A Puzzle by Silvanus
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I was delighted to meet Silvanus at the recent Birthday Bash. Today we have his second 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.
Welcome back to Silvanus with his second crossword. A lot of care had gone into this puzzle to produce some nice clues without being hair-tearingly difficult. There were a few rough edges but overall this was enjoyable to solve and review.
1 What Polly put on might well cause whistling (6)
KETTLE – Something that whistles when it boils referred to in the nursery rhyme featuring Polly and Sukey.
4 Depression, without early diagnosis, could lead to removal (8)
EJECTION – Remove the first letter (early) of diagnosis from a word meaning depression. I am in two minds about early as an initial letter indicator as early means before the start of something, not the start itself.
10 Father Newton issuing 9 Down? (5)
SIREN – A four letter word for father followed by the abbreviation for Newton.
11 Forgiving sailor is debt-free (9)
ABSOLVENT – The abbreviation for able seaman (sailor) followed by a word meaning having cash (not quite the same as debt-free). The answer does not appear in Chambers as a word.
12 Broken chandelier, lacking colour, is of South American origin (7)
CHILEAN – Remove the letters of RED (colour) from CHANDELIER and make an anagram (broken) from those that remain. There is an indirect subtractive anagram hidden in this clue as the solver has to find a colour and then remove the letters out of order.
13 One representative in the case of reemployment will leave a mark (7)
IMPRINT – One of the letters representing one followed by the abbreviation for member of parliament (representative) and the IN from the clue inside the outer letters (case of) redeployment. Whilst the IN is used in the wordplay, there is then no insertion indicator to tell the solver to put in the “In” inside the letters.
14 It’s morally acceptable to drop erring path for a change (5,3,6)
RIGHT AND PROPER – An anagram (for a change) of DROP ERRING PATH.
17 A rice blend is no exotic arrangement and unimportant (14)
INCONSIDERABLE – An anagram (exotic arrangement) of A RICE BLEND IS NO.
21 It s reported that a Cockney’s trial is delicately suspended (7)
EARRING – A homophone (it is reported) of how a Cockney would say “hearing” (trial). Delicately suspended suggests an adjective but the answer is a noun. Perhaps “one delicately suspended” would have overcome this.
23 Having grown up, met a rude awakening (7)
MATURED – An anagram (awakening) of MET A RUDE. There are too many letters in the words to be used in the anagram. I think that awakening is OK as an anagram indicator as it suggests a rousing or revival of something.
24 Doubtful whether unfinished net curtain needs adjustment (9)
UNCERTAIN – An anagram (needs adjustment) of NE (unfinished) CURTAIN.
25 Old saying still evident in the era of advertising (5)
ADAGE – Split 2,3 this could be the advertising era.
26 To strain so is unusual in realising his burning ambition (8)
ARSONIST – An anagram (is unusual) of STRAIN SO. The initial “to” jars slightly as you have cryptic reading of TO wordplay IN REALISING definition. Again the definition does not suggest a noun. Perhaps “… unusual for a one with a burning ambition” would have been better.
27 The current collection of wealthy international socialites (3,3)
JET SET – Another word for current followed by another word for a collection.
1 Somehow Rick’s endless lust results in a Bill Haley feature (4,4)
KISS CURL – his signature hair feature… An anagram (somehow) of RICKS LUS (endless lust).
2 Taking the side-road home and then going to bed (7,2)
TURNING IN – What you would be doing if taking a side-road followed by another word meaning home.
3 Let nine go free – very compassionate (7)
LENIENT – An anagram (go free) of LET NINE. The very is surplus to the definition and could have been replaced with a link word “Let nine go free being compassionate.”
5 Legitimate obstacle for union with cause (4,10)
JUST IMPEDIMENT – A cryptic reference to the banns of marriage from the Book of Common Prayer. “If any knows of an cause or **** ****”
6 Ignoring brief holiday, improvised play school song (7)
CALYPSO – Remove the letters of HOL (brief holiday) from PLAY SCHOOL and make an anagram (improvised) from the remaining letters.
7 Fragment of chalice Nigel unearthed is from an ancient tribe (5)
ICENI – The answer is hidden (fragment of) CHALICE NIGEL.
8 Express in symbolic form the absence of gallery (6)
NOTATE – Split 2,4, this could indicate a lack of a British art gallery.
9 Agitated swans glaring in alarming displays (7,7)
WARNING SIGNALS – An anagram (agitated) of SWANS GLARING IN.
15 Letter to Scottish island by ship to cause discomfort (9)
EMBARRASS – A two letter phonetic spelling of the letter M followed by the name of a Scottish island in the Outer Hebrides and the abbreviation for steamship.
16 Incredibly shattered with no time to find capital support (8)
HEADREST – An anagram (incredibly) of SHATTERED without one of the Ts for time.
18 Old unit of length denoted by a Greek letter (7)
OMICRON – The abbreviation for old followed by a unit of length equal to one millionth of a metre.
19 Renew the outline of crumbling terrace (7)
RETRACE – An anagram (crumbling) of TERRACE.
20 Mythological monster beamed halfway across America (6)
MEDUSA – Half of the word beamed over the three letter abbreviation for America. I don’t think that across means over or above in the context of the clue.
22 Music’s a hazard to navigation, especially if played by 10 Across (5)
ROCKS – A double definition though I think that the clue could have ended after “navigation”.