A Puzzle by Kelotoph
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This is the latest puzzle from the setter formerly known as 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.
Well done to Kelotoph with a good crossword with a Trekkie theme. Was the cluing good enough be be beamed up to the NTSPP or will he Klingon to Rookie status?
8 The first non-heathen (6)
THEIST – The THE from the clue followed by IST (first)
9 Boundless love – a means of spawning life (3)
OVA – The central letters (boundless) of love followed by the A from the clue.
10 Twist longitudinal weaving yarn (4)
WARP – Double definition, the send being the cross threads on a loom used in weaving.
11 Second earth setting (10)
BACKGROUND – A four word meaning second or support followed by a six letter word for earth.
12 Skyrocket‘s tender, we hear (4)
SOAR -A homophone (we hear) of SORE (tender).
13 Beat these ears – hit from right to left in a regular fashion (6)
THRESH – The even letters (in a regular fashion) reversed (from right to left) in THESE EARS HIT.
16 Lack of nerves suffered by a penguin? (4,4)
COLD FEET – Double definition, the second quizzical. As pointed out, without the “’s” in nerves, the definition is incorrect and means the opposite of that which was intended.
17 Otiose phrase initially rearranged to provide elemental variety (7)
ISOTOPE – An anagram (rearranged) of OSIOSE P (phrase initially).
18 One may do this to go and collect £200 on board (7)
ADVANCE – Cryptic definition (just) of what you do in Monopoly to collect your £200.
22 Alumnus, followed by daughter in real strop at first, barges in (8)
OBTRUDES – The abbreviation for old boy (alumnus) followed the abbreviation for daughter inside a four letter word meaning real and the first letter (at first) of strop.
25 Reality – gold is an element (6)
FACTOR – A four letter word for reality followed by the heraldic abbreviation for gold.
26 Take a drink noisily, not quietly, and speak as if drunk (4)
SLUR – A five letter word meaning to drink noisily with the final P removed (not quietly).
27 Barrels burst at wet disintegration (10)
WATERBUTTS – An anagram (disintegration) of BURST AT WET. The solution should have been indicated as 5,5. Some editors will not permit a noun as an anagram indicator. The surface reading does not make the greatest of senses.
30 From the outset, alcoholic liquids enthusiastically supped (4)
ALES – The initial letters (from the outset) of the final four words of the clue with those words also forming the definition.
31 At the very heart of miserable age (3)
ERA – The central letter (at the very heart) fOF MISERABLE.
32 First lady in underworld returned strained (6)
SIEVED – The first lady in the book of Genesis inside a three letter for for the underworld that has been reversed (returned).
1 How a wild horse is exhorted to stop (4)
WHOA – An anagram (wild) of HOW A with the whole clue providing the definition.
2 Three kings accept single Church of Scotland (4)
KIRK – The abbreviation for King include (accept) the letter representing one (single).
3/15 2 responsible for this celebrity’s trendy business (8,10)
STARSHIP ENTERPRISE – A four letter word meaning celebrity with the ’s added from clue followed by a three letter word meaning trendy and a ten letter word for a business.
4 Encourage Frisians, perhaps, to pay their own way (2,5)
GO DUTCH – A two letter word meaning encourage followed by the nationality of the Frisians. Perhaps “Word of encouragement” would have been better. Encourage on its own does not give the required word directly.
5 An early conqueror of Gaul and Spain, embraced by Henry V and allies (6)
VANDAL – The answer is hidden in (embraced by) V AND ALLIES. The Henry here is padding and, as Gazza brilliantly pointed out, could have been replaced in keeping with the theme by Chekov…
6 Helvetian football club, managed within local means of spending (5,5)
SWISS FRANC – The nationality of someone who is Helvetian followed the abbreviation for football club with a three letter word meaning managed inserted (within).
7 King Cole buys into Swedish currency – fancy! (6)
ORNATE – The first name of the singer King Cole) inside (buys into) a three letter word for
14 Hello, hello, hello? Is this belonging to a man? (3)
HIS – The plural of HI (hello, hello, hello).
15 See 3
19 Feds tore about to get rid of wood (8)
DEFOREST – An anagram (about) of FEDS TORE.
20 Doves’ talk – talk of a military takeover (3)
COO – A homophone (talk of a) COUP (military takeover).
21 Camel’s remains might be found here (7)
ASHTRAY – Cryptic definition of where cigarette butts might be found.
23 Emphatically, to go either side of this is a classic grammarian’s no-no (6)
BOLDLY – Cryptic definition based on the opening words of Star Trek that include a split infinitive.
24 When hesitation follows a clue like this, it’s a depressing experience (6)
DOWNER – A two letter word expressing a hesitation after a description of the direction of this clue.
28 Modern means of transport over in Germany (4)
UBER – Double definition.
29 Three Sky regulars have a difficult journey (4)
TREK – The odd letters (regulars) in THREE SKY. Having would be a better link word to lead to the noun.
The commentometer reads at 3/31 or 9.7%. Phasers are still set above stun level so perhaps the next one will see Kelotoph reach the Next Generation.