A Puzzle by Maize
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Today we have a third puzzle from Maize. If you were expecting to see the puzzle created at yesterday’s meeting, this has been postponed until next Monday. 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.
The time has come to sack Maize as a Rookie and promote him to the NTSPP. This was an accomplished crossword with some excellent surfaces and wordplay.
1 Piece of jive choreography which comes before foxtrot (4)
ECHO – The answer is hidden in (piece of) JIVE CHOREOGRAPHY. It refers to the NATO phonetic alphabet.
3 I’m transported by bouquet of rainbow colours (10)
IRIDESCENT – A phrase (1,4) meaning I’m transported followed by another word for bouquet or smell. Wordplay of definition is not allowed by some editors; with rainbow colours would have overcome this.
10 Good fortune and peace of mind interrupted by depression (11)
SERENDIPITY – A word meaning peace of mind includes (interrupted by) another word for a depression or hollow.
11 Tool for calculating circumference around end of French letter (3)
PHI – The constant used in the equation 2πr for calculating the circumference of a circle around the last letter (end of) French. I am not sure that describing the constant as a tool is strictly accurate – perhaps “Something used for calculating…” may have been better.
12 This might give you a headache: 10 + 6 – 9 + 26 (7)
TENSION – The full spelling of 10 followed by the full spelling of 6 after removing the Roman numerals for 9 followed by the answer to 26 across.
13 Joint cover can keep getting renewed (7)
KNEECAP – An anagram (getting renewed) of CAN KEEP.
14 Interred in public at a combined burial site (8)
CATACOMB – The answer is hidden (interred in) PUBLIC AT A COMBINED.
17 Embrace of Cleopatra’s principal couple preceding her nemesis (5)
CLASP – The first two letters (principal couple) before the animal that is reputed to have killed her.
19 Employment of Generation We? (5)
USAGE – Split (2,3) this might be another way of saying Generation We.
20 Lacking leaders, put off integration for ages (8)
ETERNITY – Remove the first letters (lacking leaders) from words meaning to put off and integration.
22 Type of secret agents protecting the city (7)
SPECIES – Another word for secret agents around the post code for the City of London.
24 Remote control car’s heading towards gravy… as we hear! (7)
CLICKER – The first letter (heading) of car followed by a homophone of liquor (gravy as we hear).
26 Guillotine’s regular showing – it carries a small charge (3)
ION – Ever 3rd letter of the first word in the clue. Regular does not have to mean odd or even letters.
27 Rudimentary tree – one inside a seed (11)
ABECEDARIAN – A type of tree associated with Lebanon and an I (one) go inside the A from the clue and another word for a seed or pulse. This is one of those painted into a corner words that is a pig to clue and even worse to have to solve. Well done for keeping the wordplay simple.
28 Incompetent politician finally gets pay cut and discharge (10)
NINCOMPOOP – The final letter of politician followed by another word for pay with the final letter removed and another word for a bodily discharge.
29 Web of half-lies between start and finish of Macbeth (4)
MESH – Half of the word lies inside the first and last letters of Macbeth.
1 Fake tears, perhaps, on last letter (6)
ERSATZ – An anagram (fake) of TEARS on the last letter of the alphabet.
2 It flies – as Leander’s heart to join her love (5)
HERON – The middle letter (heart) of Leander after the name of her lover in the legend of X and Leander.
4 Be in charge of the nation‘s weather report (5)
REIGN – A homophone (report) of a type of weather condition.
5 Doctor in Cambodia possessing skill appropriate for consumption (9)
DRINKABLE – An abbreviation for doctor followed by the IN from the clue and the IVR code for Cambodia followed by a word meaning possessing skill.
6 Means of communication initially pioneered in part of Scotland (5)
SKYPE – The first letter (initially) of pioneered inside the name of a Scottish island.
7 Looking forward to living around sports clubs (9)
EXPECTANT – Another word for living or existing around the abbreviations for sports and clubs.
8 US exhaust their athletes in London, putting in place extra starters (8)
TAILPIPE – The initial letters (starters) of the third to tenth words in clue.
9 In the middle of dating friend, becoming very close (8)
INTIMATE – The in from the clue followed by the middle letters of dating an a word meaning friend.
15 King Alfred’s introduction to cooking among men (9)
AGAMEMNON – The first letter (introduction) to Alfred inside an anagram (cooking) of AMONG MEN.
16 Go up, after frolicking lovers fail to surface (9)
OVERSLEEP – Reverse a word meaning to urinate or go after an anagram (frolicking) of lovers.
17 Cliquey group outside pub rejected antisocial eater? (8)
CANNIBAL – A word for a cliquey group goes around (outside) another word for a pub that has been reversed (rejected).
18 To be or not to be? (8)
QUESTION – A mildly cryptic reference the quotation from Hamlet.
21 In which bras come off the shoulders? (6)
FRENCH – The language in which the arms (which come of shoulders) are called bras. Brilliant clue.
23 Adult movie’s opening in Iowa – be there! (5)
IMAGO – The first letter (opening) of movie in the two letter state code for Iowa followed by a word meaning “be there”.
24 Faith expressed in verse Roman Catholic sent to heaven (5)
CREDO – Reverse (sent to heaven) a word for verse and the abbreviation for Roman Catholic.
25 Tattoo reversal with iron blade (5)
KNIFE – A reversal for a colloquial term of a tattoo followed by the chemical symbol for Iron.