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Everyman 3515/16 February

Posted by Pierre on February 23rd, 2014


As usual, a pleasing and solver-friendly puzzle from Everyman.  One or two tricky ones thrown in this morning, I thought, but a bit of head-scratching and some crossing letters saved the day.




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

definitions are underlined


1 Match pipe that’s used in experiment supervised by 14 across, perhaps
A charade of TEST for ‘match’ in the cricket sense (although let’s not mention the C word, please) and TUBE.  The reference to 14ac is that of course a SCIENCE MASTER would be in charge where students were doing experiments using a test tube.

5 Person, for example, associated with a wine shop
A charade of BOD for a rather old-fashioned word for ‘person’, EG and A.

10 Reportedly undisciplined playwright
A homophone of ‘wild’, referring to OSCAR WILDE.  ‘I can resist everything except temptation.’

11 Stones in the way derailed lead tram – none on board
An insertion (‘on board’) of O in (LEAD TRAM)* with ‘derailed’ as the anagrind.

12 Female spies receiving praise
An insertion of LAUD in CIA.

13 Making a mistake about a piece of jewellery
Another insertion: of A in ERRING.

14 Dispose of a semi – crescent stinks!
This was my last in, despite realising that it was an anagram.  It’s (A SEMI CRESCENT)*  ‘Stinks’ is public schoolboy slang for a science teacher, or MASTER as they are called in such institutions.

17 On my arm in role, dizzy actress
(ON MY ARM IN ROLE)* with ‘dizzy’ as the anagrind; although ‘dizzy’ could certainly be applied to some of the roles that the actress played throughout her career.

19 Eccentric in a cult, bonkers

21 Stylish English stage worker
A charade of E, LEG and ANT.  LEG for ‘stage’ in the sense of ‘it’s the second leg/stage of the Tour de France today’.

23 A gallant French actor and singer
A dd.  A word for a chivalrous man is also the surname of MAURICE CHEVALIER, the French actor an singer.  ‘Thank eavens, for leetle girls’, if you’re of a certain age.

24 Set of rowers showing power, though not having won
[W]EIGHT.  Is W an abbreviation for ‘won’?  It is in football league tables.

25 Little boy, after short time, becomes difficult
A charade of T and RICKY.

26 Mysterious coteries formed


1 Strike the short Scouser’s mate
A charade of TH[E] and WACK, which is Liverpool slang werd for ‘mate’ or ‘friend’.  Which may well have confused our overseas solvers (Scousers are people who come from Liverpool).

2 Unfortunately tripping up tackling square dance
An insertion of S in ALAS reversed (‘tripping up’ in the sense of ‘travelling up’).

3 Study inside heart of match factory reveals a wearisome routine
An insertion of READ for ‘study’ inside T for the middle letter of maTch and MILL.

4 A means of leverage to disqualify ‘winning’ golf shot
A charade of BAR, GAINING and CHIP.

6 Shell female got rid of in past
[F]ORMER.  An ORMER is an edible marine mollusc, much prized gastronomically in the Channel Islands.  It’s also called a ‘sea-ear’, because its name is derived from the French oreille de mer.

7 Bass guitarist released new titles
(NEW TITLES)* with ‘released’ as the anagram.  Referring to the late John ENTWISTLE, who played with The Who.

8 Fitzgerald returned with grisly tale
ELLA Fitzgerald reversed, followed by GORY.

9 A part of geese I’d prepared?
Clever clue from Everyman.  I can’t remember seeing this one before.  It’s (A PART OF GEESE I’D) with ‘prepared’ as the anagrind.  I won’t describe this as an &lit or ‘all-in-one’ clue, but I will risk a savaging by saying that it’s ‘&littish’.

14 Injured tiger seen in national park
Another excellent spot from the setter.  (TIGER SEEN)*  The only shame is that there aren’t any tigers in the Serengeti National Park, otherwise it would have been perfect.

15 Union soldiers during a salute
An insertion of MEN in A GREET.

16 One member legally acceptable, it’s understood
A charade of I, MP and LICIT.

18 Constant interference
A dd.

20 Dog food about right
An insertion of R in TACK.

22 Fury shown as lid comes off crate
[B]ANGER.  ‘Crate’, like BANGER, is a slang word for a clapped out car.

Fine puzzle from Everyman; thank you to him.

