Posted by Pierre on August 12th, 2012
Another Sunday, another fine Everyman puzzle. ‘What’s new?’ I hear you say. Well, for this solver, a meaning of a familiar word that I’d never come across before. A day that goes by where you don’t learn something is a day wasted, as our mam used to say.
cd cryptic definition
dd double definition
anagrind = anagram indicator
[x] letter(s) removed
1 Snub former US president suppressing right of female
The nounal (in other words hyphenated) form of the answer is an insertion (‘suppressing’) of R for ‘right’ in BUSH for ‘former president’ (take your pick) followed by OF and F for ‘female’.
5 Virginia Lake and Greek character dance
A charade of VA for the two-letter abbreviation for the US state of Virginia, L for ‘lake’ and ETA for the Greek letter.
9 Cleaner circumspect about boy
An insertion of LAD for ‘boy’ in CHARY for ‘circumspect’.
10 Craft’s required to catch small crows
Another insertion (‘to catch’) of S for ‘small’ in BOATS for ‘craft’s; you need to remember that punctuation, including apostrophes, is ignored.
12 Disease may make one feel very low
I thought this was really clever: it’s (FEEL VERY LOW)* and ‘may make one’ is the anagrind.
15 Page clergyman shortly
If a RECTO[R] had his bottom bitten off, he’d end up as a version of a page.
16 Training college and sanatorium close to old wood
A charade of SAN for ‘sanatorium’, D for the last letter of olD, and HURST for ‘wood’. The ‘wood’ definition I vaguely knew, and I’m guessing it’s the reason why so many English place names end in HURST.
18 Refuse to abandon one’s opinion of partnership at company
A cleverly worded clue to indicate that you should put STAND for a cricket ‘partnership’ before FIRM for ‘company’.
19 Right about crops, primarily barley
I hope it took you as long to solve and parse this as it did me. My last one in, and even with the crossing letters, I was struggling to work it out. It’s an insertion of C for the first letter of ‘crops’ in TRUE for ‘right’. It was the definition that threw me: I didn’t know that BARLEY is a word that children use to indicate that there should be a truce, or time-out to use a basketball term, in a game. It’s a variant on the pirate phrase PARLAY, which you’ll have heard a lot if you’ve watched Pirates of the Caribbean (and which comes from the French parler, ‘to speak’).
20 Knight, leading small number in rear, controlled fire in battle
Easier to solve than to parse, I found. An insertion of N for Knight (in chess) followed by NO for ‘small number’ in BACK for ‘rear'; all followed by BURN for ‘controlled fire’.
24 Want the Parisian to give a pointer
A charade of NEED for ‘want’ and LE for one of the French definite articles.
25 Former PM departs, joining one from Haifa maybe
A charade of D for ‘departs’ (as in timetables) and ISRAELI for someone who would be a resident of Haifa.
26 Dog in street, barking
27 Mean to eat mostly raw fish
An insertion of RA[W] in STINGY gives you the fish that those of us of a certain age will associate with Troy Tempest and his mates.
1 Reverse taxi over top of kerb
Everyman’s inviting you to put a reversal of CAB in front of the first letter of Kerb to give you your answer.
2 State without a highway? Not all of it
Hidden in withoUT A Highway.
3 Buddy attached to golf club in LA?
A charade of HOLLY and WOOD for Tinseltown. Buddy HOLLY died in a plane crash, giving the inspiration for Don McLean’s American Pie; and WOOD is a golf club.
4 Bilge in bows?
A dd, relying on the fact that ‘bows’ can be pronounced two ways.
6 Apart from a cold dessert served up
A synonym for standoffish is a charade of A and a reversal of FOOL for ‘dessert’ (as in gooseberry fool).
7 Austere, Ivy cast in play
(AUSTERE IVY)* with ‘cast’ as the anagrind. Noël Coward’s 1920s’ play.
8 Returns hat lost in Scottish resort
(RETURNS HAT)* with ‘lost’ as the anagrind.
11 One out and about after retiring?
A cd, and Everyman doesn’t do many of them, so appreciate this one.
13 Groups of musicians may bring money belts
I was into the territory of (MONEY BELTS)* at first; but it’s a charade of BRASS for ‘money’ and BANDS for ‘belts’.
14 Skinniest wins crates (bubbly)
(WINS CRATES)* with ‘bubbly’ as the anagrind.
17 Type of road accident caused by him, initially, Italian with ladder
The solution was clear from the enumeration, but it took me a while to see that it was a charade of H for the first letter of
‘him’, IT for ‘Italian’, AND for ‘with’ and RUN for ‘ladder’, the unfortunate defect that ladies get in their tights when they
snag against something.
21 Hardy dog with no lead?
We’re not in Tess or Jude territory here. The clue is referring to Oliver (Ollie) Hardy of Laurel and Hardy fame, and is [C]OLLIE.
22 Expensive honey
23 Feel sorry for mine and yours at first
A charade of PIT for ‘mine’ and Y for the first letter of ‘yours’.
Big thanks as always to Everyman.