Capitalist Views? by Hippogryph
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Yet another new setter puts his head above the parapet, so please welcome Hippogryph. 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 Hippogryph on a sterling debut crossword. The theme of buildings and structures seen on the 19a give notable 20ds with 8a 25d, 16a, 29a, 1d 3d, and 5d 15d providing the themed solutions. There was a lot of attention to detail in the clues with only a few minor comments. The commentometer reads 4.5/32 or 14% which is very good for a debut crossword.
7 This provides energy to track containing high intensity rock dynamics initially (5,4)
THIRD RAIL – A five letter word meaning to track or follow includes (containing) the initial letters of the seventh to tenth words of the clue.
8 High structure built by the setter and others within rocky hill (5)
TOWER – The collective pronoun for “the setter and others” inside (within) a three letter word for a rocky hill.
9 “Young bodyguard to beat daughter!” – headlines may be seen here? (9)
NEWS STAND – A three letter word meaning young followed by the abbreviation for Hitler’s bodyguards, a three letter word meaning to beat and the abbreviation for daughter.
10 Bovine feeding apparatus provided by disorganised Dude Ranch primarily (5)
UDDER – An anagram (disorganised) of DUDE R (ranch primarily).
12 The setter, doctor and royal representative in Parliament? (6)
MEMBER – A two letter pronoun for the setter, the abbreviation for a Bachelor or Medicine and the abbreviation for the queen (royal).
13 Mention by name, eg Pierre, within a note. (8)
NOMINATE – The French word (eg Pierre) for a name followed by a two letter word meaning within, the A from the clue and a two letter word for a musical note.
16 This is among the tougher kind of vegetable (7)
GHERKIN – The answer is hidden in (among) TOUGHER KIND. Some editors will not allow wordplay of definition. The “this” in the clue could have been omitted with “Vegetable among the tougher kind”.
19 Media company cable delivers “Horizon” (7)
SKYLINE – A three letter media (satellite and cable) company followed by another word for a cable.
22 Gold thrown, we hear, in Tyneside to cause disgust (8)
NAUSEATE – The chemical symbol for gold followed by another word for a throne (thrown, we hear) inside the geographical region for Tyneside. The two stage process of going from thrown, to throne to seat is a little on the harsh side. Gold throne in Tyneside would have worked much better.
25 Anaesthetise young Mr Britten before removing 40% of thumb (6)
BENUMB – The diminutive form (young) of Benjamin (Mr Britten) followed by the word “thumb” with the first two letters (40%) removed.
27 Across clue is not appropriate for product from this animal? (5)
EIDER – The type of duck feathers usually followed by down in the name of a type of quilt.
28 Mild event surprisingly leads to frolicsome mischief (9)
DEVILMENT – An anagram (surprisingly) of MILD EVENT.
29 Fragment of first shatterproof tough product? (5)
SHARD – The initial letter (first) of shatterproof followed by a four letter word meaning tough. Some editors would require “first of” rather than first on its own.
30 Enraged at being disturbed in this open air spot for relaxation (3,6)
TEA GARDEN – An anagram (being disturbed) of ENRAGED AT. The this could have been omitted from the clue.
1/3 He gets career change to food shredder (6,6)
CHEESE GRATER – An anagram (change) of HE GETS CAREER. Perhaps “changed” would have given a better cryptic reading of the clue.
2 Only part of goal is obtained by angry lawyers? (8)
CROSSBAR – A five letter word meaning angry followed by a collective word for a group of lawyers. I would omit the “Only” as a goal has more than one part.
3 See 1
4 Best Western hotel in the capital of Germany? (7)
WINNING – The abbreviation for Western followed by a three letter word for a hotel or hostelry, the in from the clue and the first letter (capital) of Germany.
5 Capital airing the first two odd sounds from the King of Skiffle? (6)
LONDON – The first syllables from the name Lonnie Donegan (the King of Skiffle). The first two odd sounds are indicate that the answer is from the first and third of the five syllables sounded when pronouncing his name.
6 Regret locating holy book after just two short lessons (6)
REPENT – The abbreviations for the lessons for Religious Education and Physical Education followed by the abbreviation for the books in the New Testament. The New Testament is a collection of books, not a book.
11 Brief reassuring message in a frenzy (4)
AMOK – Split 2,2, this would be a brief message of reassurance.
14 Alternative way of thinking about North American bird (3)
ANI – The abbreviation for artificial intelligence (alternative way of thinking) about the abbreviation for North.
15 This organ sounds ok (3)
EYE – A homophone (sounds) of aye (OK). Another clue where the “this could have been omitted”.
16 Spirit of belonging? (3)
GIN – The answer is hidden in (of) BELONGING.
17 This has a bunch of feathers out of place when viewed down under? (3)
EMU – Remove the abbreviation for place from another word for a bunch of feathers and reverse the letters that remain (when viewed from down under).
18 Smart P.C. paid with one up-front? (4)
IPAD – Move the letter representing one up in the word paid. The solution is not really a PC in the conventional sense of the word.
20 Noteworthy contribution from Luke firstly, when combined with fellow author (8)
LANDMARK – The initial letter (firstly) of Luke followed by a three letter conjunction (combined with) followed by the name of another gospel writer.
21 Twice break free and lose fellow judge (7)
REFEREE – An anagram (break) of FREE FREE without one of the Fs. Perhaps lose second fellow would be better.
23 Land often shared by smokers (6)
ALIGHT – Split 1, 5, this would be something smokers share when only on of them has matches.
24 Wander away from the straight and narrow during quiet drink? (6)
SHERRY – A word meaning wander away from the straight and narrow inside (during) a three letter word meaning quiet. The question mark is not needed here, as the definition is not questionable or a definition by example.
25 Down clue is not appropriate for description of this structure? (6)
BRIDGE – This structure goes across rivers, roads, etc. so would not be appropriate in a down clue.
26 Dance music is provided after terminus reconstruction, not Southern Region? (6)
MINUET – Remove the abbreviation for Southern Region from TERMINUS and make an anagram (reconstruction) of the letters that remain. Some editors would require an indication that the letters are not removed in the order in which they are give in the clue. The surface reading is not the best here and the construction “definition is provided after wordplay” is not wrong but clunky.