (‘in’) of ODD (‘rum’) in TY (‘heart of shanTYtown’).
23. Sitcom broadcast after the end of Bread (6,3)
FATHER TED An anagram (‘broadcast’) of ‘after the’) + D (‘end of BreaD‘), for this British sitcom.
24. Routine flight made by male, sort to take flight (4,3)
MILK RUN A charade of M (‘male’) + ILK (‘sort’) + RUN (‘take flight’).
25. Learning about name written back to front in register (5)
ENROL An envelope (‘about’) of N (‘name’) in LORE (‘learning’), all reversed (‘back to front’).
Down
1. Snub extremely rude fan (6)
REBUFF A charade if RE (‘extremely RudE‘) + BUFF (‘fan’).
2. Dim British king (5)
BLEAR A charade of B (‘British’) + LEAR (‘king’).
3. Snatch children in dispute (4,5)
TAKE ISSUE Definition and literal interpretation: TAKE (‘snatch’) + ISSUE (‘children’).
4. Throw a fit rowing? Not exactly up to expectations (5,7,3)
WORTH WAITING FOR An anagram (‘not exactly’) of ‘throw a fit rowing’.
5/6. Poor poor male in top theatre company which may stage Tosca, say, in New York (3,12,5)
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA An anagram (‘poor’, the first one) of ‘poor male in top theatre’.
6. See 5
- See 5
7. Astaire was one cast part with cane – Fred’s finale? (3-6)
TAP-DANCER An anagram (‘cast’) of ‘part’ + ‘cane’ + D (‘FreD‘s finale’).
10. Ambassador taken in by Conservative conjecture (6)
THEORY An envelope (‘taken in by’) of HE (His Excellency, ‘Ambassador’) in TORY (‘Conservative’).
13. Swine on embankment in port (9)
ROTTERDAM A charade of ROTTER (‘swine’) + DAM (‘embankment’).
14. Japanese ones entering NI degree course (9)
NIPPONESE An envelope (‘entering’) of ‘ones’ in ‘NI’ + PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics; ‘degree course’).
15. Tap needs turn in roasting device (6)
SPIGOT An envelope (‘in’) of GO (‘turn’) in SPIT (‘roasting device’).
17. Know young man raised in a town in Cumbria (6)
KENDAL A charade of KEN (‘know’) + DAL, a reversal (‘raised’, in a down light) of LAD (‘young man’).
19. Faithful ally troubled about love (5)
LOYAL An envelope (‘about’) of O (‘love’) in LYAL, an anagram (‘troubled’) of ‘ally’.
21. Bury in rain – terrible (5)
INTER A hidden answer in ‘raIN TERrible’.

6 Responses to “Everyman N° 3,429 (24 June 2012)”

  1. Bamberger says:

    I couldn’t get 12a even with e?a?a?e mainly because manatee was teh not the most obvious of sea creatures.
    Also failed on 18a with g?e?l?n mainly because Taff and Dai were the only Welshmen that I could think of.

    Much better offering from Everyman that the past few weeks.

  2. Robi says:

    Enjoyable puzzle and thanks to PeterO for the good blog.

    Good anagram for THE METROPOLITAN OPERA. Of course, TODDY is often made with rum, which made the surface of 22 appealing.

    I remember going manatee watching in Florida and seeing a few ripples on the surface.

  3. Paul B says:

    Yes, very enjoyable stuff, with the difficulty once again pitched exactly right for the occasion. The long clues I thought very well-executed, and some nice, simply-constructed shorter ones too.

    Thanks to PeterO and to Everyman for a pleasant solve.

  4. Donna says:

    Thank you to Everyman and PeterO. Like Bamberger, I had a problem with 18 Across. I was able to get the answer from the straight definition but I couldn’t understand the reasoning behind it. I also was at a loss about 24 Across. I’d never heard of a “milk run.” I wrote in “mill run” just to fill in something, even though I’d never heard of a “mill run” either! So I was very glad to see the answers explained so clearly in PeterO’s blog. All in all, an enjoyable puzzle, my favorite clue being the reference to “Father Ted,” which along with “Blackadder” and “The Thin Blue Line” is one of my husband’s and my favorite comedies. Wishing you all a wonderful week, and “see” you next Sunday!

  5. Davy says:

    Thanks PeterO,

    Another entertaining Everyman and I particularly liked WITHOUT and TODDY. Last one in was MILK RUN and like Donna, I nearly put MILL RUN but I wasn’t happy with it. Took a while to see the correct answer although there are usually a small number of clues that I struggle over. Need a new brain I think. Thanks Everyman.

  6. Kathryn's Dad says:

    Thanks, Peter.

    The usual enjoyable puzzle from Everyman, but I needed you to explain GREMLIN, and MILK RUN was also a new phrase for me. THE METROPOLITAN OPERA was a fine clue.

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