A Puzzle by AKMild
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It’s been a while since we had a puzzle from AKMild. 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.
On the evidence of this crossword, I think we have another promotion to the NTSPP spot. AKMild produced a good crossword with a geographic theme. There were hardly any issues with the clue.
8 Benefit overwhelms a British monkey (6)
BABOON – A four letter word meaning a benefit or blessing goes around (overwhelms) the A from the clue and the abbreviation for British
9 Female saints leave Susan befuddled (3)
UNA – Remove the plural abbreviation of saints from the letters in Susan and make an anagram (befuddled) from the remaining letters.
10 Attractive actress Claire holds cross (4)
FOXY – The surname of the Golden Globe award winning actress Claire ??? around the letter representing a cross.
11 Dessert course comprising stilton and madeira, perhaps (10)
CHEESECAKE – The foodstuffs of which Stilton and Madeira are examples added together give the answer.
12 Can Kelvin find an East End butcher’s? (4)
LOOK – A three letter word for a can or toilet followed by the abbreviation for Kelvin.
13 Stick with this to provide encouragement (6)
CARROT – The vegetable associated with the word stick in a well-known phrase associated with providing encouragement.
16 Bosanquet’s team announced king’s downfall (8)
REGICIDE – The diminutive form of the first name of the newsreader Mr Bousanquet followed by a homophone (announced) of another word for a team.
17 Studying at university in Royal Berkshire (7)
READING – Double definition, the second being a town in Royal Berkshire. I would preferred “university town in Royal Berkshire” in the clue as it would have avoided a prepositional definition but that is personal preference.
18 Trickery comprising 7 letters initially, then 8 (7)
SLEIGHT – The first letters (initially) of seven and letters followed by the word 8.
22 Port can form part of lunch! (8)
SANDWICH – Double definition
25 Rather tatty guide, we hear (6)
RAGGED – A homophone of guide gives a word meaning teased which when pronounced differently gives a word meaning rather tatty. I think that as the initial homophone gives a word that itself has to be amended in its pronunciation, this should have been indicated.
26 Kittiwake in winter is, at first, a bird that is unable to fly (4)
KIWI – The first letters for the first four words of the clue.
27 Suitable festivity for Zorro’s countenance and bearing, perhaps (6,4)
MASKED BALL – How Zorro is described by reference to his face covering followed by another word for a small metallic object used as a bearing. Definition for wordplay here does not quite work.
30 Lady singer in senile dotage? (4)
GAGA – Double definition.
31 Queue going backwards without end – nothing to see here (3)
NIL – Reverse (going backwards) a four letter word for a queue without its last letters (without end).
32 Roadway near Glastonbury (6)
STREET – Double definition of a roadway and a town near Glastonbury.
1 Chivalrous order arising from rich tableau (4)
BATH – The answer is hidden and reversed (arising from) RICH TABLEAU.
2 Moved in a nautical fashion along the coast from Brighton (4)
HOVE – Double definition.
3 Never having lost a match, nor having faced corporal punishment (8)
UNBEATEN – Double definition.
4 Traumas affected equatorial island (7)
SUMATRA – An anagram (affected) of TRAUMAS.
5 Worthless individual gave off sulphurous odour? (3,3)
BAD EGG – Double definition, the second being the object that gives off the odour.
6 Role play includes very loud Liberal I find distressing (10)
AFFLICTING – A six letter word meaning role play (as in performing in the theatre) around (includes) the musical abbreviation for very loud and the abbreviation for Liberal and the I from the clue. A minor point but here we have wordplay find definition where it should be wordplay finds definition in the cryptic reading. Perhaps “Very loud Liberal I included in role play is distressing” would have overcome this.
7 Neat means of crossing English city (6)
OXFORD – A two letter word for cattle (neat) followed by a form of river crossing.
14 Boundless duties (excise) (3)
AXE – Remove the outer letters (boundless) for a word for duties (in the sense of money paid to the government).
15 Left Nelson, maybe, for painted lady’s relative (3,7)
RED ADMIRAL – The colour represented politically by the left followed by the naval rank held by Nelson.
19 Every other plea triggers asset donations (8)
LARGESSE – The even letters (every other) in the third to fifth words of the clue.
20 Appearance of Grant or Dennis, for instance, on the radio (3)
HUE – A homophone (on the radio) of the first name of Grant or Dennis.
21 Produce tune while crossing street (7)
WHISTLE – The while from the clue around (crossing) the abbreviation for Street. As this is a down clue, crossing is perhaps not the best containment indicator. Also, you could have referenced the answer to 32a to give “Produce tunes 32 in a period of time”.
23 I’m OCD about creature (6)
ANIMAL – A word meaning obsessive around the IM from the clue. Not sure that those who have OCD would welcome being called the four letter word required in the solution.
24 Protected from outbreaks of illnesses (measles, mumps, ulcers, norovirus, etc.) (6)
IMMUNE – The first letters (outbreaks of) the final six words on the clue.
28 Locate Underground just north of Manchester (4)
BURY – Double definition.
29 Elegant, heading off for Staffordshire town (4)
LEEK – Remove the first letter (heading off) from a word meaning elegant.