A Puzzle by Maize
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To date Maize has had three puzzles published by Alberich, but this is his first appearance in Rookie Corner. 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 think that Maize is trying to do the Rookie Reviewer out of a job. Very little to comment upon other than to say that this was a superb debut crossword and to have fitted the names of the England Test team into the solutions is a work of art in its own right.
1 Prevent school hosting military club (6)
SCOTCH – The abbreviation for school includes (hosting) the abbreviation of Officer’s Training Corps (military club) inside it.
5 Do too much in charge of county magazine (8)
OVERCOOK – A four letter word meaning in charge of or responsible for followed by a two letter abbreviation for county and a two letter name of a magazine.
9 End strike by using one’s head (4)
BUTT – Double definition.
10 Scene of Herculean task brought on by renal failure (5)
LERNA – An anagram (failure) of RENAL for the place where Hercules slew the Hydra.
11 Money changing hands to have sex in Australia (4)
ROOT – A word for money or plundered goods with the initial L changed to an R (changing hands)
12 Shelter from snakes? Not with me about (8)
ANDERSON – A word meaning snakes has the initial ME removed and this is followed by a two letter word meaning about.
14 To take a puff on board adds fuel to the fire (6)
STOKES – Another word to take a puff on a cigarette goes inside the abbreviation for steamship (on board).
15 See 28 Down
16 Slackers looking to gain from extra children (4,4)
WIDE BOYS – A type of extra in Cricket followed by a word for male children. I think the definition here is not too bad. Perhaps “Maybe the Trotter’s extra children”
18 Group born during outbreak of measles (8)
ASSEMBLE – The abbreviation for born inside an anagram (outbreak) of MEASLES.
21 Bowl with Steve Finn, tailenders being stiff… (6)
WOODEN – Another name for the bowl used in crown green bowling followed by the last letters (tailenders) of Steve and Finn.
23 …which could be Barmy Army s description of Bairstow’s debut in test (6)
TRIBAL – The first letter (debut) of Bairstow inside another word for a test or ordeal.
25 Knight’s father escapes Gaul amidst charge from the east (8)
LANCELOT – Another word for the country of Gaul has as two letter abbreviation for Father removed (escapes) and the remaining letters go inside (amidst) another word for a charge or payment that has been reversed (from the east).
26 Praline chocolate, laced with E (4)
ECHO – The answer is hidden inside (laced with) PRALINE CHOCOLATE.
27 Cheerful sounding Spartans (5)
BLYTH – A homophone (sounding) of BLITHE (cheerful). My only real comment on the crossword is that Spartans for the answer from the name of the town’s Northern League football club is a little unfair on the solver. Even Cheerful sounding Northern town would have been fairer.
29 50% of Italy s national airline is landed (4)
ALIT – One half (50%) of the name of Italy’s national airline (Alitalia).
30 Mongrel dog obeys last words spoken (4-4)
GOOD-BYES – An anagram (mongrel) of DOG OBEYS.
31 Locomotive conks out with fuel half gone (6)
DIESEL – Another word for conks out or stops working followed by half of the word fuel.
2 Spare nothing from fancy luncheon – it might get us to France (7)
CHUNNEL – An anagram (fancy) of LUNCHEON after removing the O (sparing nothing).
3 Part of literary preliminaries given by master, maybe, and servant (5,4)
TITLE PAGE – A word describing what Master is an example of (maybe) and another word for a servant.
4 Permanent UN observer is told to notice everything (4,3)
HOLY SEE – An homophone (is told) of wholly see (notice everything)
5 Row coming from rock on the radio (3)
OAR – A homophone (on the radio) of ORE (rock).
6 15d mysteriously went (7)
ELAPSED – An anagram (mysteriously) of the answer to 15A and a D. Loved the juxtaposition of the 15d to create the anagram fodder and the fact that the surface reading makes sense as there is no 15d clue in the crossword.
7 Shipment of French snails, shelled then peeled (5)
CARGO – Remove the outer letters from the French word for a snail then remove the top letter from those that remain – peeled.
8 Massive upheaval created by wild party, involving love and later topless people (7)
OROGENY – A word for a wild party involving sex and drink inside which you add an O (love) and then lower down another word for people with the top letter removed (topless).
13 Anti-austerity plan might entail production of lead, perhaps (3,4)
NEW DEAL – A reverse anagram clue. The answer, read as an anagram clue, might lead to the answer LEAD.
17 A way to facilitate trade without cash: Recycle gear (9)
BROKERAGE – A word meaning without cash or bankrupt followed by an anagram (recycle) of GEAR.
19 Wind company up with firm led by baronet (7)
SIROCCO – The title of a Baronet followed by a reversal (up) of the abbreviation for company and the same abbreviation (firm) in the normal direction.
20 Porter’s personal problem in gut (4-3)
BELL-BOY – The abbreviation for body odour (personal problem) inside another word for the gut or tummy.
21 Showed acute embarrassment about earliest ‘Heil’ being brought up (7)
WINCHED – A word meaning showing acute embarrassment goes around the first letter (earliest) of Heil. Very topical clue given the recent news.
22 Dave’s last reason for moving (7)
EMOTIVE – The last letter of Dave followed by a word meaning moving.
24 Thick brown line on map (5)
BROAD – Split 1-4, the answer is shown on maps with a brown line in the same way that motorways are show with blue ones.
28/15 Gracious acceptance of surprisingly easy sleep (3,6)
YES PLEASE – An anagram (surprisingly) of EASY SLEEP.