A Puzzle by CW
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Today it’s CW’s turn to present a second puzzle. I hope you enjoy this one as much as you did with his debut puzzle. 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.
Welcome back to CW with a gentle Rookie crossword. There were no real problems with the clues but some minor issues have been highlighted. It was an enjoyable crossword. The use of three unchecked letters in the grid is not usual practice – even though one of the Telegraph grids has a “triple unch”, I cannot recall when it was last used in practice. However, as the clues were on the gentler side, it did not hold up solving the relevant clues. They could have been avoided by adding two three letter words in the grid. With Saturn, Neptune and Zeus as answers along with Ephesus, I wondered if there was going to be a classical theme somewhere but could not find anything else to link them. The only other point to watch is the surface readings as some of them (for example 6d) tended to be less than convincing.
1 Arrive last heard funny humour (6)
COMEDY – A four letter word meaning arrive followed by the last letters of heard and funny. Last to indicate the last letter of one word is sometimes accepted but where it is the last letters of two or more words, this should be indicated in the wordplay.
4 Detached iris sent dark (8)
SINISTER – A anagram (detached) of IRIS SENT.
8 A-Z of a Greek wager (8)
The Greek letter A followed by a word for a wager.
9 First part of play working activity (6)
ACTION – A phrase 3,1 indicating the first part of a play followed by a two letter word meaning working.
10 Members of 8 against young male insects (10)
CONSONANTS – … those that are not vowels in the answer to 8a. A three letter word meaning against followed by a three letter word for a young male offspring followed by a four letter word for insects that live in colonies.
12 Second hand american press chief (4)
USED – A two letter word indicating American (which really should be capitalised in the clue) followed by the abbreviation for an editor (press chief).
13 Final charge back to god (4)
ZEUS – The final letter of the alphabet followed by a word meaning charge (as in bring legal proceedings) reversed (back). The pedantic lawyer in me says that charge is used in relation to criminal proceedings whilst the answer uses the word for civil proceedings.
14 Part of paper soldier with chart (9)
PARAGRAPH – A four letter word for a soldier who jumps from an aircraft followed by another word for a chart.
17 Feeling for part of hospital I’m sent around (9)
SENTIMENT – The SENT from the clue goes around the abbreviation for Ear Nose and Throat (hospital department) and the IM from the clue.
19 Student in a little shock (4)
JOLT – The abbreviation for learner (student) goes inside word meaning little.
20 Firm up stroke (4)
COUP – The two letter abbreviation for company followed by the UP from the clue.
22 Circular sailor banned merrygoround (10)
ROUNDABOUT- A five letter word meaning circular followed by an abbreviation for a sailor and a three letter word meaning banned. Merry-go-round or merrygoround?
24 God took pot (6)
SATURN – A three letter word meaning took (as in an exam) followed by a type of pot.
25 Boffins encourage male promotions (8)
EGGHEADS – A three letter word meaning encourage, a two letter male pronoun and the abbreviation for advertisements (promotions).
26 Checked bill holding many directions (8)
ASSESSED – The abbreviation for an advertisement (sound familiar! Using the same device twice in a puzzle let along in successive clues should be avoided) followed by a collection of the abbreviations for South and East (directions).
27 Got up no end before a line used for prayers (6)
ROSARY – A four letter word meaning got up with the final letter removed (no end) followed by the A from the clue and the abbreviation for railway (line).
2 Witnesses spectators (9)
ONLOOKERS – A double definition The two meanings are so similar that is really is a single definition with two examples of the same word.
3 Record american he’s in old city (7)
EPHESUS – A two letter word for a record and an abbreviation for American (which again should be capitalised and the same device not used twice in the same crossword) contains the HES from the clue.
4 Devil back in retsina tasting (5)
SATAN – The answer is hidden and reversed in RETSINA TASTING.
5 Close up whisper man can’t make out from a long way off (11)
NEARSIGHTED – A four letter word meaning close up to or beside followed by a four letter word meaning a whisper and a three letter word being an abbreviation of Edward (man).
6 Rested on total – a citrus fruit (7)
SATSUMA – A three letter word meaning rested on followed by a three letter word meaning total and the A from the clue.
7 Run off with English stride (5)
ELOPE – The abbreviation for English followed by a word for a stride or type of gait.
11 Sleep family calls for something to hold cloth (6,5)
NAPKIN RINGS – A three letter word meaning a sleep, a three letter word for close family and a word meaning calls or telephones.
15 Start review of elegant eggs (3)
ROE – The initial letters start (see comment on 1a) of Review Of Elegant.
16 Drowned German and queen grasped before (4,5)
18 Writer backs air god (7)
NEPTUNE – Reverse (backs) a three letter word for a writing instrument and follow it with a word for an air or piece of music.
19 Redundant smaller book? (7)
JOBLESS – Split 3,4 this could mean a smaller book of the bible.
21 Jewelry has no friends (5)
OPALS – Split 1, 4, this could indicate you have no friends. A spellcheck to spot Jewellery might have helped!
23 Not down, complete tip over (5)
UPEND – The opposite (not) of down followed by a word meaning complete.