A Puzzle by Mucky
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Undeterred by his earlier ordeal, Mucky returns with a second 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:
Mucky has showed a lot of promise in his first puzzle and has built upon that promise with an excellent crossword. There are none of the obscurities and (perhaps) stretched definitions. I found the wordplay a fair bit easier than the first crossword. I would single out 25a as one of the best Rookie clues I have seen for its elegant simplicity and clever disguised wordplay except that the revision to the clue detracted greatly from that simplicity. Another crossword of this quality and I think we might have to boot him out of the Rookie Corner.
This review is of the orinal puzzle submitted by Mucky. I have added his revised clues in green, with new wordplay, where applicable. BD
1 View a faction quietly held (6)
ASPECT – The a from the clue followed by a word for a faction or group in which you include (held) the abbreviations for quietly.
4 Secret of somehow paying no tax (4-4)
SCOT-FREE – An anagram (somehow) of SECRET OF.
10 Sweet Meg ran Italian stores (7)
10 In Italy, sweet Meg ran Italian stores (7)
GRANITA – The answer is hidden in (store) MEG RAN ITALIAN.
11 Favouring blood to write about, I see (7)
NEPOTIC – The TO from the clue and a word meaning write are reversed (about) and followed by the I from the clue and the letter that phonetically is spelt see.
12 x representing large number? (5,4)
BLOCK VOTE – In an election what a single person has where he represents and cast his ballot on behalf of a larger group of people.
13 Queen’s favourite gilded interior effects (5)
13 Queen’s favourite gold interior effects (5)
CORGI – An abbreviation for gold (gilded) inside (interior) a word for special effects used in film making. The wordplay here is very clever. Gilded means covered in gold, so gilded interior means cover the inside with gold.
14 Paris’s gold award for most beautiful food? (5)
APPLE – Double definition of the prize given in the Greek myth to the most beautiful goddess and a type of fruit.
15 Mucky girl’s first sign of lice – boyfriend repelled (9)
REVOLTING – The first letter of girl, the name of the egg of a louse (sign of lice) and another word for a boyfriend all reversed (repelled).
17 Throw punch before public protest (6,3)
17 Throw punch and miss repeatedly, getting dismissed (6,3)
STRIKE OUT – A word meaning to throw a punch followed by a word meaning public. I am not sure that the answer means to protest.
Double definition, the second being a baseball term
19 Masters main subject? (5)
MAJOR – Double definition of a tournament of which the Masters is an example and a main subject studied at an American university.
21 Confined to small island, start to miss British influence (5)
AMBIT – The first letters (start to) of miss British inside (confined to) a three letter word for a small island. If you are using start to for two or more words, this should be starts to.
23 First lady’s told: ‘Drink? Use a tap‘ (9)
EAVESDROP – A homophone (told) of EVE’S (first lady) and another word for a drink.
24 Stubborn boils he aggravated (7)
24 Deploying elbow, his wife knocked out revolting Russian (7)
BOLSHIE – An anagram (aggravated) of BOILS HE.
An anagram (deploying) of ELBO[W] HIS without (knocked out) W(ife)
25 Employer of Bob Marley visits (7)
25 Employer of Bob Marley shocks postmortem (7)
SCROOGE – In Charles Dickens Christmas Carol, the person who employed Bob and who was visited by the ghost of Jacob Marley. Excellently disguised by the need to lift and separate the Bob and Marley to get the meaning of the clue.
26 Separation is untidy arrangement (8)
DISUNITY – An anagram (arrangement) of IS UNTIDY.
27 My extra-large infant school originally having tiny pupils (6)
MYOSIS – The MY from the clue, the abbreviation for extra-large or outsized and the initially letters (originally) of infant school.
1 Solving by rearranging letters? (7)
ALGEBRA – A cryptic definition of solving a maths problem using letters to indicate the variables involved.
2 Pulse very high … um, makes seeing and breathing difficult? (3-6)
2 Pulse great, you’re told, but trouble breathing and seeing? (3-6)
PEA-SOUPER – A three letter vegetable referred to as a pulse followed by a two letter word meaning very, a two letter word meaning high and another verbal hesitation that might be used instead of um.
The same pulse followed by a word that sounds like (you’re told) a synonym of great
3 About fifty nicker (all change) in purse (7)
CRINKLE – An anagram (all change) of NICKER around the Roman numeral for fifty.
5 Represented in vicars’ votes, May’s principal principle? (14)
5 Represented in vicars’ votes, May’s first principle? (14)
CONSERVATIVISM – An anagram (represented) of IN VICARS VOTES followed by the first letter (principal) of May. Chambers and Collins give the spelling without the “IV” but there is support in the Oxford English Dictionary for the answer.
6 Usual heartless Tory in charge, protected by crony (7)
TYPICAL – The outer letters (heartless) of Tory followed by the abbreviation for in charge inside (protected by) a three letter word for a friend or crony.
7 Element that spins hogwash to men (5)
ROTOR – A three letter word meaning hogwash or rubbish followed by the abbreviation for other ranks (men).
8 Don’t start gagging print (7)
ETCHING – A word meaning gagging or being sick with the first letter removed (don’t start).
9 Political impetus behind unions‘ contraction? (6,8)
9 Impetus leading to unions’ contraction? (6,8)
LABOUR MOVEMENT – A double definition of the party supported by the unions and a contraction when giving birth.
16 Damaging home, promises to pay for finish to panel (9)
INJURIOUS – A two letter word meaning home followed by a four letter word for a panel of people who decide the outcome of a criminal trial with the final letter (finish) replaced by a word meaning promises to pay.
17 Worked with colleagues out on earth’s crust (7)
17 Protection for wound on bottom worked, despite protest (7)
SCABBED – A word for a crust over a wound goes on top of a word for earth.
A crust formed over a wound followed by the bottom of the sea
18 Doll’s toyboy suppressing urge, making room for washing-up? (7)
KITCHEN – The name of Barbie’s boyfriend around (suppressing) a word for an urge. Suppressing means to sit down upon or to squash. I am not sure it should be used in a down clue (at least) as a containment indicator.
19 Left in distress, like 25? (7)
MISERLY – The abbreviation for left inside a word meaning distress.
20 Check on hacks? (7)
REPRESS – A two letter word meaning on or about followed by a word for hacks or journalists.
22 Screws up dances? (5)
BALLS – Double definition. I don’t think that the first part (as verb) works as part of the definition here as the answer is not used as a verb in this sense.