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Today we have another puzzle fron Snape. 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.
I think we have another graduate here and that the Rookie Corner’s loss should be the NTSPP pages gain.
8 One, the other, possibly both, managed someone from principality (8)
ANDORRAN – An expression (3,2) meaning one, the other or possibly both followed by a word meaning managed.
9 Volcanic dust’s a source of metal on dry land (6)
ASHORE – Another word for volcanic dust followed by another word for the rock from which metal is extracted.
10 Pull truck? (4,2)
PICK UP – A double definition meaning to pull (as in a date) and a type of truck.
11 Intrinsic description of the Bible? (8)
INHERENT – Split 2,4,2, this could mean that in this book you will find the New Testament. I think that the clue works with the question mark to indicate that word play is on the fanciful side.
12 Time for Spanish to meet bank (8)
PORRIDGE – The Spanish word for “for” followed by another word for a bank (as a geographical feature). With the exception for definite and indefinite articles, unless a word is a common French word, I am usually cautious about using foreign words that solvers may not know but I think that the Spanish for “for” is just about well known enough from expressions such as “??? favor” to be safely used.
13 Races up delta, terrified (6)
SCARED – An anagram (up) of RACES followed by the letter represented in the Nato phonetic alphabet by Delta. I have no problem with “up” as an anagram indicator as it can mean, variously, “in an excited state” or “in revolt” which indicate a change in state of the letters.
14 Cameron milk tax a mess! (11,4)
EXCLAMATION MARK – … The punctuation symbol is an anagram (mess) of CAMERON MILK TAX A.
18 Diana’s singer in audition becomes TV presenter (6)
ANCHOR – A homophone of [Paul] Anka who had a hit with Diana.s
20 Laugh before cosmetic surgery as a treat for the kids (8)
LOLLIPOP – The initial used when texting for laugh out loud followed by a phrase 3,2 for a type of cosmetic surgery.
23 Cheers as handkerchief is in, out, shaken all about (5,3)
THANK YOU – A shortened form of handkerchief inside an anagram (shaken all about) of OUT.
24 One leaves fighter to form a strong bond (6)
SOLDER – Remove the letter I (one) from another word for a fighter in the armed forces. From the number of times, I have had to redo these bonds on electrical / electronic equipment, I would not describe the bonds as particularly strong.
25 Go after union leader tucking into funds (6)
PURSUE – The first letter (leader) of Union inside (tucking into) another word for funds, sometime used for a pot of money available as a prize.
26 Lesbian, perhaps, I defame (8)
ISLANDER – … a person from the island of Lesbos. The I from the clue and a word meaning to defame.
1 The neighbour of Violet Jones, the architect, embraces daughter (6)
INDIGO – The first name of the architect Jones around (embraces) the abbreviation for daughter.
2 Sheffield singer the Spanish heard in the morning (8)
COCKEREL – The surname of the singer Jarvis (who is apparently from Sheffield) followed by the Spanish for the. I think that requiring the solver to know the birth place of a singer is a step too far. Singer from Pulp the Spanish… would have given the solver a better chance rather than having to solve the clue backwards.
3 Drop LSD and take too much to obtain support (6)
TRIPOD – Another word meaning to take LSD followed by the abbreviation for overdose (take too much).
4 Worried clinicians muted background noise (10,5)
INCIDENTAL MUSIC – An anagram (worried) of CLINICIANS MUTED.
5 Stomach is mostly displayed for masculine pride (8)
MACHISMO – The answer is hidden in (displayed) in STOMACH IS MOSTLY. I think that displayed is fine as a hidden word indicator but here would be better in the present tense – these words display this definition but it would be difficult to rework the surface reading to display this.
6 That girl is above par, prepared to become skilled mountaineer (6)
SHERPA – A three letter word meaning that girl before (above) an anagram (prepared) of PAR.
7 Elderly relative regretted being raised in splendour (8)
GRANDEUR – A diminutive form of grandmother followed by a reversal (raised) of a word meaning regretted.
15 Saxon hut sprayed yellow (8)
XANTHOUS – An anagram (sprayed) of SAXON HUT.
16 Some doddery tramps from the south killed for the cause (8)
MARTYRED – The answer is hidden and reversed (some… from the south) in DODDERY TRAMPS.
17 Mum queuing to take drug intravenously (8)
MAINLINE – Split 2,2,4, this would indicate mother in a queue.
19 Trustworthy brothel? (6)
HONEST – Split 2,4, this would indicate a place where hoes or prostitutes could be found.
21 Firstly, listen attentively, secondly, talk loudly, yell finally (6)
LASTLY – The initial letters (firstly) of the second to seventh words of the clue.
22 Examination of uniform by head of operations (1,5)
O LEVEL – A word meaning uniform or even after the first letter (head) of operations. As the answer when out with the Ark, perhaps old examination or former examination would have been a fairer definition.