A Puzzle by Deuce
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Deuce returns with his third puzzle. 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 review by Prolixic follows.
This third crossword from Deuce shows aa great deal of improvement on the first two crosswords. The wordplay is much more polished and there is a better variation in the clues. There are only a couple of minor niggles in the wordplay. This was much more enjoyable to solve as a result. Many thanks to Deuce for the challenge.
8 One with no name, in short? (4)
ANON – The shortened form of the word that describes an unknown author.
9 Cold environment results from tip of iceberg leaving Titanic a wreck around bow (10)
ANTARCTICA – An anagram (wreck) of TITANIC A after removing an I (tip of iceberg leaving) around a three letter for word for a curve or bow.
10 Taken in, faked with oddly cheap contents (8)
ACCEPTED – A five letter word meaning faked or put on around the odd letters of cheap.
11 The bar supply’s probably exhausted when out of this (5)
BREATH – An anagram (supply – in a supple manner) of THE BAR. The enumeration here should be (6).
12 Unwind or untie for creation of Nirvana (2,5)
IN UTERO – An anagram (unwind) of OR UNTIE. An album title by the group Nirvana.
13 Quick hand movement from first elements of sign language with number of fingers (7)
SLEIGHT – The initial letters (first elements of) sign and language followed by the number of fingers (but not thumbs) on your hands.
15 Ape in middle of copying after restriction in duplication (7)
BARBARY – A repeated three letter word meaning restriction followed by the middle letter of copying.
17 Set forth by taking resistance off (7)
PROFFER – A three letter word mean by includes (taking) the abbreviation for resistance and the OFF from the clue.
19 Poem about ship after Troy’s finish? Yes, in short (7)
ODYSSEY – A three letter word for a poem goes around (about) the last letter (finish) of Troy and the abbreviation for steamship with a final Y added at the end (Yes, in short). The whole clue gives a definition of the solution.
21 Dons outfit to be Oscars presenter (7)
ACADEMY – The place where dons might be found give the organisation that presents the Oscars. I agree with the comments that dons here needs an apostrophe. Dons outfit has a completely different meaning to Don’s outfit.
24 Lame men running, male escaping with skin of teeth (6)
ENAMEL – An anagram (running) of LAME MEN after removing one of the Ms (male escaping). In an ideal clue, the fact that only one male is removed would be indicated but it is a minor point that not all editors would be too pedantic about.
26 Without regard she’d see line blurred (8)
HEEDLESS – An anagram (blurred) of SHE’S SEE L (line).
27 Test for grammar or bit of arithmetic (6,4)
ELEVEN PLUS – The old exam used to select those who would go to grammar school is also part of an addition.
28 Perhaps nutmeg right inside goal when curling (4)
TREE – The abbreviation for right goes inside the name of the target or goal in the sport of curling.
1 Each new prosecutor takes a prisoner for strangler (8)
ANACONDA – A single letter word that means each (an in per head) and the abbreviations for New and district attorney (prosecutor) include (takes) the A from the clue and a three letter word for a prisoner.
2 As found on wheels of Central Line trains? (5,5)
INNER TUBES – A word meaning central followed by the name of London Underground trains. The line here is a little out of place as it does not contribute to the wordplay and provides a link between the Central and trains for the surface reading.
3 Gently strike to the empty end of soccer pitch (6)
PATTER – A three letter word meaning gently strike followed by the outer letters (empty) of the and the final letter (end of) soccer.
4 Regularly set out day’s exercise (5)
STUDY – The odd letters (regularly) of SET OUT DAY.
5 Short drive on banks of river, one with limited water flow (8)
DRIBBLER – The two letter abbreviation for drive around (on the banks of – either side) the name of a river. With on the banks meaning either side of, this would work better in an across clue. As we have two other clues using short to indicate an abbreviation.
6 Sexual advance coming from mouth or index (4)
FTSE – A homophone (coming from the mouth) of footsie (sexual advance) to give the name of a financial trading index. Abbreviations are not usually used as answers where the letters are individually pronounced – BBC might be an exception – but are sometimes used where the can be pronounced in their own right, like NATO. However, where possible, abbreviations are best avoided as solutions. The surface reading here is not the greatest.
7 Teacher’s maybe from school where child sleeps inside (6)
SCOTCH – A three letter abbreviation for school includes (inside) the name of a child’s bed.
14 Lack of belief in following a God having Levantine origin (10)
INFIDELITY – The IN from the clue followed by the abbreviation for following, another letter meaning A and a five letter word for God with the first letter (origin) of Levantine included (having). Having is a very weak word for a containment indicator.
16 Annoying to inhale bits of earthy scent e.g. Alsatian must produce (8)
RIESLING – The name of a wine (produce from must (crushed grapes) in Alsace) comes from a six letter word meaning annoying around (to inhale) the first letters (bits of) earthy and scent.
18 Topless enclosure for pigs and one for cows have me trapped (8)
ENMESHED – The name of a three letter word where pigs live (not sty) with the first letter removed (topless) and the name of the place where cows live around (trapped) the ME from the clue. Unless the have is being used as a weak containment indicator the trapped is doing double duty as the definition and part of the wordplay.
20 Trump in two diamonds on ace initially led (6)
DONALD – Inside two abbreviations for diamonds include the ON from the clue, the abbreviation for Ace and the first letter (initially) of led.
22 Might be made up, unlike 23? (6)
CHEESE – The opposite of the answer to 23d is indicated as a definition by example give by the reversal (up) of made.
23 Heads of court have annulled law Kansas used with Board of Education? (5)
CHALK – The initial letters (heads of) the third to seventh words of the clue.
25 Shift in paradigm overturned (4)
MOVE – The answer is hidden in PARADIGM OVERTURNED.