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
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
13 Date twin and experience an illusion
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
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
IN A DREAM
(I AM A NERD)*
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.