A Puzzle by Silvanus
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Apologies for the late posting, but I’m sure that you will find this latest puzzle from Silvanus is worth the wait. 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 always enjoy blogging a Silvanus crossword. As it appeared late, this one had the added advantage of not being fiendishly difficult so I was able to rattle through it to prepare the blog in good time.
1 Evening pint is the source of regular tweets (8)
NIGHTJAR – … a bird whose name split 5,4 would suggest an evening pint.
5 Partially describe a very busy creature (6)
BEAVER – The answer is hidden (partially) in DESCRIBE A VERY.
10 Crazy fellow, magician at heart (5)
MANIC – A three letter word for a fellow followed by the central letters (at heart) of magician.
11 Put too great a strain on daughter following public expenditure cut (9)
OVERTAXED – A five letter word meaning public followed by a three letter word for a public expenditure cut and finally (following) the abbreviation for daughter.
12 An opera-glass means confusing lettering contains nothing I miss (9)
LORGENETTE – An anagram (confusing) of LETTERING without the I (I miss) and inserting the letter representing nothing. I am not convinced that definition means wordplay is that elegant. Also with I don’t think that I miss makes grammatical sense.
13 Cancel yearbook with article removed (5)
ANNUL – Another word for a yearbook with the inner A (article) removed.
14 Short type of American needle (6)
STYLUS – A word meaning type with the final letter removed (short) followed by a letter abbreviation for American.
15 Argument divides unconvincing way of restarting game (5-2)
THROW-IN – A three letter word meaning argument goes inside (divides) a four letter word meaning unconvincing.
18 Middle of the road backchat regarding pasta dish (7)
LASAGNE – Inside the middle of a word for a road include a reversal (back) of a word meaning chat. Depending on the editor, the following points might be raised. First, middle of the road does not grammatically indicate putting letters into the middle of a word. Secondly, lift an separate clues of the form backchat are not universally accepted, thirdly, the construction definition regarding wordplay may raise a few eyebrows and fourthly, the surface reading is not the best in the crossword!
20 Confined location is cooler (6)
PRISON – A semi-elliptical definition of a place where people are confined that is sometimes referred to as a cooler.
22 When party’s beginning I face cold jelly (5)
ASPIC – A two letter word meaning when followed by the first letter (beginning) of party and the I from the clue go before (face – stand before) the abbreviation for cold.
24 Battle artist returns to his work capturing tattered flag (9)
TRAFALGAR – Reverse a two letter abbreviation for an artist and the work that he produces and include (capturing) an anagram (tattered) of flag.
25 Disgusting misuse of superlative – disheartened aspirant withdraws (9)
REPULSIVE – An anagram (misuse of) SUPERLATIVE after removing the AT (disheartened a[spiran]t withdraws).
26 Merchant associated with illegally-traded commodity (5)
IVORY – Double definition for the film maker Merchant ***** and the material that comes from elephant tusks.
27 Outside parking by hospital – empty zone right after last bay’s a breeze! (6)
ZEPHYR – The abbreviations for parking and hospital have the following around (outside) – the outer letters (empty) of zone and the abbreviation for right after the last letter of bay. Not all editors would accept last bay as a valid final letter indicator.
28 Responsibility not taken for airport goods (4-4)
DUTY-FREE – A word meaning responsibility followed by a word meaning not taken.
1 Agile sportsman I’m blessed in accommodating (6)
NIMBLE – The answer is hidden in (accommodating) SPORTSMAN IM BLESSED. The “in” in the clue is a little wrinkle that should ideally be removed.
2 Produces great scene drunk, throwing out Conservative (9)
GENERATES – An anagram (drunk) of GREAT SCENE after removing the abbreviation for conservative.
3 Form of music reasonably making use of scientific application (15)
TECHNOLOGICALLY – A six letter word for electronic dance music followed by a word meaning reasonably.
4 Note disease outwardly infectious to rodents (7)
AGOUTIS – A one letter musical note followed by a painful disease allegedly brought on by too much port and the outer letters (outwardly) of infectious.
6 Remarkably rare taxi ride only surprises if no energy is utilised (15)
EXTRAORDINARILY – An anagram (surprises) of RARE TAXI RIDE ONLY after removing one of the letter Es (no energy is utilised). No energy is utilised implies that both letters E have to be removed and a way of phrasing this to say the only one E has to be removed would be better.
7 Kiss precedes drug dissolved in wine for ill-tempered female (5)
VIXEN – The letter representing a kiss followed by the abbreviation for Ecstasy goes inside (dissolved in) the French word for wine. Dissolved in does not imply insertion in the sense that the letters remain intact. Dissolved in suggests spreading out but this is overly pedantic.
8 Evocative tear filled with grief (8)
REDOLENT – Another word for tear includes (filled with) a word meaning grief. Some editors will require archaic words such as the one used for grief to be indicated as such.
9 Failing to transfer allegiance (6)
DEFECT – A double definition.
16 Order gown fashioned for offender (9)
WRONGDOER – An anagram (fashioned) of ORDER GOWN.
17 20 Across gangster and extreme characters adopt animal behaviour finally (8)
ALCATRAZ – The name of a 20a from the diminutive name of Mr Capone and the first and last letters of the alphabet (extreme characters) include (adopt) the name of a domestic animal and the final letter or behaviour.
19 Curious elation an absent ring may involve (6)
ENTAIL – An anagram (curious) of ELATION after removing the O (an absent ring).
20 Level out with gold coating on top (7)
PLATEAU – Another word for a coating on top of the chemical symbol for gold.
21 Gory mess in front of Tyneside breakwater (6)
GROYNE – An anagram (mess) of GORY followed by the area of the country where you find Tyneside.
23 Appear unexpectedly from Towcester, say (3,2)
POP UP – You need to know that Towcester is pronounced Toaster and what bread does from this unexpectedly is the answer.