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Everyman 3467/17 March

Posted by Pierre on March 24th, 2013

Pierre.

Another well-constructed crossword in the Everyman style with plenty of variety in the clueing.  Just one new meaning of a word for me this morning.

 

 

Abbreviations

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

definitions are underlined

Across

1 Outstanding performer, kind to imitate
CLASS ACT
A charade of CLASS for ‘kind’ and ACT for ‘imitate’.

5 Cavalryman caught in country road close to Sedgemoor
LANCER
An insertion of C for ‘caught’ in cricket in LANE for ‘country road’ followed by R for the last letter of SedgemooR.  There was a battle at Sedgemoor, now in Somerset, in 1685.

9 Left to choice in platoon, I suspect
OPTIONAL
(PLATOON I)* with ‘suspect’ as the anagrind.

10 Temple of a deity in Pennsylvania
PAGODA
An insertion of A GOD in PA for the two-letter abbreviation for Pennsylvania.

11 Urgency shown by the man crossing a street
HASTE
Another insertion: of A ST in HE for ‘man’.

12 Awfully mean celebrities – say who they are
NAME NAMES
I liked this one.  NAME for an anagram (‘awfully’) of ‘mean’ plus NAMES for ‘celebrities’.

14 Mavericks may make no charge for gins, vodkas, etc
FREE SPIRITS
A charade of FREE for ‘no charge’ and SPIRITS.

18 London home of detective in song?
BAKER STREET
A dd.  Sherlock’s fictitious home (221B, since you ask) is also a song by Gerry Rafferty.  If you want to remind yourself how good the saxophone riff is, listen here.

21 Four-letter word used by girl upset about closure of restaurant
TETRAGRAM
Well, it had to be this, but it was new on me.  It’s an insertion of T for the last letter of ‘restauranT’ in a reversal (‘upset’) of MARGARET.  And it’s a delightfully suggestive surface.

23 Cheese made by pair back in Georgia
GOUDA
An insertion of DUO reversed in GA.

24 Grease gear in drilling installation
OIL RIG
OIL is ‘grease’ and RIG is ‘gear’.  Put one after another and you’ve got your drilling installation.

25 Aim to provoke compromise
ENDANGER
A charade of END and ANGER.

26 Endure sister, drunk
RESIST
(SISTER)*

27 Along with a very fashionable person, meets a head of state
AS WELL AS
A SWELL plus A and S for the first letter of State

Down

1 A hat, something for the gardener outdoors?
CLOCHE
A dd.  This was my new bit of knowledge today: I knew the gardening bit, but hadn’t come across the hat bit before.  But I’m a fashion refusenik, so that’s no surprise.

2 Painter displaying unusual traits
ARTIST
(TRAITS)*

3 Track about boy with female, romantically attached
SPOKEN FOR
I liked this one too.  It’s an insertion of KEN F in SPOOR.

4 What may arrive in the post from Manx chap, in character
CHAIN LETTER
Not sure that these arrive in the post any more, but they certainly used to.  A charade of CHA[P] and IN LETTER.  Everyman’s asking you to remove the last letter of CHAP because a Manx cat has no tail.

6 Military commander, elected once more
AGAIN
A charade of AGA for ‘military commander’ and IN for ‘elected’.

7 Chinese-style dish, food had by me at home
CHOW MEIN
Another charade of CHOW for ‘food’ ME and IN for ‘at home’.

8 Make another appraisal concerning fools on top of statue
REASSESS
A charade of RE for ‘concerning’, ASSES for ‘fools’ and S for the first letter of Statue.

13 Teacher resents planners
MASTERMINDS
A charade of MASTER and MINDS.

15 Join unfortunate gent coming in hopping mad
INTEGRATE
(GENT)* in IRATE.

16 A racket rising, rising in slaughterhouse
ABATTOIR
This made me smile when I worked it out.  It’s a charade of A BAT for ‘a racket’ and a reversal of RIOT for ‘rising’.  And ‘rising’, since it’s a down clue, is the reversal indicator.

17 Hoax the French about time for game
SKITTLES
An insertion of T in SKIT and LES for one of the French words for ‘the’.  The game usually associated with beer.

