A Puzzle by Jeroboam
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Today we have a second puzzle from Jeroboam. 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.
Another excellent outing from Jeroboam. There are only some minor comments on the clues. They were overall well constructed with good surface readings and with inventive wordplay in places.
1 Heading immediately over to the other side (6)
ACROSS – The heading to this series of clues!
4 By the sound of it Jim’s in charge of having a good digestion (6)
PEPTIC – Two abbreviations for gym (Jim’s by the sound of it) followed by the abbreviation for in charge of.
9 Apparently used to fire Cupid’s arrow at boyfriend (4)
BEAU – A homophone (apparently) of bow (used to fire Cupid’s arrow). If apparently is used in the sense of what is perceived, it could refer to what is heard – “apparently he said…”. I don’t think that the construction of wordplay at definition works.
10 Practices catches in royal society (10)
REHEARSALS – A five letter word meaning catches in a four letter obsolete word for royal and the abbreviation for society. If obsolete words are used, it is usual to try and indicate this.
11 Kate’s rule is revised to run out of cover (6)
STREAK – An anagram (is revised) of KATES R (rule).
12 Made a list of the brides I met including some on the way back (8)
ITEMISED – The answer is hidden (some) and reversed (on the way back) in BRIDES I MET INCLUDING.
13 It cuts one out at birth to be an imperialist (9)
CAESAREAN – Double definition, the first being a medical intervention in childbirth and the second in relation to Roman imperial rule.
15 Almost shoot up to the point where you fire (4)
KILN – A four letter word meaning shoot up or murder with the final letter removed (almost) followed by the abbreviation for North (the point). As a minor point, I would omit the “the” as the definite article does not quite sit correctly with the wordplay.
16 Bloods group (4)
ABBA – The letters of various blood types fora musical group.
17 Does it protect you from flatulence on holiday ? (9)
WINDBREAK – A whimsical definition of something you use as protection on the beach.
21 Doctor can yell about losing last pill in wash (3-5)
DRY-CLEAN – The abbreviation for Doctor followed by an anagram (about) CAN YELL after removing the final L (losing last pill).
22 After work one ingested drug (6)
OPIATE – After the abbreviation for work add the letter representing I and a word meaning ingested.
24 Lewd party leader with common sense (10)
LIBIDINOUS – The abbreviation for the liberal party followed by the name of an old African leader and dictator and a four letter word for common sense. Perhaps the name of the leader could have been indicated more fairly as the number of potential leaders is vast.
25 Farmyard noise heard from an empty pen? (4)
OINK – Split 1,3, the word whimsically indicates an empty pen
26 One believes German is after article (6)
THEIST – After the definite article include the three letter abbreviation for German. As after has already been used as a positional indicator, perhaps a different word could have been used.
27 Mineral primarily gets you plaster source, usually mixed (6)
GYPSUM – The initial letter (primarily) of the third to eighth words of the clue.
1 Sailor’s further from the outside (2,5)
AB EXTRA – The two letter abbreviation for a sailor followed by a word meaning further or additional.
2 Wine that could make a girl blush (5)
ROUGE – The French term for red wine could be a type of make up.
3 Lineker perhaps gets a match (7)
STRIKER – Lineker is a definition by example of another word for a match.
5 The Spanish goddess departs in high spirits (6)
ELATED – The Spanish for “the” followed by the name of the Greek goddess of mischief and the abbreviation for departed.
6 One giving evidence reports irritable discharge (9)
TESTIFIER – A homophone (reports) of TESTY (irritable) and FIRE (discharge).
7 Pass list broadcast by Siobhan for example (7)
COLLEEN – A three letter word for a mountain pass followed by a homophone of LEAN (list broadcast). As a general rule, you should avoid having too many homophones and, indeed, hidden words in the clues. Four is borderline too many. The construction wordplay by definition does not read very well.
8 Bathe in jail to disperse film (3,7,3)
THE ITALIAN JOB – An anagram (disperse) of BATHE IN JAIL TO. If disperse is used in the imperative, if should come before the letters to be rearranged as in “disperse ABC”.
14 Put ones name down for replacements. The fifth copy? (9)
SUBSCRIBE – A word for replacements followed by a whimsical expression (4,1) for the fifth copy.
16 First rate flirt carried away by plane operation (7)
AIRLIFT – A two letter indication that something is first rate followed by an anagram (carried away) of FLIRT. Again wordplay by definition is a little inelegant. The definition may be given by the wordplay but the reverse is not so elegant.
18 Calls in to see how hat becomes bus (5,2)
DROPS BY – Remove the BY from the name of a hat worn by soldiers.
19 Opposite to how Caesar’s friend may appear in an alphabetical list (7)
ANTONYM – How Mark Anthony (Caesar’s friend) may appear in an alphabetical list.
20 Special talent for extracting oil initially from igneous rocks (6)
GENIUS – An anagram (rocks) of IGNEOUS after removing the O (extracting oil initially).
23 God’s marriage agreement starts to look secure (5)
IDOLS – The expression incorrectly thought to be the agreement of consent given in marriage (it is I will and has been since the Book of Common Prayer) followed by the initial letters (starts to) of look secure. The apostrophe here is required for the surface reading but spoils the definition as the solution is not in the possessive.
Hidden in the rows of the grid you will find the phrase “bottle of bubbly” which is very appropriate given the name of the setter.