A Puzzle by Beet
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Today we have a second puzzle from Beet. I really enjoyed this one, and I hope you do too. 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.
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A review of this puzzle by Prolixic follows:
Bravo to Beet with a cracking second crossword. There were some excellent clues here with 25a and 7a/11d and 25d being particularly noteworthy. There is very little to comment on in terms of the clues themselves, which is always an encouraging sign.
1 Leave port (5)
SPLIT – A double definition, the second being a port in Croatia.
4 Trendy writer at top of shortlist impresses (9)
INSCRIBES – A two letter word meaning trendy followed by a word meaning a writer and the first letter (top) of shortlist. I always think that “top of” to indicate the first letter works best in a down clue.
10 Ring on digit? One could be engaged (9,6)
TELEPHONE NUMBER – A cryptic definition of what you may dial with your finger and get an engaged one if the person called is already on the phone.
11 See 7 Down
12 Beet verbalises expression of surprise (1,3)
I SAY – The single letter representing the setter followed by a word meaning verbalises. I think that verbalises would lead to says rather than say.
14 Spooner’s glitch in composition of crossword shows he took a chance (7,4)
BETTING SLIP – Exchange the initial letters in setting (composition of a crossword) blip (glitch).
16 Question Pythagoras knows contains the answer (3)
ASK – The answer is hidden inside (contains the answer) PYTAGORAS KNOWS.
19 Awful sickly losing weight following a brief illness (3)
FLU – Remove the A and W (weight following A) from AWFUL and make an anagram (sickly) of the remaining letters.
20 Second team club together to get a cocktail (11)
SCREWDRIVER – The abbreviation for second followed by a four letter word for team in a boat and a type of golf club.
22 Initially Gove criticised syllabus, ultimately futile examination (1,1,1,1)
GCSE – The initial letters of Gove, Criticised and Syllabus and the final letter (ultimately) of futile.
24 Savagely abuse Colin – that’s not very friendly (10)
UNSOCIABLE – An anagram (savagely) of ABUSE COLIN.
26 It aids boor Lance, which is out of order (8,7)
ANABOLIC STEROID – An anagram (which is out of order) of IT AIDS POOR LANCE with the whole clue providing an &Lit of the prohibited substance that the cyclist took. A wonderful clue.
27 Bad move, hearts of little ingenues are stolen (3-6)
ILL-GOTTEN – A three letter word meaning bad or poorly followed by a two letter word meaning move or depart and the central letters (hearts) of LITTLE AND INGENUES. The only major point I could find is that wordplay ARE definition does not work grammatically.
28 Oh yeah, ignoring a setback – oh well! (3-2)
HEY HO – Reverse (SET BACK) the OH YEAH after removing (ignoring) the A.
2 Serving lunch, say, by degrees (9)
PIECEMEAL – A word meaning a serving or portion followed by a word describing what lunch is an example of.
3 Makeover – I dye and tint myself (8)
IDENTITY – An anagram (makeover) of I DYE TINT.
5 It’s for nine people, number ten is upset (5)
NONET – The abbreviation for number followed by a reversal (upset) of the TEN in the clue.
6 Convulsive tic and reaction suggest that drug was not advisable (14)
CONTRAINDICATION – An anagram (convulsive) of TIC AND REATION
7/11 “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” The rhythmic pattern Shakespeare’s lines obey (6,10)
IAMBIC PENTAMETER – A deceptively simple clue where you think that it is a straight definition but the clue is, itself is written in the form of its solution.
8 Start of argument after cutting off person you don’t like, you’re told to stick it where the sun doesn’t shine (5)
ENEMA – A word for a foe (person you don’t like) with the final letter removed (cutting off) followed by the first letter (start of) argument.
9 Like 7 and 11 for example, pair on the end of sonnet (7,7)
RHYMING COUPLET – A definition of how the final two lines of a sonnet end and the form of a 7/11
13 Rabbit is a horny beast (3)
YAK – A double definition of a work meaning to talk incessantly and the second a Himalayan animal.
15 Woman that dropped aitch replaced by posh woman (3)
SUE – Replace the H is SHE with a U (posh).
17 Fell out tucking into kebab – it isn’t kosher (9)
SHELLFISH – An anagram (out) of FELL goes inside a type of kebab.
18 Girl’s dreadfully eager to argue (8)
DISAGREE – A diminutive form of Diana with the ‘s from the clue and an anagram (dreadfully) of EAGER following.
19 Back up file, you won’t give it if you’re careless (3)
FIG – Reverse the file extension used on computers for a GIF file.
21 Extremely troublesome, answer with back-chat, one will end up in hot water (3,3)
TEA BAG – The first and last letters (extremely) of troublesome followed by the abbreviation for answer and a reversal (back) of a word meaning to chat.
23 Anglican altar displays artificial flower (5)
CANAL – … flower being a watercourse. The answer is hidden inside ANGLICAN ALTAR.
25 Term of endearment in French capital (5)
SUCRE – The French word for sugar (a term of endearment) is also the constitutional capital of Bolivia.
I have not forgotten the guide to cryptic clues. I have put together the notes into a complete version which is with Big Dave for review before publication.