A Puzzle by Skinny
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Today we have a new puzzle from Skinny. 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.
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Welcome back to Skinny. As with the first crossword, this was generally well clued, inventive and fun to solve. The mini themes of toilets and engines nicely disguising the main theme where nine of the answers are the second halves of the names of football clubs.
In a few places, the cluing needs to be a little tighter with three of definitions that were a little loose and a couple of abbreviations for a noun clued by an adjective which do not work. However, all the basics are there and with a little improvement, it will not be long before we see Skinny promoted.
The commentometer reads as 4/30 or 13.3%.
1 Toilet historically you found in a river (8)
OUTHOUSE – A four letter word used historically to indicate you in (found in) the name of an English river.
5 Friend, one giving luxurious house (6)
PALACE – A three letter word for a friend followed by a three letter word for one (as in a pack of cards).
10 Decreases number of clubs (5)
IRONS – Double definition, the first to be read as de-creases and the second in terms of golf.
11 Perhaps brigadier means to get on a plane (3,6)
AIR BRIDGE – An anagram (perhaps) of BRIGADIER.
12 Eccentric aunt joins meeting, as you might expect (9)
NATURALLY – An anagram (eccentric) of AUNT followed by a five letter word for a meeting.
13 Mexico’s last region producing gas (5)
OZONE – The final letter (last) of Mexico followed by a four letter word for a region.
14 Skinny accepts thanks for horticulture (6)
BOTANY – A four letter word meaning skinny or scrawny includes (accepts) a two letter word meaning thanks. I am not sure that the two meaning are exactly the same as horticulture is the art of gardening and the solution is the science of plants or their properties.
15 The final stages of a play (7)
ENDGAME – A literal definition that could inadvertently be read cryptically.
18 Fashion accessories to attach and cut back (7)
TIEPINS – A three word meaning to attach followed by a reversal (back) of a four letter word meaning to cut.
20 Cover with seething resentment (6)
HATRED – A three letter word for a covering for the head followed by the colour you might be if you are seething.
22 He disappeared from toilet, we’re told, and another one. (5)
LUCAN – A homophone for a three letter word for a toilet followed by a three letter word for a toilet.
24 Stew next to nothing – that’s controversial (3,6)
HOT POTATO – A phrase (3,3) for a stew followed by a two letter word meaning next to (as is he is next to the bar) and the letter representing nothing.
25 Sailor at last in old boat, with nothing to support engine (9)
TURBOPROP – The final letter (at last) of sailor inside a three letter word for an old boat followed by the letter representing nothing and a four letter word for a support. To have the same wordplay in separate parts of the crossword understandably happens but to have it in successive clues is unfortunate!
26 Peter follows popular style of music (5)
INDIE – A two letter word meaning popular followed by a three letter word meaning peter. Chambers indicates that peter should be used with “out” to give the required meaning.
27 Company agreement to lose one department (6)
COUNTY – The abbreviation for company followed by a word meaning close agreement or harmony from which the letter I (one) has been removed. I am not sure that the solution is a department. Perhaps area of England? would have been better.
28 Finally unzip on the throne, expecting to produce something? (8)
PREGNANT – The last letter (finally) of unzip followed by a seven letter word meaning on the throne or ruling.
1 Eastern book with nothing French in it (6)
ORIENT – The abbreviation for Old Testament includes the French word meaning nothing. The Old Testament is a collection of books so is usually referred to as books. However, as you could go into a bookshop to buy a book that is the Old Testament, it may qualify as a book by its title but it would have been better to have tried to maintain the plural meaning.
2 Drag around worst variety of engine (3-6)
TWO-STROKE – A four letter word meaning to have drag on a cigarette around an anagram (variety) of WORST.
3 Riotous stopover in boat’s watchtower (11,4)
OBSERVATION POST – An anagram (riotous) of STOPOVER IN BOATS
4 E.g Holloway street a Dutch observer detailed (7)
STANLEY – The abbreviation for street followed by the A from the clue and the IVR code for the Netherlands and a three letter word for an observer with the final letter removed (detailed). Dutch gives an adjective for the people of the country rather than the country whose IVR code is required so that his does not work.
6 State interrupting broadcast – that’s chilling (3,12)
AIR CONDITIONING – A nine letter word for the state of something inside a six letter word meaning broadcasting.
7 Golden deity in Italy producing sound (5)
AUDIO – The chemical symbol for Gold followed by the Italian word for a deity. As with Dutch previously, here you cannot use the adjective golden to get to the noun gold for the substation of its chemical symbol.
8 European woman’s piercing scream – a little too high for one’s ears? (3-5)
EYE-LEVEL – The abbreviation for European followed by a four letter word meaning scream in which is included (piercing) a three letter name of a woman. I don’t think that the definition is at all helpful here.
9 Earl Grey’s extremely curious pattern (6)
ARGYLE – An anagram (curious) of EARL GY (GREY extremely). The apostrophe s breaks the cryptic reading of clue as you have the instruction grey has/is extremely.
16 Jump back in and begin ruining a palace (9)
ALEXANDRA – A four letter word for a jump in ice-skating is reversed (back) in the AND from the clue and followed by the first letter (begin) of ruining and the A from the clue.
17 He’ll shortly be performing in ‘Room At The Top’ – powerful (8)
ATHLETIC – An anagram (performing) of HELL with the final letter removed (shortly) inside the name of the top room of the house.
19 It’s odds-on this place being The Globe (6)
SPHERE – The abbreviation for starting price (odds) followed by a four letter word meaning this place.
20 Drive after raging madman (7)
HOTSPUR – A three letter word meaning raging or annoyed followed by a four letter word meaning to drive.
21 Anticipate chopping all trees here (6)
FOREST – A nine letter word meaning anticipate with the ALL removed (chopping).
23 Island in the Atlantic or further afield (5)
CORFU – The answer is hidden in ATLANTIC OR FURTHER. The afield is padding and ideally clue should be produced without padding words.