16 Responses to “Everyman 3515/16 February”

  1. Jovis says:

    Found this difficult. Odd mixture of anagrams with a brilliant 9dn. Unfortunately I had never heard of John Entwistle – my loss – and I was unconvinced by 14ac. Doesn’t “Stinks” refer to the chemistry teacher?

  2. Hughr says:

    After completing the previous weeks puzzle, I found this one quite tough and didn’t get past half way with it. Even seeing the explanations, I would never have got some of them.

  3. Andy B says:

    The usual pleasant Sunday morning solve, although I agree that this one was probably towards the trickier end of Everyman’s spectrum. It probably helped that I am a fan of The Who.

    I’d describe the excellent 9dn as an extended definition clue.

    Re: 1dn, as someone who was brought up on Merseyside and has now returned to the area after a long time down south I have to say that “wack” is a bit of an archaism, and hasn’t been used seriously for a long time.

    The TRACK/TRICKY crossers were my last ones in.

  4. Jovis says:

    Andy B

    We share the same background and I return to see family fairly often. I agree that “wack” is no longer common parlance but it’s part of the vernacular like the Cockney “guv’nor” and the Glaswegian “Jimmy”.

    You are also probably aware of the witticism that the Liverpool accent consists of a third Welsh, a third Irish and a third catarrh.

    Tarah den wack

  5. Robi says:

    Another good one although some unfamiliar words – I didn’t know (or had forgotten) John ENTWISLE, ROAD METAL, TACK (for food.)

    Thanks Pierre; stinks is usually a Chemistry teacher I think but generically that is a SCIENCE MASTER. I’m not an expert in these things but I would have thought that 9d could be regarded as an &lit clue. Whatever it is, it’s a superb clue!

  6. Martin P says:

    I don’t often comment on these puzzles but I thought this one was particularly good, and a bit meatier than most.

    Thanks for the etymology of ORMER, our word for abalone, Pierre.

  7. Pierre says:

    I guess ‘stinks’ strictly does refer to the chemistry teacher, but it worked for me. PATE DE FOIE GRAS was a delightful clue, so whether it’s &lit or not matters little, really.

    And ABALONE has appeared more than once in a cryptic, usually along the lines of ‘solitary sailor’, or some such.

  8. Sil van den Hoek says:

    As ever a fine crossword by Everyman.

    That said, he will probably not appreciate me mentioning that the “stunning” 9d clue has been done before.

    When Crux had exactly the same anagrind about 3 years ago in the FT (13,641) I was full of admiration.
    But then there was Rufus who made a comment, see (post #2):

    But it’s still a great clue!

  9. Pierre says:

    Ah well, Sil, a fine clue for those of us who haven’t seen it before (or worse, if we have, we can’t remember it …)

  10. Rory Scott says:

    Just done it. We get them a little later in NZ. Explanation for answer 24 across is weight less w. ie not having w on. Rather than w as shorthand for won.

  11. Stephanie Fleming says:

    Also in NZ but puzzled by the tack = food clue. Where does this come from. Tuck as in tuck box I am familar with.

  12. Audrey Ansell says:

    Found this one very difficult. Could only do half. Too many English clues, not familar in NZ. Even though my ancestors were Scouse ,I did not know 1 down.

  13. Audrey Ansell says:

    P.S. I did get tack for food in 20 down. Hard tack is a relatively common expression usually to do with camping or similar groups.

  14. Vanessa says:

    Another fm nz ..I had no idea what a wack is and could find no evidence of stinks even when googling now that I have read the blog.
    Can someone further explain how we would possibly know this when Google cannot?
    I know Google is not god but there’ s little that gets past them

  15. Vanessa says:

    By the way Audrey, Stephanie , Rory where do u get this puzzle in nz before sat a.m.? Am in Akl and only ever get on sat a.m in nz herald…….

  16. Pierre says:

    Thanks for the comments from our Antipodean solvers. Rory, I’m sure your parsing for EIGHT is what Everyman had in mind (but my way also works, I think).

    If you don’t want to wait for the puzzle to reach NZ, you can access the current one from a minute after midnight (UK time) on The latest Everyman will be towards the bottom of the page. Then you could comment in tandem with all the UK solvers when the blog is put up the following Sunday. Here it’s a prize puzzle, so the blog isn’t posted immediately for that reason.

    Good to hear from you all.

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