A Puzzle by Arepo
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Another puzzle from Arepo. 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.
Welcome back to Arepo. I thought that this was an enjoyable puzzle where a lot of thought had been given to the wordplay. However, there were a few more minor issues with the wordplay than in his previous crossword, particularly with the use of abbreviations. These are minor ones and of the kind that would be picked up by test covers / editors.
6 Artist and others welcomed by princess (4)
DALI – At two letter abbreviation of the Latin word “alia” goes inside (welcomed by) the diminutive form if Diana (princess). As the Latin word is only used in its abbreviated form in the expression “et al”, you should not use part only of the abbreviation.
8 Climate change regulator at her most attention grabbing (10)
THERMOSTAT – The answer it is hidden (grabbing) inside AT HER MOST ATTENTION. The grabbing at the end of the clue just about works but is not ideal. Perhaps something along the lines of “at her most attractive shedding outer layers” would have been more grammatically correct cryptically but it is a fine point.
10 Film about soldiers infiltrating secret service (6)
CINEMA – A three letter word for soldiers is reversed (about) inside (infiltrating) the abbreviation for the American secret service. I am not keen on the about going before soldiers as, before the word, it indicates a verbal action and you cannot “about” something.
11 One following elaborate rite with Tibetan meat to produce East Asian delicacy (8)
TERIYAKI – An anagram (elaborate) of RITE followed by the name of a Tibetan animal bred for meat and milk and a final I (one).
12 Grotesque left in album is subtly suggestive (10)
SUBLIMINAL – An anagram (grotesque) of L (left) IN ALBUM IS.
13 Old copper brought up to date in gemstone caper (4)
JAPE – Replace the D with a P (old copper brought up to date) in the name of a green gemstone.
14 Conservative votes to ditch leader over thing she screwed up when in charge (7,3,5)
CALLING THE SHOTS – The single letter abbreviation for Conservative followed by another word for votes with the first letter removed (to ditch leader) around (over) an anagram (screwed up) of THING SHE. As others have mentioned, I am not keen on the structure wordplay when definition.
17 Cute little model at the front (4)
TWEE – A three letter word meaning little preceded by (at the front) the model number of the first mass produced car.
19 Obi-Wan, R2 and Han Solo initially have time to oust a rampaging Stormtrooper (10)
BROWNSHIRT – An anagram (rampaging) of OBIWAN RR (R2) HS (Hans Solo initially) with the A replaced by a T (time to oust a).
20 Needlepoint and embroidery displayed together (2,6)
IN TANDEM – The answer is hidden in (displayed) NEEDLEPOINT AND EMBROIDERY. As a personal preference, I think that containment indicators in the past tense are slightly unsatisfactory as the words still display the answer.
22 Belgian reporter’s first piece in Tribune canned (6)
TINTIN – The initial letter (first piece in) of Tribune followed by a phrase 2,3 meaning canned.
23 Replacement of most senior educator (10)
MONTESSORI – An anagram (replacement of) MOST SENIOR.
24 A student in the old university (4)
YALE – The A from the clue and the abbreviation for a student or learner inside the old English word for the.
1 Tyrant caught closing off prison camp beyond Area 51 (8)
CALIGULA – The abbreviation for caught followed by the abbreviation for Area and the Roman numerals for 51 and a word for a Russian prison camp with the final letter removed (closing off).
2 It’s easy to argue against unattractive features raised by Mail’s top article (5,3)
STRAW MAN – Reverse (raised) a word for unattractive bodily growths and follow it with the first letter (top) of Mail and the indefinite article used with word beginning with a vowel.
3 Classic film, directorial debut, stirring emotions about country (11,4)
DESTINATION MOON – The first letter (debut) of directorial followed by an anagram (stirring) of EMOTIONS about another word for a country or state.
4 Unconcerned with being good in morning exam (6)
AMORAL – The abbreviation for morning followed by a word for a spoken exam.
5 Withdraw support (4,2)
BACK UP – A double definition.
7 Sex magazine featuring Muhammad? Sorry, that’s not right… (1,4,1,3)
I TELL A LIE – A two letter word meaning sex followed by a four letter name of a women’s magazine around (featuring) the surname of the boxer Mohammad. Maybe to avoid creating the possibility of needlessly creating offence to Muslims, “Sex magazine featuring boxer” would have been better.
9 American who acts with flying ace, one undercover (3)
SPY – The surname of the American actor Kevin without (flying) the ACE from the clue.
13 American folk hero’s Terry for England and Thierry for France (4,5)
JOHN HENRY – The first name of an English footballer whose surname if Terry and the surname of a French footballer whose first name if Thierry.
15 Genius in nineties deteriorating (8)
EINSTEIN – An anagram (deteriorating) of NINETIES.
16 Appalling president’s time in office cut short by anger surrounding head of Bureau (8)
TERRIBLE – Remove the last letter (cut short) of the name given to a period of office for a president and follow it with a four letter word meaning to anger around the first letter (head of) Bureau.
18 Opportunity to earn money reported (6)
WINDOW – A three letter word meaning to earn followed by a homophone (reported) of a slang word for money.
19 Bill putting on deep voice to be a tough guy (6)
BADASS – The abbreviation for a bill or advert inside (putting on) the lowest singing voice.
21 Meet at enclosed park (3)
APT – The AT from the clue around the abbreviation for park. Although the abbreviation can be used for parking, I don’t think it can be used for park.