A Puzzle by Fidelibus
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Fidelibus’s 3rd Rookie puzzle has a ghost theme that could be of interest to many solvers, but knowledge of the theme is not necessry to be able to complete the puzzle. 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.
It was an achievement for all of the across solutions to represent the names of bands – a list is at the end. It did mean there were some more unusual words (fairly clued) and the odd abbreviation which is never ideal. Although there were a lot of three letter words, give the large number of clues, it did not seem as though there were too many in the grid.
1 A pound in money jar (5)
CLASH – The abbreviation for pound (as in pounds sterling) inside another word for money. The A is a little misleading here. Perhaps Pound kept in money jar would have been fairer.
4 Best Druid rocks upset (9)
DISTURBED – An anagram (rocks) of BEST DRUID.
9 Pawn in extremis antique engagement rings? (5)
QUEEN – The answer is hidden in (rings – as in goes round) in ANTIQUE ENGAGEMENT
10 Not heavyweight match (5)
LIGHT – Double definition.
11 Heard shot, took van (3)
LED – A homophone of the type of metal that shot is made from.
12 Choose maybe pilau, not entirely thrilling (8)
ELECTRIC – A word for choose followed by the type of food represented by pilau (maybe) with the final letter removed (not entirely).
13 Firm seized goods on HP, over a barrel? I’ll make it (6)
COOPER – The abbreviation for a company (firm) followed by a reversal (over) of a name for goods that have be taken by a bailiff if the HP payments have not been made.
17 Take air on board ship for kidney complaint (6)
STONES – Another word for an air or demeanour inside the abbreviation for a steamship (on board ship).
20 Colts? Wee lot coming back inside (7)
PISTOLS – … a type of gun. A four letter slang word meaning to wee with the word lot reversed (coming back) inside.
23 Wealthy drunk (7)
ROLLING – A double definition.
25 Mobile ‘elp? Get memory card first – easy (6)
SIMPLE – The name of a type of card used in phones followed by an anagram (mobile) of ELP.
28 Backing John, say, not on after club fight (6)
BATTLE – Another word for a club followed by (after) the name of a musician, first name John, reversed (backing) after removing the ON from his name.
30 Very quiet judge in contemplation may be up in the air (8)
ZEPPELIN – The musical notation for very quiet followed by the name of a biblical judge (and priest) inside a three letter word for contemplation.
34 Oats making verger lose weight (3)
SEX – Another word for a verger removing the TON (weight).
35 Band may follow her in charge taking beer round (5)
ALICE – The definition for in charge with a type of beer around it.
36 One’s anxiously sought in Sahara primarily? (5)
OASIS – A semi &lit. The answer is the initial letters (primarily) of the first five letters of the clue.
37 Firebrands first to last take on artist in music group (9)
ORCHESTRA – Another word for firebrands (used as a source of light) with the initial T moved to the end (first to last) followed by an abbreviation for an artist. For the cryptic reading to work , some would required A takes B to indicate joining the two words together.
38 Objects to intellectuals (5)
MINDS – A Double definition.
1 Philanderer, randy at start kicked out of posh game (6)
COQUET – Remove the R (randy at start) from the name of a posh game played with hoops and mallets on a lawn.
2 See ledge partially deter abseiler on ascent (5)
ARETE – The answer is hidden (partially) and reversed (on ascent) in DETER ABSEILER.
3 Flirt with enthralling little number up in Devon town (7)
HONITON – Reverse (up) an abbreviation (little) of number inside a phrase 3,2 meaning to flirt with.
4 Capital shop selling food that’s kept hot (5)
DELHI – The abbreviation for hot inside (kept) a type of food shop.
5 Pudding needing zero cooking fuel served up (4)
SAGO – The letter representing zero and a word for cooking fuel all reversed (served up).
6 Milk maybe first of unsuspecting holiday timesharers (3)
UHT – Initial letters (first of) the last three letters of the clue. The use of abbreviation as the answers to clues is not ideal.
7 French archipelago in Pacific part of globe, Le Paradis? (5)
BELEP – The answer is hidden in (part of ) GLOBE LE PARADIS,
8 Senior cleric eating acceptable turkey (3)
DUD – The abbreviation for a doctor of divinity (senior cleric) includes (eating) a one letter word meaning acceptable.
14 In these theatre performances, dandies, eff off! (3)
OPS – Another word for dandies removing the initial F (eff off).
15 Archer, winged head to foot, took off (4)
ROSE – The name of the archer association with love with the first letter moved to the bottom.
16 Work from duck chased by Manx cat? (4)
OPUS – The letter represent a duck or zero followed by another word for a cat with the tail removed (Manx).
18 Sesame Street’s latest, lion turning up? Not half (3)
TIL – The final letter (latest) of street followed by half the word lion reversed (up).
19 Long story raises a cackle (4)
SAGA – Reverse (raises) the A from the clue and another word meaning to chat or to cackle.
21 Greasy stuff from every other character present in social (3)
OIL – The even letters (every other character) in sOcIaL.
22 Food? Pass up fast food without hesitation (4)
GRUB – Remove a two letter for for a hesitation from a type of fast food and reverse (pass up) the resulting letters. We have a lot of ups as reversal indicators.
24 Leaving fed, stuffed, being sick (3)
ILL – A word meaning stuffed after removing the FED from the clue.
26 Bar after time’s changed to head of military’s strategic planning area? (3,4)
MAP ROOM – Another word for a bar or area in a pub with the T (time) changed to the first letter (head of) military.
27 Sign so amazingly reveals spiritual knowledge (6)
GNOSIS – An anagram (amazingly) of SIGN SO.
29 Team in bed laid up with what’s poisonous (5)
TOXIC – Reverse (laid up) a type of bet and include the Roman numerals for the number of people in a soccer team.
31 Foe mostly, start of addiction will clean you out in the end (5)
ENEMA – Another word for foe with the final letter removed (mostly) followed by the first letter (start of) of additction.
32 Some unruly sinners may break down cells (5)
LYSIN – The answer is hidden in (some) UNRULY SINNERS. I think that the hidden indicator works here as we have some of the letters in these words gives the solution.
33 Striking top of forehead, unusually stiff punch (4)
FIST – Remove the first letter (top of) of forehead from STIFF and make an anagram (unusually) of the remaining letters.
34 Soft on criminal? That’s not us! (3)
SFO – An all in one clue where an anagram (criminal) of SOFT ON gives NOT and the answer (us).
35 Sack news’ounds by the sound of it (3)
AXE – A homophone (by the sound of it) of ‘acks’ or news’ounds.
The groups in the across clues give the following bands:
Clash, Disturbed, Queen, ELO; Alice Cooper, Rolling Stones, Sex Pistols, Simple Minds, Battle, Led Z, Oasis.