A Puzzle by The Partygoers
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In a departure from the usual Rookie Corner format today we have a puzzle set by The Partygoers, those who attended the recent 7th Birthday Bash. I hope you enjoy this one-off puzzle as it is unlikely that the same group will ever meet together again.
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 follows, with apologies for the delay, as real life took over from crosswords (which sadly means no time for pictures either)
1a Summer activity? (11)
MATHEMATICS An activity undertaken by ‘summers’ or people who add up.
7a Regularly astute cryptic lady (3)
SUE Look at the regular letters of aStUtE and ….! I know that another ‘cryptic lady’ set this one!
9a Snub queen who’s more charming (5)
CUTER Snub or ignore followed by the cipher of our current Queen.
10a Before top of plant dies away (9)
PRECEDING The ‘top’ of Plant followed by another way of saying dies away (or should that be dying away?)
11a Animal lover abroad in Burgundy? (9)
WOLVERINE An anagram (abroad) of LOVER inserted into the drink of which Burgundy can be an example.
12a Singular person, also mother involved in dynasty (5)
HUMAN An informal word for mother involved in or inserted into a Chinese dynasty.
13a Maddens Egyptian god, surrounded by topless monuments (7)
ENRAGES The Egyptian sun god ‘surrounded’ by some stone monuments without their first letter (topless)
15a One of Neville Brothers‘ tracks on Georgia (4)
GARY The abbreviation for railway (tracks) goes on the abbreviation for the State of Georgia.
18a See 28
20a Playing maracas might give one a black eye (7)
MASCARA Make up that might make your eye (lashes) look blacker can be obtained from an anagram (playing) of MARACAS
23a Leo, maybe, in uniform wearing stockings (5)
HOUSE Leo being one sign of the Zodiac. Insert the abbreviation for Uniform into some stockings.
24a My parents at it? Family! (9)
RELATIONS The first and last definitions are less risqué than the middle one!
26a Teeside resort’s favourite way of welcoming celebrities (3,6)
RED CARPET A Teeside resort split 3, 3 and followed with a favourite.
27a A sporting ballsup? (5)
SKIER Not Dutch on his holidays this time, just a cricket ball hit high in the air.
28/18 Give bad review to our superhero? (3,4)
BIG DAVE An anagram (review) of GIVE BAD.
29a Arrives a bit wobbly after noon? In any event we’ll celebrate (11)
ANNIVERSARY Put into ANY (from the clue) N (noon) and an anagram (a bit wobbly) of ARRIVES.
1d Strange brew follows note to accountant for Dickens character (8)
MICAWBER A musical note, a chartered accountant and an anagram (strange) of BREW.
2d Utterly confused about one belonging to a guardian (8)
TUTELARY An anagram (confused) of UTTERLY put ‘about’ A (one)
3d Pint has no head, that is strange (5)
EERIE Remove the ‘head’ from a pint of bitter and add IE (that is)
4d Domestic servants, with gold braces (2,5)
AU PAIRS The chemical symbol for gold followed by some braces.
5d Main risk seen when one cold beer is drunk before the end of morning (7)
ICEBERG I (one) C (cold) an anagram (drunk) of BEER and the ‘end’ of morning.
6d They gather hogs, to make a pie (9)
SHEPHERDS Hogs being young sheep yet to be sheared.
7d It’s about good degree, shame! (6)
STIGMA A reversal (about) of ITS followed by the abbreviation for Good and an Arts degree.
8d For example, drinking Dutch spirit is borderline (6)
EDGING The abbreviated way of saying for example ‘drinks’ or has inserted the abbreviation for Dutch and an alcoholic spirit.
14d United team playing in special event for country (9)
GUATAMELA The abbreviation for United and an anagram (playing) of TEAM inserted into a special event.
16d Girl in a state, or two? (8)
CAROLINA There are two States with this name in the USA – follow a girl’s name with IN A (from the clue)
17d Classic TV show literally features pasta? (4,4)
DADS ARMY As Gazza said yesterday, split PAS TA and have a bit of a think!
19d Bring on two Cockney birds clutching cleavage (7)
ENRIPEN Insert a cleavage between two ways a Cockney might say/spell a mother chicken.
20d To fit in endless love after a short while can be incendiary (7)
MOLOTOV The name of a nasty ‘cocktail’ – a short while followed by the first three letters (endless) of LOVe into which is inserted TO (from the clue).
21d Innocent young woman’s impregnated (6)
CHERUB A young animal ‘impregnated’ by the he female pronoun (woman’s)
22d Good old solve, finally cracking setter? (3,3)
GUN DOG The abbreviation for Good, an old-fashioned way of saying solve, and the final letter of cracking.
25d Stunner did some modelling once more, making comeback (5)
TASER A reversal (making comeback) of how one might say modelled for eg, a painter, again.
Thanks to all our lovely setters – I do know a couple of ‘who set what’s’ and can guess at some of the others, but an excellent joint effort coordinated by Tilsit, so thank you to him too.