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Everyman No. 3446 (21st October)

Posted by The Trafites on October 28th, 2012

The Trafites.

Lorraine:  Good morning crossword solvers,

I enjoyed this weeks offering tremendously, wizzed through it with no problems.

Favourites this week were, 1, 3, 9, 14 and 17ac, 1, 6, 10(first in the grid) and 19dn. I hope you all enjoyed this weeks crossword as much as I did, you should not have
had to many problems solving this one!

Across
1. The Parisian on Northern Ireland river (4)
NILE LE after NI
3. What may show twenty with chap bagging a run? (10)
SCOREBOARD SCORE+(A+R in BOD) &lit
9. Writer may have question after dance (9)
BALLPOINT POINT after BALL
11. Invigorating air round region (5)
OZONE O+ZONE
12. Where lots go to join game (7,6)
AUCTION BRIDGE AUCTION+BRIDGE
14. Garden centre in northern Surrey, flourishing (7)
NURSERY (N SURREY)*
16. Nobleman, one meeting the Queen beforehand (7)
EARLIER EARL+I+ER
17. Flinches, with reference to snakes (7)
RECOILS RE+COILS
19. Sharp end (7)
EXTREME dd
20. How to handle unwanted photo opportunity? (4,3,4,2)
GRIN AND BEAR IT cd
23. Engaged in a contest (5)
ABOUT A+BOUT
24. Caution shown as gift horse put out (9)
FORESIGHT (GIFT HORSE)*
25. Takes over from leading exporter, initially in casual dresses (10)
SUPERSEDES (UP(leading)+E(xporter) in (DRESSES*)
26. Study prepared? Almost (4)
READ READ(y)
Down
1. In bar, señor prepared questions that are very easy to answer (2-8)
NO-BRAINERS (IN BAR SEÑOR)*
2. Ring up about first of images in colour (5)
LILAC (CALL<) around I(mages)
4. Ring about name on top of yellow funnel (7)
CHIMNEY (CHIME around N)+Y
5. One no longer working on Hebridean island (7)
RETIREE RE(on)+TIREE
6. Family is concerned about Pinter’s last play (5,8)
BLOOD BROTHERS BLOOD+((pinte)R in BOTHERS)
7. Together in the past (2,3,4)
AT ONE TIME sort of cdd
8. Fight scheduled – end of April (4)
DUEL DUE+(apri)L
10. Brief man about elected premier (5,8)
PRIME MINISTER PRIME+(MISTER around IN)
13. Determined one’s position with an editor, upset having received note (10)
ORIENTATED (AN EDITOR*) around TE(a note)
15. Musicians, perhaps, sway Greek publisher (4,5)
ROCK GROUP ROCK+GR+OUP
18. Appropriate bit (7)
SNAFFLE dd (appropriate=steal, bit=part of a harness=snaffle)
19. Favour daughter entering English and another language (7)
ENDORSE D in (E+NORSE)
21. Profligate nicking grand, the villain (5)
ROGUE G in ROUE(a profligate)
22. Transfer to be approved (4)
PASS dd
 

7 Responses to “Everyman No. 3446 (21st October)”

  1. Robi says:

    Yes, pretty straightforward but still enjoyable.

    Thanks Lorraine; I toyed with AUCTION houses at first, but was soon disabused.

    I liked GRIN AND BEAR IT.

  2. crosser says:

    Thanks Lorraine. No real problems here except that I entered ABOUT at 23a without knowing why. I understood A+BOUT of course, but why engaged? Can someone please explain?

  3. Paul B says:

    ‘Engaged in’ rather than ‘engaged’ is the definition.

  4. crosser says:

    Thanks Paul B. Just shows how precise you have to be!

  5. Sil van den Hoek says:

    “Just shows how precise you are!” :)

  6. John says:

    I don’t like ‘caution’ as a definition of FORESIGHT. But my argument is with the dictionaries, not the setter I suppose.

  7. Kim says:

    Hi first time posting, I love this blog and try really hard not to peek before I have finished, but please as a person who still after quite some time regards herself as a cryptic beginner, don’t assume that people should have had no problems with a particular puzzle. It is really disheartening and makes me feel inadequate when I have had!!

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