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Everyman N° 3,461 (3rd. February)

Posted by PeterO on February 10th, 2013


Everyman crossword No 3,461 Crosswords The Observer

That was close to being all you got in the way of a preamble – I remembered it about ten minutes to publishing time. In any case it is not easy to come up with anything fresh to say about Everyman. There is nothing that I thought out of the way here; the people mentioned are well known, the films more so. There is the shade of a theme of well-known phrases.

1. Feasts abroad, most free from risk (6)
SAFEST An anagram (‘abroad’) of ‘feasts’.
4. Film luminary was screening beginning of Rocky (4,4)
STAR WARS A charade of STAR (‘luminary’) plus an envelope (‘screening’) of R (‘beginning of Rocky’) in ‘was’.
9. An artist holding shot rabbit (6)
ANGORA An envelope (‘holding’) of GO (‘shot’) in ‘an’ plus RA (member of the Royal Academy, ‘artist’).
10. A blaze inside chimney in plant (8)
LABURNUM An envelope (‘inside’) of A BURN (‘a blaze’) in LUM (‘chimney’).
11. Book had to include right dates (4,5)
HARD TIMES An envelope (‘to include’) of R (‘right’) in ‘had’ plus TIMES (‘dates’), for Charles Dickens’ novel.
13. One avoiding work, badly riled (5)
IDLER An anagram (‘badly’) of ‘riled’.
14. Dam lake for religious head (6,8)
MOTHER SUPERIOR A charade of MOTHER (‘dam’) plus SUPERIOR (‘lake’).
17. Similarly, purchase, say, an identical disc (2,3,4,5)
BY THE SAME TOKEN A charade of BY, a homophone (‘say’) of BUY (‘purchase’), plus THE SAME TOKEN (‘an identical disc’).
21. Take mouthful from ragout (a stew) (5)
TASTE A hidden answer in ‘ragouT A STEw’.
23. A new suggestion concerning an hors d’oeuvre (9)
ANTIPASTO A charade of ‘a’ plus N (‘new’) plus TIP (‘suggestion’) plus AS TO (‘concerning’).
24. What 18 is especially? (5,3)
ABOVE ALL A definition and literal interpretation; the answer to 18D is EVEREST, which is indeed ABOVE ALL.
25. Key cricketer, first at the crease? (6)
OPENER Double definition.
26. In stand is eastern paper (8)
TREATISE A charade of TREAT (‘stand’) plus ‘is’ plus E (‘eastern’). The ‘in’ misleadingly suggests an envelope – at least it did to me when first I came to write this comment.
27. Recited flourishing novelist (6)
GREENE A homophone (‘recited’) of GREEN (‘flourishing’), for (not the only possibility, but the one that comes to mind most readily) Graham Greene, the author of Brighton Rock and many other books, and the screenplay of The Third Man.
1. Bandage the man after violent blow (6)
SWATHE A charade of SWAT (‘violent blow’) plus HE (‘the man’). I do not think of a SWAT as being particularly violent, although some mosquitos might disagree. Anyway, it fits the surface well.
2. Reckon dignitary’s not in (6,3)
FIGURE OUT A charade of FIGURE (‘dignitary’) plus OUT (‘not in’) – or look on it as a definition and literal interpretation.
3. Withdraw with slight injury (7)
SCRATCH Double definition.
5. Clear river blocked by unruly US clan (11)
TRANSLUCENT An envelope (‘blocked by’) of ANSLUC, an anagram (‘unruly’) of ‘US clan’ in TRENT (‘river’).
6. Procedure at home getting in the way (7)
ROUTINE An envelope (‘getting in’) of IN (‘at home’) in ROUTE (‘the way’).
7. Invalidate yearbook, with article missing (5)
ANNUL A subtraction, ANNU[a]L (‘yearbook’) without A (‘with article missing’).
8. Run out after dark in a Mexican’s hat (8)
SOMBRERO A charade of SOMBRE (‘dark’) plus RO (‘run out’, cricket).
12. Opera singer, Lanza, cut short La Scala broadcast (5,6)
MARIA CALLAS A charade of MARI[o] (‘Lanza, cut short’) plus ACALLAS, an anagram (‘broadcast’) of ‘La Scala’.
15. Fashionable German city church, basically (2,7)
IN ESSENCE A charade of IN (‘fashionable’) plus ESSEN (‘German city’) plus CE (‘church’ of England).
16. Summary of a bishop’s religious pamphlet (8)
ABSTRACT A charade of ‘a’ plus B’S (‘bishop’s’) plus TRACT (‘religious pamphlet’).
18. Continually rest, heading off for mountain (7)
EVEREST A charade of EVER (‘continually’) plus ‘[r]est’ without its first character (‘heading off’).
19. Working daily? In theory (2,5)
ON PAPER A charade of ON (‘working’) plus PAPER (‘daily’).
20. Origin of HP, perhaps, reportedly (6)
SOURCE A homophone (‘reportedly’) of SAUCE (‘HP, perhaps’).
22. Angry about wife, used bad language (5)
SWORE An envelope (‘about’) of W (‘wife’) in SORE (‘angry’).

