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Everyman Nº 3,449 (11 November)

Posted by PeterO on November 18th, 2012

PeterO.

A typical Everyman, I think: a clear notch above beginner level.

Across

1 Mug and flag held by jockey (6)
VISAGE
An envelope (‘held by’) of SAG (‘flag’) in VIE (‘jockey’).

4 Peering across lake to make out bird (8)
STARLING
An envelope (‘across’) of L (‘lake’) in STARING (‘peering’).

9 Cathedral city‘s organ fund (9)
LIVERPOOL
A charade of LIVER (‘organ’) plus POOL (‘fund’).

11 Opening number covered by funky trio (5)
INTRO
An envelope (‘covered by’) of N (‘number’) in ITRO, an anagram (‘funky’) of ‘trio’.

12 Emergency accommodation when the weather’s bad could be no party (3,4,2,1,5)
ANY PORT IN A STORM
A “reverse anagram”: ANY PORT is an anagram (IN A STORM) of ‘no party’.

13 Retort made by dealer, ultimately, to one after Ecstasy (7)
RIPOSTE
A charade of R (‘dealeR, ultimately’) plus I (‘one’) plus POST (‘after’) plus E (‘Ecstasy’).

15 Increase pace in the saddle (4-2)
STEP-UP
A charade of STEP (‘pace’) plus UP (‘in the saddle’).

17 In game, cracked riddle (6)
ENIGMA
An anagram (‘cracked’) of ‘in game’.

19 Last longer than others where French water treated (7)
OUTWEAR
A charade of OU (‘where French’) plus TWEAR, an anagram (‘treated’) of ‘water’.

22 Where bandits are likely to take your money? (9,6)
AMUSEMENT ARCADE
Cryptic definition; the bandits are of the one-armed variety.

24 Article absorbing female drained of colour (5)
ASHEN
An envelope (‘absorbing’) of SHE (‘female’) in AN (‘article’).

25 Vision of gift horse put out (9)
FORESIGHT
An anagram (‘put out’) of ‘gift horse’.

26 Novelist from Maine, close to bachelor girl (8)
MEREDITH
A charade of ME (‘Maine’) plus R (‘close to bacheloR‘) plus EDITH (‘girl’), for the ‘novelist’ (no, I am not casting aspersions on his literary credentials, just quoting the clue) George Meredith.

27 Lack of interest in a course beginning in York (6)
APATHY
A charade of ‘a’ plus PATH (‘course’) plus Y (‘beginning in York’).

Down

1 French writer displaying anger after dance (8)
VOLTAIRE
A charade of VOLTA (or lavolta, a Renaissance ‘dance’) plus IRE (‘anger’).

2 Speak about very old area of France (5)
SAVOY
An envelope (‘about’) of V (‘very’) plus O (‘old’) in SAY (‘speak’).

3 Monstrous sisters, thugs holding Greek up (7)
GORGONS
An envelope (‘holding’) of RG, a reversal (‘up’ in a down clue) of GR (‘Greek’) in GOONS (‘thugs’).

5 Protestant let off scout (6,7)
TALENT SPOTTER
An anagram (‘off’) of ‘protestant let’.

6 Further publication concerning children (7)
REISSUE
A charade of RE (‘concerning’) plus ISSUE (‘children’).

7 Propose appalling reduction (9)
INTRODUCE
An anagram (‘appalling’) of ‘reduction’.

8 Dark logo to be changed – gracious me! (6)
GLOOMY
A charade of GLOO, an anagram (‘to be changed’) of ‘logo’, plus MY! (‘gracious me!’).

10 At first glance, where are the chronometer’s hands? (2,3,4,2,2)
ON THE FACE OF IT
Definition and literal interpretation.

14 Confine drug dealer, clerical worker (3-6)
PEN-PUSHER
A charade of PEN (‘confine’) plus PUSHER (‘drug dealer’).

16 Like a minister, playwright on the radio (8)
PRIESTLY
A homophone (‘on the radio’) of PRIESTLEY (J. B. Priestley, ‘playwright’).

18 Found out from good editor about film director (7)
GLEANED
A charade of H (‘good’) plus LEAN (David Lean, ‘film director’) plus ED (‘Editor’).

20 Happens to drink after performance (5,2)
TURNS UP
A charade of TURN (‘performance’) plus SUP (‘drink’).

21 Incendiary liquid mate used in Vietnam (6)
NAPALM
An envelope (‘in’) of PAL (‘mate’) in NAM (‘Vietnam’), with an &lit-ish turn, of course.

23 Sense of anxiety in Penang state (5)
ANGST
A hidden answer (‘in’) ub ‘PenANG STate’.

5 Responses to “Everyman Nº 3,449 (11 November)”

  1. Bamberger says:

    I solved this unaided but had no idea how 1d,13c, 18d & 26a worked.
    Lean and Meredith were total unknowns -I do wish Everyman would avoid using people who may be well known to those interested in their but mean nothing to others.

  2. Davy says:

    Thanks Peter,

    Yet another entertaining Everyman with all clues being gettable even though I didn’t know George Meredith.
    David Lean would be familiar to many people as the director of Lawrence of Arabia and maybe Brief Encounter
    but probably not to a lot of younger people. I particularly liked APATHY, TALENT SPOTTER (clue of the day)
    and GLEANED (very smooth). Thanks Everyman.

  3. John says:

    We had ‘FORESIGHT’ as a gift horse put out a couple of weeks ago. (21 October) I winged about ‘caution’ as the definition. No problem with ‘vision’ this time!

  4. John says:

    whinged, not winged.

  5. Robi says:

    Good puzzle; thanks PeterO for the blog.

    I didn’t know Meredith but the cluing and crossing letters made it gettable. I particularly liked ANY PORT IN A STORM and ON THE FACE OF IT.

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