A Puzzle by Snape
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Snape has waited patiently for his turn to come round. I hope you enjoy his latest 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.
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.
Most enjoyable and very well put together. One of the best crosswords of the day. Even some of the other Rookie setters get name checks in the clues.
1 Unfriendly place to work when drunk? (6)
OFFISH – How a drunk might pronounce office (place to work).
4 Europeans’ top contraceptive (5, 3)
DUTCH CAP – Another word for a European from Holland and a word meaning top or better.
9 Over-adorned, unfinished state (6)
FLORID – Remove the last letter (unfinished) of of the Sunshine State in America.
10 In flight, unfit on a jet (8)
FOUNTAIN – An anagram (in flight) of UNFIT ON A.
12 A gram of bird wee is expressed (8)
CHICKPEA – An informal word for a young hen (bird) and a homophone (expressed) of pee (wee).
13 Possibly what you are sitting on (6)
SETTEE – If the person creating the crossword is a setter that would make the solver this and another word for a sofa. One of those clues where the whole is less that the sum of the parts but just about works despite the fact that it doesn’t but still feels nigglingly incomplete.
15 Comprehensive school unveils lilac (3-9)
ALL-INCLUSIVE – An anagram (school) of UNVEILS LILAC.
18 Identifiers of veal and split pea soup (12)
APPELLATIVES – An anagram (soup) of VEAL SPLIT PEA.
21 He can farm freely from the old sultanate (6)
YEOMAN – The old English form of the followed by the name of an Arab country (sultanate).
22 Comrade: time to change into an advocate of the free vote (8)
DEMOCRAT – An anagram (to change) of COMRADE T (time).
24 How to make a banaana! (8)
PLANTAIN – A novelty clue – A type of banana can be made from a banana where you plant a in to give banaana.
25 Reported shipworker’s hardship (6)
RIGOUR – A homophone (reported) of rigger (shipworker).
26 Nicaraguan rebels meeting leader of the opposition (8)
CONTRAST – The name of the Nicaraguan rebel group followed by the first letter (leader of) of the.
27 Still caused by friction (6)
STATIC – Double definition of motionless and a type of electricity caused by friction.
1 Verified provider of chemicals once implanted in brain, for example (8)
OFFICIAL – The name of the old chemical company inside another word for the meat from certain organs including the brain.
2 A number of boats float off, poorly restrained (8)
FLOTILLA – An anagram (off) of FLOAT includes (restrains) another word meaning poorly.
3 Stay in doctor’s only remaining emergency room for treatment for minor wound (8,7)
STICKING PLASTER – A word meaning stick followed by the in from the clue, an abbreviation for doctor, a word meaning the only remaining and the abbreviation for emergency room.
5 Soup only provided thereafter (4)
UPON – The answer is hidden in (provided) in SOUP ONLY.
6 Eco-warrior repaired Victorian stones (15)
CONSERVATIONIST – An anagram (repaired) of VICTORIAN STONES.
7 Able to make things sharp (6)
CRAFTY – Double definition.
8 Could it filter out the wordplay jokes, but keep the fruity ones in? (6)
PUNNET – What strawberries are sold in split 3,3 gives the first part of the clue.
11 Answers from salesman: “Misrepresentations of the truth” (7)
REPLIES – Split 3, 4 you get a word for a salesman and an untruth.
14 Footnote: change volume in church (7)
PSALTER – The abbreviation used for a footnote and a word meaning change.
16 Put on too much paint for a protective layer (8)
OVERCOAT – Split 4,4 a phrase meaning put to much paint on give a protective item of clothing.
17 Arcane, frenzied Tories in church, looking up (8)
ESOTERIC – Reverse (looking up) the abbreviation for Church of England and include an anagram (frenzied) of TORIES.
19 Shortsighted Snape’s core of subjects (6)
MYOPIC – A two letter word meaning Snape’s (as the setter) and the inner letters (core of) of TOPICS (subjects).
20 Endlessly nomadic, roaming land (6)
DOMAIN – An anagram (roaming) of NOMADIC after removing the C (endlessly)
23 Helps head off attacks (4)
AIDS – Remove the first letter (head off) from a word meaning attacks.