8 Responses to “Everyman N° 3,461 (3rd. February)”

  1. michelle says:

    Thanks PeterO.

    Very enjoyable puzzle.

    Favourite clues were 9a, 10a, 20a and 17a.

    New word: lum = chimney in 10a

    I was pleased that I could finish this puzzle and parse all of the clues (a first for me, I think).

  2. Robi says:

    Thanks Everyman and PeterO.

    The usual high standard of surfaces. The ‘in’ in 26 is fairly necessary for the surface.

    BY THE SAME TOKEN was my favourite.

  3. PeterO says:

    Congratulations, Michelle @1. I’m not surprised that lum was new to you. It appears in the Scots expression “Lang may your lum reek”, which is good wishes, although someone who does not understand it might not be sure that it is not an insult.
    I might have mentioned that clue as particularly difficult: not only for the lum, but a fair number of solvers seem to be horticulturally challenged, and the definition ‘plant’ is minimally helpful.

    Now, having cleared my car from 2 foot or more of snow, I have to find out how dire the roads are.

  4. Bamberger says:

    I couldn’t parse 12d -never heard of Mario Lanza or Lanza Mario. I couldn’t get 20d as I had antipasta . I don’t think I’ve come across it as antipasto -no doubt Italian speakers can explain whic is correct and why.

  5. Kathryn's Dad says:

    Thanks, Peter. Good luck with the snow!

    And well done, Michelle. Indeed, ‘lang may yer lum reek’ is a Scottish expression of goodwill (how current I’m not sure) meaning ‘long may your chimney smoke’. ‘Reek’ in standard British English means ‘smell bad’, but in this expression it just means ‘smoke’. It’s linked to the German ‘rauchen’ and the Dutch ‘roken’.

    As to the Italian bit, we need someone who speaks it well to help us out, but I think that ANTIPASTO is singular and ANTIPASTI is plural. So since Everyman has clued it as ‘an hors d’oeuvre’ then the singular is the only right answer.

    Thanks to Everyman for the usual Sunday morning entertainment.

  6. michelle says:

    sorry for late reply due to time zone difference.

    thanks for the good wishes, PeterO and Kathryn’s Dad.

    Also, Kathryn’s Dad is correct – ‘antipasto’ is singular and ‘antipasti’ is plural. ‘Antipasto’ is a masculine noun, and most masculine plurals change their ending to “i” instead of the “o” in singular.

  7. Barrie Graham says:

    Is it just me or was ‘Everest’ rather a feeble clue in an otherwise rather feeble crossword? Sub-par I thought.

    Barrie Graham, Auckland

  8. Stephanie Fleming says:

    Thanks for explaining “Lang may your lum reek” have known the expression for years but never knew what it meant!

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