Posted by Pierre on February 24th, 2013
Another well-constructed and entertaining crossword from Everyman. Geography, Literature, Mythology, Cinema, Natural History, Botany, Opera … it’s all here this morning.
cd cryptic definition
dd double definition
anagrind = anagram indicator
[x] letter(s) missing
definitions are underlined
1 A pal must have short garments in a UAE state
This state seems to come up a lot in crosswords, so perhaps there aren’t many words that fit this pattern. It’s a charade of A BUD and HABI[T]. BUD is more used in this way in America than in the UK, I fancy.
5 Girl, good liar, unusually, about love
A charade of G and an insertion of O for ‘love’ in (LIAR)* ‘Unusually’ is the anagrind.
9 Compliant theologian carrying one in on time
With a couple of crossing letters, it had to be this, but it did take me some time to see the parsing. Everyman’s asking you to put I for ‘one’ in BEDE for ‘theologian’ and put all that in ON T for ‘on time’. The Venerable Bede, chronicler of most things Old English and adopted Geordie.
10 Tricky question, last of four on card
A charade of TEASE and R for the last letter of fouR. ‘You are a card!/You are a tease!’
12 Catch girl close to gazebo
A charade of LASS and O for the last letter of gazebO.
13 A D.H. Lawrence novel, or Dr No as a novel
(OR DR NO AS A)* with ‘novel’ as the anagrind gives you David Herbert Lawrence’s 1922 novel.
14 Painting of smooth US president and philosopher
John Constable’s painting is a charade of FLAT, (Gerald) FORD and (John Stuart) MILL.
18 DJ just died in entrance?
No disc jockeys in this clue: it’s dinner jacket, and a charade of EVEN for ‘just’ and an insertion of D in INGRESS. EVEN for ‘just’ is pretty remote, I think. EVEN-HANDED works, but I’m struggling to find a sentence where you could substitute one for the other. That doesn’t mean there isn’t one, of course.
21 Pastry brought round to character over in restaurant
A charade of a reversal of TART, TO and a reversal of AIR. ‘Brought round’ and ‘over’ are the reversal indicators.
23 Live with chauvinist – seconds out!
24 He died flying, one tenor starved of oxygen
A charade of I and CARUS[O]. ICARUS died from flying too close to the sun after ignoring the advice of his father, Daedalus; Enrico CARUSO is considered by many to be the best ever tenor.
25 Apron-like garment found in shop in a forecourt
Hidden in shoP IN A FOREcourt. Usually shortened to PINNY.
26 Bloodhound in Olivier/Caine film
A dd. Wouldn’t be an Everyman without a film reference, would it? I got it from the definition but had to check the references. SLEUTH is a 1972 film starring Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine.
27 In the dark I allow not one inside
An insertion of NO for ‘not one’ in I GRANT.
1 London theatre god
A dd. APOLLO is a Greek God and also a London theatre, most recently best known for its stand-up comedy gigs.
2 It’s difficult, apparently, making one apprehensive
Everyman is whimsically suggesting that if something is difficult, it’s UN-EASY.
3 Common people voting in Orkney island reportedly circle one
The Greek expression for ‘common people’ is an insertion of POLL for ‘voting’ in HOI for a homophone (‘reportedly’) of HOY, the Orkney Island, and O I for ‘circle’, ‘one’. HOI POLLOI in Greek means ‘the many’, and in English is used to refer to the lower orders, who don’t know their place and refuse to touch the peak of their cap any longer.
4 Largest being wild animals
I thought this was a brilliant clue. (LARGEST BEING)* with ‘wild’ as the anagram.
6 Romance at home, so stay longer beneath the sheets
A charade of LIE for ‘romance’ and IN for ‘at home’. ‘Romance: to tell extravagant or improbable lies’ (Collins).
7 Check remainder before wet weather
A charade of REST and RAIN.
8 Dog show, first in Eden Valley?
A charade of AIR for ‘show’, E for for first letter of ‘Eden’ and DALE. Nothing to do with Adam and Eve’s hangout: the Eden Valley is in Cumbria, and is one of the most beautiful parts of the UK.
11 Publisher’s job for old fellow connected with English university
A charade of PRO for ‘for’, O for ‘old’, F for ‘fellow’ and READING for the English University in Berkshire.
15 Gangster‘s crazy speed on road abroad
A double anagram: of (SPEED)* and (ROAD)* ‘Crazy’ and ‘abroad’ are the anagrinds.
16 Unconventional youngsters with no money turned up after ‘Live Aid’, initially
I suppose (and hope) that this is about as complicated as Everyman gets. It’s SKINT reversed (‘turned up’) after BE for ‘live’ in its verbal sense and A for the first letter of Aid. The fifties, sixties and all that, man.
17 A leader, inaccurate about western US state
Everyman’s indicating that you should insert W for ‘western’ in (A LEADER)* with ‘inaccurate’ as the anagrind.
19 So I am desperately after motorway plant
A charade of M for ‘motorway’ and (SO AM I)* ‘Desperately’ is the anagrind. I’m cruciverbally challenged when it comes to plants, but even I had heard of this one.
20 Witness change in state trooper’s leader
A charade of (STATE)* and T for the first letter of troopeR. ‘Change in’ is the anagrind.
22 Jeering remark beginning to trouble uncle’s wife
A simple charade of T for the first letter of Trouble and AUNT.
Many thanks to Everyman as always.