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Everyman No. 3434 (29th July)

Posted by The Trafites on August 5th, 2012

The Trafites.

Lorraine:   Good morning to you all,

Well what can I say, I flew through last weeks offering with ease, but this week I struggled and needed Nick’s help. Perhaps it is because I feel slightly under pressure, who knows?

Big thank you to everyman for a most enjoyable puzzle.

Across
1. Black, old smuggler’s hat (6)
BOWLER B+OWLER
‘OWLER’ is an old word for a smuggler, especially of sheep or wool
4. Bad fire in branch (8)
OFFSHOOT OFF+SHOOT
10. Fixation of old boys at meeting (9)
OBSESSION OB+SESSION
11. Follow lawsuit involving hospital (5)
CHASE CASE around H
12. By exit, dull submissive type (7)
DOORMAT DOOR(exit)+MAT
13. Some camphor, aromatic in jar (7)
AMPHORA hidden: cAMPHOR Aromatic
14. Master let coach horse about (13)
SCHOOLTEACHER (LET COACH HORSE)*
17. What a photographer may use in a nudist colony? (8,5)
EXPOSURE METER cryptic pun – HANDHELD FLASH fits this clue too!
21. Weapon I raise is grabbed by Field Marshal (7)
FIREARM (I REAR) in FM
22. Insincere, each person in revue (7)
SHALLOW ALL in SHOW
24. A minor prize (5)
AWARD A+WARD
25. Suddenly, everyone agreed about Charlie (3,2,4)
ALL AT ONCE ALL+(AT ONE around C)
26. A typical human being may never, sadly (8)
EVERYMAN (MAY NEVER)*
27. Very dry American, one associated with a conspiracy long ago (6)
BRUTUS BRUT(dry, as in wine)+US
Down
1. Introspective family close to bankruptcy (6)
BROODY BROOD+(bankruptc)Y
2. Point, riding smashing horse in resort (6-5-4)
WESTON-SUPER-MARE WEST+ON+SUPER+MARE
3. Racecourse record’s very good over mile (5)
EPSOM EP+SO+M
5. Sweet affectionate worker (7)
FONDANT FOND+ANT
6. Toady, extremely smarmy chap, not replaced (9)
SYCOPHANT S(marm)Y+(CHAP, NOT*)
7. Flying separately, leader of team, not in touch with reality? (2,7,6)
ON ANOTHER PLANET ON ANOTHER PLANE+T
8. A hirsute comic in reference books (8)
THESAURI (A HIRSUTE)*
9. Writer outside smart empty restaurant (6)
BISTRO BIRO around S(mar)T
15. Farming economy (9)
HUSBANDRY dd
16. Very muscular men may make complaint coming to bar (8)
BEEFCAKE BEEF+CAKE
Bradford’s gives ‘CAKE’ under the word ‘BAR’, but I cannot seem to confirm the relationship in Chambers dictionary – perhaps maybe like a cake of soap/bar of soap?
18. Dessert produced by graduate after dance (3,4)
RUM BABA BA after RUMBA
19. 1000 cryptic clues might (6)
MUSCLE M(1000)+(CLUES*)
20. Clothes found in River Severn, originally (6)
TWEEDS TWEED+S(evern)
23. Player in element? Not initially (5)
ACTOR (f)ACTOR
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5 Responses to “Everyman No. 3434 (29th July)”

  1. John says:

    I think the parsing for 1 down should be BROOD + (bankruptc)Y

  2. Lorraine says:

    Yes thank you John my mistake.

  3. Donna says:

    Thank you, Everyman and Lorraine! I only finished this puzzle Friday evening because I’ve been so busy watching the Olympics on TV this past week. Last to go in was 2 Down. Even with all the crossing letters I couldn’t get it so I resorted to looking up “resort” in Chambers Crossword Dictionary. Upon seeing the answer I realized that I should’ve been able to figure it out from the cryptic charade, but alas, I did not. I especially enjoyed 5 Down, 23 Down and 27 Across. It was also fun learning the new word “owler,” though I don’t imagine it’ll be popping up in many conversations! As for 16 Down, my mom always used to refer to a bar of soap as a cake of soap, so I’m wondering if this is more of an American usage. Wishing you all a great week and enjoy the rest of the Olympics, which the regrettable Mr. Romney notwithstanding, seem superlatively well-organized and a wonderful showcase for a wonderful way of life with a rich history (not to mention health care!) “See” you next Sunday!

  4. Kathryn's Dad says:

    Thanks, Lorraine.

    Another fine Sunday morning puzzle from Everyman. He keeps on providing us with clear but clever clues like TWEEDS and EXPOSURE METER, so I think he’s allowed a bit of self-referential stuff at 26ac.

    I took BEEFCAKE the same way as you and Donna did.

    You have a tiny typo in the answer to 6dn, btw.

  5. The Trafites says:

    Thank you K’s Dad

    typo sorted.

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