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Everyman No. 3456 (30th December)

Posted by The Trafites on January 6th, 2013

The Trafites.

Lorraine:  Good morning and a happy new year to you all.

Wizzed through this, this morning. Nothing to taxing on the brain, although I was stuck on a couple of easy one’s, Doh.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and have a wonderful new year.

Big thank you to Everyman for all the puzzling in 2012, and for the up and coming puzzles in 2013.

Across
1. Shoulder bag, left by a chest, exploded (7)
SATCHEL L after (A CHEST*)
5. Skegness finally got hotter, and crowded (7)
SWARMED (skegnes)S+WARMED
9. Be excited about a run in vehicle (6,3)
BUBBLE CAR BUBBLE+C+A+R
10. Windproof jacket used by old man protecting chest (5)
PARKA PA around ARK
11. Nerd starts to dismantle Wankel engines, each bit (5)
DWEEB first letters
12. Pests cause inns to be refurbished (9)
NUISANCES (CAUSE INNS*)
13. Money no object making an Astaire film? (3,4,3,5)
THE SKYS THE LIMIT this film HERE
16. More cheesed off, alarmingly, about president defining a civil right (7,2,6)
FREEDOM OF SPEECH (MORE CHEESED OFF*) around P
18. Shock when peeper gets key (3-6)
EYE-OPENER EYE+OPENER
20. Message he reportedly put on front of envelope (5)
EMAIL homephone of MALE after E(nvelope)
22. Foremost of carveries requests large barrels (5)
CASKS C(arveries)+ASKS
23. Drops rock band, dismissing explosive type of music involved (9)
TRAPDOORS (T(he) DOORS)[rock band dropping HE=high explosive] around RAP
24. Wrongly praised, padre is unlikely to lose heart (7)
DESPAIR two anagrams i](PRAISED)* ii](PADRE IS)*
25. Awfully bad rule, existing for a long time (7)
DURABLE (BAD RULE)*
Down
1. Correct copy reveals plot in case (7)
SUBEDIT BED[plot] in SUIT
2. Story about British food (5)
TABLE TALE around B
3. Ridiculous, as an underdone loaf may be (4-5)
HALF-BAKED pun, cd
4. Fabulous creature with horns – closest men petrified (4,4,7)
LOCH NESS MONSTER (HORNS – CLOSEST MEN)*
5. Plain sailing? Right on! (15)
STRAIGHTFORWARD STRAIGHT+FORWARD
6. Greek character employed by local pharmacist (5)
ALPHA hidden: locAL PHArmacist
7. Two doctors describing swimming race close to Lancashire resort town (9)
MORECAMBE ((MO+MB) around [swimming!](RACE*))+(lancashir)E
8. Absolutely determined, clique departed earlier (4,3)
DEAD SET SET[clique] with DEAD in front[earlier]
14. Number joining groups taking time off for morning coffee (9)
ELEVENSES ELEVEN+SE(t)S
15. I see what you’re saying (3-6)
LIP-READER cd – literal
16. Ripped off down end of road (7)
FLEECED FLEECE+(roa)D
17. Bishopric? Yes, possibly in difficult situation (4,3)
HOLY SEE (YES*) in HOLE
19. Finished last of lasagna, Italian food (5)
PASTA PAST+(lasagn)A
21. Weapon taken from a disorderly crowd climbing on to top of building (1-4)
A-BOMB A+((MOB*) after B(uilding))
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3 Responses to “Everyman No. 3456 (30th December)”

  1. Robi says:

    Thanks Everyman & Lorraine. Happy New Year!

    I rather lazily put ‘teardrops’ in 23 at first and wondered why Everyman had ‘drops’ in both clue and answer. :(

    Some lovely surfaces as ever. Strange in 24 that there were two anagrams. Favourites were PARKA and MORECAMBE, although the clue for the latter was not very wise. ;)

  2. Stella says:

    Thanks Lorraine, though you have a wierd typo – presumably a homephone is as opposed to a cellphone :-)

    Hi Robi, I did the same, though I wasn0t happy with it, so checked it this morning and finally worked out the correct answer – the obstacle was realizing what the definition was – clever!

  3. Robi says:

    ….ET phone home….. :)

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