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Everyman 3463/17 February

Posted by Pierre on February 24th, 2013

Pierre.

Another well-constructed and entertaining crossword from Everyman.  Geography, Literature, Mythology, Cinema, Natural History, Botany, Opera … it’s all here this morning.

 

 

 

Abbreviations

cd  cryptic definition
dd  double definition
[xxxx]  anagram
anagrind = anagram indicator
[x]  letter(s) missing

definitions are underlined

Across

1 A pal must have short garments in a UAE state
ABU DHABI
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
GLORIA
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
OBEDIENT
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
TEASER
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
LASSO
A charade of LASS and O for the last letter of gazebO.

13 A D.H. Lawrence novel, or Dr No as a novel
AARON’S ROD
(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
FLATFORD MILL
John Constable’s painting is a charade of FLAT, (Gerald) FORD and (John Stuart) MILL.

18 DJ just died in entrance?
EVENING DRESS
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
TRATTORIA
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!
EXIST
[S]EXIST.

24 He died flying, one tenor starved of oxygen
ICARUS
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
PINAFORE
Hidden in shoP IN A FOREcourt.  Usually shortened to PINNY.

26 Bloodhound in Olivier/Caine film
SLEUTH
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
IGNORANT
An insertion of NO for ‘not one’ in I GRANT.

Down

1 London theatre god
APOLLO
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
UNEASY
Everyman is whimsically suggesting that if something is difficult, it’s UN-EASY.

3 Common people voting in Orkney island reportedly circle one
HOI POLLOI
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
BENGAL TIGERS
I thought this was a brilliant clue.  (LARGEST BEING)* with ‘wild’ as the anagram.

6 Romance at home, so stay longer beneath the sheets
LIE IN
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
RESTRAIN
A charade of REST and RAIN.

8 Dog show, first in Eden Valley?
AIREDALE
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
PROOFREADING
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
DESPERADO
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
BEATNIKS
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
DELAWARE
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
MIMOSA
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
ATTEST
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
TAUNT
A simple charade of T for the first letter of Trouble and AUNT.

Many thanks to Everyman as always.

6 Responses to “Everyman 3463/17 February”

  1. Donna says:

    Many thanks to Everyman for another enjoyable puzzle and to Pierre for another helpful blog. First answer in for me was 22 Down and the last in was 14 Across. I figured the latter out from the clue but then checked it on Google, as I’d never heard of this painting. I got 3 Down but couldn’t parse it, so, Pierre, thanks for the explanation of “Hoy.” (I’ll have to brush up on the Orkney Islands, I guess!) My favorite clues were 8 Down, 24 Across and especially 18 Across when the penny dropped! Wishing you a wonderful week ahead!

  2. michelle says:

    This was enjoyable even though it took me a bit longer than I expected. My last 4 answers took half the time of the rest of the puzzle.

    Favourite clues were ICARUS, EXIST, FLATFORD MILL, BEATNIKS and EVENING DRESS (last in). It took me a long time to switch my brain from thinking that DJ = disc jockey and I did smile when I finally parsed DJ = dinner jacket.

    I had a few chuckles trying to justify 14a as “Flatbush Hill” but could not find a famous painting of that title. Luckily I “rediscovered” US President FORD and then it fell into place.

    Thanks for the blog, Pierre.

  3. Robi says:

    Entertaining crossword as ever.

    Thanks Pierre. I didn’t really know the card=tease. The nearest thing I could find in Chambers is: ‘a comical or eccentric person.’

    I thought PINAFORE was well hidden, and I particularly enjoyed EVENING DRESS and DESPERADO.

  4. Pierre says:

    Robi, your comment has made me have a rethink about TEASER. I reckon the definition is more to do with working fabric. Collins has ‘tease: to separate the fibres of; comb; card’ so I think on reflection that’s probably what Everyman had in mind. Must remember when blogging not just to put down the first thing that comes into my head …

    Donna, Hoy is perhaps better known to UK solvers, because it has a well-known feature, The Old Man of Hoy. You’ll find it at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Man_of_Hoy

  5. Robi says:

    Pierre @4; thanks for the info. about ‘tease’ in Collins. That seems to make much more sense now. :)

  6. Donna says:

    Thanks, Pierre, for the link to the Old Man of Hoy. A very impressive fellow! Years ago when we lived in Connecticut, there was a landscape feature called “The Sleeping Giant.” It was a low-lying mountain that actually resembled a recumbent giant when viewed from a certain angle. Whenever we drive to Connecticut to visit our son I still always look for “the giant” as we drive past! It’s sad that they think “The Old Man of Hoy” will erode in time. I hope it won’t be for a long, long time.

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