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Everyman 3459/20 January

Posted by Pierre on January 27th, 2013

Pierre.

A lovely puzzle in the Everyman style for our Sunday morning diversion.  Plenty to enjoy in this one.

 

 

 

Abbreviations

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

Across

1 Utter nothing in between
THOROUGH
Everyman is prompting you to put O for ‘nothing’ inside THROUGH for ‘between’.  ‘Utter’ in its adjectival sense.

5 A frozen piece of water inside clinic I cleared
ICICLE
Hidden in clinIC I CLEared.

9 Traitor in film, shot at the start
TURNCOAT
A charade of TURN for ‘shot’ and COAT for ‘film’.  It’s my turn; it’s my shot.

10 Jurisdiction of Military Police in Ireland
EMPIRE
An insertion of MP in EIRE.

12 Important subject for children
ISSUE
A dd.

13 Date twin and experience an illusion
SEE DOUBLE
Another dd.

14 Immediately visiting principal tourist attraction
AT FIRST SIGHT
And another.  If you were visiting the principal tourist attraction, you would be AT FIRST SIGHT.  And if you were smitten, kitten, immediately, then it would be LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT.

18 Steal a march on absent staff at work
OUTMANOEUVRE
A charade of OUT, MAN and OEUVRE for the French word for artistic ‘work’.

21 Put one’s foot down, properly, in plant
SPEEDWELL
Another charade, of SPEED and WELL.

23 Regret there’s no rum put out
MOURN
(NO RUM)* with ‘put out’ as the anagrind.

24 Girl has a variety of medals
DAMSEL
The girl in distress in the fairy tale is (MEDALS)* with ‘a variety of’ as the anagrind.

25 Knife fight involving till that’s short
STILETTO
An insertion of TIL[L] in SET TO.

26 Artist going to bank, once in a while
RARELY
A charade of RA and RELY.

27 I am a nerd to be distracted, elsewhere
IN A DREAM
(I AM A NERD)*

Down

1 Bird pecked a dainty morsel
TITBIT
A charade of TIT and BIT.  For a reason I’ve never understood, our friends across the pond call it a TIDBIT.  Happen they’re prudish and don’t like references to women’s parts.

2 Monstrous woman therefore capsized vessel
OGRESS
Took me a while to see this, but it’s a clever clue.  A reversal of ERGO for ‘therefore’ and SS for ‘vessel’.  Cogito, ergo sum, as Descartes famously said.  This works because it’s a down clue.

3 Carothers formed a band
ORCHESTRA
Well, makes a change from the carthorse.  (CAROTHERS)*

4 Unseemly rag with wise words, surprisingly, for a deserted husband
GRASS WIDOWER
Two anagrinds: ‘unseemly’ and ‘surprisingly’. (RAG WISE WORDS)* and the clue works because the anagrams follow one another.  Never heard of it, but Everyman often throws in an unusual phrase.

6 Search round for a small jazz band
COMBO
A charade of COMB and O for ’round’.

7 Sack England’s opener after home game
CRIBBAGE
A charade of BAG for ‘sack’ and E after CRIB for ‘home’.  As far as I know, this definition of CRIB is quite modern and is used mainly by the yoof of today.

8 Factors in fire and water, say
ELEMENTS
A dd.  ‘Fire’ and ‘water’ are two of the four ancient ELEMENTS; ‘earth’ and ‘air’ were the other two.

11 Short broadcast from all the bridge players round home
NEWS BULLETIN
NEWS is North, East, West and South – ‘all the bridge players’ – and this is followed by BULLET for ’round’ and IN for ‘home’.

15 Went on and on after spades and clubs mixed up
SCRAMBLED
More bridge: a charade of S and C for ‘spades’ and ‘clubs’ followed by RAMBLED for ‘went on and on’.

16 Think carefully about deception by team close to walkover
CONSIDER
A charade of CON, SIDE and R for the last letter of ‘walkover’.

17 Vessel carrying right flag
STREAMER
An insertion of R in STEAMER.

19 Relative, free after beginning of April
AUNTIE
A charade of A for the first letter of ‘April’ and UNTIE for ‘free’.

20 Popular class can make this tell
INFORM
A charade of IN for ‘popular’ and FORM for ‘class’.

22 Live with daughter in good health
DWELL
And a final charade of D for ‘daughter’ and WELL for ‘in good health’.

And here’s wishing Everyman good health for 2013 – looking forward to more of his puzzles in the coming year.

7 Responses to “Everyman 3459/20 January”

  1. michelle says:

    Thanks Pierre.

    I enjoyed this challenge which I think is perfect for beginners or improving solvers like me. I was not able to finish it at first sitting and thought I might give up, but I persevered two days later and was pleased to finish it.

    My favourites were 25a and 10a, and I found 2d the most difficult to parse.

    I enjoyed learning “grass widow(er)” which was a new phrase for me.

  2. crosser says:

    Thanks, Pierre, I needed your help with 9a!
    I rather liked 6d.

  3. Hughr says:

    Forgot to complete the sum and lost my original comment. In short, I managed to finish it eventually on Friday after making a brisk start on Sunday and then grinding to a halt for much of the week.

  4. Richard Holmes says:

    Even we, in the cultural backwater of New Zealand, are aware of the term “Grass Widow/er” …

    Cheers.

    R.

  5. Barrie Graham says:

    I agree with Richard Holmes (and am guilty of being one playing golf most weekends in Auckland)

    Readers of this blog may (or may not of course) be interested to know that these crosswords appear in the Saturday edition of the New Zealand Herald roughly a month after they are in the Grauniad (i.e. this one was in today’s edition of the NZH, 23 Jan 2013)

    Cheers

  6. Barrie Graham says:

    eee sorry 23 Feb not Jan

  7. Vanessa says:

    Another kiwi wades in…crib is a term I believe used in the sth island of nz and refers to one’s holiday home. We north islanders refer to it as a bach if one is lucky enough to have one of course

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