Keynote Address by Sprocker
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Tilsit is still putting the finishing touches to the special puzzle, which has been postponed for a second week. Instead we have a delightful puzzle from Sprocker. 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 by Prolixic follows.
Greetings from the Egham vomitarium where a winter bug is wreaking havoc among Prolixic’s kith and kin. As such, I solved this amid various cleaning and nursing duties and a trip to A&E so apologies for the late review and any shortcomings in the parsings as I bashed this one in very early in the morning having had very little sleep.
This was a feat of engineering to get all of the key and notes of various kinds into the grid and clues whilst maintaining the surface readings. Congratulations to Sprocker
8 Key notes? (6)
MELODY – A mild cryptic definition of a tune.
9 Note I bed maltreated submissive (8)
OBEDIENT – An anagram (maltreated) of NOTE I BED.
10 Note in which I’m describing live bullet not even capable of being shot (8)
FILMABLE – The musical note Fa around (in which) the I’m from the clue around (describing) an abbreviation for live followed by the odd letters (not even) of bullet.
11 Note from opponents on the edge of Nevadan city (6)
RENOWN – The name of a city in Nevada followed by opposing players in a game of Bridge.
12 Noteworthy 6 precedes a half-century (6)
SIGNAL – The answer to 6 down followed by the A from the clue and the Roman numeral for 50 (half-century,
13 Key Largo’s southern tip strangely unknown (8)
GLOSSARY – An anagram (strangely) of LARGOS S (Southern tip) followed by a letter for an unknown quantity in algebra.
15 On two notes sweetheart delivers setback… (7)
RELAPSE – The abbreviation for on or about followed by the musical note La and a note added as an afterthought and completed with the middle letter (heart) of sweet.
17 …after three more notes, diamonds withdrawn (7)
RETIRED – The musical notes Re Ti Re followed by the abbreviation for diamonds.
20 Sad note follows service and provides colour (4,4)
NAVY BLUE – One of the armed services followed by a word for a sad note (which I suppose comes from the singular of a type of sad music).
22 Tasteless design is key inside small cat’s hospital (6)
KITSCH – The musical key of C inside a three letter word for a small cat with the ‘s added and the abbreviation for hospital.
23 Note I’ve stolen from investigator (6)
DETECT – Remove (stolen) the IVE from another word from an investigator such as a policeman.
25 Shower leaders of Southern Pacific Railroad in nasty key lime emulsion (8)
SPRINKLE – The first letters (leaders of) the fourth to eleventh letters of the clue.
26 Mostly dreary note by North-German creating fight (4-4)
DING DONG – Another word for dreary with the final letter removed (mostly) followed by the musical note Do and the abbreviations for North and German.
27 You can press in these keys right away (6)
INSETS – The plural of a key on a computer keyboard without the abbreviation for R.
1 Key I found in eviscerated, missing judge hanging upside-down (8)
DECISIVE – Remove a word meaning to judge from the eviscerated in the clue, reverse the letters (upside down) and include the I from the clue.
2 Note on a railway report (10)
COMMENTARY – Another word for a note or remark followed by the A from the clue and an abbreviation for railway.
3 Mark stupidly lost my key – not thrilled initially (6)
SYMBOL – An anagram (stupidly) of LOST MY B (key) without the T (not thrilled initially). Rats, rats, rats an indirect anagram. Sorry but this is on the wrong side of being an indirect anagram even with the preamble about each note and key being used only once.
4 Key overrule is strange (7)
FOREIGN – The musical key of F followed by the abbreviation for over and another word for rule. Some editors will not accept having to split over/rule without an indication that you need to do so.
5 Fare badly, note setter is terrible (8)
FEARSOME – An anagram (badly) of FARE followed by the musical note So and a two letter word for a setter.
6 Notice short boy with good note (4)
SIGN – A shortened version of the name Simon followed by the abbreviations for good and note.
7 You need to find this key to solve this clue (6)
ANSWER – A somewhat elliptical cryptic definition.
14 Key one periodically needs is shady quality (10)
SHIFTINESS – A key on the computer keyboard followed by the letter represented by one and the odd letters (periodically) of needs is. Remove the F from the answer and you get a very good description of the last couple of days here in Egham!
16 Key blend (8)
SOLUTION – A double definition.
18 Increase key quota at last, behind schedule (8)
ESCALATE – Another key on the computer keyboard followed by the final letter of quota and another word meaning behind schedule.
19 Note wizard swallowing drugs and beginning to scream (7)
MESSAGE – Another word for a wizard includes a pluralised abbreviation for ecstasy and the first letter (beginning to) scream.
21 After beer number eleven, key inability to recognise words or letters (6)
ALEXIA – A three letter word for a type of beer, the Roman numerals for 11 and the musical key of A.
22 A church pens note to support King defining a certain type of justice (6)
KARMIC – The a from the clue and the abbreviation for Roman Catholic goes around (pens) the musical note of Mi and all of this goes under (to support) an abbreviation for king.
24 Four key elements giving advantage (4)
EDGE – Four musical notes.