A Puzzle by Effra
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Today we have a thid puzzle from Effra. 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.
Apart from the appalling homophone in 5d and an over reliance on hidden words (if you have more than one, I would recommend that one of them is reversed hidden word) this was a good crossword. The commentometer reads at 3 out of 30 or 10%.
8 Barnaby regularly makes ass noise (4)
BRAY – The odd letters (regularly) in first word of the clue.
9 Disappeared somehow to evade rap (10)
EVAPORATED – An anagram (somehow) of TO EVADE REP.
10 Reptilian exotic newts exported from Switzerland in error (6)
LIZARD — An anagram (in error) of SWITZERLAND after removing the letters (exported) in NEWTS with the exotic being a secondary anagram indicator to show that the letters in NEWTS appear in a different order in the main word to be rearranged.
11 First Year lies tactically, dissembling (8)
EARLIEST – The answer is hidden in (dissembling) YEAR LIES TACTICALLY
12 Arresting subjects (8)
CITIZENS – A word that could go before ARREST to indicate an arrest made by someone who is not a policeman.
14 Cancelled street fight (6)
STRUCK – The abbreviation for street followed by a word for a fight.
16 Jokers can be headless fools (4)
WITS – Remove the initial letter (headless) from a word for fools.
17 Expressions of pride (5)
ROARS – How a group of animals in a pride might express themselves.
18 Spent, powerless and dispatched (4)
SENT – Remove the abbreviation for power (power-less) from the first word of the clue. Perhaps this clue would have been improved if the solver had to find a synonym for spent first.
19 Boxer reportedly trusts defences (6)
ALIBIS – The name of a well known heavyweight boxer followed by a homophone (reportedly) of BUYS (trusts).
21 Light around German city is lowered (8)
LESSENED -The abbreviation for light emitting diode (light) around the name of a German city.
23 Good currency, gold and bonds – splendid! (8)
GLORIOUS – The abbreviations for Good and Pounds (currency) followed by the heraldic word for gold and a word for debts (bonds). I think that it might have been better to refer to Sterling or Pounds to indicate the second letter of the solution.
26 Feigning some tact in German (6)
ACTING – The answer is hidden in (some) TACT IN GERMAN.
27 Incredibly, direst teen is enthusiastic (10)
INTERESTED – An anagram (incredibly) of DIREST TEEN.
28 Crimes popular aboard ship (4)
SINS – A two letter word meaning popular inside (aboard) the abbreviation for steamship.
1 Insincere liar if I act deceptively (10)
ARTIFICIAL – An anagram (deceptively) of LIAR IF I ACT.
2 Quiet girl offered up passes for monuments (8)
PYRAMIDS – The abbreviation for quiet followed by a reversal (offered up) of a girl’s name and a word meaning papers or passes.
3 Futile to search animal food store for this – little point! (6)
NEEDLE – Cryptic definition of something you would search for in a haystack.
4 Secure sex appeal with further education (4)
SAFE – The abbreviations for sex appeal and further education.
5 Couple of joints picked up for trippers (8)
TOURISTS – A homophone (picked up) of TWO WRISTS (couple of joints). Possibly the worst homophone I have encountered in a Rookie crossword.
6 Increasingly workshy window maker misses start (6)
LAZIER – Remove the first letter (misses start) from a word for a window maker (or at least the person who inserts the glass into window frames).
7 Arranges badger accommodation (4)
SETS – Double definition.
13 Shell-suited pace-setter? (5)
SNAIL – A slow moving animal that has a shell. Although you can have at a ***** pace, i don’t think that pace setter is a fair reference as it suggests quite the opposite.
15 Denouncing Democrat implicated in cheating (10)
CONDEMNING – The abbreviation for Democrat inside (implicated in) a nine letter word meaning cheating.
17 Re-established swathe of rainforest or Eden (8)
RESTORED – The answer is hidden in (swathe of) RAINFOREST OR EDEN. Three hidden word clues is on the high side.
18 Second urine sample is most fragrant (8)
SWEETEST – The abbreviation for second followed by a three letter word meaning urine and a four letter word meaning sample.
20 Book on ancient city I edited is covered up (6)
BURIED – The abbreviation for book, the name of an ancient biblical city, the I from the clue and the abbreviation for edited.
22 Takes position and pays the price (6)
STANDS – Double definition (the second often used when paying for a round of drinks).
24 Left Mark for hook up (4)
LINK – The abbreviation for left followed by a word meaning to tattoo or mark something.
25 Place skittle oddly (4)
SITE – The odd letters in the second word of the clue.