Posted by Pierre on March 24th, 2013
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.
cd cryptic definition
dd double definition
anagrind = anagram indicator
[x] letter(s) missing
definitions are underlined
1 Outstanding performer, kind to imitate
A charade of CLASS for ‘kind’ and ACT for ‘imitate’.
5 Cavalryman caught in country road close to Sedgemoor
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
(PLATOON I)* with ‘suspect’ as the anagrind.
10 Temple of a deity in Pennsylvania
An insertion of A GOD in PA for the two-letter abbreviation for Pennsylvania.
11 Urgency shown by the man crossing a street
Another insertion: of A ST in HE for ‘man’.
12 Awfully mean celebrities – say who they are
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
A charade of FREE for ‘no charge’ and SPIRITS.
18 London home of detective in song?
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
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
An insertion of DUO reversed in GA.
24 Grease gear in drilling installation
OIL is ‘grease’ and RIG is ‘gear’. Put one after another and you’ve got your drilling installation.
25 Aim to provoke compromise
A charade of END and ANGER.
26 Endure sister, drunk
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
1 A hat, something for the gardener outdoors?
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
3 Track about boy with female, romantically attached
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
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
A charade of AGA for ‘military commander’ and IN for ‘elected’.
7 Chinese-style dish, food had by me at home
Another charade of CHOW for ‘food’ ME and IN for ‘at home’.
8 Make another appraisal concerning fools on top of statue
A charade of RE for ‘concerning’, ASSES for ‘fools’ and S for the first letter of Statue.
13 Teacher resents planners
A charade of MASTER and MINDS.
15 Join unfortunate gent coming in hopping mad
(GENT)* in IRATE.
16 A racket rising, rising in slaughterhouse
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
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
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
I rest my case. An insertion of A DR in MA’S.
22 Sign of tooth decay, canine needing to be extracted
[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.