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Everyman No. 3458 (13th January)

Posted by The Trafites on January 20th, 2013

The Trafites.

Lorraine:  Good morning to you all,

I romped through this, this morning, took approximately three quarters of an hour to complete.

Some lovely clues, some of which made me smile when I solved them; 10ac, 12ac and 20ac in particular.

I trust that none of you had too much trouble solving this puzzle, as I believe it was a typical cryptic for beginners (as it should be).

Big, big thanks to Everyman, very enjoyable.

Across
1. Brewing agent may be obtained from Mediterranean country shortly (4)
MALT MALT(a)
3. Pairs a pal’s circulated for valuations (10)
APPRAISALS (PAIRS A PAL’S*)
9. Type of broad-leaved weed in harbour (4)
DOCK dd
10. Does a full dish of ravioli constitute this? (6,4)
SQUARE MEAL cd
12. Do as promised, get rid of virtually all of blades? (4,4,4)
KEEP ONES WORD pun: KEEP ONE SWORD [as opposed to all of them!]
15. One who buys nearly clean jumper (9)
PURCHASER PUR(e)+CHASER
17. In a week, wood flooded (5)
AWASH A+W+ASH
18. Patriarch, one rejected by church (5)
ENOCH (ONE<)+CH
19. Fool’s heartless gibe about one aide (9)
ASSISTANT (ASS’S+TA(u)NT) around I
20. Two members making a large amount of money (2,3,3,1,3)
AN ARM AND A LEG cd
24. Injudicious act giving cheek about king (10)
IMPRUDENCE IMPUDENCE around R(ex)
25. Collection of reminiscences about northern girl (4)
ANNA ANA around N
26. Indecisive leader in industry runs firm (10)
IRRESOLUTE I(ndustry)+R+RESOLUTE
27. Attempt from bunker, initially with wood (4)
BASH B(unker)+ASH
 
Down
1. Damaging allegations over captain and fish (10)
MUDSKIPPER MUD+SKIPPER
2. What key sportsman could use for a change? (6,4)
LOCKER ROOM cd
4. Indignation is shown when card game’s cut short (5)
PIQUE PIQUE(t)
5. What delay motorists? Stupid arrows do round centre of Tokyo (9)
ROADWORKS (ARROWS DO*) around (to)K(yo)
6. Form of refreshment in America coeds concocted (3-5,4)
ICE-CREAM SODA (AMERICA COEDS*)
7. Elderly French artist almost set up (4)
AGED (DEGA(s)<)
8. Old sailor’s dry wit (4)
SALT dd
11. To perform a social duty for others, preside at awards ceremony? (2,3,7)
DO THE HONOURS dd
13. Film Spaniard’s house on one of the Costas (10)
CASABLANCA CASA+[costa ]BLANCA
14. Snapshot in public house got Harpo upset (10)
PHOTOGRAPH (GOT HARPO*) in PH
16. Wear still to be treated in part of building (9)
STAIRWELL (WEAR STILL*)
21. A Caledonian racecourse (5)
ASCOT A+SCOT
22. Married in one, a short skirt (4)
MINI M+IN+I
23. Box in last of fights on equal footing (4)
SPAR (fight)S+PAR
 

5 Responses to “Everyman No. 3458 (13th January)”

  1. Bamberger says:

    Stuck at an event that I didn’t want to be at, I was doing this as discreetly as I could and solved it in full though I got totally stuck a few times and had to pay attention to what I was supposed to be paying attention to.Once I came back to this, for reasons I have never understood, the answers were obvious.

  2. Hughr says:

    The first time I have completed an Everyman (have come v close a few times).

    The only clue I didn’t fully understand was 25A. I didn’t understand how/why the collection of reminiscences bit led to ANA to put around the N from northern.

  3. Davy says:

    Well done Hugh on completing your first Everyman. Ana is seemingly a strange word as follows :-

    an·a
    1 [an-uh, ah-nuh]
    noun
    1.
    a collection of miscellaneous information about a particular subject, person, place, or thing.
    2.
    an item in such a collection, as an anecdote, a memorable saying, etc.
    Origin:
    1720–30; independent use of -ana

  4. Stella says:

    I had the same doubt as Hugh – unfortunately, Davy’s explanation is not very enlightening :-)

    Nevertheless, fun puzzle, especially the clue for 5d

    Thanks Lorraine and Everyman

  5. Hughr says:

    Thanks for the explanation of 25A. It’s a word I’d never heard of. Knowing that there was an N in there from Northern,that the last letter was an A from the down clue and suspecting that the answer was going to be ANNA, I should have looked in a dictionary to see if there was a word ANA……which of course there is!

    Hugh

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