Extreme Points by Hasslethymi
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Today it’s the turn of Hasslethymi to offer his third puzzle in Rookie Corner. 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.
Gentle genius from Ashley this week. This was at the much easier end of the spectrum of cryptic crosswords (although it took me two minutes more than Virgilius in the Sunday Telegraph Cryptic yesterday). Only a few minor points to note in relation to the clues.
6 Two hot drinks next to posh stately home (7)
CHATEAU – Two synonyms for a hot brewed drink followed by the one letter word indicating posh.
7 It could be tragic if ricochets occur near young heads (5)
IRONY – The initial letters (heads) of If Ricochets Occur Near Young.
9 Go with a hollow look (4)
WALK – The one letter abbreviation for with followed by the A from the clue and the outer letters (hollow) of look.
10 Responsible for new ale bars struggling (10)
ANSWERABLE – An anagram (struggling) of NEW ALE BARS.
11 They complain as rugby players run around hospital (8)
WHINGERS – A term for some rugby players around the abbreviation for hospital.
13 Draw in trendy hothead with beer (6)
INHALE – A two letter word meaning trendy followed by the first letter (head) of hot followed by a three letter word for ale. Some editors will not allow constructions such as hothead to indicate the head (first letter) of hot. A shame that the In from the definition is also the synonym for trendy.
15 Valley I located after packing (4)
WADI – The I from the clue goes after a word meaning packing – as in a block of material.
17 Suppose some colleague’s sick (5)
GUESS – The answer is hidden in (some) the words COLLEAGUES SICK.
18 Papa takes on mature servant (4)
PAGE – The letter in the NATO phonetic alphabet represented by Papa followed by a word meaning mature.
19 Thingamajig is initially what I would acquire (6)
WIDGET – The first letter (initially) of what followed by I’D GET (I would acquire).
20 Public relations against the Islamic State can lead to extremists becoming pure (8)
PRISITINE – A two letter word for public relations followed the first letters of Islamic State, another word for a can and the first letter (lead to) of extremists. Although much in the news, IS is not a recognised abbreviation for Islamic State.
23 Religious liberally show lip fur (10)
WORSHIPFUL – An anagram (liberally) of SHOW LIP FUL.
26 Inmates of Belsen freed otherwise (4)
ELSE – The inner letters (inmates of …. Freed) of Belsen.
27 Struggling to get virtual monarch? (5)~
EKING – The letter the represents virtual or on-line followed by a word for a monarch.
28 Visualized utilitarian processing plant (7)
SAWMILL – A word meaning visualised followed by the name of a utilitarian philosopher.
1 Sleep with family circle’s tableware (6,4)
NAPKIN RING – A three letter word meaning to sleep followed by a word for family and a word for a circle.
2 Hippy movement recognised broadcast era (3,3)
NEW AGE – A homophone (broadcast) of knew (recognised) followed by another word for an era..
3 Shock comeback for madmen (4)
NUTS – Reverse (comeback) a word meaning shock.
4 Ulster met Tyneside with awkward spin. They’re bowled over! (8)
NINEPINS – The abbreviation for Ulster (which despite the valiant efforts of amateur and professional crossword setters is not exactly the same as Northern Ireland) followed by the part of the country where Tyneside is and an anagram (awkward) of SPIN.
5 Star making river flow backwards (4)
NOVA – Reverse (flow backward) the name of a river to get a type of star.
6 Fight for fifty in notes (5)
CLASH – The Roman numeral for 50 goes inside a word for notes or money.
8 For the audience you will record festive offering (4,3)
YULE LOG – A homophone (for the audience) of YOU WILL followed by another word for a log.
12 Run around wide expanse (5)
SWEEP – Another word meaning run or ooze goes around the abbreviation for wide.
14 Theory he posits all over the place is hopelessly vacuous to start with (10)
HYPOTHESIS – An anagram (all over the place) of HE POSTIS after the outer letters (vacuous) of hopelessly.
16 Swim with nothing on in rough sea, fatty! (7)
ADIPOSE – Another word for a swim and the letter representing nothing inside an anagram (rough) of SEA.
17 They’re supposed to turn on parts of guitars, perhaps (1-7)
G-STRINGS – Double definition of an erotic item of clothing and part of a guitar.
21 I replace lawns, not blood (2-4)
IN-LAWS – The I from the clue followed by an anagram (replace) of LAWNS.
22 Secretly reckon a salary’s on the nose (5)
NASAL – The answer is hidden in (secretly) RECKON A SALARY. Not sure that on the nose means the answer and definition on wordplay does not work with ON as a link word.
24 Runners starting to sprain knees in stilettos (4)
SKIS – The first letters (starting to) Sprain Knees In Stilettos. Starting to does not quite word as an initial letter indicator for a group of words.
25 Trouble coalesces when energy is sapped (4)
FUSS – Remove the E (energy is sapped) from fuses (coalesces).