Out of Sync by Atrica
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The setter and I considered this puzzle for the NTSPP series, but with the low number in the Rookie queue decided to use it here. Next time you see Atrica, it will probably be early next year in the NTSPP series. 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.
My first attempt at solving this crossword on a crowded train travelling to work when SWT was in meltdown mode was doomed to failure. It was therefore with come trepidation that I sat down with pen and paper to solve this. I need not have worried. It was excellent fun. Ignore those who say don’t do it again. It brought another level to the solving experience. There were a few rough edges that have been mentioned in the comments so I will not repeat them here.
To assist the review, after each clue I have added in italics the wordplay that gives the definition that I have highlighted in blue.
1 Scheduled flexibly (6)
SUPPLY – Double definition for a word meaning in a flexible manner and to cater.
4 Criticized in German, and therefore logically (6)
SLATED – Double definition for a word meaning criticised and also scheduled.
8 Suffer long period with drill not working (7)
German, and therefore logically
UNDERGO – The German word for “and” and the word meaning therefore when making a logical statement.
9 Enduring wheezing, at first in gym instead of hospital (7)
Long period with drill not working
AGELESS – A three letter word for a long period followed by a word for a class or drill without the ON at the end (not working).
11 Having poor focus, and so on, before start of holidays (10)
Wheezing, at first in gym instead of hospital
ASTIGMATIC – The first letters in “in” and “gym” replaced the abbreviation for hospital in a word meaning wheezing or breathless as a result of a medical condition.
12 Self-starter, high-flier, makes score (4)
And so on, before start of holidays
ETCH – The abbreviation for et cetera (and so on) followed by the first letter (start) of holidays
13 Cutters having end of gunnel inserted on back of boat (5)
STERN – The first letter (starter) of self, followed by the name of a bird (high-flier).
14 Charity show getting pledges (8)
Cutters having end of gunnel inserted on
TELETHON – The cutters in the mouth of a person includes (inserted) the last letter (end) of gunnel followed by the ON from the clue.
16 Mogul changing heart provides guarantees (8)
PROMISES – Double definition (or really a single definition).
18 Originally, Russian ox ate ryegrass in ravine (5)
Mogul changing heart
GULCH – The answer is hidden in (heart) MOGUL CHANGING
20 Occupier of bathroom heard making loud noise (4)
Originally, Russian ox ate ryegrass
ROAR – The initial letters (originally) of Russian Ox Ate Ryegrass.
21 American officer from Virginia given dessert, reportedly (10)
Occupier of bathroom heard
LIEUTENANT – A homophone (heard) of LOO TENANT (occupier of bathroom).
23 Exit broadcast happy, I see (7)
Virginia given dessert, reportedly
VAMOOSE – The abbreviation for the state of Virginia followed by a homophone (reportedly) of MOUSSE (dessert).
24 Bankers at Zurich subsidiary see you later (7)
Broadcast happy, I see
CHEERIO – A homophone (broadcast) of CHEERY (happy) OH (I see).
25 Knock-off drug found in untidy room (6)
Bankers at Zurich subsidiary
ERSATZ – The answer is hidden in (subsidiary) of BANKERS AT ZURICH.
26 Having symptom of measles, seeing dose regularly cut (6)
Drug found in untidy room
SPOTTY – A three letter word for cannabis (drug) inside a three letter word for an untidy room.
1 Shoots up, climbing above English nettle (5)
Seeing dose regularly cut
SENDS – The odd letters (regularly cut) of SEEING DOSE.
2 Tweaking mantis leg is childish (7)
Up, climbing above English nettle
PUERILE – Reverse (climbing) the UP from the clue and follow with the abbreviation for English and a four letter word meaning nettle or annoy.
3 Book having wit at its core and the ultimate in poetic connective elements (9)
Tweaking mantis leg
LIGAMENTS – An anagram (tweaking) of MANTIS LEG
5 Reasoning given by everyone in trial (5)
Book having wit at its core and the ultimate in poetic
LOGIC – A three letter word for a book or record followed by the central letter (at its core) of wit and the final letter (ultimate in) of poetic.
6 Beautiful woman with idiot husband? Most improbable! (7)
Given by everyone in trial
TALLEST – A three letter word meaning everyone inside a four letter word for a trial.
7 Kitchen cleaner failed Mensa test (4,5)
Beautiful woman with idiot husband
DISH CLOTH – A four letter word for a beautiful woman followed by a four letter word for an idiot and the abbreviation for husband.
10 Politicians confuse empty remonstrations with outrage (9)
Failed Mensa test
STATESMEN – An anagram (failed) of MENSA TEST.
13 Flimsy boat for ambassador? (9)
Confuse empty remonstrations with outrage
SURROGATE – An anagram (confuse) of RS (empty remonstrations) OUTRAGE.
15 Flasher exposes rear end outside a Republican inauguration (9)
LIGHTSHIP – A five letter word meaning flimsy followed by a four letter word for a boat.
17 Leaves bewildered delegations following expulsion of corrupt aide (7)
Exposes rear end outside a Republican inauguration
MAROONS – A five letter word meaning exposes rear end or bottom around (outside) the A from the clue and the first letter (inauguration) of Republican
19 Inventory said to be lengthy in the extreme (7)
Bewildered delegations following expulsion of corrupt aide
LONGEST – An anagram (bewildered) of DELEGATIONS having removed and anagram (corrupt) of AIDE.
21 Curious about one composer (5)
LISZT – A homophone (said) of list (inventory)
22 Provide word describing bagpipes, perhaps (5)
Curious about one
NOISY – A four letter word meaning curious or inquisitive about the letter representing one.