A Puzzle by Hasslethymi
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Today Hasslethymi returns with another fine 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.
Ashley Smith (Hasslthymi) has done himself proud with another excellent crossword. There were many excellent clues and a good variety of wordplay, though perhaps a few too many hidden word clues. I have highlighted a few technical points – particularly in relation to the need to indicate definitions by example where they were omitted in some of the clues – but overall this was a very good second crossword.
1 Sing about the banks very quietly going… (8)
STEPPING – The sing from the clue goes around the outer letters (banks) of THE and the musical abbreviation for very quietly.
5 …somewhat imperialist on everyone for fourteen pounds (5)
STONE – The answer is hidden (somewhat) in IMPERIALIST ON EVERYONE.
9 Tool is waxed but not the edges (3)
AXE – Remove the outer letters (but not the edges) from WAXED.
10 Privies revealing heated outpourings by Cameron and Osborne (10)
LAVATORIES – LAVA – heated outpourings followed by the political affiliation of Cameron and Osborne. Strictly as they are a definition by example, this should have been indicated with a question mark or other indicator. However, the image conjured up the clue more than made up for this!
11 Pickles, for example, added to piece that’s flipping hollow (8)
NUGATORY – Reverse (flipping) another word for a weapon (piece) and follow this by the political affiliation of Eric Pickles. This time the definition by example indicator has been provided but it is slightly unfortunate that the wordplay A TORY closely mirrors the TORIES from the previous clue.
12 South in the dark when the north is this (6)
SUNLIT – An S (south) followed by a word meaning in the dark. If the north is lit then the south may be unlit except that the terminator between night and day means that it is the west that is in the dark when the east is lit and vice versa. However, the long northern polar night may coincide with the long southern polar day so perhaps this is ok?
13 Flow restricted by the sound of it (4)
TIDE – A homophone (by the sound of it) of TIED (restricted).
15 Jack Daniel‘s yet to meet the Queen in self-assembled surroundings (10)
DISTILLERY – A five letter word meaning yet followed by the abbreviation for the reigning monarch goes inside DIY (self-assembled surroundings). Again, this is an un-indicated definition by example.
18 Winning ranking after draw is announced (10)
SUCCEEDING – A homophone of SUCK (draw) and SEEDING (ranking). A perfectly formed clue with an excellent surface reading to boot.
21 Mark brought back into psychological sample (4)
SPOT – The answer is hidden (sample) and reversed (brought back) inside INTO PSYCHOLOGICAL.
24 Fear brat’s latest wrongdoing (6)
TERROR – The final letter (latest) of brat followed by a word meaning wrongdoing.
25 Strange name for anarchic modernism that hasn’t died (8)
MISNOMER – An anagram (anarchic) of MODERNISM after removing the abbreviation for died.
26 One who records from communication device accepts sanction involving fine (10)
BOOKKEEPER – A communication device carried by doctors on call includes a word meaning sanction (in the sense of approve) around (involving) a word meaning fine (as in acceptable). Lovely spot that the fine and sanction can be used to clue the same word in different senses and weaving this into the wordplay.
27 Priest is shackled by celibacy (3)
ELI – The answer is hidden in CELIBACY.
28 It helps to raise my final point (5)
YEAST – The final letter of MY followed by one of the points of the compass.
29 Miss Cole’s awkward faux pas (8)
SOLECISM – An anagram (awkward) of MISS COLE.
1 The Reverend’s horse tells lies still (9)
STAGNATES – A Spoonerism (The Reverend’s) of NAG STATES (horse tells). I wonder whether the Reverend is slightly too loose to indicate a Spoonerism. Maybe tongue tied cleric or something similar would have given a better indication?
2 Around me rampant greed materialized (7)
EMERGED – An anagram (rampant) of GREED goes around the ME from the clue.
3 Civilized coppers taking time and not using clubs (6)
POLITE – Put a T for time inside and remove the C for clubs from another word for coppers or members of the constabulary.
4 Pay no attention to Edward eating rats (5,4)
NEVER MIND – Another word for rats (and other undesirable creatures) goes inside a diminutive name for Edward. Again as rats are an example of vermin this could have been indicated. Definition by example rules apply to the wordplay as well as to the solution.
6 Forms altering movement strangely at first (9)
TRIANGLES – An anagram (movement) of ALTERING followed by the first letter of strangely.
7 Lead-free canister variant is worse (7)
NASTIER – An anagram of CANISTER after removing the first letter (lead free).
8 Some climb on said tree (6)
BONSAI – The answer is hidden inside (some) CLIMB ON SAID. I think four hidden word answers (5 if you count 9a as a form of hidden word clue) is a little high.
14 Molluscs got stuck into wild caress (9)
ESCARGOTS – The GOT from the clue inside (stuck into) an anagram (wild) of CARESS.
16 Another neon strip for Nadal (6,3)
TENNIS PRO – An anagram (another) of NEON STRIP. Another un-indicated definition by example.
17 Something on the table‘s delicious with bitter bananas inside (9)
YTTERBIUM – An anagram (bananas) of BITTER inside a word meaning delicious to give a member of the periodic table. It did wonder whether the element is “part of” or “in” the table not “on the table” but you can have “Am I on the list of candidates?” to indicate inclusion so I think that this is OK.
19 Fitting handle takes expert (7)
USEABLE – A word meaning handle or utilise followed by a word meaning expert or capable.
20 Listen, you stinker, I’ve found it! (6)
EUREKA – A homophone (listen) of YOU REEKER. A smile out loud clue!
22 Ashes coverage spot combines ceremony and energy before two (7)
POMPEII – A four letter word meaning POMP followed by the abbreviation for energy and the Roman numeral for two. Lovely definition here.
23 French article accurate but misleading (6)
UNTRUE – The French indefinite article followed by a word meaning accurate.