A Puzzle by Shabbo
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Shabbo’s Return! – his words not mine. 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.
Congratulations to Shabbo on his final Rookie crossword. There were no major issues. The only real point to watch is to provide more variety with the wordplay indicators so that there is not an over-reliance on up and back as reversal indicators (even if combined with other words such as booted up, turned up.
9 Germany abandoned tied diplomat (7)
ATTACHE – Remove (abandoned) the IVR code for Germany from a word meaning attached.
10 Change lighting control around dangerous current (7)
RIPTIDE – A four letter word meaning change or amend and a three letter abbreviation for passive infrared sensor are all reversed (around).
11 Let back in having studied at American university (7)
READMIT – A four letter word meaning having studied followed by the abbreviation for Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
12 Notable source of information in hospital department (7)
EMINENT – A four letter word describing a source of information inside a three letter abbreviation for a hospital department.
13 Unique music backed in on-line review (9)
NONPAREIL – Reverse (backed) a three letter form of music inside an anagram (review) of ON-LINE.
16 Phase out condition (5)
SHAPE – An anagram (out) of PHASE.
17 Transferred phone card back. Indeed (7)
DEMISED – Reverse a three letter word for a phone card inside in DEED. Not all editors will accept the lift and separate mentally required to split the indeed to in deed to form the required wordplay.
20 Ties got straightened up by Narcissus, perhaps (7)
EGOTIST – An anagram (straightened up) of TIES GOT.
22 Comic loves to do the crossword (5)
SOLVE – An anagram (comic) of LOVES.
23 Chokes or accelerates? (9)
THROTTLES – Double definition for strangers and accelerates.
27 Issue tender back in period of conflict (7)
WARTIME – A four letter word meaning issue and a three letter word meaning tender or sore, all reversed (back).
28 Lodger one found in bed (7)
BOARDER – An A (one) inside another word for a bed in a garden.
30 Female copper points to mover in 27 (7)
EVACUEE – A three letter female name followed by the chemical symbol for copper and the compass direction east twice (points).
31 Building collapse rectified outright (7)
EDIFICE – An anagram (collapse) of RECTIFIED without the R (out-right). Another lift and separate clue that some editors would not allow.
1 Two men meet a kind of saint (6)
PATRON – A three letter Irishman’s name and a three letter abbreviated form of Ronald.
2 Injury sustained in endless training (6)
STRAIN – The answer is hidden in ENDLESS TRAINING.
3 Computer’s booted up for fraud (4)
SCAM – A reversal (booted up) of the plural form of a brand of Apple computer.
4 Pay for wooden bench (6)
SETTLE – Double definition.
5 Staunch Conservative, Neville Chamberlain, initially left stormy turbulence (4-4)
TRUE-BLUE – An anagram (stormy) of TURBULENCE after removing the initial letters in Neville Chamberlain.
6 Wet blanket ruins wine (10)
SPOILSPORT – A word meaning ruins followed by the name of an after dinner fortified wine.
7 Academics in elite ratings (8)
LITERATI – The answer is hidden in ELITE RATINGS.
8 Financing unfashionable church attire (8)
VESTMENT – Remove the IN (unfashionable = not in) from a word for financing.
14 I make money endlessly (3)
ONE – Discard the outer letters (endlessly) of money. The cryptic reading definition make wordplay does not work, it should be makes and strictly the wordplay makes the definition, the definition is made up from the wordplay.
15 Moderate debts after sailors met up (10)
ABSTEMIOUS – The plural form of the abbreviation for Able Seamen (sailors) followed by a reversal (up) of MET and the four letter word indicating debts.
17 Refused to acknowledge potential downside (8)
DISOWNED – An anagram (potential) of a DOWNSIDE.
18 Misuse ragged material I left out for tailor at first (8)
MALTREAT – An anagram (ragged) of MATERIAL after replacing the I with a T (tailor at first).
19 Bird finds Del more ‘andsome inside (8)
DOTTEREL – A word meaning more handsome with the H removed inside the DEL from the clue.
21 Take action if pudding is left unfinished (3)
SUE – Remove the final letter (left unfinished) of a word for a type of pudding. I don’t think that the word on its own means a pudding – it is an adjective describing a pudding.
24 Buries loose stones (6)
RUBIES – An anagram (loose) of BURIES.
25 Judge covering Beethoven (6)
LUDWIG – A three letter reference to a judge followed by a form of head covering.
26 Web browser might take 10 on board (6)
SURFER – Double definition of someone who browses the internet and a person who ride a board on the waves created by a 10a.
29 Enthusiastic singer turned up (4)
AVID – Reverse (turned up) of a four letter word for a singer.