A Puzzle by Exit
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Exit returns with his second Rookie puzzle. 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.
Welcome back to Exit. This was another well constructed crossword with only 7d attracting major comment. With only a score of 1.5/33 on the commentometer (or 4.5%), this is an excellent achievement. Perhaps the only other comment to make is that four hidden word clues in a crossword is a few too many. Although this is only Exit’s second crossword, both have shown an assured touch that merits advancement to the pages of the NTSPP.
The top line reveals an author and one of his works.
1 This woman freed an Irish dramatist (8)
SHERIDAN – A three letter word meaning this woman followed by a three word meaning freed and the an from the clue.
5 Resurgence of Yugoslav ire engulfs opponents (6)
RIVALS – The answer is hidden (engulfs) and reversed (resurgence of) in YUGOSLAV IRE.
10 Sailors fool the German escaper (9)
ABSCONDER – The plural of the abbreviation for able seamen followed by a three letter word meaning fool and the German for this.
11 Short lecture covering papers relating to marine movement (5)
TIDAL – A four letter word meaning lecture with the final letter removed around (covering) a two letter word for identification papers.
12 Ill, abbreviated thus in Latin (3)
SIC – A four letter word meaning ill with the final letter removed (abbreviated).
13 Restaurants abandoned – ring Domino’s! (6,5)
DINING ROOMS – An anagram (abandoned) of RING DOMINOS.
14 Test site in Douro valley (4)
OVAL – The answer is hidden in (in) DOURO VALLEY.
15 Happiest 26 seen in a cemetery? (8)
EPITAPHS – An anagram (the indicator given as the answer to 26a) of HAPPIEST.
20 Enigmatic Transylvanian (not dead), discovered in Oregon (8)
ORACULAR – The name of a famous Transylvanian count without the abbreviation for dead inside (discovered in) the state code for Oregon
23 Oil or gas? Flue needs modifying (4)
FUEL – An anagram (needs modifying) of FLUE.
26 Darn! G-men tee off in confusion (11)
DERANGEMENT – An anagram (off) of DARN G-MEN TEE.
28 Girl drowned in the Vendée (3)
EVE – The answer is hidden (drown in) THE VENDEE.
29 Crude rock fragments (5)
BRASH – Double definition.
30 Coffee morning, Heather? No! (9)
AMERICANO -The abbreviation for morning followed by a five letter word meaning heather (as a plant) an the NO from the clue.
31 To trap headless chicken, setter needs quiet (6)
ENMESH – Remove the first letter (headless) from a three letter word for a chicken and follow this with a two letter word for the setter and a two letter word meaning be quiet.
32 Amicable match? (8)
FRIENDLY – Double definition. Perhaps the two sides of the definition are a little too closely related.
1 Siân cons elaborate verse structure (8)
SCANSION – An anagram (elaborate) of SIAN CONS.
2 A simple sedan, that Seat is comfortable: … (4,5)
EASY CHAIR – A four letter word meaning simple followed by a word for which sedan is an example. The A in the clue is not necessary and points the solver towards a noun where an adjective is required. It could have been omitted. Technically, an definition by example indicator is required for sedan.
3 … but operatic heroine is seen in this old estate (6)
ISOLDE – The answer is hidden in (is seen in) THIS OLD ESTATE. A minor point but the “but” here does not sit nicely with definition. Perhaps “with operatic heroine seen in this…”
4 A northern poet’s tempo marking (7)
ANDANTE– The A from the clue followed by the abbreviation for Northern and the name of an Italian poet famous for his canto “Inferno”.
6 Gore follows assistant surgeon inside (8)
INTERNAL – The firs name of the old vice president Mr Gore after (follows) a five letter word for an assistant surgeon.
7 Abbado, say, dispensing with clarinet in recording? (5)
AUDIO – The first name of the Italian conductor Mr Abbado without a two letter abbreviation for clarinet. The name of the conductor is too specialist for use in a cryptic crossword and the abbreviation for clarinet is not given in the main dictionaries and so a different indicator should be used even if the abbreviation is used in musical scores.
8 Special large tree – a sensation! (6)
SPLASH – A two letter abbreviation for special followed by the abbreviation for large and a three letter word for tree.
9 British character: one seen in Sultanate (6)
BRUNEI – The single letter abbreviation for British followed by a four letter word for a character and the letter representing one. It is marginal whether wordplay seen in definition works. I think it works but definition seen in wordplay is better.
16 Potential energy achieved initially in pulse (3)
PEA – The abbreviation for potential energy followed by the first letter (initially) of achieved.
17 Saudi home in disarray gets domestic servant (9)
HOUSEMAID – An anagram (in disarray) of SAUDI HOME.
18 Plant in a tin like this (8)
ACANTHUS – The A from the clue followed by a three letter word for a can and a four letter word meaning like this.
19 “Everything Italian is bloody” – a myth? (8)
ALLEGORY – A three letter word for everything followed by a single letter word being the Italian for is and four letter word meaning bloody.
21 Returning vessel picks up echoes indicating latitude? (6)
LEEWAY – A four letter word for a small fishing boat is reversed (returning) and includes two Es Echo in the NATO phonetic alphabet.
22 Fawn possibly went up here in Hackney, it’s said (3,4)
ROE DEER – How a Cockney might say RODE (went up – on horseback) HERE.
24 Lee bid desperately for something to eat (6)
EDIBLE – An anagram (desperately) of LEE BID.
25 Band’s tour in Kent and Sussex? (6)
STRIPE – A four letter word for a tour inside the part of UK in which Kent and Sussex are to be found.
27 Mahler arrangement omits middle of The Kingdom (5)
REALM – An anagram (arrangement) of MAHLER without the middle letter of “the”.