Glastonbury by Beet
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Beet has set us a topical puzzle – so topical that she had to perform a hasty rewrite when one of the headline acts pulled out at the last minute. 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.
Prolixic has updated his document entitled “A brief guide to the construction of cryptic crossword clues” which can be downloaded, in pdf format, from the Rookie Corner index page or by clicking below.
A review of this puzzle by Prolixic follows.
I suspect that Beet has just signed her death warrant as a Rookie setter and should be taken from henceforth to a place in the NTSPP series. Beet was even compared favourably to the setter of the Quiptic crossword on the Guardian site (a notable achievement). An accomplished and entertaining crossword. My only real quibble is with 18a but it fits in with the theme. A few minor points on the cluing might be picked up but these are counsels of perfection and do not detract from the quality of the crossword. Time does not permit me the luxury of Googling all of the Glastonbury references in the clues themselves.
6 Overheard Beet tell someone off – very unsympathetic (3-4)
ICE COLD – A homophone (overheard) of I (Beet as the Setter) SCOLD (tell someone off).
8 Florence’s topping bill – gorgeous person and very trendy (7)
FADDISH – The initial letter (topping) of Florence followed by another word for a bill or poster and a four word for a gorgeous person.
10 Partially vicarious liability (3)
IOU – The answer is hidden in (partially) VICARIOUS.
11 Musical act cavorting around naked (7)
CABARET – An anagram (cavorting) of ACT around another word meaning naked.
12 Wandering over Hill extremely idiotic (7)
NOMADIC – Reverse (over) the first name of a person called Hill and follow with the first and last letters (extremely) of idiotic.
13 Treated like a baby – playfully imitated holding tip of nose (5-3)
SPOON FED – The first letter (tip of) nose goes inside another word meaning playfully imitated.
15 Matthew Hoggard entertained by rock band? Just the opposite (3,3)
THE WHO – The answer is hidden inside MATTHEW HOGGARD. The just the opposite tells us that the wordplay is reversed from the order suggested by the clue.
18 Won’t be long ’til so muddy (10,5)
WELLINGTON BOOTS – An anagram (muddy) of WONT BE LONG TIL SO. My only major comment in this crossword is that whilst there is wordplay, I am not convinced that there is a definition here or that the whole clue acts as the definition, even with an question mark. Perhaps “They won’t be long ’til so muddy” would have been better.
20 A large group dropping the bass on farmland (6)
ARABLE – The A from the clue followed by another word for a large group with one of the Bs removed (dropping the bass). As the word for a large group has two letter Bs, perhaps dropping one of the basses would have been better.
22 Loud summer celebration (8)
FESTIVAL – The musical abbreviation for loud followed by a word meaning summer (the American spelling according to Chambers and this might have been indicated in the clue but it would have spoiled the theme to have “loud American summer celebration”)
25 Debauched MP with diary is monument to bygone era (7)
PYRAMID – An anagram (debauched) of MP DIARY. Strictly a pyramid is a monument of a bygone era.
27 Michael Eavis allows dancing on what should primarily be pastureland (7)
MEADOWS – The initial letters (primarily) of the first seven words of the clue. I am not keen on the “be” as a link word as you get wordplay be definition which is not a grammatical construction.
28 Musical collaboration – nothing outstanding by the sound of it (3)
DUO – A homophone (by the sound of it) of DUE 0 (nothing outstanding).
29 Takes herd of cows away and carousing results (7)
RUSTLES – An anagram (carousing) of RESULTS.
30 Review poem written in Old English (7)
OVERSEE – Another word for a poem inside (written in) the abbreviation of Old English.
1 Where high-flyers are found following Oxford or Cambridge perhaps? (6)
CIRCUS – The word that follows two areas of London Oxford **** or Cambridge ****.
2 As heavy rain is famous feature of Glastonbury, I learnt swimming (10)
TORRENTIAL – A famous topological feature of Glastonbury followed by an anagram (swimming) of I LEARNT.
3 In retrospect it’s not entirely best idea – correct (4)
EDIT – The answer is hidden and reversed (in retrospect it’s not entirely) inside BEST IDEA.
4 First man to work out what Hoover is (4)
ADAM – Split 1,3 the solution is the answer to what the man-made structure on the river Colorado now named after president Hoover is. Useless info is that the original name was Boulder from the canyon that was blocked by this structure. As there may be several things named after Hoover, perhaps “what Hoover may be” would have been better.
5 Slight sound of disgust at parasitic fungus (6)
MILDEW – Split 4,2 this would be another way of expressing a slight sound of disgust.
7 The globe is protected by green uprising – get involved (7)
EMBROIL – Put another word meaning a globe inside (protected by) a four letter word for a shade of green and the whole lot is reversed uprising. The opening “the” could have been omitted as we do not need a word for the globe but a globe.
8 Enjoyable weekend for groovy music (4)
FUNK – A three letter word for enjoyable followed by the final letter of week. Not all editors would be keen on weekend as an indicator for taking the final letter of week.
9 Warrior with heart to withstand bullies (7)
HECTORS – The name of an ancient Greek warrior followed by the middle letter (heart to) of withstand. Useless fact – the word to bully comes from the name of the Greek warrior.
14 Overthrow evil giant – that’s so old-fashioned (4)
ERGO – Reverse (overthrow) a word for an evil giant.
16 Accustomed to drug use due at revelry (10)
HABITUATED – Another word for and addiction or drug use followed by an anagram (revelry) of DUE AT.
17 Dave (singer, Foo Fighters) ends up getting hurt (4)
SORE – Reverse the order of the final letters (ends up) of the first four words of the clue.
18 Cover produced by West. Kanye West? (7)
WRAPPER – The abbreviation for west followed by a description of the musician Kanye West.
19 It’s clear would become desensitised if taking lithium (7)
OBVIOUS – This word meaning clear becomes a word meaning desensitised if the chemical symbol for Lithium (Li) is included.
21 It shows when something is incorrect – but this isn’t (6)
ACROSS – The mark used by a teacher to show an incorrect answer. This is a down clue is isn’t
23 Attend silent disco (6)
LISTEN – An anagram (disco) of SILENT. As disco as a verb (meaning to dance) is an intransitive verb, I am not sure it works as an anagram indicator in this context.
24 Love big boobs – these aren’t even (4)
ODDS – The letter representing love followed by the bra size (in the plural) for someone who has big boobs.
26 Music’s first class – it’s made on a dairy farm (4)
MILK – The first letter of Music followed by a word meaning class or type of something. Perhaps produced might have been better but as the cows make the answer, this is a minor point.
27 One quarter of 15 was low number initially (4)
MOON – Another word for low (as in the noise made by cattle) followed by the first letter (initial) of number. Although N can be represented by number, number initially works equally well and enhances the surface reading. I am less keen on definition was wordplay.