A Puzzle by Maize
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Maize offers his second puzzle – did he learn any lessons from the reaction to his first? 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:
As Craig Revel Horwood would say in one word A-MAIZE-ING. Well done to Maize for a highly accomplished crossword. A very few minor thumbs in the air but this would not have been out of place in a national newspaper.
1 Drive too furiously (6,2)
OVERDO IT – An anagram (furiously) of DRIVE TO. The whole clue gives a definition of the answer.
5 Service provided for Highland area (6)
MASSIF – Another word for the service of Holy Communion followed by a word meaning provided.
10 A red mutant was rejected Marvel superhero (9)
DAREDEVIL – An anagram (mutant) of A RED followed by reversal (rejected) of a word meaning was.
11 Bug excretion starts to vacate earwig (5)
PEEVE – A liquid excreted from the body followed by the initial letters (starts to) of Vacate Earwig.
12 Pain of every leader overtaken by followers (4)
ACHE – A word meaning every with the first letter moved to the end (leader overtaken by followers).
13 Nude, ogled outside zero-carbon facility (5,5)
STARK NAKED – a word meaning ogled or looked at intently around (outside) a word meaning a facility or ability with the C removed (zero-carbon).
15 Going to allow, irregularly, this lover to be paid for (6)
GIGOLO – The odd letters (irregularly) of GoInG tO aLlOw. As the odd letters appear on a regular basis, I am not keen on irregularly to indicate them! “Regularly going to allow this lover to be paid for” would work better for me.
16 T-tangles brought about by king’s speech impediment (7)
STAMMER – Reverse (brought about) a word meaning tangles with the first letter repeated (T-Tangles) and follow this by the abbreviated form of King Edward. Nothing technically wrong with this clue but note that some editors do not like stuttering clues of this form.
19 Reinforce troops to replace us in a month (7)
AUGMENT – In the name of the eighth month of the year replace the US with another word for troops.
21 Betray nervousness on the phone to Arab leader (6)
SHEIKH – A homophone (on the phone) of what you do when displaying nervousness.
23 Without its middle third, Donne’s maxim is neither here nor there (2,4,4)
NO MANS LAND – Remove the central give letters from the phrase “No man is an island” (John Donne’s maxim.
25 Make vague jacket advertisement detailed (4)
BLUR – Remove the last letter (de-tailed) from a word for the advertising on a book jacket.
27 Diogenes mostly courteous? Beyond the bounds of credibility! (5)
CYNIC – A word meaning courteous with the final letter removed (mostly) after (beyond) the outer letters (bounds of) credibility. A minor point but I am not sure that all solvers would necessarily know that Diogenes typified this answer. Although the ? indicates a definition by example, is it too far from the word that is the definition by example. My preference is to keep the indicator by the word but practice differs.
28 Essentially futile draw in Iceland upon which developing players cannot build? (9)
UTILITIES – The central letters in futile followed by the IVR code for Iceland inside which you add another word for a draw. The answer refers to the squares on a monopoly board where you cannot put houses or hotels.
29 Cut out physical work without hesitation (6)
EXCISE – Remove a word meaning a hesitation from a word meaning physical work.
30 Central megalith could stay, at the end, extremely powerful (8)
ALMIGHTY – The central letters of megalith followed by a word meaning might (as in a possibility) and the final letter (at the end) of stay. I think that the original clue was fine and had a better surface reading.
1 Dated the chaperone? (3-3)
OLD-HAT – Double definition, the latter being an item of clothing worn on the head in the Middle Ages.
2 You or I to ET live in object under attention (9)
EARTHLING – An abbreviation for live (given in Collins but not in Chambers) inside another word for an object underneath a word for ear.
3 Avant-garde movement with origins in dance and dramatic art (4)
DADA – The first letter (origins in) of the final four letters of the clue.
4 Variation at sea excluding areas where life, for some, began (2,5)
IN VITRO – An anagram (at sea) of VARIATION after removing the abbreviation for area from it each time it appears.
6 Members of parliament primarily write in moralising clichés (10)
APPENDAGES – The first letter (primarily) of parliament and a three letter word meaning write go inside a word for moralising clichés.
7 Utter bliss, finally, on mountain-top (5)
SPEAK – The final letter of bliss on another word for a mountain top.
8 Some cricketers are little more than half-fit senior citizens (8)
FIELDERS – The first two letters (little more than half) of fit followed by another word for senior citizens. As definition are wordplay jars slightly, perhaps “Some cricketers – little more than…” would work better.
9 Endless trouble arising about Latin lovers at play (6)
FLIRTS – Reverse (arising) a word meaning trouble with the final letter removed (endless) about the abbreviation for Latin.
14 Care of Jupiter’s moon removed from malign astronomer (10)
COPERNICUS – The abbreviation for care of followed by a word meaning malign (as an adjective) with the two letter name of a moon of Jupiter omitted.
17 Director, fond of improvising, “As am I!” declares error-prone reverend (4,5)
MIKE LEIGH – A Spoonerism (error-prone reverend) of Like Me (as I am).
18 Insert salt scientifically into undressed shellfish (8)
BARNACLE – The chemical formula (scientifically) of salt inside a word meaning undressed. It would have been fair game simply to have clued this as “Insert salt into …”
20 Mineral quarried from coastal Cumbria (6)
TALCUM – The answer is hidden in (quarried from) COSTAL CUMBRIA.
21 Star with face which shows the passage of time (7)
SUNDIAL – The name of our star followed by another word for a face. Dutch is correct that “that shows … ” would be grammatically correct but this is a nicety that very few people observe these days!
22 In the mood for love but beginning to feel insecure (6)
FRISKY – The first letter (beginning to) of feel followed by a word meaning risky.
24 Person in charge is desperately busy (5)
MANIC – Another word for a person followed by the abbreviation for in charge.
26 Man plus ego equals voice of a know-it-all (4)
SIRI – The title given to a man followed by the letter for oneself or ego. I think that the answer is probably not well enough known to have such an oblique form of definition.