All in One Rhythm by Mitz
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Mitz is making a rapid return to Rookie Corner – when you have solved the puzzle you should understand why! As usual, the setter will be delighted to receive feedback from you, the solvers. I do ask that you remember that for most setters this is a new experience, so please only offer constructive criticism.
A review of this puzzle by Prolixic follows.
This June is purgatory. I am as fond of football as King Herod was of children. Not only do we have the World Cup on the TV at all hours of the day both the games but also it seems every advert. Now we have a themed crossword. I shall write the review and go and hide under a rock for the next few weeks.
The theme points to the World Cup with the “All in One Rhythm” title. With 19 answers being partly un-clued, it was clear that with this being the 20th world cup, the 19 previous winners would appear in the grid. The full list of winners is below (thank you Wikipedia).
This was difficult and not helped by my loathing of the theme and an unfriendly grid in places. For technical achievement to get the 19 country codes for the previous winners in the grid, top marks.
7 Sent away for heraldic silvers (7)
ARGENTS – Argentina followed by an anagram (away) of SENT.
8 He’ll break his word about any sound (7)
RENEGER – A two letter word meaning about, two letters that sound like any followed by Germany.
9 First goal of respected teacher (4)
GURU – The first letter of goal followed by Uruguay. Depending on how purest you are, first goal does not indicate the first letter of the word. Also, whilst most editors will accept definition of wordplay, wordplay of definition is usually not accepted.
10 Regular urgency, bolder and possible to deliver (9)
RECITABLE – The regular letters of uRgEnCyBoLdEr go around Italy.
12 Instrument Ravi Shankar initially backed (5)
SITAR the first letters (initially) of Ravi Shankar are reversed and go around Italy.
13 Tendency to change competence of student (8)
LABILITY – Split 1, 7 this might indicate the competence of a student.
15 Party absolving last player claiming seconds (4)
BALL – The second letters of aBsolving lAst pLayer cLaiming.
16 Animal found on the outskirts of the area (5)
ZEBRA – The outer letters of ZonE (the area) followed by Brazil.
17 Honour with a selection from the buffet – exceptional (4)
FETE – The answer is hidden in BUFFET EXCEPTIONAL.
18 Said typo was wrong in 1984, for example (8)
DYSTOPIA – An anagram (was wrong) of SAID TYPO.
20 I, Nietzsche – primary thinker (5)
BRAIN Brazil followed by I and the initial letter (primary) of Nietzsche. Primarily would indicate the first letter – primary is stretching it!
21 Odd army to employ soldiers on time for fun (9)
The odd letters of ArMy followed by a word meaning to employ, another word for soldiers and the abbreviation for time.
22 Crow of little weight (4)
BRAG – Brazil followed by the abbreviation for gram (little weight).
24 Detail: missing in action; scramble unit to infiltrate (7)
MINUTIA – An anagram (scramble) of UNIT inside the abbreviation for Missing In Action.
25 Lose flipping snake – what a pill! (7)
LOZENGE – Reverse (flipping) the S (snake) in LOSE so it looks like a Z around England.
1 Woman in uniform (4)
FRAU – France followed by the abbreviation for uniform.
2 Hear about ruin with unusual surroundings and return (8)
REQUITAL – A homophone of wreck (REQ) followed by the first and last letters (surroundings) of unusual inside which add Italy. Personal preference (as setters do this), where there is a homophone, I much prefer that the resulting letters are themselves a word.
3 Rubbernecker has more obvious potassium deficiency (6)
STARER – Remove the K (potassium deficiency) from STARKER.
4 Use backbone to rev up? Time I’m gone (8)
VERTEBRA – Reverse (up) the REV from the clue followed by the letters of TimE with the I’m removed followed by Brazil.
5 Bail out a rodent (6)
GERBIL – Germany followed by bail with the A removed (out).
6 Richard, actor from the East (4)
GERE – Germany followed by the abbreviation for East.
11 Balance cleat I fixed (9)
CALIBRATE – An anagram (fixed) of CLEAT I around Brazil.
12 Kooky? Crazy to leave right state (5)
SPACY – Spain followed by the outer letters of CrazY (R AZ (state – Arizona) having been removed).
14 Central vastness of giant (5)
TITANThe central letters of vasTNess around Italy.
16 Marx doesn’t finish trip up river by aircraft (8)
ZEPPELIN – The name of Zeppo with the final letter removed followed by a reversal (trip up) of NILE.
17 With spirit on fire, give sustenance to innocent within (8)
FLAMBEED – A word for an innocent inside a word meaning give sustenance to.
19 Sat up at sign of spring (6)
TAURUS – Reverse SAT and put the letters around Uruguay. There are a number of uses of up to indicate reversing the letters.
20 Touch on the bottom? No let up for driver, twice! (6)
BUTTON – Two sets of wordplay for Jensen Button – Touch (butt) followed by ON or Bottom (butt) followed by a reversal of NO.
21 Hinge on a 6 returning, or else as 11 comes in (4)
AXIS – Another double wordplay clue. A followed by a reversal of six or AS with the Roman numerals for 11 inside.
23 Ship over? (4)
ARGO – Argentina followed by the abbreviation for over.
Year Winner Code
1930 Uruguay (URU)
1934 Italy (ITA)
1938 Italy (ITA)
1950 Uruguay (URU)
1954 West Germany (GER)
1958 Brazil (BRA)
1962 Brazil (BRA)
1966 England (ENG)
1970 Brazil (BRA)
1974 West Germany (GER)
1978 Argentina (ARG)
1982 Italy (ITA)
1986 Argentina (ARG)
1990 West Germany (GER)
1994 Brazil (BRA)
1998 France (FRA)
2002 Brazil (BRA)
2006 Italy (ITA)
2010 Spain (SPA)