Ice by Viola
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Another new setter puts their head above the parapet. Viola’s puzzle is titled “Ice” – can you see why? 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 to Viola with a virtuoso crossword that should rightly receive a frosty reception! All of the clues or their answers contain the word ice – see the blue highlights. There was very little wordplay where our new setter was on slippery ground. To get the word into all of the clues or answers without straining the surface readings or producing obscure words was a fantastic achievement.
9 Mod’s enemy outside post office recalled a musical about Queen? (4,5)
ROCK OPERA – The name of the enemy of a mod goes around (outside) a reversal (recalled) of the abbreviation for Post Office and this is followed by the A from the clue.
10 Misbehave with a chalice whilst taking tea, say (3,2)
ACT UP – The A from the clue followed by another word for a chalice goes around a letter that sounds like (say) tea.
11 61001-0 to us – achieved with malice (7)
VICIOUS – The Roman numerals for 6 and 100 are followed by the IO and US from the clue.
12 Squirrelly rodent with no chin said to be in ice box (7)
CHILLER – Remove the CHIN from Chinchilla and make a homophone (said) of the remaining letters.
13 Must-have starters in new electric eel diner (4)
NEED – The first letters (starters in) of New Electric Eel Diner.
14 Overlook animal fur and nothing nice will start (4,4,2)
BEAR DOWN ON – A type of animal that could be Grizzly followed by the name of the furry feathers from a duck, the letter representing nothing and the first letter (will start) of nice.
16 Clingy animals allow us to have endemic elf (7)
LIMPETS – A shortened form of let us (allow us) includes (endemic) another word for an elf.
17 Creative paperwork leaving net emigration policed (7)
ORIGAMI – Remove (leaving) the letters of NET from EMIGRATION and make an anagram (policed) of what remains. Some would say that as the letters in NET are not removed in order from the second word, you should have a subsidiary anagram indicators to show this.
19 Melon to slice up? Act alone (10)
CANTALOUPE – An anagram (to slice) UP ACT ALONE.
22 Computer accessories made from mega cold stuff (4)
MICE – The abbreviation for Mega followed by the name of frozen water. The ice is in the answer.
24 Spice balls between legs (7)
NUTMEGS – A double definition. For this to work, spice needs to be in the plural but this would then destroy the surface reading.
25 Host juiced and drank apple with bear (7)
STOMACH – An anagram (juiced) of HOST includes (drank – If possible try to use the present tense for wordplay indicators) the name of an Apple computer.
26 Former Brit coppiced better (5)
EXCEL – The two letter word for former followed by the name of an ancient Briton with the final letter removed (coppiced – cut back is one of the meanings in Chambers).
27 Wild rice with Pad Thai – 50% off! It doesn’t cost the earth. Or does it? (4,5)
DIRT CHEAP – An anagram (wild) of RICE PAD THAI after removing the AI (50% off).
1 Permits single civic nerd to travel (7,8)
DRIVING LICENCES – An anagram (to travel) of SINGLE CIVIC NERD. The ice is in the answer.
2 Cold food makes me cry out loud (3,5)
ICE CREAM – A homophone (out loud) of I SCREAM. The ice is in the answer.
3 Double negatives are examples of poor practice (2-3)
NO-NO’S – Two noes.
4 Think twice about giving last coins to bums (8)
REASSESS – A two letter word for about followed by a word meaning bums and the last letter of coins. Not 100% happy about the word order in the cryptic grammar here. Perhaps “Think twice about bums getting last of the coins” would have been better.
5 Flies in tea service? (6)
SAUCER – A cryptic definition of part of a tea service that may also be used of an unknowns flying object.
6 Stop admitting ice cap is, after extreme observations, causing bad breath (9)
HALITOSIS – Another word meaning stop goes around (admitting) the first letter (cap) of ice followed by the outer letters (extreme) of observations and the IS from the clue.
7 Cake heartlessly taken without price being paid (6)
STOLEN – Remove the central letter (heartlessly) from a type of German cake traditionally eaten at Christmas.
8 Parp rudely to tempt vessels and trade courses (15)
APPRENTICESHIPS – An anagram (rudely) of PARP followed by an word meaning to tempt and a word for sea-going vessels. The ice is in the answer.
15 Stomach digests swallowed entrée of dormice with tardy timing (9)
BELATEDLY – Another word for the stomach includes (digests) a word meaning swallowed and the first letter (entrée) of dormice. As others have pointed out, entrée has a double ee at the end [Now corrected. BD].
17 Rose’s pop collection drew voices of dissent (8)
OPPOSERS – An anagram (collection) of ROSES POP.
18 Annoyed with nosebag it ate diced innards from (8)
AGITATED – The answer is hidden in (innards from) NOSEBAG IT ATE DICED.
20 Sign is unfrozen? (6)
NOTICE – Split 3,3 this would mean unfrozen. The ice is in the answer.
21 Team supports boy who sacrificed top part in play (6)
ONSIDE – Another word for a team goes after (supports in a down clue) another word for a boy with the first letter removed (sacrificed top part).
23 Take nothing in exchange for second slice of summer fruit (5)
POACH – Replace the second letter in a summer fruit for the letter representing nothing.