A Puzzle by Silvanus
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Another fime puzzle from Silvanus. 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.
Review by Prolixic follows.
I agree with my noble and learned friend Crypticsue that the time for Silvanus to graduate from the ranks of the Rookie corner to the heights of the Not The Saturday Prize Puzzle has come. This was a great crossword with not much to comment upon.
1 Extreme virus affected international seafood (6)
SCAMPI – The last letter (extreme) of virus followed by a word meaning affected or effete and the abbreviation for international.
4 I follow journalists in Alaska to highly-placed social event (5-3)
APRES-SKI – Another word for journalists inside the international code for Alaska followed by the I from the clue. To make the cryptic grammar work, I may follow, would be a better way of phrasing this.
10 Coalition behind Germany is an idle waste of time (9)
DALLIANCE – The International code for Germany followed by another word for a coalition.
11 Raises the spirits of the lads, one hears (5)
BUOYS – A homophone (one hears) of boys (lads).
12 Strength of faculty requiring Frenchman to take son’s place (5)
MIGHT – Replace the S (son) with an M (Frenchman) in one of the senses (faculty).
13 Rigid theorist sets aside volume of film diary every other June (9)
IDEOLOGUE – Another word for a now obsolete means of showing films without the V (sets aside volume) followed by another word for a diary and the even letters (every other) of June.
14 Place for enhancing both youthful awareness and growing expertise? (7)
NURSERY – A cryptic definition for places where the young are taught and plants are grown.
16 Understand that whitebait is great for starters (4)
TWIG – The first letters (for starters) of the second to fifth words of the clue.
19 Cheek of judge to sit beside symbol of wisdom (4)
JOWL – The abbreviation for judge followed by the bird that personifies wisdom.
21 Lively musical piece by US singer after beginning of successful Australian comeback (7)
SCHERZO – The first letter (beginning of) successful followed by the perennial crossword land American singer and a reversal (comeback) of the two letter word for Australian.
24 Stain said to test out decorative wood patterning (9)
MARQUETRY – A homophone (said) of mark (stain) followed by a word meaning to test out.
25 Joint complaint having no apparent source (5)
HINGE – Remove the first letter (having no apparent source) from a word meaning a complaint or beef.
26 Oil mixture in the centre of trunk road is mayonnaise (5)
AIOLI – An anagram (mixture) of oil inside the name of one of the main North to South roads.
27 Hire out content of home to first rightful beneficiary of legacy (9)
INHERITOR – An anagram (out) of hire inside (content of) a word meaning home, the TO from the clue and the first letter of rightful.
28 Range of Cockney child’s terminology, say, for the end of 18? (3,5)
THE ANDES – The part of the anatomy at the end of one arms as might be said by a Cockney child.
29 Demands law to intervene in sex-change (6)
EXACTS – Another word for a law inside (to intervene) in an anagram (change) of sex.
1 Confused mindset about energy deposit (8)
SEDIMENT – An anagram (confused) of mindset around the abbreviation for energy.
2 Symbolic tale of nearly everyone with a toy railway (8)
ALLEGORY – A word meaning everyone with the final letter removed (nearly) followed by the name of the world famous Danish building bricks (toy) and the abbreviation for railway.
3 Particular fielding position (5)
POINT – Double definition.
5 Stop advertising competition (7)
PREVENT – A two letter word for publicity or advertising followed by another word for a competition.
6 Letter by former England batsman is hard to illustrate (9)
EMBELLISH – The phonetic spelling for the letter M followed by the name of a former English batsman, the IS from the clue and the abbreviation for hard.
7 Shed deep dislike of Betjeman (6)
SLOUGH – A definition and cryptic definition of the city that Betjeman wanted friendly bombs to obliterate.
8 Part of the foot which ensures correct marching? (6)
INSTEP – Split 2,4 this would ensure correct marching.
9 Shy Tim nervously gives rise to some hostility (6)
ENMITY – The answer is hidden and reversed (give rise to some) inside SHY TIM NERVOUSLY.
15 Live out on new development (9)
EVOLUTION – An anagram (new) of LIVE OUT ON.
17 Centre, if poorly positioned, can be distracted (8)
FRENETIC – An anagram (poorly positioned) of CENTRE IF.
18 Prepares one in advance to discover mineral buried within smallholdings (8)
FOREARMS – Another word for a mineral inside (buried within) another word for smallholdings.
20 Greek style seen inside the French window (7)
LATTICE – The name of a Greek style inside the French masculine form of the.
21 Article at the foot of Southern Cyprus used for cutting (6)
SCYTHE – The abbreviation for Southern followed by the international code for Cyprus and the definite article.
22 Morse I viewed in Düsseldorf, marking a change in pronunciation! (6)
UMLAUT – Another name for the dots (Morse) seen in Düsseldorf that indicate a change in pronunciation.
23 Love amongst the trees creates a furrow (6)
GROOVE – The letter representing love inside (amongst) another word for a group of trees.
25 Merthyr axeman is at heart an animal (5)
HYRAX – The answer is hidden inside (is at heart) MERTHYR AXEMAN.