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Everyman 3439

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
(xxxx)* anagram
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A charade of OB for the slightly outdated term for ‘outside broadcast’ and LONG.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.

4 Responses to “Everyman 3439”

  1. Donna says:

    Thank you, Everyman and Pierre! This Everyman also gave me much more of a tussle than usual, though I’m happy to say that I finally did finish it (with some help from my dear husband!) on Friday morning! There were some things I just didn’t know: 16 Down “Dummy Run” (we call them “dry runs” in NJ!), but that one was easy enough to get from the cryptic definition. The same can be said for 25 Across. I’d never heard of “shagreen,” but the cryptic part of the clue was easy enough and then I just checked “shagreen” in Chambers. I got 1 Down, “morose” from the straight definition and the crossing letters, but I had to look up “OS” in Chambers. I’d also never heard of “eyebright” at 15 Down, but finally managed it from the cryptic definition and crossing letters. 14 Across, “Hot Gospeller” is totally new to me and I struggled with the crossing letters and the cryptic definition, finally got it, but definitely had to check it in Chambers. 13 Across threw me because I kept thinking that “Old Hebrew king” was Eli! Eventually I figured it out. The 3 remaining clues were 11 Down, 8 Down, and 27 Across. Thursday night right before bed I looked at 11 Down and finally came up with “crossbencher” though I’d never heard the word before. Chambers once again to the rescue! On Friday morning my husband asked me if I’d finished and was surprised to hear that I hadn’t. He doesn’t enjoy solving cryptics but understands how they work, and after 40 years of marriage I still think he’s the brainiest dude ever! He got 8 Down pretty quickly because his mother was from Ireland and he knows his Shakespeare. (Speaking of which, your Globe Theatre is coming to New York City in October and we’ve got tickets to see “Hamlet.” Last time they were here we saw “The Merry Wives of Windsor” and it was divine: to quote “The Black Adder,” I laughed at a Shakespeare comedy!)27 Across was really hard, but between us both, we finally got it! I felt as though I’ve been in the “Everyman” Olympics and was very happy to have finished! I must say, I struggle more with your “easy” British cryptics than I do with many of our tough American ones, but I have been enjoying them immensely! And I hope you all immensely enjoy your week to come, and “see ya” here next Sunday!

  2. Bamberger says:

    I gave up with huge amounts unsolved -probably the least amoutn solved in an Everyman for over a year. I’d say it was too hard for an Everyman which is supposed to encourage he less able .
    I’m sure the solvers who do the Grauniad daily in 20 minutes would wonder what the problem was is but it isn’t aimed at them.
    A few highligts (or should it be lowlights?)
    2d Even with d? t?o? and knowing that it was likely I had to fit in e,p & r I just couldn’t see it. I simply cannot recall this ever coming across this phrase.
    8d Having only d to start with , I was looking for pc reversed or cop anagrammed. If you asked me what a dogberry was, I would have guessed a wild fruit. No doubt the entire planet has heard of him apart for me but I’m not impressed by the need for Shakesperean knowledge.
    25a All I knew was that I had to make an anagram of has treated but I’d never heard of shagreen and couldn’t get it.
    6d I simply hadn’t heard of this and n???? didn’t help.
    Hopefully this weeks is easier.

  3. Davy says:

    Thanks Pierre,

    Another very enjoyable Everyman with the usual struggle over the last three or four. This time these were CROSSBENCHER, SHAGREEN and CROTCHET
    which took quite a while to get. I particularly liked RIFLE, MALLORCAN, IRON CROSS and DUMMY RUN.
    I’m suprised that the term ‘hot gospeller’ is not more familiar. Think of evangelists like Jimmy Swaggart and other con-men, but best of all
    think of Burt Lancaster in Elmer Gantry which is a wonderful film by the way.
    Thanks Everyman.

  4. slartibartfast says:

    Never mind “improving solvers” – as a noobie this was a bit of a knock-back from previous weeks, although several of the clues are blindingly, and in some cases beautifully, obvious when explained – thanks Pierre.
    Got lucky on some – SHAGREEN came in a rare burst of inspiration. Unlucky on others – considered ADELAIDE from crossing letters, but couldn’t make the Queen link; Totally flummoxed on DOGBERRY, DE TROP, HOT GOSPELLER and EYEBRIGHT. Everyman is fond of his Shakespear it seems. Hopefully better luck this week.

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