A Puzzle by JollySwagman
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More entertainment from our antipodean setter, JollySwagman. 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.
Time is short this evening so the review is brief.
1 Where many involved in Labour split combine in the centre and reach out (11)
BIRTHPLACE – An anagram (out) SPLIT B (combine in the centre) REACH. Not quite sure that the definition really matches the answer.
7/10/1D 15/21’s widow left son holding the fort to make … there’s a word for it when not married (3,9,8)
MRS WENTWORTH BREWSTER – A word meaning left or departed and the abbreviation for son include (holding) the name of an American fort and word meaning to make (as in make a cup of tea). After this include a word meaning “there’s a word for it” without the final M (not married). The initial three letters do not appear to have been indicated. As a rule, the more difficult the answer, the easier the wordplay should be. Here, the name of an individual character in a song coupled with complex wordplay, may be considered somewhat harsh for the solver without the need for googling.
9 Wise way to become a painter … (5)
ERNST – The short name of Ernie Wise followed by the abbreviation for street (way).
10 See 7
11 … of nature morte – principal strategy being: fill the cashbox (5,4)
STILL LIFE – The first letter (principal) of strategy and another word for a being include (fill as an imperative command) another word for a cashbox or register.
12/28 Hurry! Clean up. It’s 15/21’s missionary (5,5)
UNCLE HARRY – An anagram (up) of HURRY CLEAN.
13 Platform for French art dealers (7)
ESTRADE – The French verb for to be (French Art) followed by another word for dealers. I am not keen on the structure definition for wordplay.
15/21 He has a crowd round at Christmas (4,6)
NOEL COWARD – A four letter word for Christmas followed by an anagram (around) of A CROWD.
18 She‘s from Argentina – dancing’s not great according to 15/21 (4)
NINA – The letters in ARGENTINA after removing the letters in great (after being rearranged – dancing).
20 Unhappy incident results when a plainclothes policeman dives into swirling seas (3,4)
SAD CASE – The abbreviation for Detective Constable inside (dives into) an anagram (swirling) of SEAS.
23 Soldier guards Methuselah? (5)
OLDIE – The answer is hidden inside (guards) SOLDIERS.
24 Eat meat essentially – veal and ham – mixed together (4,1,4)
HAVE A MEAL – An anagram (mixed together) of EA (meat essentially) VEAL HAM.
26 River cascades with a din like a pneumatic drill (3-6)
AIR DRIVEN – An anagram (cascades) of RIVER A DIN.
28 See 12
29 Daughter (a bit of alright) gets introduction to dirty old man (3)
DAD – The abbreviation for daughter, the first letter (a bit of) of alright and the first letter (introduction to) of dirty.
30 After 7 this brewer is told: “No issue on 13 please” by 15/21 (11)
WORTHINGTON – The name of a brewer who with the answer to 7a gives the name of the lady who was advised not to put her daughter on the stage.
1 See 7 Across
2 Meets by accident? (4,4)
RUNS INTO – A semi double definition.
3 Stay here after golf (5)
HOTEL – The name of the letter H (after golf) in the Nato Phonetic alphabet.
4 Laundry detergent for cows. Surf? Far out! (3,4)
LOW TIDE – The name of a brand of laundry detergent after the sound that cows make. Is it permissible to take the name of an animal as a definition for the sound that they make. I have my doubts.
5 Is a young person able to eat here? (7)
CANTEEN – Split 3,4 this would mean is a teenager able to?
6 A cutting thing to say? (3)
SAW – Double definition of something used to cut wood and a pithy saying. The “thing” is a pivot providing part of the first and the second definitions.
7 The noise this makes could spoil a summer (6)
MARACA – A three letter word meaning spoil and the abbreviation for an accountant (summer).
8 Tramp helps out around college (6)
SCHLEP – An anagram (out) of HELPS around the abbreviation for college. If possible try to avoid duplicating indicators – out was used in 1a.
12 Finish working first and turn over (5)
UPEND – A two letter word meaning working (as in is the website ?? today) followed by a word meaning finish.
14 Dodgson’s girl is at it again according to 15/21 (5)
ALICE – Double definition, Dodgson is the name of Lewis Carroll and the name of a girl in a Noel Coward song.
16 Treat raw waste that’s found in a river (5,3)
WATER RAT – An anagram (waste) of TREAT RAW.
17 Coming from Wales Nye is a nonconformist (8)
WESLEYAN – An anagram (coming from) of WALES NYE.
19 Surprisingly his Rev. has a cold (7)
ASHIVER – An anagram (surprisingly) HIS REV A. Three anagrams in a row is a bit samey.
20 Affair stops quietly for an interval (7)
SEVENTH – Another word for an affair goes inside a two letter word meaning quiet.
21 See 15 Across
22 Liked a party with lots of wine (6)
ADORED – The A from the clue, a two letter word for a party and a colour of lots of wine.
25 A small layer of grey (5)
ASHEN – The A from the clue followed by the abbreviation for small and a bird (layer). Some editors will not allow wordplay of definition.
27 Argue with bank (3)
ROW – Double definition.