A Puzzle by Snape
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In his review of Snape’s last puzzle Prolixic wrote “I think we have another graduate here and that the Rookie Corner’s loss should be the NTSPP pages gain”. You can expect his debut NTSPP puzzle in a couple of weeks, but meanwhile he has answered my appeal for puzzles for Rookie Corner with this, his final appearance. 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 by Prolixic follows.
Nothing in this crossword reverses my earlier opinion that Snape belongs in the hallowed halls of the NTSPP.
9 Understanding two teens crazy about drink (7,8)
ENTENTE CORDIALE – An anagram (crazy) of TEEN TEEN (two teens) around the name of a type of drink.
10 What Boris and Nigel crave is a romantic dinner together (not gay or owt)? (7)
MANDATE – Split 3,4 this could be a romantic meal between two men. Combined it is politically what either Boris Johnson or Nigel Farage might have hoped for in their wildest fantasies but just as a meddlesome factor, even Nigel has resigned!
12 Move favourite plant around following tip from Titchmarsh (3- 4)
TWO-STEP – After (following) the first letter (tip from) of Titchmarsh reverse (around) words meaning favourite and plant (as a verb).
13 Blair bombed Iran? Appallingly, he tries to hush things up (9)
LIBRAIRIAN – An anagram (bombed) of BLAIR followed by an anagram (appallingly) of IRAN.
14 Polar opposites, both sides separated by a menacing comment (5)
SNARL – The abbreviations for South and North (Polar opposites) followed by the abbreviation for right and left (both sides) with the A from the clue between them (separated by).
15 Where to get transport from boob job, say (3,4)
BUS STOP – A homophone (say) of BUST OP (boob job).
18 Pressure behind part of horse’s foot (7)
PASTERN – The abbreviation for pressure followed by a word meaning behind.
21 How to end a fight in the style of a bear (5)
KOALA – The abbreviation for knockout (how to end a fight) followed by an expression (1, 2) meaning in the style of.
23 Including lead-free lead, perhaps, is harsh (9)
INCLEMENT – A three letter for including followed by the type of thing of which the metal lead is an example (perhaps) with the first letter removed (lead-free).
25 Precious coin provides sustenance for the Welsh? (7)
RAREBIT – A four letter word for precious or scarce followed by a slang word for a coin.
26 Beneficiary‘s expression of surprise over tirade (7)
GRANTEE – A three letter word used to express surprise around (over in an across clue) a four letter word meaning a tirade.
29 Mix hot sauce with some nearly cold bananas for dessert (9,6)
CHOCOLATE MOUSSE – An anagram (bananas) of HOT SAUCE SOME COL (nearly cold meaning remove the last letter). I think that the mix could have been omitted here.
1 Split seen in hardwood steering mechanism (4)
HELM – Split hardword to give hard wood and then provide the abbreviation for hard and a type of wood. Full marks from me or indicating the word split.
2 ‘Priest unzips trousers’ shock (4)
STUN – The answer is hidden (trousers) in PRIEST UNZIPS.
3 What requires an intake of breath? Hint: Anal tear (8)
INHALANT – An anagram (tear) of HINT ANAL.
4 The old soldiers meeting current inhabitant of the Middle East (6)
YEMENI – The old English spelling of the followed by a word meaning soldiers and the abbreviation for current.
5 13-3 ahead after initially scoring outrageous fluke to weaken the opposition (6,2)
SOFTEN UP – Another way of saying 13-3 ahead after the first letters (initially) of soften outrageous fluke.
6 Abruptly dismissed in cricket matches? That’s abominable (6)
ODIOUS – A word meaning dismissed has the final letter removed (abruptly) and the letter go inside the abbreviation for one day internationals (the s at the end being the plural form)
7 Santa and elf surprisingly providing BMWs here, most of the time (4,4)
FAST LANE – An anagram (surprisingly) of SANTA ELF.
8 Short Marx Brother joins line-up, and means to travel round Germany once (8)
ZEPPELIN – The name of one of the Marx Brothers with the last letter removed (short) followed by an anagram (up) of LINE.
11 Former war correspondent starting to utter ‘Goodbye‘ (5)
ADIEU – The surname of Kate (the former war correspondent) followed by the first letter (starting to) of utter. A minor point, but grammatically, starting to A does not indicate the first letter as well as start to A.
15 Purchase drug, reportedly, in parking facility (4,4)
BIKE RACK – A homophone (reportedly) of BUY CRACK (purchase drug).
16 Working radiators are missing in bar on flight (5-3)
STAIR ROD – An anagram (working) of RADIATORS after removing the abbreviation for Are (a metric measure).
17 Stop chap becoming head of patrol (5,3)
POINT MAN – An American term for a full stop followed by another word for chap.
19 That woman goes on to shop for neoclassical furniture (8)
SHERATON – A three letter word meaning that woman followed by a phrase (3,2) meaning to shop or betray.
20 Most peculiar to lose two good men in field (5)
RANGE – A 9 letter word meaning most peculiar without (to lose) the abbreviation for saint (good men) at the start and end. The form Wordplay in Definition is so well entrenched as a device, I doubt it will raise an eyebrow.
22 Half-naked bishop I originally ogled nervously in Great Britain (6)
ALBION – The central two letters of half (naked) followed by the one letter abbreviation for bishop, the I from the clue and the initial letters (originally) of ogled nervously.
24 Swan‘s seal sounds (6)
CYGNET – A homophone (sounds) of signet (seal).
27 Try some minute steak (4)
TEST – The answer is hidden in (some) MINUTE STEAK
28 Hazard, possibly, of drug study (4)
EDEN – …The first name of Mr Hazard, the footballer. The abbreviation for ecstasy (drug) followed by another word for a study. Again, full marks from me for indicating the definition by example.