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Everyman 3451/25 November

Posted by Pierre on December 2nd, 2012

Pierre.

Perhaps a more tricky Everyman than usual, but I’m interested to know what others think …

 

 

 

 

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

Across

1 Cheerful bishop’s flexible
BLITHE
A charade of B and LITHE.  Perhaps appropriately for Everyman’s Sunday puzzle, this put me in mind of the old nursery rhyme:
But the child that is born on the Sabbath Day, is bonny and blithe, and good and gay.

4 Get down to nudism, astonishingly
DISMOUNT
(TO NUDISM)* with ‘astonishingly’ as the anagrind.

9 Liqueur price list outrageous – expensive, ultimately, for one
TRIPLE SEC
I wasn’t helped here by the fact that I don’t do liqueurs, ‘cos I’m not posh enough.  But it’s (PRICE LIST)* with E for the last letter of ‘expensive’ substituted for I (‘one’). And ‘outrageous’ is the anagrind.

11 English textile town, to the west a university
KEELE
The Staffordshire university is a reversal (‘to the west’) of E for ‘English’ and another Staffordshire town, LEEK, which has a history of textile production, silk in particular.

12 Against carrying on, old Italian chap
ANTONIO
A common Italian name is a charade of ANTI with an insertion of ON, followed by O for ‘old’.

13 Recall one hundred odd swallowing drop of special medicine?
NOSTRUM
‘A quack remedy; a patent medicine’ according to the SOED.  It’s a reversal of TON for ‘one hundred’ including S for the first letter of (‘a drop of’)
‘special’ followed by RUM for ‘odd’.

14 E.g. neck ends?
CLOSE FINISH
It’s clever, but perhaps a bit too tricksy for Everyman solvers; or maybe I’m dumbing them down.  Anyway, it was my last one in.  The definition is ‘Eg neck’ and it’s to do with horseracing, where to win ‘by a neck’ is a CLOSE FINISH.  And of course CLOSE and FINISH are two words for ‘ends’.

16 Exactly how rent is paid?
TO THE LETTER
A cd cum dd.

20 Note journalists keep back
REPRESS
The second letter of the sol-fa, RE, is followed by PRESS, much in the news recently with the Levenson enquiry.

21 A group working in desert
ABANDON
A charade of A, BAND, and ON for ‘working’.

23 Model, keeping one’s balance
POISE
An insertion of I in POSE.

24 Dissolute peer loves to get up late?
OVERSLEEP
(PEER LOVES)* with ‘dissolute’ as the anagrind.

25 A boozy bender touring eastern city up north
ABERDEEN
Everyman’s asking you to make a charade of A, plus an insertion of E in (BENDER)*  ‘Boozy’ is the anagrind and ‘touring’ is the insertion indicator.

26 Gambler in cap
BETTER
A dd.  If you ‘better’ someone you ‘cap’ their achievements.

Down

1 Comic strip character, a valet
BATMAN
A dd.

2 Stupid, one point put about one in charge
IDIOTIC
A charade of I DOT around I and IC for ‘in charge’.

3 Girl’s broken heel close to pavilion
HELEN
(HEEL)* and N for the last letter of ‘pavilion’.

5 Behind bars having committed swindle – judge intolerant
INCONSIDERATE
An insertion of CON in INSIDE plus RATE for ‘judge’.

6 Rough and ready model needing dress
MAKESHIFT
A charade of MAKE and SHIFT.

7 Excavate part of chateau near there
UNEARTH
Hidden in chateau nEAR THere.

8 Louise’s partner playing Hamlet
THELMA
(HAMLET)*  Referring to the film Thelma and Louise, which did not have a happy ending.

10 Area in which pollution is controlled, not good for the kipper house?
SMOKELESS ZONE
A dd cum cd.

15 Recovering, continuously ingesting them
ON THE MEND
An insertion of THEM in ON END.

16 Leader in Premiership, a cut above the others?
TOPSIDE
Another dd cum cd: the leader in the Premiership is the TOP SIDE; and TOPSIDE is the cut you’ll perhaps be having for your Sunday lunch today.

17 Flush? Reportedly posted a trivial amount of money
RED CENT
A charade of RED for ‘flush’ and CENT for a homophone (‘reportedly’) of SENT, ‘posted’.  A new one on me, but that’s not unusual for Everyman.

18 Doctor’s entertaining chat over a brandy
GRAPPA
An insertion (‘entertaining’) of RAP in GP followed by A.

19 Even row about card game
ON A PAR
An insertion of NAP for the ‘card game’ in OAR for ‘row’.

22 Some Beaujolais left in passageway
AISLE
Hidden in BeaujolAIS LEft.

Thanks as always to Everyman.

9 Responses to “Everyman 3451/25 November”

  1. crosser says:

    Thanks, Pierre, I needed your help with several of these. I agree that it was less straightforward than the usual Sunday fare.
    Just one point – I don’t understand the function of “e.g.” in 14a.

  2. RichWA says:

    14a: I think Everyman is saying that a “neck” is one example of a close finish in racing, others being a “head” and a “short head”

  3. crosser says:

    Many thanks, RichWA. I know nothing about racing.

  4. Pierre says:

    Thanks, RichWA. I should have explained CLOSE FINISH the way you did.

  5. Bamberger says:

    I put butler for 1d which meant 12a was e?t?n?o which I couldn’t get. That said I doubt if I would have solved a?t?n?o.
    Gave up with a quite a few others unsolved -hardest for some tiem by a long chalk.

  6. Davy says:

    Thanks Pierre,

    Yes it was definitely trickier than usual and it took me longer to finish this than it did to finish
    Araucaria’s prize puzzle the previous day. The answers TRIPLE SEC and KEELE involved quite complex
    wordplay. Also, I initially put BY THE LETTER instead of TO, so this made 16d unsolvable until I saw
    the error of my ways. Favourites were TOPSIDE and the very smooth REPRESS and ABANDON. Thanks Everyman.

  7. Robi says:

    Thanks Everyman & Pierre. Yes, a little tricky in parts but very enjoyable.

    I also tried butler at first for 1d – according to Google there is a comic character butler in Richie Rich called Cadbury! I thought CLOSE FINISH was a good try. Maybe ‘by neck ends’ would have been better, although it would have spoilt the surface slightly.

    Favourite clue was NOSTRUM with its rather difficult construction and misdirection for ‘odd.’

  8. Pierre says:

    I’ve just realised that 11ac, KEELE, is cleverer than I gave Everyman credit for, since KEELE University is indeed around 20 miles West of LEEK. So it’s a bit &litish (what some people call an ‘all-in-one’ clue).

  9. Rodman says:

    We get this puzzle in our Saturday paper here in NZ, I fancy myself as a bit of a geographer but I didn’t know about Keele.

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