A Puzzle by Atrica
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Atrica has been working very hard to polish his second puzzle – I hope you like it. 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 very quick review as I am whizzing around the country at the moment. Excellent crossword with only very minor comments. With a commentometer of 1 out of 32 or 3.13%, I think we have a new candidate for the NTSPP pages.
1 Ruby’s taken aback when touring Cambridge college, finding partner playing with dummy (8)
DECLARED – Reverse (taken aback) another word for ruby around the name of a Cambridge college to let left of King’s College as you look at them from the River Cam.
5 Nose piece reduced in length, with both sides shaved off (6)
BRIDGE – A word meaning reduced in length (in terms of literature) with the first and letters removed (with both sides shaved off).
9 Insurrection at university intensifying (8)
UPRISING – A two letter word meaning at university followed by a six letter word meaning intensifying.
10 Means for correcting a mistake — or for avoiding consequences of it (6)
RUBBER – Double definition, the first being another name for an eraser and the second an informal term for a type of contraceptive.
12 Runner-up in the first half resolutely returns (5)
LOSER – Reverse (returns) the first half of the word resolutely.
13 National symbol is bird of prey resembling a coot (4,5)
BALD EAGLE – The national symbol of America by reference to the phase as **** as a coot to indicate a lack of hair.
15 Subtlety from Orff in essential piece (7)
FINESSE – The answer is hidden in (from) ORFF IN ESSENTIAL.
17 Obfuscates with slander, then subsides (7)
MUDDIES – A three letter word for slander followed by a four letter word meaning subsides.
19 Dig up from another planet, conceivably (7)
UNEARTH – split 2-5, this word would conceivably be a planet other than ours.
21 Obsessively worrying about flatulence, sent back Italian food (7)
LASAGNA – A four letter word meaning obsessively worrying around a three letter word for flatulence, all reversed (sent back).
22 Clan member with damaged brain stem (9)
TRIBESMAN – An anagram (damaged) of BRAIN STEM.
24 Link up again in Greek toilet on a regular basis (5)
RETIE – The even letters of the fifth and sixth words of the clue.
26 Reportedly, stew fermented (6)
BREWED – A homophone (reportedly) of brood (stew).
27 Setter does backflip wearing kinky undies, showing quite a bit of flesh (8)
SEMINUDE – An anagram (kinky) of UNDIES around (wearing) a reversal (does a backflip) of a two letter word indicating the setter. There are a lot of backs (back, taken aback and backflip) to indicate reversals. Whilst they are not the same words, there is a degree of repetition that could have been avoided.
28 Police officer foolishly sues after neglect (6)
DISUSE – The abbreviation for Detective Inspector (police officer) followed by an anagram (foolishly) of SUES.
29 Put up with mild blow and hold one’s ground (5,3)
STAND PAT – A five letter word meaning put up with followed by a three letter word for a milt blow.
1 One mistake after another in the service department (6,5)
DOUBLE FAULT – A tennis term for two failed attempts as serving.
2 Building materials for collapsible house supplied by king and queen? (5)
CARDS – What can be used to make houses from a deck that includes kings and queens.
3 Sartre, confusedly taking bus in spaced-out state, is increasingly hard to understand (9)
ABSTRUSER – An anagram (confusedly) of SATRE includes the BUS from the clue with the word split to be entered in different places (in spaced-out state).
4 Give peerage to mid-Kent VIP? No thanks! (7)
ENNOBLE – The middle letters of Kent followed by a word meaning eminent or VIP with the TA (no thanks).
6 Provoke men to go the wrong way and take drugs (5)
ROUSE – Reverse (to go the wrong way) the abbreviation for Other Ranks (men) followed by a three letter word meaning to take drugs.
7 Using insecticide for dealing with problems in Java (9)
DEBUGGING – Double definition, the second in the sense of programming with Java being an example of a computer programming language. I think that a question mark here would be appropriate as Java can be type of coffee, a type of computer language or a country.
8 Organ, and what one does with it in Bethnal Green (3)
EAR – How a Cockney (in Bethnal Green) might say a word meaning to listen.
11 Berate small City male (4)
SLAM – The abbreviation for small, Los Angeles (city) and male.
14 Abusive staffing option engineer even laments (11)
ENSLAVEMENT – An anagram (engineer) of EVEN LAMENTS.
16 Poverty requires adopting one national economic strategy at the outset (9)
NEEDINESS – A word meaning requires includes (adopting) the first letters (at the outset) of the fourth to seventh words of the clue.
18 Man informally heads effort after former spouse departs, abandoning post (9)
DESERTION – The shortened form of the name Desmond (informally) before (heads) a word meaning effort without the initial EX (former spouse departs).
20 That man on the radio in Jerusalem, for one (4)
HYMN – A homophone (on the radio) of HIM (that man).
21 Kindly let no German revolutionary inside! (7)
LENIENT – The LET from the clue includes a reversal (revolutionary) of the German word for no.
23 Embroiderer stripping off top and stitching it to bottom? The result jars (5)
EWERS – Move the first letter of a word for an embroider to the end of the word.
25 How turmoil begins: ass in America becomes brazen noisemaker (5)
TRUMP – The initial letter (how … begins) followed by a four letter American word for a bottom. The how … begins leads to the answer “with a T”, not T on its own. Perhaps With the onset of turmoil… might have been better.
26 Tender to doctor twice a day (3)
BID – How a doctor would indicate twice on a prescription followed by the abbreviation for day.