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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A review by Prolixic follows.
Welcome back to Skinny. Another very well executed crossword. His previous two Rookie offerings have had themes but there was nothing immediately obvious as a theme here. Over-all, this was exceptionally well clued with nice surface readings and humour. At any other time, this would merit promotion to the NTSPP. However, given the dearth of Rookies and the length of the publication queue for the NTSPP, it would be several months before Skinny reappeared to public acclaim. However, when space permits…!
The commentometer is 1.5/28 or 5.3%
9 Moon’s out, fast asleep soon? (9)
SOMNOLENT – An anagram (out) of MOONS followed by the name of a 40 day period of fasting.
10 Nation surrounded by Argentina, Uruguay… (5)
NAURU – The answer is hidden in (surrounded by) ARGENTINA URUGUAY.
11 Tone almost expressive in song and dance (7)
AVOCADO – A word meaning expressive without the final letter (almost) inside a three letter word for a fuss or song and dance.
12 Stop key credit, wanting thousand in old money (7)
ESCUDOS – The key on a PC keyboard to stop an action followed by a word meaning repute or credit without the K (wanting thousand).
13 Executes rabbits (4)
DOES – Double definition, the first meaning to execute an action and the second the word for female rabbits.
14 Try your luck correcting typo on menu (3,5,2)
PUT MONEY ON – An anagram (correcting) of TYPO ON MENU.
16 Electricity centre involved in power-cut scandal (7)
OUTRAGE – The middle letter (centre) in electricity inside another word for a power cut.
17 Attack – one’s hot and lustful (7)
GOATISH – A phrase 2,2 meaning attack followed by the letter (preserving the ’s) representing one and the abbreviation for hot.
19 Hounds socialists on queer street (3,7)
RED SETTERS – A four letter word meaning socialists followed by an anagram (queer) of STREET. A minor point, but some editors require A on B in the wordplay for an across clue to mean B followed by A.
22 He’s bound to work on most of novel after retiring (4)
SERF – A five letter word meaning new or novel with the final letter removed (most of) with the remaining letters reversed (after retiring). The links word “on” does not work as you have definition on wordplay.
24 It turns heads brown (7)
CAPSTAN – A four letter words meaning heads followed by a three letter word meaning brown.
25 Catchy tune more raw in composition (7)
EARWORM – An anagram (in composition) of MORE RAW.
26 Legally obstruct part of trickiest operation (5)
ESTOP – The answer is hidden in (part of) TRICKIEST OPERATION.
27 Salary increase that man will be furious about (5,4)
RAISE HELL – A five letter word for a salary increase followed by contraction meaning that man will.
1 My mistake following hip-replacement operation? (1,5,9)
I STAND CORRECTED – Double definition, the first being an admission of an error and the second being the expected outcome of a hip-replacement operation.
2 Skinny’s retiring, revealing… (8)
IMMODEST – A two letter word meaning the setter’s (Skinny’s) followed by a six letter word meaning retiring or shy. I know that Chamber’s thesaurus gives revealing as a synonym for the definition but the dictionary definition does not support this.
3 …offensive wear, hiding nothing. (5)
FORAY – A four letter word meaning wear or unravel includes (hiding) the letter meaning nothing.
4 Serious about stuff getting dissolved (8)
RESOLUTE – A two letter word meaning about followed by a six letter word for the substance that is dissolved in a solvent.
5 Regularly set free by morning run (6)
STREAM – The odd letters (regularly) in set free followed by the abbreviation for morning.
6 A trick adopted by bears heading off to find snakes (9)
ANACONDAS – The A from the clue and a three letter word for a trick inside a type of black and white bear without the first letter (heading off).
7 How to prepare tomatoes of various kinds (6)
SUNDRY – Split 3,3 this would description of a way to preserve or prepare tomatoes. Perhaps one way to prepare tomatoes would be more accurate as the wordplay.
8 Hereditary diarrhoea? (4,2,3,6)
RUNS IN THE FAMILY – A way of describing a hereditary trait that leads to loose bowel movements!
15 Set out to steal a ladder? (4,5)
TAKE STEPS – A four letter word meaning yo steal followed by another word for a ladder.
17 Drainage arranged for shrub (8)
GARDENIA – An anagram (arranged) of DRAINAGE.
18 Reserve port, frozen. (4,4)
ICED OVER – A three letter word for reserve followed by a five letter word for a major south-east England sea port.
20 Record received by tax assistant (6)
DEPUTY – A two letter word a record inside (received) by a four letter word for tax.
21 Singers notes broadcast (6)
TENORS – A homophone (broadcast) of another word for ten pound notes. For the surface reading to word grammatically, the clue should be singers’ and apostrophe.
23 Sharp cheese, fromagerie’s first (5)
BRIEF – A four letter word for a French cheese followed by the first letter of fromagerie.