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Everyman 3435/5 August 2012

Posted by Pierre on August 12th, 2012

Pierre.

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.

 

 

 

 

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

Across

1 Snub former US president suppressing right of female
BRUSH-OFF
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
VALETA
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
CHARLADY
An insertion of LAD for ‘boy’ in CHARY for ‘circumspect’.

10 Craft’s required to catch small crows
BOASTS
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
YELLOW FEVER
I thought this was really clever: it’s (FEEL VERY LOW)* and ‘may make one’ is the anagrind.

15 Page clergyman shortly
RECTO
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
SANDHURST
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
STAND FIRM
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
TRUCE
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
BANNOCKBURN
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
NEEDLE
A charade of NEED for ‘want’ and LE for one of the French definite articles.

25 Former PM departs, joining one from Haifa maybe
DISRAELI
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
SETTER
(STREET)*

27 Mean to eat mostly raw fish
STINGRAY
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.

Down

1 Reverse taxi over top of kerb
BACK
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
UTAH
Hidden in withoUT A Highway.

3 Buddy attached to golf club in LA?
HOLLYWOOD
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?
FIDDLESTICKS
A dd, relying on the fact that ‘bows’ can be pronounced two ways.

6 Apart from a cold dessert served up
ALOOF
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
EASY VIRTUE
(AUSTERE IVY)* with ‘cast’ as the anagrind.  Noël Coward’s 1920s’ play.

8 Returns hat lost in Scottish resort
ANSTRUTHER
(RETURNS HAT)* with ‘lost’ as the anagrind.

11 One out and about after retiring?
SOMNAMBULIST
A cd, and Everyman doesn’t do many of them, so appreciate this one.

13 Groups of musicians may bring money belts
BRASS BANDS
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)
SCRAWNIEST
(WINS CRATES)* with ‘bubbly’ as the anagrind.

17 Type of road accident caused by him, initially, Italian with ladder
HIT-AND-RUN
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?
OLLIE
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
DEAR
A dd.

23 Feel sorry for mine and yours at first
PITY
A charade of PIT for ‘mine’ and Y for the first letter of ‘yours’.

Big thanks as always to Everyman.

11 Responses to “Everyman 3435/5 August 2012”

  1. flashling says:

    Damn it missed this one, anyone got a copy they can send?

  2. Donna says:

    Thank you, Everyman and Pierre! Well, there was definitely a lot of new material in this puzzle for me! Like you, Pierre, I struggled with 19 Across. I figured that the answer had to be “truce” from the cryptic part of the clue, but I decided to look up “barley” in Chambers to check on the definition. This suddenly brought back memories of my own childhood: when we wanted to call a time-out in a game we would cross the fingers on both of our hands and scream “finsey” or “finzi.” I don’t know how to spell it. I just checked several of my American English dictionaries and couldn’t find such a word. I wonder if anyone else remembers doing this or if it’s just a New Jersey thing! 16 Across caused me trouble because I’d never heard of Sandhurst, didn’t know that “san” stood for sanatorium and that “hurst” meant wood! Oh well, at least I knew that “close to old” had to be “d!” Eventually, with the crossings and help from Chambers Crossword Dictionary, I arrived at the answer. 20 Across was also a toughie. Again, with the aid of the crossing lettters and the crossword dictionary, I was able to get it. Finally, 8 Down stumped me. I knew it was an anagram and that “Scottish resort” was the straight definition, but I’d never heard of the place and had to look it up. Still, a fun puzzle. I especially liked 21 Down. Well, I’m off to watch the Olympics on TV now, so hope you all have a wonderful week, and “see” you next Sunday!

  3. Donna says:

    To Flashling: you can go to “www.guardian.co.uk/crosswords”. Then scroll down to Everyman Puzzles and click on “all Everyman crosswords”. You should be able to print a copy from there. Hope this helps!

  4. Paul B says:

    Hey Donna! Thanks!

  5. flashling says:

    @Donna #3 Arrrrgh need new glasses! TY

    Well need to print some off, going to GB National firework competition in the morning, lots of hard work but lots of downtime in between and my dongle has died, might be able to post a comment by phone but online solving is a no no.

  6. Davy says:

    Thanks Pierre,

    Very entertaining as ever and always there are about 3 or 4 clues that are solving-resistent. I thought that I knew
    most places in Scotland but I’d never heard of ANSTRUTHER. I only solved this using Find and Fit.

    I particularly liked BOASTS, SETTER (excellent surface), UTAH (very well hidden) and SOMNAMBULIST which was very RUFUS-like.
    Thanks Everyman.

  7. Ciderwithrosie says:

    Did anyone else have a typing error in 18A: “partnerhip” instead of “partnership”? Also I was uncertain in 11D which was right: noctambulist or somnambulist, obviously knowing Sandhurst (which I didn’t) would have helped.

  8. Pierre says:

    Morning Ciderwithrosie (one of my favourite books, btw …)

    Yes, there was a typo in 18ac and I meant to mention it in the blog but forgot. Sadly such typos are not unknown in crosswords from the Observer/Grauniad/Quiptic stable.

    Should maybe have mentioned that SANDHURST, in Surrey, is the Army training centre for officers.

    And Donna, there is a word from my childhood that meant ‘truce’ when you were playing a game of tig, or such-like. And it’s really annoying me because I can’t for the life of me remember it.

  9. Eileen says:

    Hi Pierre – you’ve got me started now. ;-)

    I thought I remembered something that sounded like ‘fains’, which is similar to Donna’s word, and was amazed to find it in Chambers: ‘school slang, a plea for exemption or a truce’. I also found this on line:

    fainites or fains: dialect – a cry for truce or respite from the rules of a game

    [C19: from fains I I decline, from feine feign, from Old French se feindre in the sense: back out, esp of battle]

    Thanks for the blog.

  10. Pierre says:

    Hi Eileen.

    Isn’t it fascinating that such an old, and specific, school slang word has travelled (or traveled, to make Donna feel at home) across the Atlantic?

    The one I was thinking of isn’t at all to do with that: it’s CHINK, or CHINCHIES, or something like that. That one’s from the North-East.

  11. sidey says:

    Pierre, skinch or skinge? See the Wiki page on truce words https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truce_term for lots more often ancient ones.

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