A Puzzle by Whynot
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The puzzle is available by clicking on the above grid.
I met Whynot at S&B 13, back in May. We discussed whether it was possible to publish in this slot a puzzle designed like a game of Go which he had brought with him, but decided it would be better if he submitted a new puzzle – here it is. 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.
A very confident and well executed debut from Whynot. Only one small point on one of the clues to mention. There was a good variety of clues and some excellent misleading and well disguised wordplay. A couple of the cryptic definition were a little on the weak side but that is the only rely negative comment. The length of the clues is a matter of taste and preference for the setter. More like this please!
1 Disdaining to spell this with an S as setter has, for instance? That’s possible anathema to subscribers to 1d (15)
AMERICANISATION – The clue relies on the difference in spelling where the subject country uses a Z where we would use an S, which country might also be regarded as having global agenda that would disturb those who hold to the doctrine in 1d.
9 Something making it difficult to swallow offensive article by body of students (7)
TETANUS – The name of a major offensive during the Vietnam war followed by the indefinite article and the abbreviation for Nation Union of Students.
10 Poles confining all Scottish people to moor (7)
SARACEN – The abbreviations for South and North include (confining) the single letter Scottish contraction of all and another word for a group of people. A minor point, but the convention is that you can capitalise a word to mislead, but you should not put a proper noun into lower case to do so.
11 Like the Tube, going in cycles? (5)
INNER – A mild cryptic definition of the tube under the tyre on a bicycle.
12 One against what has gone before with love for what may come… to start with (9)
ANTIPASTO – A word for someone who is against something followed by a word meaning what has gone before and the letter representing love.
13 Recent lament aired by setter: a problem with inspiration (9)
PNEUMONIA – A homophone (aired) of NEW MOAN (recent lament) followed by the single letter representing the setter and the A from the clue.
15 Drinks sent back in tantrum (5)
STROP – A reversal (sent back) of the fortified wines passed to the left after a meal.
16 Resistance reduced, current climbs (5)
RAMPS – The abbreviation (reduced) of resistance followed by the name of the unit in which electrical current is measured.
18 What is in logs concerning previous returns to the interior (2-7)
RE-ENTRIES – A name for the data found in logs preceded (previous) by the abbreviation for concerning.
20 Unqualified entrants upset small core (3-6)
ALL-COMERS – An anagram (upset) of SMALL CORE.
23 Ransack folio in anger (5)
RIFLE – The abbreviation for folio inside a four letter word for anger.
24 Realise I got in a mess identifying number of additives going national (7)
ISRAELI – An anagram (in a mess) of a REALISE I after removing a letter that is used to identify food additives.
25 Withdraw from agreement about standing for Tory party (7)
RETRACT – An eight letter word for an agreement has the initial three letter abbreviation for the Conservative party replaced by the two letter word meaning about.
26 Unintentional quality? (15)
MEANINGLESSNESS – A cryptic definition of something that is not intended or meant.
1 Worker I brought to mint is motivated primarily by negative attitude to foreign domination (4-11)
ANTI-IMPERIALISM – A three letter word for an insect (worker) followed by the I from the clue and the name of a hard white mint, the IS from the clue snd the first letter (primarily) of motivated.
2 Understanding of English 10/10: Alain finally moves from bottom place up to second (7)
ENTENTE – The abbreviation for English followed by the number 10 spelled out twice with the final N (Alain finally) move from the bottom to the second letter of the answer.
3 Stupidly, I’m on sugar, but what would I know? (9)
IGNORAMUS – An anagram (stupidly) of IM ON SUGAR.
4 Worse things happen where salt is employed (2,3)
AT SEA – Where sailors are give the words that follow the saying “Worse things happen …”
5 Wanting to give an example — without using principal characters from New Testament, however (9)
INSATIATE – An 11 letter word meaning to give an example after removing the letters used in the abbreviation for New Testament with the however indicating that the letters are removed out of order.
6 Just out of bed, a period when hallucinations may well occur (5)
ATRIP – The A from the clue followed by a drug experience where hallucinations may occur.
7 If truth be spoken, in the end it’s on the tip of one’s tongue (7)
INCISOR – One of the teeth on which the tongue rests when pronouncing the final part of the word truth.
8 Not all there speaking in ancient language? (3,6,6)
NON COMPOS MENTIS – A mild cryptic definition of the Latin phrase meaning not of sound mind.
14 Take care of Heather, babe (9)
NURSELING – A five letter word meaning take care of followed by another word for the plant Heather.
15 Soaks treat us as nuts! (9)
SATURATES – An anagram (nuts) of TREAT US AS.
17 The French breaking into song after mass delirium caused by this (7)
MALARIA – After the abbreviation for mass include the French for the inside the name of an operatic song.
19 Expand limited information with notes (7)
INFLATE – A four letter word for information with the final letter removed followed by the names of two two letter musical notes.
21 Leading pair of literati chasing award, daggers drawn! (5)
OBELI – After (chasing) the abbreviation for a civil honour or award add the first two letters (leading pair of) in literati.
22 Slippery slope inherent in spurious creed (5)
SCREE – The answer is hidden (inherent) in SPURIOUS CREED.