A Puzzle by Deuce
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It’s been a while since we had a puzzle by Deuce – wait no longer. 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 Deuce. I thought this was an excellent crossword with some well thought out definitions so that you had to think outside the box to see the word being indicated. Looking back at Deuce’s crosswords, he had come on leaps and bounds since his first one. There are some rough edges that could be worked on but it is notable that the comments on this crossword are, in general, more nit-picking than on previous ones. The surface readings suffered in a couple of places – notably in 24a and 7d where the clues did not make much sense as sentences in their own right.
8 Scorer’s headers to Ronaldo enable short pass into goal, hoofed in (8)
RESPIGHI – The initial letters (headers to) the final eight words of the clue.
9 Before fall happens, it is dignified (6)
AUGUST – Double definition. Perhaps, “It comes before fall – and is dignified” might have been better.
10 Crook of course holds up one who’s collared (6)
DOGLEG – Split 3,3 this would hold up a pet that might wear a collar. There is perhaps too much similarity between the two halves of the clue as one is named from the other. Perhaps crook of course has to follow girl back.
11 Split personality perhaps comes from upper brain damaged with hollowed-out tome (8)
URBANITE – An anagram (damaged) of U (upper) BRAIN followed by the outer letters (hollowed out) of TOME. Whilst U can mean upper class or acceptable, I don’t this that justifies using “upper” on its own to clue U.
12 Reduce measurement scale to zero, one using metres and feet (6)
SAPPHO – A three letter word meaning to reduce followed by the scale used to measure acidity and the letter representing zero.
13 PM leaves in cabinet? (4,4)
EARL GREY – Double definition of the old Prime Minister and a type of flavoured tea. As tea was kept in a caddy rather than a cabinet, PM leaves would have been more effective.
14 Around start of election, disorganised voter tries poll, tracks lead there (9,6)
LIVERPOOL STREET – An anagram (disorganised) of VOTER TRIES POLL around the first letter (start of) of election.
18 Arrives with wine container inside Threshers (8)
COMBINES – A five letter word meaning arrives includes (inside) a three letter word for a win container.
21 Topless, entices sinfully into relative depravity (6)
INCEST – An anagram (sinfully) of ENTICES without the first letter (topless). Whilst a word in an across clue can have a front, can it have a top? This would have been better in a down clue.
23 Drive quickly home for one going sideways? (8)
CARAPACE – A three letter word for drive followed by a five letter word meaning quickly. I don’t think that you can take the three letter word for drive (as a verb) and make is synonymous with this thing that is driven (a noun).
24 Thing for removing ear with hammer suggests red flag (6)
SICKLE – Double definition of what might be used to remove ears of corn and other cereal crops and what features with a hammer on the Russian flag.
25 Sewer must have connection to edges of lake (6)
NEEDLE – A four letter word meaning must have (I must have a / **** a…) followed by the outer letters (edges) of LAKE.
26 Hair removed after clippers initially stop working (5,3)
CLOCK OFF – The first letter (initially) of clippers followed by a four letter word for a lock of something and a three letter word meaning removed.
1 Supplied with pork without crust – one producing pork pie (6)
FEDORA – A three letter word meaning supplied followed by inner letters (without crust) of PORK and the letter representing one. As established in the comments, a pork pie hat is not one of these.
2 Computer takes two numbers to arrive at US domestic product (5,3)
APPLE PIE – The name of the manufacturer of the Mac computer followed by two irrational numbers (the first used to calculate the circumference of a circle and the second for natural logarithms).
3 Peers repeatedly get older when losing Westminster’s top spot (3,5)
AGE GROUP – A three letter word meaning get older followed by another phrase (4,2) meaning get older (hence the repeatedly) with the W (Westminster’s top spot) removed.
4 Counts out loud for expressions (7,2,6)
FIGURES OF SPEECH – A semi-cryptic (and not particularly accurate) definition of expressions.
5 Composer, more minimalist, taking on Beethoven’s 1st (6)
BARBER -A five letter word meaning more minimalist or having less on includes the first letter of Beethoven.
6 It’s a rum thing, say, having medal taken back (6)
EGGNOG – The two letter abbreviation meaning say or for example followed by a reversal (taken back) of another word for a medal.
7 Current so that place joins equally hot climes (8)
ISOTHERE – The abbreviation for current in electrical terms, the SO from the clue and a five letter word meaning that place.
15 Heathen one put off (8)
IDOLATER – Split 1, 3, 5 this would mean one put off doing something.
16 Not done well taking underwear before given shoes (8)
SLIPSHOD – A four letter word for a type of underwear followed by a word meaning given shoes.
17 Limestone and plaster taken with 13, perhaps (4,4)
ROCK CAKE – Limestone is an example of this formation followed by a word meaning to plaster or cover something. This clue could have benefitted from a definition by example indicator for Limestone.
19 Shakespeare’s end of scene included, causing cheeky productions? (6)
BEARDS – The last letter (end of) scene goes inside a five letter word meaning Shakespeare’s
20 Arrange inside lane at end (6)
NEATEN – The answer is hidden in LANE AT END.
22 Joint occasionally supple when beginning to flex (6)
SPLIFF – The odd letters (occasionally) in SUPPLE followed by a two letter word meaning when and the first letter (beginning to) of FLEX. I am not sure that when means the same thing. “When” implies a certainty, if implies conditionality.