A Puzzle by Marg
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Today we have a second puzzle from Marg. 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.
Welcome back to Marg. This was trickier than her first crossword but none the worse for that. The fact that most of the comments have been on minor quibbles about personal preferences in creating clues indicates that the high standard of the first crossword has been maintained. As the commenometer is only 1/2 out of 30 or 1.6%, I think that the standard achieved deserves rapid promotion to the pages of the NTSPP.
1 Neglected European port is making comeback (7)
RIPOSTE – An anagram (neglected) of E (European) PORT IS. As an adjective meaning in a dilapidated state, I think that neglected is fine as an anagram indicator.
5 Top turning around has Baby Spice in difficulty (7)
DILEMMA – Reverse (turning around) of a three letter word for a top followed by the the first name of Ms Bunton, also known as Baby Spice.
9 Old Greek character barely knew judge (5)
OPINE – The abbreviation for old followed by a letter of the Greek alphabet and the inner letters (barely) of knew.
10 Highest speed, possibly, set by East German on motorway (9)
UPPERMOST – The type of drug of which speed is an example followed by the single letter indicating a motorway and the German word for East.
11 Lacking inspiration? (10)
BREATHLESS – Cryptic definition of someone unable to breath.
12 Tree, from New Zealand originally, reveals its many uses (4)
RIMU – The initial letters (originally) of the final four words of the clue.
14 Italian jerk’s text message describing setter generates wild feelings (12)
ROMANTICISMS – A five letter word for a person from Italy, a three letter word for a jerking movement and the abbreviation for a text message around a single letter indicating the setter.
18 Excessive boasting about completion of crossword is more than room can take (12)
OVERCROWDING – A four letter word meaning excessive and a seven letter meaning boasting around the final letter (completion of) crossword.
21 Pole with crystal box (4)
SPAR – Triple definition the first being a pole on the ship, the second a type of crystal and the third a word meaning to box. I agree that the with in this clue is not the best link word though it can mean and to give A and B C as the cryptic construction.
22 Mixed up misfit remains odd (10)
RANDOMISED – An anagram (misfit) of REMAINS ODD.
25 Go! Toilets are finally free (4,5)
TURN LOOSE – A four letter word for a go or shot at something followed by a four letter word for toilets and the finally letter of free.
26 Lifted shawl and passed quietly (5)
STOLE – Triple definition, the first meaning pinched, the second a type of shawl and the third meaning have crept or passed quietly.
27 Last of birthday presents might contain nuts (1-6)
Y-FRONTS – The final letter (last of) of birthday and a six letter word meaning presents or hosts an event.
28 Loopy badge showing small flower? (7)
ROSETTE – Double definition, the first being a badge made from looped bits of ribbon and the second a whimsical definition of a small type of flower that would smell as sweet by any other name.
1 Shapes head of hair into semi-Afro mass going both ways (6)
RHOMBI – The first letter (head of hair inside half of the word Afro followed by the abbreviation for mass and a two letter word meaning both ways sexually.
2 Legs evenly covered by proper briefs (6)
PRIMES – The even letter of legs beneath (covered by) a four letter word meaning proper.
3 Fan of secret porn after unloading? (5,5)
SPENT FORCE – An anagram fan of OF SECRET PN (porn after unloading) with the whole clue providing an unseemly definition that would not be published in the national papers but might make Viz or Private Eye.
4 Just a question before boarding train in Chicago (5)
EQUAL – The two letter abbreviation and the A from the clue inside the abbreviation of elevated railway (train in Chicago).
5 Put down Act protecting independence in employment (9)
DEPOSITED – The abbreviation for independence inside a four letter word for a job with these letters inside a four letter word for an act. There is absolutely nothing wrong with these type of Russian Doll clues.
6 Bird with large chest (4)
LARK – The abbreviation for large and a three letter word for a chest. With as a link word meaning comprising is fine in my book.
7 Misconstrued Sodomite is most sullen (8)
MOODIEST – An anagram (misconstrued) of SODOMITE.
8 Good for nothing? (8)
ALTRUISM – Cryptic definition for charitableness.
13 Saves backward Simple lad beset by flashbacks without heroin (10)
ECONOMISES – Reverse (backward) the name of a simple person in a nursery rhyme inside a six letter word meaning flashbacks without the abbreviation for heroin.
15 Strange old lady left American holding nothing after a rejection (9)
ANOMALOUS – The A from the clue and a two letter word for rejection followed by a two letter word for an old lady, the abbreviation for left and a two letter word for an American around the letter representing nothing.
16 Bypassing Chief of Accounting, crude test exposes business manipulating figures (8)
CORSETRY – A six letter word meaning crude without the A (bypassing Chief of Accounting) followed by a three letter word for a test or go at something.
17 Fixer of mismatched socks? (8)
REPAIRER – Definition with the second part indicating putting back together matched pairs of socks.
19 Classify papers missing a couple of pages (6)
ASSORT – Another word for identity papers with both Ps removed (missing a couple of papers)
20 Wayward header gets stick (6)
ADHERE – An anagram (wayward) of HEADER.
23 In the end, girlfriend behind poet’s miserable (5)
DREAR – The final letter (in the end) of girlfriend followed by a four letter word meaning behind.
24 Man cracking infernal anagram (4)
ALAN – – The answer is hidden in (cracking) in INFERNAL ANAGRAM. If cracking can mean inserted in as a cryptic indicator for an insertion, it is logical that it could also indicate a hidden word that is found inserted in the two words.