19 Caddy initially glued broken club
CUDGEL
Everyman is in my opinion really good at producing meaningful surface readings with gettable answers.  This is a charade of C for the first letter of Caddy and (GLUED)*

20 A doctor tucking into mother’s curry
MADRAS
I rest my case.  An insertion of A DR in MA’S.

22 Sign of tooth decay, canine needing to be extracted
ARIES
[C]ARIES.  ARIES is your sign of the zodiac if you’re a ram; and C is the dentist’s abbreviation for ‘canine’.  And CARIES is what you get if you eat too much sweet stuff and/or don’t clean your teeth properly.

A mug of coffee and the Everyman puzzle is my unchangeable Sunday morning routine – thank you to the setter for this one.

9 Responses to “Everyman 3467/17 March”

  1. colin says:

    Thanks to Pierre and Everyman.

    A nice puzzle. Everyman is very solvable but fun at the same time as Pierre states.

    I didn’t manage to parse AIRES having not heard of “caries”. I don’t think I’ve come across canine as being equal to “c” before.

  2. michelle says:

    Thanks for the blog, Pierre.

    I enjoyed this puzzle, with my favourites being FREE SPIRITS, TETRAGRAM, ABATTOIR & SKITTLES.

    I took longest on the SW corner as I had wrongly spelt the answer to 16d as ‘abbatoir’ but once I fixed that up, I was able to solve the remaining clues.

  3. John says:

    I would never have rumbled the use of manx to indicate removing the last letter, but I had spotted the fact that chain was ‘Chap in’ without the ‘p’.

    Michelle – ‘spelled’ is spelled ‘spelled’ in the context of spelling. Spelt is similar to wheat. ;-)

  4. Davy says:

    Thanks Pierre,

    Another enjoyable puzzle from Everyman with some great surfaces. I particularly liked OPTIONAL, TETRAGRAM,
    CHAIN LETTER, MASTERMINDS and ARIES. Yes, Baker Street is a classic track and definitely a favourite of mine.
    Thanks Everyman for the consistently entertaining puzzles. Keep ‘em coming.

  5. Pierre says:

    I don’t want to turn the blog into a spelling bee, but ‘spelt’ is a perfectly acceptable alternative to ‘spelled’, as dictionaries confirm. Also dreamed/dreamt; leaned/leant.

    As for the word that Michelle misspelled, if you have a bit of French it’s easier, since it comes ultimately from the French verb ‘abattre’, to ‘chop down’. Which is what tends to happen to cows and other creatures in abattoirs.

    That’s enough spelling for today. Except perhaps to say that setters also mislead with it sometimes when referring to what witches do …

  6. Robi says:

    Very enjoyable puzzle with, as remarked above, the usual smooth surfaces.

    Thanks Pierre; like Michelle @2 I had to check the spelling of ABATTOIR and started with the same mistake that she made.

    I particularly liked ABATTOIR and TETRAGRAM.

  7. Hannah says:

    I am new to crosswords and have found this blog really helpful – especially where you have given slightly more detailed explanations (e.g. Everyman’s asking you to remove the last letter of CHAP because a Manx cat has no tail.)

    I went astray wtih 10across – thought it was something to do with Philadelphia (delphic, oracle etc)

    I still don’t understand:

    3 Track about boy with female, romantically attached
    SPOKEN FOR
    I liked this one too. It’s an insertion of KEN F in SPOOR.

    or why AGA for ‘military commander

    Any help gratefully received

  8. ToniL says:

    Merci Pierre and Everyman,

    Araucaria clued Tetragram last November 25,805 in
    a similar way – Margaret + T (except ‘model’ for the other ‘T’)

    Knew I’d seen it somewhere recently.

    We liked Manx chap and name names.

  9. Pierre says:

    Hello Hannah and welcome! I’m glad you’re finding the blogs helpful – I know I did when I was a relative beginner (and still do now).

    SPOKEN FOR works like this: ‘romanically attached’ is the definition, as in ‘I’m spoken for'; then it’s an insertion of KEN for ‘boy’ and F for ‘female’ in SPOOR. SPOOR is a word for the ‘track’ or ‘trail’ of an animal (most often its poo, as it happens).

    AGA is a Turkish word for ‘commander’ – you might have come across the AGA KHAN. It’s a good one to remember because it comes up often (and is also sometimes clued as ‘cooker’ or ‘range’, of course).

    Hope that helps. Come back next Sunday and tell us how you got on with this week’s Everyman.

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