A Puzzle by AKMild
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Another fine puzzle from AKMild this week. 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.
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An excellent crossword from AK Mild with a Nina around the outside the grid. There were only a few minor comments on the clues itself and a lot of attention had been given to the surface readings.
8 LED on Gameboy’s first format is a peripheral device (6)
DONGLE – An anagram (format) of LED ON G (Gameboy’s first). If format is being used as an imperative verb, it should ideally go before the letters to be rearranged – perhaps “Format of LED on Gameboy’s first peripheral device”. As a noun, some editors would not allow it as an anagram indicator.
9 Aim to be lifted from sudden death (3)
END – The answer is hidden (lifted from) SUDDEN DEATH
10 Was an agent, beheaded for being more than one colour (4)
PIED – A word meaning was an agent (or acted covertly) without the first letter. You have to be careful at the moment with beheaded as an anagram indicators. A year or so ago, with beheadings taking place, it was an emotive indicator. As you don’t know when a puzzle will be published, it is better to be safe than to be sorry.
11 Require tenancy agreement to include clear heading where one might put one’s points (10)
NEEDLECASE – A four letter word meaning require followed by a five letter word for a tenancy agreement inside which (to include) the first letter (heading) of clear.
12 Queen since many a year (4)
ERAS – A two letter abbreviation for the Queen followed by a two letter word meaning since.
13 Certain trade union backtracked to provide development area (6)
UTERUS – A reversal (backtracked) of a four letter word meaning certain and an abbreviation for trade union.
16 Walk out with cockney head to get something fruity for tea (4,4)
DATE-LOAF – A word meaning to walk out with (as you would with a girl or boyfriend) and the Cockney word for head.
17 Risks South Africa getting overcome by tough sanctions at first (7)
HAZARDS – The IVR code for South Africa inside (overcome by) a four letter word meaning tough followed by the initial letter (at first) of sanctions. The use of first as an initially letter indicator occurs a number of times. Ideally, you should use different wordplay indicators.
18 Not the real thing, and endlessly sub-standard, but could still be used to clean up (7)
SHAMPOO – A four letter word meaning not the real thing followed by a word meaning sub-standard with the final letter word removed (endlessly).
22 Lieutenants, for example, volunteer to be outside in charge at the end of exercises (8)
OFFICERS – A five letter word meaning volunteer outside the abbreviation for in charge followed by the final letter (end of) exercises.
25 Artist is on time – that lady’s sooner (6)
RATHER – The two letter abbreviation for an artist who is a member of the Royal Academy followed by the abbreviation for time and a word meaning that lady’s.
26 Companion leaves spanner for architect (4)
WREN – Remove (leave) the abbreviation for companion from a six letter word for a spanner.
27 Bachelor does not have humble character, so becomes a familial pariah (5,5)
BLACK SHEEP – The single letter abbreviation for bachelor followed by a word meaning does not have and a word meaning a humble character.
30 Short string for Castor or Pollux, maybe (4)
TWIN – Remove the final letter (short) from a word for string.
31 A girl is born among feminine equals (3)
NEE – The answer is hidden in (among) FEMININE EQUALS.
32 Left wing, main site of a biblical parting gesture (3,3)
RED SEA – A colour describing those who are left wing followed by another word for the main or water.
1 Tore apart systematic means of learning (4)
ROTE – An anagram (apart) of TORE.
2 Ancient interjection brought forth by, say, a Democrat (4)
EGAD – The abbreviation for say or for example followed by the A from the clue and the abbreviation for Democrat.
3 TV presenter slid gently into lifeless state (8)
DECEASED – The three letter name of one of a duo of TV presenters followed a word meaning slid gently into.
4 Traipsed randomly after I left explosive devices (7)
PETARDS – An anagram (randomly) of TRAIPSED after removing (left) of I.
5 Most rum is stored right away, blended to include first distillation (6)
ODDEST – An anagram (blended) of STORED after removing (away) the abbreviation for right and then including the first letter of distillation.
6 Stimulant I’m lit about, getting as high as I can go (5,5)
UPPER LIMIT – A five letter word for a drug used as a stimulant followed by an anagram (about) of IM LIT.
7 Big blog host gets into an inverted state (6)
NEVADA – The host of this site (Bid blog) inside the AN from the clue all reversed (inverted).
14/23 Musical number outlining couple’s four o’clock order? (3,3,3)
TEA FOR TWO – definition and a mild cryptic definition.
15 Setting things straight about a lack of high tension in electrical discharge (10)
REALIGNING – A two letter abbreviation for about followed by a word for an electrical discharge during a thunderstorm with the abbreviation for high tension removed (a lack of).
19 Origins of honour and respect after killing in ritual isolation (4-4)
HARA KIRI – The initial letters (origins) of the third to tenth words in the clue with the whole clue providing the definition.
20 Theatre misses out on lyric poem (3)
ODE – The name of a theatre or cinema without (misses out) the ON from the clue.
21 What a shepherd may do to write? (3,1,3)
USE A PEN – A cryptic definition.
23 See 14
24 Declining, being British eccentric (6)
EBBING – An anagram (eccentric) of BEING B (British).
28 Coal scuttles regularly throw dust (4)
HODS – The even letters (regularly) in THROW DUST.
29 They might follow one, especially if they’re private (4)
EYES – The word that followed private (as in private detectives who might follow you).