A Puzzle by Dill
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Today we have Dill’s latest 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.
Bravo Dill. An accomplished piece of setting with some very nice devices that lifted the overall level of the crossword. There are only a couple of minor points in the clues.
1 Tricky hand movement transmitted disrespect (6)
SLIGHT – A homophone of a hand movement used by magicians to conceal a trick.
4 Both sides maintain abroad confused with new found land (8)
LABRADOR – An anagram (confused) of ABROAD inside the abbreviation for left and right (both hands).
10 Gorgeous Hamish went vegetarian through partying wildly (9)
RAVISHING – Remove the ham (went vegetarian) from Hamish and put the remaining letters in (through) a word meaning partying wildly. The went vegetarian is a clever touch. Inventive devices like this can lift a crossword.
11 At last, adverse reaction to American rubbish (5)
TRASH – The final letter (last) of at followed by a word for an adverse reaction to something.
12 Roping holy person into negative vote’s horrible (5)
NASTY – A word for a negative vote goes around (roping) the abbreviation for saint (holy person).
13 Croc devoured boy I used to fight (9)
GLADIATOR – The shortened form of Alligator (croc) goes around (devoured) a three letter word for a boy and the I from the clue. Used to fight is a slightly misleading definition. Perhaps “one I used used to fight” would have improved this.
14 Not odd that excited referee initially mounted competitor (7)
EVENTER – A word meaning not odd followed by the initial letters of excited referee initially.
16 Maybe Braun and Peron look to the West for back-up (4)
SAVE – The first name (in the plural) exemplified (maybe) by Braun and Peron reversed (look to the West).
19 Note very loud argument (4)
TIFF – A two letter musical note followed by the musical abbreviation for very loud.
21 Meanie gives little credit to goose in a flap (7)
SCROOGE – The abbreviation for credit inside an anagram (in a flap) of GOOSE. I am not wholly convinced that give A to B means put A inside B.
24 Money owed makes accomplished medic stern (9)
OVERDRAFT – A four letter word meaning accomplished or finished followed by the abbreviation for doctor (medic) and a three letter word meaning stern or rear. The construction definition makes wordplay is back to front. Ideally is should be wordplay makes definition.
25 Modern 25d knocks over child with hygiene issue (5)
YOBBO – Reverse (knocks over – perhaps knocking over would read better in the cryptic readin) a three letter word for a child and follow with the abbreviation for body odour (hygiene issue).
26 Belief that Venetian official abandoned England for Morocco (5)
DOGMA – Remove the abbreviation for England from a four letter word for a Venetian official and replace it with the IVR code for Morocco. I think the “that” jars slightly. Perhaps Belief of Venetian official abandoning … would word better.
27 Badger follows lack-lustre American bus? (9)
GREYHOUND – A four letter word meaning lacklustre followed by a word meaning to badger or pester.
28 Canines prepared to sacrifice themselves to get what’s wanted? (8)
EYETEETH – Double definition, the first straight and the second to complete the phrase I would give my ***** to get that.
29 Road blocks South African frontier (6)
BORDER – The abbreviation for road goes in (blocks) a four letter word for an old South African.
1 Jerry, for example, presents May time TV drama (8)
SPRINGER – The season in which May time falls followed by the name of an American hospital TV drama.
2 Committed Balls with his underwear on (8)
INVESTED – Split 2,4,2, this could mean in a mangled sentence that Mr Balls the politician is wearing a vest.
3 Heavens above! Supporting Magyar domain sounds rough! (5)
HUSKY – The internet domain code for Hungary (Magyar domain) over a three letter word for the heavens above us.
5 Coats consecutive letters in a short response (7)
AFGHANS – Three consecutive letters of the alphabet inside the a from the clue and the abbreviation for answer (short response). The surface reading is not the greatest here.
6 Damaged river tree that recovers (9)
RETRIEVER – An anagram (damaged) of RIVER TREE.
7 Start of deforestation’s soil insufficiency (6)
DEARTH – The first letter (start of) deforestation followed by another word for soil.
8 Renfrewshire lost 3-8, but will engage again (6)
REHIRE – Remover the third to eighth letters from the first word of the clue.
9 Victor concedes 4th place goes to German player on the side (6)
WINGER – A word for a victor has the fourth letter replaced by the abbreviation for German.
15 Roughly 33% estimate it’s not very good (5,4)
THIRD RATE – The fraction that is approximately 33% followed by a word meaning to estimate or value something.
17 In poor visibility Spooner discovered where to go (8)
FOGBOUND – A Spoonerism of BOG FOUND – “Discovered where to go”. I suppose that if you were texting you might say Bog Found even through the wordplay naturally leads to found bog.
18 Seer to have consumed alcohol? On the contrary (8)
BEHOLDER – A word meaning to have goes inside a word for alcohol (the on the contrary tells you to reverse the instruction in the clue.
20 Stressed European woman needs good hormone therapy to start with (7)
FRAUGHT – The German for a woman followed by the initial letters (to start with) of good hormone therapy. A needs B is not the best join the letters together indicator. As start has already been used as an initial letter indicator a different indicator could have been used here.
21 Links between basset terrier puzzle Maker (6)
SETTER – The answer is hidden inside (links between) BASSET TERRIER.
22 Purportedly infant defecated on the French lackey (6)
POODLE – A homophone (purportedly) of how an infant might say defecated followed by the French masculine version of the.
23 Blackbird finds old spy (6)
BEAGLE – The abbreviation for black followed by the name of a bird. Not all editors would accept the need to split blackbird into black bird without further indication.
25 Brute challenges Google (5)
YAHOO – Double definition. Perhaps challenger to Google would be a better description.