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Everyman 3459/20 January

Posted by Pierre on January 27th, 2013


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





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


1 Utter nothing in between
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
Hidden in clinIC I CLEared.

9 Traitor in film, shot at the start
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
An insertion of MP in EIRE.

12 Important subject for children
A dd.

13 Date twin and experience an illusion
Another dd.

14 Immediately visiting principal tourist attraction
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
A charade of OUT, MAN and OEUVRE for the French word for artistic ‘work’.

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

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

24 Girl has a variety of medals
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
An insertion of TIL[L] in SET TO.

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

27 I am a nerd to be distracted, elsewhere


1 Bird pecked a dainty morsel
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
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
Well, makes a change from the carthorse.  (CAROTHERS)*

4 Unseemly rag with wise words, surprisingly, for a deserted husband
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
A charade of COMB and O for ’round’.

7 Sack England’s opener after home game
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
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 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
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
A charade of CON, SIDE and R for the last letter of ‘walkover’.

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

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

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

22 Live with daughter in good health
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.

8 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” …



  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)


  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

  8. UK-giantsfan says:

    Tough one , got stuck in top left corner ( liked Ogress and News Bulletin )

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