A Puzzle by Dill
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Today we have a new puzzle from Dill. 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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Welcome back to Dill. This was a good crossword but one that shows the fine line between good and great one. A little more attention to detail (both in terms of proofreading and some – admittedly minor – points on the cryptic grammar) would have given this a professional polish. This is where test solvers are a great asset in spotting the things that the blinds themselves to with over-familiarity with the crossword.
9 Unfold screen to make space outdoors (4,3)
OPEN AIR -Word meaning to unfold followed by a word meaning to screen or broadcast something.
10 Lay a carpet before 3 heads of Europe (
AMATEUR – The A from the clue followed by a three letter word for a carpet and the first three letter (3 heads) of Europe. Perhaps half of Europe or European (whose abbreviation is EUR) would be better than three heads of Europe as a word has only one head and 3 heads implies EEE.
11 In the morning, you and I shared romantic love (5)
AMOUR – The abbreviation for morning followed by a word meaning you and I. You and I leads to “we”, not the the letters required. I don’t think that you and I shared helps to get the word required. Perhaps “I the morning we object to shared romantic love, as the object of we is our.
12 Pity a clue resorted to plants (9)
EUCALYPTI – An anagram (re-sorted) of PITY A CLUE.
13 Sing first and last note in C to evoke Mediterranean waters (6,3)
AEGEAN SEA – A homophone (sing) of A G (first and last notes) IN C. The original typo in the clue was corrected during the day.
14 Rushes belonging to English river (5)
DARTS – The possessive form of the name of a river (belonging to).
15 Daft when lost, so Greece wants theirs back (7)
MARBLES – Double definition of, the second relating to those of Elgin.
18 Faith ought to embrace consideration (7)
THOUGHT – The answer is hidden (to embrace) in FAITH OUGHT. Although there is no specific rule of which I am aware that the hidden word should not include the whole of one word without overlapping other letters, it is unusual to find a hidden word that terminates at the end of one of the words in which the answer is hidden.
20 Italian shouts “Stick your oar in mate!” (5)
ROMAN – A homophone (shouts) of ROW (stick your oars in) MAN (mate). Perhaps shouted would be better as an imperative indicator for the homophone. Shouts does not quite work.
22 Motor association thoughtful to swap back end to front for speedster (6,3)
RACING CAR – The abbreviation for Royal Automobile Association (motor organisation) followed by a word meaning thoughtful with the first half of the word moved to the back.
26 Ballet or English dancing is all right (9)
TOLERABLE – An anagram (dancing) of BALLET OR E (English). The original clue did not have the right letters to make an anagram of the answer and was corrected during the day.
27 Common etiquette to welcome painter? (5)
MONET – The answer is hidden in (to welcome) COMMON ETIQUETTE.
28 Score for the opposition one’s personal objective (3,4)
OWN GOAL – Double definition, the first in footballing terms.
29 Kinky sex an ally to feeling sleepy (7)
SANDMAN – S&M (kinky sex) spelled out followed by the AN from the clue.
1 Musical piece now showing in South America (6)
SONATA – The abbreviations for South and America include a phrase now showing in. There is a problem with this clue as to get the “ON AT” as in the film is now showing in/ on at local cinemas, you cannot then use the IN as the containment indicator. If the ON AT comes from “now showing” on its own, it does not mean “on at”
2 Running through Asia, big ape reveals his identity (6)
MEKONG – How the cinematic gorilla might have introduced himself to Faye Dunaway!
3 Spooner’s animal lobby makes Kitty sick (8)
HAIRBALL – A Spoonerism of BEAR (animal) HALL (lobby). I think that “kitty sick” with kitty being an adjective works as the definition here. “Makes kitty sick” would not work as a definition.
4 Places for putting veggies? (6)
GREENS – Double definition, the first be reference to golf.
5 Graphic presentation of pub rules Queen doesn’t support (3,5)
BAR CHART – A three letter word for a pub followed by a set of rules with the abbreviation for the queen removed (doesn’t support). Perhaps Queen struck out would be a better removal indicator.
6 Sickly-looking because Dad turned me upside down (6)
PALLID – A reversal (turned) of a two letter word for a dad followed by a reversal of DILL (me as the setter as in “it’s me here”, “it’s Dill here”). I think that the construction definition because wordplay does not quite work.
7 Jump jumper jump over (8)
LEAPFROG – A four letter word meaning to jump followed by an amphibian animal that jumps (jumper)
8 Surprising treats in toy collection (5,3)
TRAIN SET – An anagram (surprising) of TREATS IN.
15 Jogging matron has no head of steam for the long run (8)
MARATHON – An anagram (jogging) of MATRON HAS without the S (no head of steam).
16 Going on and on about male’s flashy jewelry (8)
RAMBLING -A three letter for a male sheep followed by a word for flashy jewellery. Another proof reading point, but jewellery is misspelled in the clue.
17 Doodle changes 4th place for a 7 letter word (8)
SCRABBLE – A word for doddle with the four letter changed to an I (changing 4th place would be better as doodle is the object of the change). If the definition is supposed to be the term of using all seven tiles to make a word in the eponymous game, the definition would be better as “bingo”.
19 Mint note distilled to make lotion soothing (8)
OINTMENT – An anagram (distilled) of MINT NOTE.
21 Knight with one arm is limited (6)
NARROW – The chess abbreviation for knight followed by the singular of the weapon or arms that an archer would use.
23 Line of credit relief (6)
CREASE – The abbreviation for credit followed a word meaning ease.
24 Films US agents locking people up (6)
CINEMA – Reverse (up) a three letter word for people inside (locking) the abbreviation for US agents.
25 Mountain climbing German joiner is plump (6)
ROTUND – Reverse (climbing) a three letter word for a mount and follow with the Geman for “and” joiner. I think that to describe the three letter word as a mountain is pushing it. A hill would be better.