A Puzzle by Webb
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This week another new setter sticks their head above the parapet (and there is another in two week’s time). 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.
Welcome to Webb. As a first crossword, this was a good debut. As others have pointed out, some of the synonyms could be tighter but this will come with practice.
1 Sinister as Cameron was, Obama is too (4-6)
LEFT-HANDED – David Cameron and Barak Obama both exhibit this trait. The former Prime Minister remains of this persuasion. It is a slightly obscure piece of knowledge for people to know.
6 Cut of shots and locks (4)
CROP – Double definition of trimming a photograph and trimming hair
10 Dark piece on board, we hear (5)
NIGHT – A homophone of a chess piece.
11 Love’s crush of lips (6,3)
CUPID’S BOW – Double definition of love’s crush and a shape made by lips.
12 Rabbit, say, exercises woman, causing real pain? (3,5)
PET PEEVE – A generic term for a rabbit (or cat or dog) followed by the abbreviation for exercises and the name of a woman.
13 Bury within close – butt out! (5)
INTER – A two letter word meaning within followed by a word meaning close with the final letter removed (butt out). The first definition of the word in Chambers is “end” so I think that close is a valid synonym.
15 Desire partner in animal practice, perhaps (5)
COVET – Split 2-3, this would suggest one of the partners in a place where animals are treated.
16 An archive of oral ejaculation? (9)
VOICEMAIL – A cryptic definition of where telephone calls are recorded when you cannot answer the phone.
18 Solution author’s cited without record (9)
AUSTENITE – The name of the author Jane followed by the cited from the clue without the abbreviation for a type of record. I think that, given the obscure nature of the answer and the fact that solution has a number of different meanings, this definition is unhelpfully obscure even if correct.
20 Comedian gets working vehicle (5)
WAGON – A three letter word for comedian followed by a two letter word meaning working.
21 A quiet person‘s second work (5)
MOUSE – A two letter word for second followed by a word meaning work. I am not sure that work and the word required are entirely analogous.
23 Rush of green after badger turns up rotting tissue (8)
GANGRENE – An anagram (rush of) of GREEN after a word meaning badger reversed (turns up). Turns up as a reversal indicator should be used in down clues rather than across clues.
26 Ship bolted onto exhibit after time (9)
TRANSPORT – After the abbreviation for time add a word meaning bolted and a word meaning to exhibit. If ship is used a verb, it does not require a definition by example. As a noun, it would.
27 It makes runny oil with trace of vitamin E (5)
OLIVE – A semi-all in one clue. An anagram (runny) of OIL, V (trace of Vitamin) E.
28 Stare at part of agile erotica… (4)
LEER – The answer is hidden in (part of) AGILE EROTICA.
29 …through every guy taking drug, bliss finally with pleasure (2,3,5)
BY ALL MEANS – A two letter word meaning through followed by a three letter word meaning every and a three letter word for a guy including the abbreviation for Ecstasy and finally the last letter of bliss.
1 Extended account about number (4)
LONG – A three letter word for an account or record around the abbreviation for number.
2 Covers used in Eden once (3,6)
FIG LEAVES – A mild cryptic definition of the covers used by Adam and Eve when they recognised that they were naked.
3 Red Square pool’s a lively place (3,4)
HOT SPOT – A three letter word meaning red followed by the abbreviation for square and three letter word for a pool of money. I don’t think that the word red is a direct synonym for the required letters.
4 Husband enters satisfying position (5)
NICHE – The abbreviation for husband inside a word meaning satisfying.
5 It’s said, but often censored (9)
EXPLETIVE – Another word for a swear word.
7 Bit of brush caught by seed machine (5)
ROBOT – The first letter (bit of) brush inside another word for seed. If seed is used in the sense of the origin or beginning of something, I think that the synonym is valid.
8 Energy supplier‘s authority applied to factory (5,5)
POWER PLANT – A word meaning authority followed by another word for a factory. There is an overlap between the definition and the second word of the clue.
9 Plug college in fight for help (6)
ADVICE – A two letter word for a plug or advert followed by the abbreviation for college inside a word meaning to fight.
14 Leader of trend slipped into stretchy lame shed at first – it can be used again (5,5)
SCRAP METAL – A word meaning shed goes before an anagram (stretchy) of LAME including hte first letter (leader of) trend.
16 State in land initially taken by savage display (9)
VAINGLORY – The abbreviation for the state of Virginia followed by the in from the clue and the first letter (initially) of land inside a word meaning savage. Again the definition here is not as precise as it might be as the definition is more idle boasting.
17 Giant near revolting nation (9)
ARGENTINA – An anagram (revolting) of GIANT NEAR.
19 Flat and very still (4,2)
EVEN SO – A word meaning flat an a word meaning very.
20 A place where battles are planned (3,4)
WAR ROOM – A straight definition with no cryptic element.
22 University master earns treatment (5)
USAGE – The abbreviation for university followed by a word for a master or adept.
24 Place of birth (5)
NATAL – A double definition.
25 Chaos in frames stops (4)
MESS – The answer is hidden in FRAMES STOPS.