Hushed up by JollySwagman
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Today we have another interesting puzzle from our Aussie setter. 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:
This was an enjoyable challenge. No major issues but some small points on the clue that could polish them a bit. It did not detract from some of the inventive wordplay.
1/1D Mr Pinko’s called anon unfortunately according to 13a 14d 28a (2,5,2,4-5)
NO NAMES NO PACK-DRILL – An anagram (unfortunately) of MR PINKS CALLED ANON
6 Unfortunately that’s just like the French to intervene (4)
ALAS – The French feminine singular form of the inside (to intervene) a word meaning like.
10 Norm is in love with Helen – well he was (5)
PARIS – A three letter word meaning norm or average followed by the IS from the clue.
11 How do you do a Shakespearian play when one of the books is missing (5)
HELLO – Remove OT (books) from the name of a Shakespeare play. Not sure that “one of the books” helps the solver here as apart from the Old Testament books there are no other books that could be removed.
12 Arrest sailor after name given (3)
NAB – The abbreviation for name followed by the abbreviation for able seaman.
13/14/28 Whoa! Forget about who. Essentially keep schtum. Hush. Not even orally right. That’s the arrangement (7,5,5)
CHATHAM HOUSE RULES – An anagram (the arrangement) of A (whoa without the who) EE (the central letters – essentially – of keep) SCHTUM HUSH OAL (the odd letters – not even – of orally) R (right).
15 Philistine who got catapulted to fame? (7)
GOLIATH – Cryptic definition of the giant of biblical fame who was killed by David.
17 Panel posing with our cook after the event (10,5)
DISCUSSION GROUP – An anagram (cook) of POSING OUR after a field event in athletics. As the event is one of many, perhaps an event would have fairer than the event but the surface reading would have suffered.
19 Rearrange the furniture around new twinset from Ikea ASAP (2,3,4,6)
IN THE NEAR FUTURE – An anagram (rearrange) of FURNITURE around N EA (pair of letters or twinset) from Ikea.
24 Set fire to Royal barge (7)
LIGHTER – A word meaning set fire to followed by the abbreviation for the current queen.
26 Oranges but no dates – that’s one requirement gone west (7)
SATSUMA – A two letter abbreviation meaning sine anno (without date) followed by a reversal (gone west) of A MUST (one requirement). The definition would require a plural answer but the required answer is in the singular.
27 Where the players and I find exercise entertaining (3)
PIT – A semi-all in one clue. An abbreviation for exercise includes (entertaining) the I from the clue.
28 See 13
29 La source de notre vie (5)
TREVI – La source is the French for a fountain and one is hidden in (de – of in French) in NOTRE VIE.
30 Without Tyneside we’ve got nothing (4)
NONE – A two letter word meaning without (I am not sure that the two are exactly interchangeable) followed by the geographical region of Tyneside.
31 Why there was insurrection in Yorkshire (7)
TREASON – The shortened form of the used in Yorkshire followed by a word for motive.
1 See 1 Across
2 The invaders will come from the south. Wisdom a posteriori? On the contrary (7)
NORMANS – The first name of the comedian Mr Wisdom before the abbreviation from south.
3 Even impress the Dutch (3)
MRS – The even letters of iMpReSs. Some editors may require evenly rather than even.
4 In Scotland they gang aft agley. Try Schama’s England – an Introduction for a change (7)
SCHEMES – From the Burns’ poem “To a Mouse”. An anagram (change) of SCHAMA with the E (first letter of England) replacing the As.
5 Al Gore bats, putting on 50 – and at quite a fast scoring rate (7)
ALLEGRO – An anagram (bats) of AL GORE including the Roman numeral for 50.
7 Look! No joke’s going to be incisive from that far back in time (4-3)
LONG AGO – A two letter word meaning look followed by the NO from the clue including (to be incisive) a word for a joke.
8 Cry for help. Leading seaman has fallen off front of boat (3)
SOB – The Morse code for help with the final S (leading seaman) with the first letter of boat. I don’t think that definition for wordplay works as well as the reverse wordplay for definition.
9 Aim to get Al Gore’s tailenders out first (4)
GOAL – The AL from the clue preceded (first) by GORE with the final two letters (tailenders) removed (out).
14 See 13 Across
16 What 1d has that 2d doesn’t (11)
HYPENATION – A literal clue with no cryptic wordplay.
18 Great aunt’s hoovering up cream tea with a pig-like sound (5)
GRUNT – take away (hoovering up) an anagram (cream of tea) and an A from great aunt.
20 Clamp down on merry men when leader absconds (7)
TIGHTEN – A word meaning drunk or merry followed by the men from the clue with the first letter (leader) removed.
21 Jazz up Elgar – use this if it’s too loud (7)
EARPLUG – An anagram (jazz) of UP ELGAR.
22 Takes the plunge, slowly accepting a clumsy kiss (5,2)
RISKS IT – The musical indication for slowly includes (accepting) an anagram (clumsy) of KISS.
23 As well as you and me the Queen’s an old City supporter – so are some bankers (7)
USURERS – A word meaning you and me followed by the abbreviation for the queen (preserving the s) under (supporting) an old biblical city.
25 The weight of the unladen vehicles in the transit area (4)
TARE – The answer is hidden in TRANSIT AREA.
27 Your flipping number’s up by the sound of it (3)
PUN – Reverse flipping the abbreviation for number and the UP from the clue. I cannot see the definition here or the meaning of by the sound of it unless the pun is on the your you’re mistake with your being split into you r. It does not work for me. Your mileage may vary!
29 Member of the digital community is into e-commerce (3)
TOE – The answer is hidden in INTO E-COMMERCE. The into has to be split here as in to e-commerce, a construction that not all editors would accept.