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Everyman 3471/14 April

Posted by Pierre on April 21st, 2013

Pierre.

A puzzle in the usual Everyman style.  One or two weakish clues today, though, I thought.

 

 

 

 

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

definitions are underlined

Across

1 Highest money for those in authority
TOP BRASS
A charade of TOP and BRASS.

5 Ancient city member in South America
SPARTA
An insertion of PART in SA.

10 Unable to relax in it, church close to Ely
ITCHY
A charade of IT, CH and Y for the last letter of Ely.

11 White stone in altar base, cracked
ALABASTER
(ALTAR BASE)* with ‘cracked’ as the anagrind.

12 What can make you be so long adding drop of espagnole sauce?
BOLOGNESE
(BE SO LONG E)*

14 Ring back about one supplying tree
LILAC
An insertion of I in CALL reversed.

15 Quieten down tailored suit with pink coat?
PUT A SOCK IN IT
There was a typo in the clue, which I have corrected here.  (SUIT PINK COAT)* with ‘tailored’ as the anagrind.

18 Trust able seaman? A loan may depend on it
CREDIT RATING
A charade of CREDIT and RATING.  Would you credit it?

21 Novelist’s wrong
AMISS
If something belonged to the novelist Martin or Kingsley Amis, it would be AMIS’S.

22 Club official, person much valued at end of year
TREASURER
This has an &lit, or ‘all-in-one’ character.  It’s a charade of TREASURE for a ‘person much valued’ and R for the last letter of ‘year’; but the whole clue also defines the answer.

23 Dramatist in Bonn working with Jones
BEN JONSON
(BONN JONES)* gives you the dramatist who was a contemporary of Shakespeare and is best known for Volpone and The Alchemist.

24 Greek character, the brightest star
ALPHA
A dd.  The second definition is when it’s used to denote the brightest star in a constellation, like Alpha Centauri.

25 Level, holding the Parisian football team
ELEVEN
An insertion of LE in EVEN.

26 Chapel H.E. Bates unfortunately died inside
BETHESDA
(H E BATES)* with D inserted (‘inside’).  ‘Unfortunately’ is the anagrind.  H E Bates is probably best known for The Darling Buds of May, but my favourite of his is the hauntingly written Fair Stood the Wind for France.

Down

1 Attempt to secure one pound for a du Maurier novel
TRILBY
More novelists.  An insertion of I and LB in TRY.

2 Mischief-maker, almost drunk
PICKLE
‘A mischievous child’, says my Collins.  A new one on me.  It’s PICKLE[D], one of the squillion slang words in English for ‘drunk’.

3 Skate in narrow beam of light
RAY
A dd.

4 Held a demonstration with foreign despot as target
STAGED A PROTEST
(DESPOT AS TARGET)*

6 Certain costermongers in shocking pink argyles
PEARLY KINGS
(PINK ARGYLES)*  For overseas solvers who haven’t come across this London tradition, check it out here.

7 Quick and energetic, and extraordinarily good
RATTLING
A dd.

8 Heinous act at Petrograd, say, involving soldiers after revolution
ATROCITY
An insertion of RO for ‘other ranks’ reversed in AT and CITY, which is what Petrograd is an example of.

9 Complaint got by one failing to keep joint dry?
WATER ON THE KNEE
A not very subtle cd cum dd.

13 Ascend during fog and vanish
GO UP IN SMOKE
Not much more subtlety here.  A rather weak cd.

16 Chapter on mob after second game
SCRABBLE
A charade of S, C and RABBLE for the word game.

17 Opposition of French intended
DEFIANCE
A charade of DE for one of the French words for ‘of’ and FIANCÉ for ‘intended’.

19 Lapses surrounding old university exam
TRIPOS
An insertion of O in TRIPS for a word for the Cambridge University examination.  Etymologically, it’s related to TRIPOD and was originally to do with a three-legged stool, apparently.

20 Fleet branch supported by a US lawyer
ARMADA
A charade of ARM, A and DA for ‘District Attorney’.

24 A quiet wood
ASH
A charade of A and SH!

Many thanks to Everyman for today’s puzzle.

6 Responses to “Everyman 3471/14 April”

  1. Paul B says:

    ‘Person much valued at end of year’ would be the &lit, Pierre, which to my tired and cynical eyes fails to define the answer with any real degree of force. ‘Club official’ seems necessary.

  2. Muffyword says:

    Re 13 d GO UP In SMOKE:

    Ascend during fOG and vanish

    So may be a slightly stronger clue than you suggest.

  3. michelle says:

    I Iiked AMISS, PUT A SOCK IN IT, ASH, PEARLY KINGS, DEFIANCE, STAGED A PROTEST.

    New word for me was TRIPOS.

    Bethesda seems to be a favourite chapel for crossword setters. Is it the Bethesda Methodist Chapel in Hanley or some other chapel?

    Thanks for the blog, Pierre.

  4. Pierre says:

    Thanks, Muffyword – my criticism was indeed not justified.

    Michelle, there is indeed a famous Bethesda chapel in Stoke-on-Trent, but my SOED gives BETHESDA as ‘a name for a non-conformist chapel’. And John, chapter 5 verse 2 has: ‘After this, Jesus went to Jerusalem for a religious festival. Near the sheep gate in Jerusalem there is a pool with five porches; in Hebrew it is called Bethzatha.’ My bible has a footnote: ‘some manuscripts have Bethesda’.

    Paul, I’m sure you’re right. There has been a lot of discussion elsewhere on 225 recently about &lits, semi &lits, &litish, and so on; and indeed whether it is possible to have a ‘semi&lit’. I’ve always been a bit confused and am now even more so.

  5. michelle says:

    Pierre@4
    Thanks for the information regarding Bethesda chapel.

  6. Robi says:

    Entertaining puzzle as ever; I thought a bit easier than the previous week. I’m sorry that I will miss ‘Everyman’ at the Manchester S&B, which unfortunately I can’t attend.

    Thanks Pierre; is GO UP IN SMOKE not a simple charade – ascend = go up; during fog = in smoke?

    I particularly enjoyed ATROCITY, which may also be a (semi-?) &lit perhaps. Another favourite was DEFIANCE.

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