A Puzzle by Mucky
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Here’s the latest puzzle from Mucky. 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 come on leaps and bounds since his debut puzzle with a near flawless crossword. There are a number of clues where the wordplay or the solution makes reference to Swallows and Amazons. I have no time to list them all individually so I will leave this as an exercise for the reader.
9 Drifter intended for lodging use? (9)
HOUSEBOAT – A cryptic definition of a form of accommodation found on lakes, rivers or canals that is also possibly another word for a tramp or drifter including (lodging) the USE from the clue followed by at (intended for?).
10 Looking terribly worried, like brooding mother (5)
ASHEN – A two letter word meaning liked followed by an animal that is broody when sitting on eggs.
11 Overhaul whistleblower’s technology (5)
REFIT – The three letter abbreviation of a match official who blows a whistle followed by the abbreviation for information technology.
12 Hazard encountered when driving – replace ball here, making 7 (5,4)
BLACK SPOT – Double definition of a dangerous part of a road and the position on a snooker table where the ball worth seven points would be replaced after being potted.
13 Arsonists‘ features on 4, reportedly (7)
BURNERS – Double definitions, the second being gas rings found on hobs (a homophone – reportedly – of the answer to 4d).
14 Believe society to be self-indulgent (7)
SWALLOW – The abbreviation for society followed by a word meaning to be self-indulgent.
17 Philosopher‘s property of Davy Jones, if suffering premature end (5)
LOCKE – The sea chest of Davy Jones used in the well-known saying with the final letter removed (if suffering premature end).
19 Roll dad over on left side of bed (3)
BAP – A reversal (over) of a two letter word for dad after (on) the left hand letter in bed.
20 Received with jolly intimidating standard? (5)
ROGER – Double definition of the word used in radio-telegraphy to indicate a message has been received and the word following jolly in the description of a pirate’s flag.
21 People rambling wonkily, left right askew? (7)
WALKERS – An anagram (wonkily) of L (left) R (right) ASKEW.
22 ‘Wife’ in Top Hat dancing in this way by canal (7)
TOWPATH – An anagram (dancing) of TOP HAT with the abbreviation for wife included.
24 Wow, Farah sprinted fast at the end – a black flier? (9)
CORMORANT – A three letter word meaning wow followed by the first name of the athlete Mr Farah, a three letter word meaning sprinted and the final letter (at the end) of fast.
26 Make law that doesn’t apply in European court (5)
ENACT – The abbreviation for not applicable (doesn’t apply) inside the abbreviations for European and court.
28 One of Snakes and Ladders’ essential elements (5)
ADDER – The answer is hidden (essential elements) in LADDERS.
29 Peter Pan’s ongoing period role in Bugsy Malone? (9)
CHILDHOOD – Split 5,4, this might describe the young gangsters in Bugsy Malone.
1 Clean fish and overcook on fire (4)
CHAR – Triple definition.
2 Won with Trump extremely muddled and incompetent (6)
DUFFER – A word meaning having won a hand of cards with a trump with the first and last letters swapped (extremely muddled).
3 Wet here? Aye, a rising sense of imminent gale (7,3)
WEATHER EYE – Take the letter A in the first three words of the clue and move it upwards (rising).
4 Leading highbrow, or burning bright, exhibiting symmetry? (6)
HOBBES – The first letters of the second to the seventh words of the clue. I am not sure that this clue quite works. If the definition is the philosopher (leading highbrow), the leading is doing double duty as part of the wordplay and the definition and the remaining words in the clue do not make it an &lit as they are not related to the philosopher. If the reference is to the cartoon tiger in the American cartoon strip, then I don’t know (from lack of familiarity with the work), whether the whole clue describes the character or whether it is simply by reference to the William Blake description of a tiger.
5 Hiding mate, Wild Cat retreat gets foggy (6,2)
STEAMS UP – An anagram (wild) of MATE inside a reversal (retreat) of a diminutive term for a cat.
6 Fix gear for riding (4)
TACK – Double definition.
7 Notes on ‘The Voyage of the Dawn Treader‘? (5,3)
SHIPS LOG – A cryptic definition of the book that must be kept on board a boat to record the details of its voyages.
8 Maybe granny‘s a blemish on board (4)
KNOT – Double definition, the second referring to a defect in a plank of wood.
13 Half-heartedly shout ‘down the hatch’? (5)
BELOW – Reduce the LL to L (half-heartedly) in a word meaning shout.
15 Fletcher’s tips for rating facilities at ‘igh-class school? (10)
ARROWHEADS – The name of a posh school in North London as a cockney might pronounce its (‘igh class) followed by the name of toilets (facilities) on board ship used by ratings.
16 Importance of sparrow, or thrush (5)
WORTH – The answer is hidden in (of) SPARROW OR THRUSH.
18 In US, shade trouble for flower deep in canyon (8)
COLORADO – The American spelling of colour (shade) followed by a word meaning trouble.
19 Old Chancellor found in Mick’s Bar, wrecked. (8)
BISMARCK – An anagram (wrecked) of MICKS BAR.
22 Make secure after rubbish staple used by Glasgow chippy (6)
TATTIE – The three letter word meaning to make secure after a three letter word meaning rubbish.
23 For fresh volume, the greatest source? (6)
AMAZON – A cryptic definition/double definition the largest on-line supplier of books and other items and the river with the largest volume of fresh water.
24 A warm glow from this business on a lake (4)
COAL – The abbreviation for company (business) followed by the A from the clue and the abbreviation for lake.
25 Alternatives mentioned for women in 8? (4)
OARS – A homophone (mentioned) of ORS (alternatives).
27 Trim, dry, regularly shipshape (4)
TIDY – The odd letters (regularly) of TRIM DRY.