A Puzzle by Silvanus
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Apologies to Silvanus for the delayed publication of his latest puzzle, but you should by now be able to access the website in order to solve it. 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.
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A review of this puzzle by Prolixic follows.
A classy crossword from Silvanus. It was not to tricky and nicely filled in the journey to work after the backpager and the Toughie were done and dusted by Richmond. No real niggles on this. As next week see Number 100, will our Rookie produce an anniversary crossword?
1 Its crossing means no return by black role model after game (7)
RUBICON – After the abbreviation for Rugby Union (game) add the abbreviation for black and another word for a role model.
5 Tuft of grass stupid fellow placed in German wine (7)
HASSOCK – A three letter word for a stupid fellow inside (placed in) a type of German wine.
9 Arab son in front of car (5)
SAUDI – The abbreviation for son before (in front of) a make of car.
10 Beggar confesses inability to reform, Yoda style! (9)
MENDICANT – The answer split (4,1,4) would be how Yoda would say he cannot reform.
11 Former US president’s wife‘s spotted small creatures (9)
LADYBIRDS – A double definition for the first name of Lyndon Johnson’s wife and an insect.
12 Weird-sounding inaccessible location (5)
EYRIE – A homophone (sounding) of EERIE (weird).
13 Make one’s way to Soho, for instance? (4)
WEND – Soho is in the West End. Take the abbreviation for West and the end to get the answer.
15 Defamed French nobleman involved in criminal trade (8)
TRADUCED – The French for Duke inside an anagram (criminal) of TRADE.
18 Demand object and invite trouble (3,3,2)
ASK FOR IT – A double definition.
19 Former morning paper (4)
EXAM – A two letter word for former and the abbreviation for morning.
22 In about-turn millionaire solemnly admits failure (5)
LOSER – The answer is hidden (admits) and reversed (in about-turn) in MILLIONAIRE SOLEMNLY
24 Ignite wild snog in sentimental ballad (5,4)
TORCH SONG – Another word for ignite followed by an anagram (wild) of SNOG.
26 Instrument to perform (9)
IMPLEMENT – A double definition.
27 Custom sees half of ham sausage removed (5)
USAGE – Half of the letters in HAMSAUSAGE.
28 Time to rage off at old method of execution (7)
GAROTTE – An anagram (off0 of T (time) TO RAGE. Perhaps “at” is not the most elegant of links words
29 Hollow sincerity set tricky writing techniques (7)
SYSTEMS – The outer letters (hollow) of sincerity followed by an anagram (tricky) of SET and the abbreviation for manuscript (writing).
1 Heard boy take stock (6)
RUSTLE – A homophone (heard) of a boy’s name.
2 Unconfined but take fewer leaps (9)
BOUNDLESS – Split (5,4) the answer means to take fewer leaps.
3 Start cutting branch to scale (5)
CLIMB – The first letter (start – not all editors would accept this construction) to cutting and another word for a branch.
4 Fractional part of true Roman ruin (9)
NUMERATOR – An anagram (ruin) of TRUE ROMAN.
5 To begin with, hoped I’d neglect these simplistic clues! (5)
HINTS – The initial letters (to begin with) of the fourth to eighth words of the clue.
6 Old mathematical aid for control of luge? (5,4)
SLIDE RULE – The answer taken cryptically could mean a means of control for a luge.
7 Broadcasting manner working at first (2,3)
ON AIR – A two letter word meaning working before (at first) a word for a person’s manner.
8 Equipment bag returned to young Tom (6)
KITTEN – A three letter word for equipment followed by a reversal (returned) of a word meaning to bag.
14 Fed up at the Queen’s soldiers’ ultimate transport delay (9)
DEFERMENT – Reverse the fed from the clue and follow it with the abbreviation for the queen, a word meaning soldiers and the final letter (ultimate) of transport.
16 Painful affliction IRA t-shirt bizarrely illustrated (9)
ARTHRITIS – An anagram (bizarrely illustrated) IRA T SHIRT.
17 Back Welsh footballer to speak in detailed fashion (9)
ELABORATE – Reverse (back) the name of a Welsh footballer an follow it with a word meaning to speak.
20 Chopper’s purpose is short-lived (6)
FLYING – A double definition, chopper being a helicopter.
21 Lock fails to open for example before departure (6)
EGRESS – The abbreviation for ‘for example’ before a word for a lock of hair with the first letter removed (fails to open).
23 Diminutive senior policeman is excellent (5)
SUPER – Double definition for a short way of saying the rank of a senior policeman and a word for excellent.
24 Subject of a little tooth emergency (5)
THEME – The answer is hidden in (of a little) in TOOTH EMERGENCY
25 Time at work, wearing two different suits, belongs to us (5)
HOURS – A word meaning belongs to us inside the abbreviation for two suits of cards.