A Puzzle by Arepo
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Today we have another new setter. Is Arepo a fan of the reverse of his alias? 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.
Bravo to Arepo with a excellent debut crossword. There are only a few minor points in an otherwise perfectly executed crossword. Views will always differ on long anagrams. In this puzzle, once 21d was solved and 27a gave away that the long anagram was also a play, you did not need to solve the long anagram.
1 Semitic character entertaining fancier organisation with small animal and large animal (7,8)
AFRICAN ELEPHANT – The letter A in the Hebrew alphabet includes (entertaining) an anagram (organisation) of FANCIER followed a small insect. Some editor may not accept a nounal anagram indicator such as organisation.
9 Quite the opposite of Paradise City and co – music you can dance to! (5)
DISCO – The name of the city in The Divine Comedy that contains the lower circles of hell followed by the CO from the clue.
10 One finds difference in potential participant in democracy taking care of officer with fatigue (9)
VOLTMETER – Another name for a elector around (taking care of) the abbreviation for lieutenant and the abbreviation for a debilitating disease.
11 Every other turn in hot trends overlooked (7)
UNNOTED – The even letters (every other) in TURN IN HOT TRENDS.
12 Criticise long style (7)
PANACHE – A three letter word meaning criticise followed a word meaning long or pine for.
14 Pantry boy hosting king and queen (6)
LARDER – A three letter word for a boy includes (hosting) a one letter abbreviation for king and this is followed by an abbreviation for the current queen.
15 Notice to move out, with nothing for a lawyer (8)
ADVOCATE – A two letter word for a notice followed by a word meaning to move out with an O (nothing) replacing )(for) the A.
17 Opponents’ mockery of blonde with a title (8)
ENNOBLED – Opponents in a game of bridge followed by an anagram (mockery of) BLONDE.
19 Encountering force, thespians’ leader quits their profession (6)
FACING – The abbreviation for force followed by what thespians do without the T (thespian’s leader quits).
22 Out away from huge drink measures (5,2)
SIZES UP – A word meaning huge has the OUT removed followed by a word meaning drink.
23 See 2 Down
24 Moving? Too menial to be moving (9)
EMOTIONAL – An anagram (to be moving) of TOO MENIAL.
26 A way to send a message if you’re late (5)
OUIJA – A cryptic definition of the means by which a seance can be conducted and through which the departed can send messages.
27 Where one might see 21 or 2 1d 23 put on hat, later getting involved with Etonian (8,7)
NATIONAL THEATRE – An anagram (getting involved) of HAT LATER ETONIAN.
1 See 2
2/1D/23 Near end, insane, drug-crazed son rattled off line from 21 (11,3,12,3,4)
ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD an anagram (off) of NEAR END INSANE DRUG CRAZED SON RATTLED.
3 Task entailing extreme toil? That’s a laugh (7)
CHORTLE – A word meaning a task includes entailing the outermost letters (extreme) of toil. Cryptically, extremes of toil would work better.
4 Western state‘s agreement not to talk about eastern state (6)
NEVADA – The abbreviation for a non-disclosure agreement around (about) the abbreviation for Eastern and the abbreviation for the state of Virginia.
5 Father and daughter in silly construction with seats for frogs (8)
LILYPADS – A two letter word for father and the abbreviation for daughter inside an anagram (construction) of SILLY.
6 Olive’s filling Popeye’s head with confused emotion, wanting love (7)
PIMENTO – The first letter (head) of Popeye followed by an anagram (confused) of EMOTION with the O (wanting love).
7/25 Protest when part of play is removed (3,3)
ACT OUT – A word for part of a play and a word for removed. I am not entirely convinced that the answer means to protest.
8 Fish and egg ingested by revolutionary in Eastern European region for athletic endeavour (5,6,4)
THREE LEGGED RACE – A Russian doll clue. Inside a word for a revolutionary or communist include the name of a slippery fish and the egg from the clue. Put all of these letters inside the name of an old region of Eastern Europe.
13 Musician has wine to take in first (11)
CLARINETIST – The name of a type of wine include (to take) the IN from the clue with the letters representing first following.
16 Animal reportedly learned to please the masses (3,5)
RED PANDA – Homophones (reportedly) of a word meaning learned and word meaning to please the masses.
18 Samurai philosophy‘s romantic vow to support presidential dynasty (7)
BUSHIDO – The vow mistakenly believed to be said during the marriage service (actually is it I will) underneath (supports) the name of two recent US presidents (father and son).
20 Phenomenal climber bearing flower (7)
ANEMONE – The answer is hidden and reversed (climber) inside PHENOMENAL. Perhaps the cryptic reading would have read better as It climbs in phenomenal flower.
21 Melodramatist allowed to produce play (6)
HAMLET – A word for a melodramatic actor followed by a word meaning allowed.
25 See 7