A Puzzle by Atrica
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The latest setter to make his debut is Atrica. 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.
A very good debut crossword from Atrica. There was a very good mix of clues and good use of indicators with no repetition. Another one like this and I suspect Atrica will quickly progress to the NTSPP. The commentometer reads at 1/30 or 3.33%.
9 Ernst penned orders in an odd way twice before, making ambiguous statements (6,9)
DOUBLE ENTENDRES – A word meaning twice goes before the odd letters (in an odd way) of the first three words of the clue.
10 Syrup from maple, say, containing a constituent of salt (7)
TREACLE – The type of plant of which a maple is an example includes (containing) the A from the clue and the chemical symbol for
Sodium Chlorine (constituent of salt – sodium chloride).
12 Fan self to be refreshed a bit (7)
SNAFFLE – An anagram (to be refreshed) of FAN SELF.
13 More convincingly, 25 incorporates defensible structure in place of propaganda (1,8)
A FORTIORI – The answer to 25 across has the abbreviation for public relations (propaganda) replaced by a four lefter word for a defensive structure.
14 Healer ignoring religious text remains believer in God (5)
DEIST – The person who you would go to to heal a toothache omits (ignoring) the abbreviation for New Testament (books). I don’t like the remains as a link between the wordplay and the solution “becomes” might have been better.
15 A rent in the runner? (7)
ATHLETE – The A and the THE from the clue includes a three letter word meaning to rent.
18 Golf permits platform from which one can swing (7)
GALLOWS – The letter represented by golf in the Nato phonetic alphabet followed by a six letter word meaning permits.
21 Lacking this, egg has velocity of zero (5)
OOMPH – The letter representing the shape of an egg followed by a phrase 1,3 meaning a velocity of zero.
23 Must anger result when these are involved? (9)
ARGUMENTS – An anagram (involved) of the answer would give MUST ANGER.
25 A church leader, I gathered, by deduction (1,6)
A PRIORI – The A from the clue followed by the name of a church leader and the I are put together (gathered)
26 Sign on railway leads to place of enforced silence (7)
LIBRARY – One of the signs of the zodiac followed by the abbreviation for railway.
29 Plant leaflet with holly and ivy represented (4,2,3,6)
LILY OF THE VALLEY – An anagram (represented) of LEAFLET HOLLY IVY.
1 Change flow of water to run uphill (4)
EDIT – A word for the flow of water is reversed (to run uphill).
2 Pretty rhymes with “orange”, for example (4)
CUTE – A word that rhymes with description of something of which an orange is an example.
3 “Sail upwind, Captain!” cried Spooner, in monochrome garment of knotted cloth (5,3)
BLACK TIE – A Spoonerism of TACK BLIGH.
4 Perturbed, Eratosthenes denied assent (surprisingly!) to this (6)
HERETO – An anagram (perturbed) of ERATOSTHENES after removing the letters in ASSENT (the surprisingly indicating that the letters in ASSENT appear in a different order when removed).
5 Secreting male covers up part of lower body (8)
STASHING – A four letter word for a male deer around (covers up) part of the leg (lower body). As covers in a down clue implies going over or above words, perhaps “hides” would be a better indicator here.
6 California, Florida and Oregon are not Indiana, Louisiana and North Dakota (6)
INLAND – The abbreviations for the states of Indiana, Louisiana and North Dakota.
7 Latent in zealot, if far gone to the left, is a type of vandalism (8)
GRAFFITO – The answer is hidden and reversed (to the left) in ZEALOT IF FAR GONE. I don’t have problem with to the left in this clue as the indicator represents the position of the letters in the clue as a whole. Where care has to be taken is where the wordplay indicates the positioning of various parts of the wordplay in the solution where the solution is a down clue. For example A over B in a down clue implies A followed by B not A around B.
8 Fireproofing, perhaps to the maximum possible extent, as stated (8)
ASBESTOS – A dubious homophone (as stated) of “as best as” (to the maximum possible extent). As the end sound does not work particularly well in the homophone, perhaps a better way of cluing this should have been found.
11 Official receives appeal for renovation (5)
REFIT – A three letter word for a match official followed by a word for sex appeal.
15 Delightful bead or a blemish covered up? (8)
ADORABLE – The answer is hidden in (covered up) in BEAD OR A BLEMISH.
16 In regulation you discover self-determination (4,4)
HOME RULE – A four letter word meaning in followed by another word for a regulation.
17 I came back to eat cod and shrink in waistline (8)
EMACIATE – Reverse (back) the I CAME from the clue and followed by an anagram (cod) of EAT.
19 The pulse of the capital? (4,4)
LIMA BEAN – A cryptic definition by reference to the capital of Peru.
20 Found from westernmost Huron to easternmost Ontario, according to reports (5)
WATER – A homophone (according to reports) of H (westernmost Huron) TO O (easternmost Ontario.
22 Bad spelling? Who do bad spelling? (6)
HOODOO – How someone who cannot spell might spell WHO DO.
24 Vessel in kitchen (6)
GALLEY – Double definition of a type of boat or vessel and another word for a kitchen.
27 Get together with girl after haircut (4)
ALLY – The name of a girl with the first letter removed (after haircut).
28 Cellist gives up mother for stringed instrument? (2-2)
YO-YO – The name of a famous cellist without the MA (gives up mother).