A Puzzle by Viola
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Viola returns with 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.
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A review of this puzzle by Prolixic follows.
Welcome back to Viola with another entertaining crossword. The preamble said that several related clues lack a definition. It would perhaps be kinder to the solver to say how many clues were so related but this is a minor point. As others have commented, this was perhaps not quite so polished as Viola’s previous “ice” puzzle but it was enjoyable to solve.
The related clues are highlighted in green below.
1 Tea? Right guy to make it: the one in charge (8)
CHAIRMAN – A four letter word for a spiced tea followed by the abbreviation for right and another word for a guy. The link “to make it” is slightly jarring as the “it” is padding.
5 Making an attempt to be difficult (6)
TRYING – A double definition
9 Rose presently follows direction of revolution (8)
UPRISING – The present participle of rose (as a verb) after (follows) a direction. I think presently does not really indicate the present participle of the verb (which operates as an adjective) or the gerundive form as rose functions in the present tense in its own right. The structure of the clue wordplay of definition is the reverse of the usual definition of wordplay and some editors will not allow this form.
10 Pacific island doesn’t have new or old money (6)
GUINEA – Remove the New from the name of a Pacific island.
12 See 14
13 Cleaned below, involved in dodgy deal (9)
LAUNDERED – A word meaning below goes inside (involved in) and anagram (dodgy) of DEAL.
14/12 Rum, ale (6-2-3)
MOTHER-IN-LAW – A reverse clue. Look at the words RU-MA-LE to see a description of the answer. Some indication should have been given that this was reverse type of clue – may be “Rum, ale for the setter?
16 Troubled poet has rowdy launch party for ‘Death at Sea’ (7)
TORPEDO – An anagram (troubled) of POET includes (has – not a very good insertion indicator) the first letter (launch) of rowdy included and this is followed by a two letter word for a party. This could have benefitted from a question mark or exclamation mark at the end to indicate that the definition is oblique.
19 To let loose in France, one goes with the French to eat at French hospital (7)
UNLEASH – The French for one followed by (goes with) the French for “the” inside which (to eat) you include the French for “at” followed by the abbreviation for hospital.
21 Do calculation in reference to replacing domain name (6)
REPUTE – Another word for do a calculation has the initial COM (domain name) replaced by RE (in reference to).
23 Shrunken and embarrassed (9)
BELITTLED – A double definition.
25 Is it pleasant in Gravesend? On the contrary! (5)
NIECE – The final letter of Grave (Grave’s end) goes inside a word meaning it is pleasant (the on the contrary tells us that the wordplay in the clue needs to be reversed). Not all editors would accept Gravesend as indicator to take the final letter of grave.
26 Initially not as naturally nimble as (6)
NANNAS – The first letters of Not As Naturally Nimble followed by the second AS in the clue.
27 Ignore mixes by Ministry of Sound made before ambitious leap (8)
GERONIMO – An anagram of IGNORE followed by an abbreviation for Ministry Of. A common mistake is to use partial abbreviations. Although MoJ for example is an abbreviation for Ministry of Justice, that does not mean that you can use a partial definition such as Ministry Of to indicate the letters MO.
28 See 20 Down
29 Swore behind queen and her short son, got time inside (8)
ASSERTED – A three letter word for your behind or bottom followed by the abbreviation for the Queen and a diminutive form of the name of her youngest son inside which you add the abbreviation for time.
1 See 22
2 Dessert after shower time for victim of a prank (5,4)
APRIL FOOL – A type of dessert goes after the month reputed for showers.
3 Darn! Again? We’re in trouble with squadron leader (5)
RESEW – An anagram (in trouble) of WERE S (squadron leader – first letter)
4 Make invalid a penultimate piece of jewellery, like a ring (7)
ANNULAR – A five letter word meaning to make something invalid followed by the A from the clue and the penultimate letter of jewellery.
6 ‘Arms protrudin’ for return journey (5,4)
ROUND TRIP – An anagram (‘arms – contraction of harms) of PROTUDIN. To maintain the cryptic reading this would work better as ‘Arm protudin’ to give “harm” the anagram letters.
7 Shouting at Homer in private?! (5)
INNER – A homophone (shouting) of a word meaning “at home” followed by ER. If this is the intended wordplay, the E in Homer is doing double duty as part of the answer and part of the wordplay.
8 ‘Thousand!’ our star announced (8)
GRANDSON – Another word for a thousand (as a sum of money) followed by a homophone (announced) of sun (our star).
11 Come back as a ghost without a head (4)
AUNT – Remove the first letter (without a head) from a word meaning come back as a ghost.
15 Symbolically love to measure pulse (5,4)
HEART RATE – A shape or organ of the body symbolically representing love followed by a word meaning to measure.
17 Kiss in spruce tree, up above the fog, with fanatic (9)
EXTREMIST – The letter representing a kiss goes inside an anagram (spruce) of TREE and this goes over (up above) a word for fog.
18 Burning bush and heart of asp (8)
HUSBANDS – An anagram (burning) of BUSH followed by the AND from the clue and the middle letter (heart of) asp.
20/28 S is? (4-6)
HALF-SISTER – A cryptic allusion to the word (half of which is) SIS.
21 It’s correct to put clothes back on (7)
REDRESS – A double definition meaning to correct something and to put your clothes back on.
22/1 Agree with it being said? (6,6)
SECOND COUSIN – A word meaning to agree to or to back a proposal followed by a character in the Adams family whose name is a homophone (being said) of it. I think that to get from the homophone of IT to a member of the Adams Family is a bit of a stretch.
24 Heard wild cat at golf course (5)
LINKS – A homophone (heard) of Lynx (wild cat).
25 End of life comes before long when strung up with this (5)
NOOSE – Reverse (strung up) the letters provided by the last letter (end of) life and a word meaning before long.