Posted by Pierre on December 2nd, 2012
Perhaps a more tricky Everyman than usual, but I’m interested to know what others think …
cd cryptic definition
dd double definition
anagrind = anagram indicator
[x] letter(s) removed
1 Cheerful bishop’s flexible
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
(TO NUDISM)* with ‘astonishingly’ as the anagrind.
9 Liqueur price list outrageous – expensive, ultimately, for one
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
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
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?
‘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?
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
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
A charade of A, BAND, and ON for ‘working’.
23 Model, keeping one’s balance
An insertion of I in POSE.
24 Dissolute peer loves to get up late?
(PEER LOVES)* with ‘dissolute’ as the anagrind.
25 A boozy bender touring eastern city up north
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
A dd. If you ‘better’ someone you ‘cap’ their achievements.
1 Comic strip character, a valet
2 Stupid, one point put about one in charge
A charade of I DOT around I and IC for ‘in charge’.
3 Girl’s broken heel close to pavilion
(HEEL)* and N for the last letter of ‘pavilion’.
5 Behind bars having committed swindle – judge intolerant
An insertion of CON in INSIDE plus RATE for ‘judge’.
6 Rough and ready model needing dress
A charade of MAKE and SHIFT.
7 Excavate part of chateau near there
Hidden in chateau nEAR THere.
8 Louise’s partner playing Hamlet
(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?
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?
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
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
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
Hidden in BeaujolAIS LEft.
Thanks as always to Everyman.