A Puzzle by Beet
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This week’s puzzle comes from Beet. 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 Beet with an inventive and ingenious crossword. Still not quite a 9d from the judges but getting very close. There were some very clever clues here including 10a, 23a and 9d.
1 Spoil child and it engenders a love-hate relationship (7)
MARMITE – … the spread you either love or hate! A three letter word for spoil followed by a four letter word for a tiny child or waif.
5 What a good dog should do about command – the result of having been given lots of treats (7)
OBESITY – The act of complying with something (what a good dog should do) around a command given to a dog.
10 Whereas: (a) the “Lease” (as amended) shall be pursuant to clause (b); (b) the lower limb (including but not limited to the thigh, knee and calf) (8)
LEGALESE – … the whole clue provides the definition! An anagram (as amended) of LEASE goes after the part of the body comprising the thigh, knee and calf. Beet is a lawyer and probably drafts things far more tortuous than this in her daily work! Brilliant clue!
11 Chessman that is the one that starts out in Corner (6)
ROOKIE – … the corner for our setters who graduate to the NTSPP. The informal name for the castle followed by the abbreviation for id est (that is).
12 Even rough non-posh guy encourages people to shout “oi!” (4)
OGGY – … you will need to remember the comedian Max Boyce to stand a chance of understanding this one. The even letters of rOuGh followed by the GUY with the U removed (non-posh).
13 At first signs of insomnia, pop a dozen sleeping tablets (5)
IPADS – The initial letters (first signs of) of Insomnia Pop A Dozen Sleeping.
14 Alcoholic drink with creamy head could be Guinness (4)
ALEC – … the actor Mr Guinness. Another word for beer (alcoholic drink) followed by the first letter (head) of creamy.
15 Business’s goal in marketing of computer equipment (6)
PROFIT – Another word for marketing or public relations followed by the OF from the clue and a two letter abbreviation for IT equipment.
17 Materials to overthrow big cheeses (8)
TAFFETAS – Reverse (to overthrow) a word for big or obese and follow this by a word for Greek cheeses.
18 Soup’s name should be a warning sign (5,3)
SHARK FIN – The warning in Jaws for a type of soup.
20 Inclined to the negative, so said no (6)
FORBAD – If your are in favour of something that is negative (3,3) you get a word meaning say no.
22 Undergarment shows bottom of ass cheek (4)
SLIP – The final letter (bottom of – this should really be confined to a down clue) followed by a three letter word for cheek.
23 Shrub clipped four times, each time its head is cut it grows back twice as much as before (5)
HYDRA – Remove the last four letters from the shrub hydrangea. In response to the comments about this clue, I don’t have any problem with the wordplay here.
25 Bet you’ll find the solution at the bottom of a bottle (4)
PLUG – A double definition for a bet or wager and the dimple in the bottom of the wine bottle.
26 Jumped second before collision (6)
SPRANG – The abbreviation for second followed by a word meaning a collision.
27 Mishap or disaster? Or possibly it’s only a crossword (8)
APHORISM – An anagram (disaster) of MISHAP OR to give something that could be a cross word. I don’t think that this one quite works for me as an aphorism is not really a cross word or a crossword!
28 Dave mistakenly bailed out bank. Mistakenly and corruptly perhaps? (7)
ADVERBS – An anagram (mistakenly) of DAVE followed by the abbreviation for Royal Bank of Scotland, the bank bailed out by the Government.
29 Bow Road Underground Station (7)
ARCHWAY – Another word for a bow followed by another word for a road.
2 For example the Hulk is a very green mutant (7)
AVENGER – An anagram (mutant) of A V(ery) GREEN.
3 Beet at the start of year is porky (5)
MEATY – A two letter word for the setter followed by the AT from the clue and the first letter (start of) year.
4 If you have a way with words, you’ll have got the answer (3,4,2,3,3)
THE GIFT OF THE GAB – A cryptic definition of the type of person who is able to charm and talk persuasively.
6 Hobby so fascinating initially, then across…down…they’re all the same (5,2,1,7)
BIRDS OF A FEATHER – The type of animal represented by a hobby (as a definition by example this should have been indicated) followed by the SO from the clue, the first letter (initially) of fascinating, the abbreviation for across and then the type of animal covering represented by down.
7 Large nose will need to be remodelled to get a job in advertising (9)
SLOGANEER – An anagram (remodelled) of LARGE NOSE.
8 Scot’s last caber tossed around Little Italy or another New York neighbourhood (7)
TRIBECA – An anagram (tossed) of T (last letter of Scot) CABER around the IVR code for Italy. As a general rule, providing anagrams for unusual words where you cannot tell from the cross-checking letters if the answer is TRIBECA or TRICEBA without looking up the word should be avoided as you cannot unambiguously arrive at the solution.
9 This woman’s a runner-up in legendary beauty contest (4)
HERA – A word meaning this woman’s followed by the A from the clue.
16 Sack-cloth draped around penitent’s head where ashes are found (9)
FIREPLACE – A word meaning sack or dismiss and a type of delicate cloth go around the first letter (head – head has already be used as an initial letter indicator in 14a) of penitent.
17 Fifth of twenty plus sixth of eighteen plus third of nine (3)
TEN – 4 (20/5) + 3 (18/6) + 3 (9/3) is also made up from the respective letters of the numbers twenTy + eightEen + niNe. Another brilliant clue.
19 Adelphi is refurbished to make space for landing (7)
HELIPAD – An anagram (refurbished) of ADELPHI.
21 Inability to recall a name is awkward (7)
AMNESIA – An anagram (awkward) of A NAME IS.
24 Fed up about article lacking sense (4)
DEAF – Reverse the (up) the FED from the clue and put this around an A (article).
25 Fish caught by dapper chap (5)
PERCH – The answer is hidden (caught by) in DAPPER CHAP.