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Everyman 3443/30 September 2012

Posted by Pierre on October 7th, 2012


I invariably enjoy solving and blogging an Everyman crossword.  As always, a good variety of devices on display.  This morning there were two words that I was unfamiliar with, but which I shall store away for future use.  Both were eminently gettable from the wordplay, though.




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


1 Ruling party millions elected at home on third of August
A bit of charade to start us off: the definition is ‘ruling’ and it’s DO for ‘party’, M for ‘millions’, IN for ‘elected’, AT, IN for ‘home’ and G for the third letter of ‘August’.  Phew.

6 Better, deleting the last letter in the last word

9 Reproduction of sound in car with disc on
A charade of AUDI for the German car, and O for ‘disc’.

10 Crooks ruined top firm
A charade of (CROOKS)* and LID for ‘top’.  If something’s ‘firm’ it’s ROCK-SOLID, though I think I would usually spell it without the hyphen.

12 Siren in stories, the French one
A charade of LORE for ‘stories’, LE for ‘the’ in French, and I for ‘one’.  The Rhine maiden in popular German folklore.

13 Man sees slack in a body
(MAN SEES)* with ‘slack’ as the anagrind.

14 Cocktails and mixed gins at either side of Pearl, so drunk
A triple anagram construction: Everyman’s proposing that you put (PEARL SO)* inside (GINS)* twice.  Probably one that most solvers would have got from a few crossing letters and then working backwards from there, I fancy.  ‘Mixed’ and ‘drunk’ are the anagrinds.

17 I’m Toby, cranky and eccentric, opposing local development
(I’M TOBY CRANKY AND)* with ‘eccentric’ as the anagrind.

20 Large pub in capital
A charade of TALL and INN for the Estonian capital.

22 Three-pronged spear I’d found in English river
Everyman is being kind to us: he didn’t need to tell us it was a three-pronged spear, or that it was an English river. ‘Spear I’d found in river’ would work just as well.  Whatever, it’s an insertion of I’D in the River TRENT, one of England’s major rivers which rises in Staffordshire and makes its way to the North Sea near Hull.

23 Material girl
A dd, and a new one on me.  Nothing to do with Madonna.  The SOED gives ‘a thin, plain-woven, crêpe dress material, usually of silk’.

24 Port of Omaha, if asked
Hidden in OmaHA IF Asked is the Israeli port.

25 Travel free by Tube, ultimately
A charade of RID for ‘free’ and E for the last letter of ‘tubE’.

26 Didn’t let on in park, kitted out
(PARK KITTED)* with ‘out’ as the anagrind.


1 Unerring on square, batting with pride?
A charade of DEADLY for ‘unerring’, S for ‘square'(?) and IN for ‘batting’ gives you one of the seven deadly sins.

2 Position for cricketer around Irish golf club
More cricket to confuse overseas solvers.  An insertion of IR in MID-ON.

3 Somewhat unattractive description of a watercolour?
A dd.  A polite way of saying that someone is probably not going to win Britain’s Next Top Model.

4 Awful riot described by boy in region
An insertion of (RIOT)* in TERRY.  Why TERRY is a boy and not a man, I can’t say.

5 Particularly suitable position of hotel in French resort
An insertion of H (‘hotel’ in the phonetic alphabet) in NICE.

7 Curse married girl
Another new one for me.  A charade of M and ALISON.  The SOED marks this word as ‘archaic or dialect’.

8 Glass initially embedded in exposed elbow
Another insertion: of G for the first letter of ‘glass’ in NUDE for ‘exposed’.

11 Film title shook me badly, I admitted
Wouldn’t really be an Everyman without a film thrown in.  He’s given us some less well-known ones in the past, but even solvers with little interest in the movies will have heard of this one, with Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis.  I inserted in (TITLE SHOOK ME)* with ‘badly’ as the anagrind.

15 Command performance
A dd.

16 Distract team on course
A charade of SIDE and TRACK.

18 Part of motel (for drivers) in a Shropshire town
Hidden in moTEL FOR Drivers.

19 A maiden, girl in West Side Story song
A charade of A, M for a cricketing ‘maiden’ and ERICA.

20 Row about golf and golfer?
An insertion of G for ‘golf’ in the phonetic alphabet in TIER, referring to TIGER Woods, the US golfer as well known for his marital infidelities as for his golf.

21 Fool about with saltpetre
A charade of NIT for ‘fool’ and RE for ‘about’ gives you another name for ‘saltpetre’, or potassium nitrate.

Thanks to Everyman as usual for a pleasing puzzle.

5 Responses to “Everyman 3443/30 September 2012”

  1. Donna says:

    Thank you, both Everyman and Pierre! An especially enjoyable puzzle this week, in my opinion. I got a real chuckle out of 3 Down! And 14 Across was so clever, with the “gins” on each side! 7 Down was new to me but easy enough from the crossings. The last to go in for me was 1 Down. I did get it finally from the crossing letters and the straight definition, but I’m so bad at anything to do with sports that the very clue made me freeze! I guess IN for batting is some sort of cricket term? I can’t even begin to understand American baseball, and despite my patient husband’s explanations over 40 years I only just recently came to realize that (in American baseball) the guy throwing the ball is trying to get it past the guy with the bat and to the guy with the mask on! All these years I thought he wanted the guy with the bat to hit the ball! My husband was somewhat astonished about this, but then I told his sister, who’s also sports-challenged, and she thought the same as I did! Anyway, a fun puzzle! I’m posting early, after 8 PM on Saturday night here because I won’t have time tomorrow as we’re going to see a production of “Hamlet.” The Globe Theater, or I should say Theatre, is on tour in New York. We’re looking forward to it very much. Wishing you all a wonderful week and “see you” next time!

  2. Davy says:

    Thanks Pierre,

    So entertaining as always. Particularly liked AUDIO and ROCK SOLID (smooth as silk) and SOME LIKE IT HOT (great anagram).
    Thanks Everyman.

  3. Bamberger says:

    I would never have got 7d had it not appeared in the FT of 24.09 as ” Curse male accompanied by girl”.
    In fact I have been on for a record time had I been to solve G?o?g?t?e. I don’t think I’ve ever come anyone called Georgette. Googling gives Georgette Heyer but not much else.

  4. Pierre says:

    I agree it’s a bit of an unusual name, Bamberger, and you’d have to be a Paul Simon fan to have come across ‘René and Georgette Magritte with their Dog after the War’. But it’s a good song from PS’s best album, imho.

  5. Ben says:

    Well… This one was a night cap for us, with a blank page when the lights went out last night, but daylight turned the brain on finally! As usual we’re a month behind in NZ- it’s not a date line we’re behind it’s a month line! Singapore Sling is a gem and our first, with Tallinn the last and a peak at capitals on the web.

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