A Puzzle by Axolotl
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Today we have another excellent puzzle by Axolotl. 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.
Axolotl returns with an entertaining crossword. It was not his most difficult but his cluing was inventive and enjoyable. In one clue, the definition was implied rather than stated but this took little away from the crossword.
1 Unrestrained sips sent one into this state (9)
TIPSINESS – An anagram (unrestrained) of SIPS SENT I (one).
6 Object when Watson, say, hugs bird (5)
DEMUR – The abbreviation for Doctor (Watson, say) includes (hugs) a flightless bird.
9 Lacking love, unhappily top winner hated to celebrate (5,3,4,3)
PAINT THE TOWN RED – An anagram (unhappily) of TOP WINNER HATED TO with one of the Os removed (lacking love).
10 Doctor No finishes with thanks for those on call? (4)
ROTA – The final letters (finishes) of Doctor and No followed by a two letter word meaning thanks.
11 Short “holiday” in prison leads to split (8)
CLEAVAGE – A five letter word for a holiday with the final letter removed (short) goes inside a four letter word for a prison or barred enclosure. Fortunately, we do not provide illustrations for the Rookie Corner reviews!
14 Ultimate sacrifice when RA Tommy blown up holding road (9)
MARTYRDOM – An anagram (blown up) of RA TOMMY includes (holding) the abbreviation for road.
15 Goes out with June first and May second (5)
DATES – June 1 and May 2 are examples of a word that also means goes out with. A question mark at the end of the clue to indicate that these are examples of the definition should be included.
16 Fail to win after investing nothing: that’s free! (5)
LOOSE – A word that is the opposite to win includes the letter representing nothing or zero.
18 Broadcast on cue and first item of news reported (9)
ANNOUNCED – An anagram (broadcast) of ON CUE AND N (first letter / item of news).
20 Protection used by fencer? (8)
CREOSOTE – A cryptic definition of the wood preservative added to fences.
21 King Cole caught bug (4)
GNAT – A homophone (caught) of NAT (Nat King Cole).
25 Criminal gang slosh a cup? No! (7,8)
LAPSANG SUCHONG – An anagram (criminal) of GANG SLOSH A CUP NO. I don’t think that there is a suitable definition here. The whole clue is not a definition of the answer save in a too indirect a way. Perhaps “No – its contents!” would have given greater certainty here.
26 Some fusty legal term (5)
STYLE – The answer is hidden in FUSTY LEGAL.
27 Turkish bath most suitable location for blue film? (9)
STEAMIEST – The most suitable Turkish bath would have the most steam and the most suitable blue film presumably would be the most torrid – but I have neither the time nor the inclination to research this. The only problem with this is that “most suitable” is double duty on both parts of the double definition.
1 On dope? Given up. This fellow prefers alcohol (5)
TOPER – Take a two letter word meaning about and another word for dope or cannabis and reverse (given up) the letters.
2 Shows way when 1dn sloshed around house (7)
POINTER – An anagram (sloshed) of the answer to 1d goes around a two letter word for home . I don’t think that house gives the two letters required and the clue should have used home.
3 Keen on One Direction as well I hear (4)
INTO – The letter representing one (used in 1a) followed by N (direction) and a homophone (I head) of a word meaning as well.
4 Repetition encourages correct habits of beginners (4)
ECHO – The initial letters (beginners) of Encourages Correct Habits Of.
5 Soldiers sheltering under bench gaining time for resolution (10)
SETTLEMENT – A three letter word for soldiers goes underneath a six letter word for a bench and this is followed by the abbreviation for time.
6 Posh Downton daughter mixes with a bit of rough! (4-3-3)
DOWN AND OUT – An anagram (mixes with) U (posh) DOWNTON D A. it is a shame that the first four letters of the answer appear in order in the anagram letters.
7 Biting insect squashed by medic on street (7)
MORDANT – A two letter abbreviation for a medical orderly followed by an abbreviation for a street or road and underneath (squashed) a six footed insect.
8 Straightened things out after stripping off perhaps (9)
REDRESSED – putting new clothes of (after stripping off perhaps) give a word meaning straightened things out or made reparations.
12 Cosmic revolutionary leaders escape by switching into virtual reality (10)
CYBERSPACE – An anagram (switching) of C R (first letters of cosmic revolutionary) ESCAPE BY.
13 Benefits from commercial viewpoint on opening of shop (10)
ADVANTAGES – A two letter word for a commercial followed by a word for a viewpoint and the first letter (opening) of shop.
14 Surrounded by spies, the Spanish imprison copper for the tiniest of things (9)
MOLECULES – A five letter word for spies or underground agents includes the Spanish word for the inside which (imprison) you include the chemical symbol for copper.
17 Spoil bowler’s rate? (7)
OVERPAY – … as in to treat over-indulgently. Split 4,3, the answer could be performance related salary for a bowler.
19 Comfort needed by organist (7)
CONSOLE – Double definition, the second being another name for a keyboard on an organ.
22 Drunk in snug (5)
TIGHT – Double definition, snug here being a close fit.
23 They reportedly came by boat or horse (4)
RODE – … came by horse. A homophone (reportedly) of rowed (came by boat).
24 Lowest of the low found floating to the top (4)
SCUM – Another word for a low bred person is also the dirt that floats on water.