A Puzzle by Drummond
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It’s been a while since Drummond’s debut puzzle, but his second one has been worth the wait. 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.
A stunningly good performance from Drummond this week. As all of the comments show this was greatly appreciated and certainly of a standard that deserved promotion to a Saturday slot. Harldy anything that is worth mentioning in terms of cluing in light of such good clues. Perhaps a slight overreliance on “up” as a reversal indicator on its own or as a compound reversal indicator but that really is about it.
1 Very noisy, drunk giant lets rip (3- 9)
EAR-SPLITTING – An anagram (drunk) of GIANT LETS RIP.
8 Knocks over empty postprandial drinks bottles (7)
TOPPLES – A five letter word meaning to drink heavily goes around (bottles) the outer letters (empty) of postprandial.
9 Worked in bomb disposal and came unstuck? (7)
DEFUSED – Double definition, the first being what someone in bomb-disposal did with an UXB and the second, whimsically, being the reverse of something amalgamating.
11 Give off form team an E (7)
EMANATE – An anagram (form) of TEAM AN E.
12 Individual choice (7)
SPECIAL – Double definition time, the first being a person assigned to a specific set of duties and the second being something that is exceptional.
13 Visitor starts to experience severe stomach cramps (5)
GUEST – The three letter word for stomach goes around (cramps) the first letters (starts to) of experience severe.
14 Aged brie, paté and apricot’s kernels for pensioner (9)
GERIATRIC – The central letters (kernels) of aged, brie, pate apricot.
16 Sheltered garden retreat in shed – small shed (9)
HARBOURED – Another word for a garden retreat inside the first SHED from the clue without the S (small shed).
19 At first, many nuns and novices abandon mendicant order (5)
EDICT – Remove the first letters (at first) or many, nuns and novices from mEnDICanT.
21 Starting to grow ganja? Discard all husks – it gets you higher (7)
NASCENT – The central letter (discard all husks) of ganja followed by a word for a climb (it gets you higher).
23 Pie-eyed, Els collapses twice – absorbing golf! (7)
LEGLESS – An anagram (collapses) of ELS ELS including (absorbing) the letter in the NATO phonetic alphabet represented by golf.
24 Exhaust brackets, striking top of sump, set alight (7)
DETRAIN -A five letter word meaning exhaust goes around (brackets) the SET from the clue after removing the S (striking top of sump).
25 Recount organised, backed by judge (7)
NARRATE – Revere a three letter word meaning organised and follow this with a word meaning to judge or assess something.
26 Met with opponents, pitching for adjournment (12)
POSTPONEMENT – An anagram (pitching) of MET OPPONENETS.
1 Reformed bootlegger denied right to make amends (7)
EXPIATE – A two letter prefix meaning reformed or former followed by another word for a bootlegger (one who makes illegal copies of things) without (denied) the R.
2 Depending on carpenter to turn up on time? (7)
RELIANT – Reverse (to turn up) a six letter word that might fancifully (hence the question mark) describe a carpenter followed by the abbreviation for time.
3 Traveller – ‘I don’t know English – I’m not sure!’ (9)
PASSENGER – The word using in Mastermind when you don’t know the answer followed by the three letter abbreviation for English and a two letter word for a hesitation used when you are not sure of something.
4 In Germany and America it’s controlled by Asian banks (5)
INDUS – The IN from the clue followed by the IVR code for Germany and two letter abbreviation for America.
5 Big returns on cheese cloth (7)
TAFFETA –Return a three letter word meaning big or obese and add the name of a Greek cheese.
6 More cutting satire – it’s antique shows being sent up (7)
NASTIER – The answer is hidden (shows) and reversed (being sent up) in SATIRE ITS ANTIQUE.
7 Propped up, and might need rebuilding (12)
STRENGHTENED – An eight letter word meaning might or power followed by an anagram (rebuilding) of NEED.
10 Grate encases tiled outlet (12)
DELICATESSEN – An anagram (grate) of ENCASES TILED.
15 Smell Communist victory and I withdraw from conflict (9)
REDOLENCE – A three letter colour associated with communists followed by a word meaning conflict with the initial V (victory) and I removed (withdraw).
17 Italian eats messily or is stuffing too much in (7)
RISOTTO – An anagram (messily) of OR IS includes (stuffing … in) a three letter abbreviation for too much.
18 Open sandwiches tips of asparagus and cured ham (7)
OVERACT – A five letter word meaning open goes around (sandwiches) the first letters (tips of) asparagus and cured.
19 Overeat, being poor, large – but not bipolar? (7)
ENGORGE – Remove the letters (in order) of bipolar from bEiNG poOR larGE.
20 In court guards cut up rough (7)
INEXACT – The IN from the clue and a two letter abbreviation for court goes around (guards) another word for cut reversed (up).
22 Heads off to attend National Gala of Dance (5)
TANGO – The initial letters (heads off) of the third to seventh words in the clue. I think heads off works as an instruction that the heads taken off these words form the solution.