A Puzzle by Hippogryph
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Several of us met Hippogryph at Saturday’s Birthday Bash. Today you can tackle his latest puzzle. 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.
The good news is that I survived the Birthday bash without being thumped by the gathered rookie setters. The better news is that Hippogryph was there and the best news is that he set todays Rookie crossword.
As we have come to expect from Hippogryph, this was a great crossword. There were only one or two rough edges that need little polishing.
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7 Added protective barrier to aid mental disorder (9)
LAMINATED – An anagram (disorder) of AID MENTAL.
8 Extra battalion guards capital (5)
RABAT – The answer is hidden in (guards) the first two words of the clue.
9 Fritter cooked with unwrapped suet provides source of health food? (5,4)
FRUIT TREE – An anagram (cooked) of FRITTER UE (the central letters – unwrapped – of suet.
10 Strong man finally? Not quite (5)
ATLAS – Take a phrase (2,4) meaning finally and removed the final letter (not quite).
12 Wellington crowd backs British Queen? (6)
BOMBER – Reverse (back) a three letter word for a crowd and follow with the abbreviation for British and the regnal cipher for the current queen. It would be better to indicate the definition by example closer to the definition. Maybe Wellington crowd…
13 Knocked back extract from dandelion, a grapefruit, rare nut product… (5,3)
ARGAN OIL – The answer is reversed (knocked back) and hidden (extract from) the fifth to seventh words in the clue.
16 …suggested by mum, since keeping ale unopened? (7)
SILENCE – The since from the clue includes (keeping) the ale from the clue without the opening letter (unopened).
19 Train me mistakenly to give support for religious calling (7)
MINARET – An anagram (mistakenly) of TRAIN ME.
22 Maori tit disturbed Myna bird? (8)
IMITATOR – An anagram (disturbed) of MAORI TIT.
25 Most exposed area within French port (6)
BAREST – The abbreviation for area within the name of a French port in Brittany.
27 Saying not from the B.C. period (5)
ADAGE –Split (2,3), the answer would be suggestive of not being from the BC period.
28 Express dejection during public mistake (9)
OVERSIGHT – A verbal sound made when expressing dejection inside (during) a five letter word meaning public.
29 Void that is in bread – quite the opposite! (5)
INANE – A three letter type of Indian bread inside the abbreviation for that it.
30 Stones bareheaded beauty hiding in religious community? (9)
JEWELLERY – five letter word for a beauty without the opening letter (bareheaded) inside a five letter word describing the Jewish people.
1 Barnet musical party? (6)
HAIRDO – A four letter word for a 1960’s rock musical followed by a two letter word for a party. Barnet can be used to indicate the style according to Chambers, not just that which is styled.
2 Tragic Greek character buried sailor in slab of clay (8)
PITIABLE – The Greek letter used to indicate the ratio of a circles diameter to its circumference followed by four letter word for a slab of baked clay using in roofing, flooring, etc inside which (buried … in) you include the abbreviation for a sailor.
3 Trade ban leads to Trump’s election result (6)
BARTER – A three letter word for a ban followed by the initial letters (leads to )the final three words of the clue.
4 ‘Allo ‘allo! Cafe owner breaking law after fresh start (7)
RENEWAL – The name of the café owner in ‘Allo, Allo followed by an anagram (breaking) of LAW.
5 Turns up almost unreal leather dress (6)
KAFTAN – A four letter word meaning unreal (as ???? news) with the final letter removed (almost) and reversed turns up followed by a three letter word meaning leather or hit. I think that grammatically, it should be turn up for the cryptic grammar to work.
6 Is climbing, embracing a remote expedition (6)
SAFARI – Reverse (climbing) the IS from the clue and include (embracing) the A from the clue and a three letter word meaning remote.
11 Reportedly unattractive plant (4)
UGLI – A homophone (reportedly) of ugly (unattractive).
14 On-air odds – one in eight? (3)
OAR – The odd letters of ON-AIR.
15 Ending could be drawn out (3)
LOT – Double definition – the first as in someone’s fate and the second something like a short straw that could be drawn out to make a decision.
16 Runner misses out, lacking supplement. (3)
SKI – A five letter word meaning misses out without the abbreviation for postscript (lacking supplement).
17 Floral decoration for casual wear – not sure? (3)
LEI – A seven letter word meaning for casual wear without the SURE from the clue.
18 Wells’ classification, maybe only half capacity? (4)
CITY – Half of the word capacity.
20 Tune with a groove might be used for pest control? (3,5)
AIR RIFLE – A three letter word for a tune followed by another word meaning a groove. As the weapon in question, is so named for the grooving the barrel, this was perhaps a little too samey? The surface reading is not up to the quality of some of the others in this crossword.
21 Quietly look back to foresee … (7)
PREVIEW – The abbreviation for quietly followed by a six letter word meaning look back. Not sure what the ellipsis is doing here.
23 Antique quarter welcomed in African houses (6)
MEDINA – The answer is hidden in (houses) the third, fourth and fifth words of the clue.
24 Giant eastern stew pot (6)
TAGINE – An anagram (stew) of GIANT E (eastern).
25 North African TV cookery lady loses track – twice? (6)
BERBER – The name of Mary, the TV cook formerly of the Great British Bake-Off without the abbreviation for railway (track) with the remaining letters repeated (twice).
26 Oasis venue perhaps has signed up American artist (6)
SAHARA – Reverse (signed up) the HAS from the clue and follow with the abbreviations for American and artist.