In Other Words by Soup
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Today we have a second helping of Soup. Will this one be as tasty as the first? 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.
Congratulations to Soup on his return to the Rookie’s Corner. This was an accomplished crossword with a very well executed theme in the across clues exploring the ways in which IN is used in crosswords. A small number of points on the down clues have been highlighted but these did not detract from the high quality of the crossword.
7 In with the Joneses (7)
INDIANA – In as the abbreviation of an American State is also the first name of a swashbuckling film hero.
8 In a book about the origin of humans (2,4)
AT HOME – In meaning in residence. The A from the clue and another word for a large book go around the first letter (origin of) humans.
10 In Sicily, a heavy smoker (4)
ETNA – In as a prepositional indicator for where the answer may be found. A volcano (heavy smoker) in Sicily.
11 In 24d, let her stew (3,3,4)
ALL THE RAGE – In meaning fashionable – An anagram (stew) of ALGA (the answer to 24d) LET HER.
12 In love, spinster finally found protection (6)
ARMOUR – In as an insertion indicator. The final letter of spinster goes inside a French word meaning love.
14 In ascent, regional weather report is no good, at first (8)
CLIMBING – In as part of the definition. A homophone (report) of clime (regional weather) followed by the first letters of Is No Good.
15 In and not out (7)
BATTING – In as a cricketing term. What a player will be doing if he is in and facing deliveries from the bowler.
17 In a homemade Iranian cake (7)
MADEIRA – In as a hidden word indicator – The answer is inside HOMEMADE IRANIAN.
20 In troops’ formation, something elementary is seen (8)
POSITRON – In as part of the anagram fodder. An anagram (formation) of IN TROOPS.
22 In metal (6)
INDIUM – In as a chemical symbol of this metal.
23 In contest, glance held angrily (10)
CHALLENGED – In as part of the definition – in a contest. An anagram (angrily) of GLANCE HELD.
24 In agreement, it’s said, with a company (4)
AMEN – In as part of the definition. The A from the clue followed by another word for a group of people or company of soldiers.
25 In Europe, discussed bribe (6)
GREECE – In as a prepositional indicator – the answer is found in Europe. A homophone (discussed) of a word meaning to bribe.
26 In a jiffy, National Trust snaps up empty gardens (7)
AMONGST – In as definition in its own right. The A from clue followed by two letter word meaning a jiffy and the abbreviation for the National Trust around (snaps up) the first and last letters (empty) of gardens.
1 Waiters I tripped, seen 14 (8)
WISTERIA – A plant that climbs (answer to 14a) is an anagram (tripped) of WAITERS I.
2 Thought to be nearly perfect (4)
IDEA – Remove the last letter (nearly) from a word meaning perfect.
3 Second, first, last, first and first again chosen by shopper, at last, at market (6)
BAZAAR – The first letter of the alphabet, followed by the first and last letters, another two first letters of the alphabet and the final letter (at last) of shopper.
4 It’s believed, wrongly, to be oddly frail and spidery (7)
FALLACY – The odd letters of FrAiL followed by a word meaning spidery.
5 Infatuation with Stoker’s girl in a shawl (8)
PASHMINA – A four letter word meaning an infatuation followed by the name of Jonathan Harker’s fiancé in Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
6 B-biscuit? (10)
SHORTBREAD – If you shorten bread by removing all but the first letter, you get the B. This is the only clue I have a question mark over as in cryptic crossword, short is almost always used to indicate removing only the last letter of a word.
9 Soup brings up horse for girl (5)
MEGAN – A two letter word indicating the setter followed by a reversal (up) of a word for an old horse.
13 One not 15 drunkenly fueled riot (10)
OUTFIELDER – Someone who is not batting may be occupying this position in a cricket match. An anagram (drunkenly) of FUELED RIOT. A minor but important point. The correct spelling according to Chamber is FUELLED with a double L. The single L is used in the American spelling of the word.
16 Minestrone soup – it’s missing… Swedes? (8)
NORSEMEN – An anagram (soup) of MINISTRONE after removing (missing) the IT.
18 Heard Kanga’s son occupied in game (8)
ROULETTE – A homophone (heard) of ROO (Kanga’s son) and LET (occupied).
19 Puzzles confuse 24a GIs (7)
ENIGMAS – An anagram (confuse) of AMEN (the answer to 24a) GIS.
21 Additional trouble failed to kick off (5)
OTHER – Remove the first letter (failed to kick off) from a word meaning trouble.
22 Under cover in Tianjin, do origami (6)
INDOOR – The answer is hidden (in) TIANJIN DO ORIGAMI. As In has already be used as a hidden word indicator in 17a it would be usual to use a different indicator to avoid repetition.
24 Party head slipping on seaweed (4)
ALGA – The G in GALA (party) is moved downwards (head slipping).