Posted by Pierre on September 9th, 2012
I found this one a bit tougher than your usual Everyman. It’s all clearly indicated as always, so perhaps it was just me having a bit of an off day. There were as normal some lovely surface readings. Because this puzzle is aimed at improving solvers, I’ve tried to give full explanations. If you happen to be one of those improving solvers who haven’t commented yet, please feel free to tell us what you thought.
cd cryptic definition
dd double definition
anagrind = anagram indicator
[x] letter(s) missing
1 Song from doctor about a city, Latvia’s capital
Clever stuff for the first across clue (which through habit is the one I always try first). The song from the Renaissance era is a charade of the following: an insertion of A in MD for ‘doctor’, followed by RIGA, which is a city, and L for the first letter of Latvia. And of course RIGA is the capital of Latvia, making this a bit devious.
5 Stabbed, king by fiend abroad
A charade of K for ‘king’ and (FIEND)* with ‘abroad’ as the anagrind.
9 Reasonable grounds, mostly
10 Figure outside broadcast’s lengthy
A charade of OB for the slightly outdated term for ‘outside broadcast’ and LONG.
12 One showing endurance during adversity, coming from Barbados to Iceland
Hidden in BarbadoS TO ICeland.
13 Old Hebrew king back in one place where something important happened
A biblical term is an insertion of King LEAR reversed (‘back’) in I SITE. SITE in the sense of a battle SITE, where whichever side you were on, something important would have happened. I had a Desmond Decker flashback with this one.
14 Fanatical propagandist, powerful energetic type possessing charm
A new one on me. I got the GOSPELLER bit with a few crossing letters, but the full solution was my last one in, and a phrase I’d not come across before. ‘A person who proclaims his faith in a loud or dynamic manner’, according to online dictionaries. It’s HOT for ‘powerful’ followed by an insertion of SPELL for ‘charm’ in GOER, who would be an ‘energetic type’.
18 Rude lesbians in resort, they’re not wanted
(RUDE LESBIANS)* with ‘in resort’ as the anagrind.
21 Collar man, criminal from Palma, perhaps
(COLLAR MAN)* with ‘criminal’ as the anagrind.
23 Cap removed from toy gun
24 Cultivating endless fruit
25 Has treated unseasoned leather
Another new one on me, though it’s clearly clued. A charade of (HAS)* and GREEN for ‘unseasoned’. ‘A type of rawhide consisting of rough untanned skin.’
26 Want the Parisian to show pointer on dial
A charade of NEED for ‘want’ and LE for one of the French words for ‘the’.
27 Note making one irritable? Not quite
1 Gloomy, seaman on board again
An insertion (‘on board’) of OS for ‘ordinary seaman’ in MORE for ‘again’.
2 New red-top, unwelcome
The French phrase for ‘too much’ or ‘unwelcome’ is (RED-TOP)* with ‘new’ as the anagrind.
3 Golf club’s bridge award
A charade of IRON for the ‘golf club’ and CROSS for ‘bridge’.
4 Fantastic poise delivering song
A charade of AMAZING for ‘fantastic’ and GRACE for ‘poise’.
6 Magnificent old British coin
A dd. A NOBLE is an old British gold coin first produced during the reign of Edward III.
7 Following many in a bad way, a number of small ships
A charade of F for ‘following’, LOT for ‘many’, ILL for ‘in a bad way’ and A.
8 Foolish constable found in dreadful bog in NI district
An insertion of OGB for (BOG)* in DERRY for the district of Northern Ireland. It’s the constable from Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing.
11 Independent MP may be more angry about judges
An insertion of BENCH for ‘judges’ in CROSSER for ‘more angry’.
15 Look at promising plant
A charade of EYE for ‘look at’ and BRIGHT for ‘promising’ gives you the plant that was thought to be useful in helping with sight difficulties.
16 Fool on ladder in rehearsal
A charade of DUMMY for ‘fool’ and RUN for the ‘ladder’ that afflicts ladies’ tights.
17 Queen led over, following a deputy
A charade of A, a reversal of LED and AIDE for ‘deputy’. The queen consort of William IV; the city in Australia is named after her. And I’ve had a few pints in pubs called The Queen Adelaide over the years.
19 Far out, she floundered again
A double anagram, of (FAR)* and (SHE)* with ‘out’ and ‘floundered’ as the anagrinds. ‘Again’ is the definition.
20 Note about substance used for curdling
A reversal (‘about’) of TENNER.
22 Rebuilt Loire college
(LOIRE)* with ‘rebuilt’ as the anagrind gives you the Oxford college.
Many thanks to Everyman.