A Puzzle by Bardwig
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Today we have a second puzzle from Bardwig. 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 Bardwig. This crossword was a step up from his previous crossword with much more polished clues. The high level of interlinked clues obviously will not find favour with all solvers. With the degree of interlinking, it can make it much more difficult to find a toehold into the grid. However, there were some easier clues to assist the process.
There were a few minor points on the clues themselves. The main points I would suggest for the next crossword would be to massively reduce the general knowledge type of clues and to try a more conventional grid fill.
The commentometer reads as 3.5/26 or 13%.
9 Result of red card: Batley hard-hit but not dead (5,4)
EARLY BATH – An anagram of BATLEY HARD after removing the abbreviation for dead.
10 Name omitted from flowery discourse (5)
ORATE – Remove (omitted) the abbreviation for name from a six letter word meaning flowery.
11 Weaver reflected state of Manchester in a 23d (7)
ARACHNE – Reverse (reflected) the abbreviation for New Hampshire (state of Manchester) and include it in the A from the clue and the answer to 23d.
12 23d that is breaking glasses (7)
SPECIES – The abbreviation for that is inside (breaking) an informal word for glasses.
13/7 Old German ruler’s original option (11)
ALTERNATIVE – The German word for old follower by the regnal indication of the current queen and a six letter word meaning original. Splitting an answer across two grid entries is a device sometime seen in the Guardian but rarely in other national papers.
14 Nick a 22d 4 with a change of heart (9)
APPREHEND – The A from the clue, the abbreviation for the answer to 22d and another word for the answer to 4d with the central letter changes (with a change of heart).
16 Historic moment for RAF heroes – if, in truth, traumatic (5,6,4)
THEIR FINEST HOUR – An anagram (traumatic) of HEROES IS IN TRUTH.
19/21D Know-all with canny eye unravelled the source of “13,7,24” (9,6)
KELLYANNE CONWAY – An anagram (unravelled) of KNOW ALL CANNY EYE. Although not technically incorrect, setting a general knowledge answer as a fifteen letter anagram is not the fairest form of cluing. It is not just general knowledge clues where this is thought by solvers to be unfair. A pet peeve of many solvers is cluing obscure words as an anagram.
21 Starts to cheer as daring Dutch yachtswoman leaves vessel (5)
CADDY – The initial letters (starts to) of the third to seventh words of the clue.
22 One-time item of underwear (7)
SINGLET – A six letter word meaning one followed by the abbreviation for time.
23 Start a narrative about some bug in the water (7)
RANATRA – The answer is hidden (some) and reversed (about) in the START A NARRATIVE. Although the word is not in the main dictionaries, the cluing is more straightforward to compensate. Nevertheless, the “about some” does not gel well as a hidden reversal indicator.
24 Waller accepts the first of cruel home truths (5)
FACTS – The first name of the jazz pianist and singer Waller includes the first letter of cruel. Where you are using a name as a definition by example, it is better to provide a definition by example indicator.
25 Carney oddly alone perhaps when Valentine’s Day comes (4,1,4)
ONCE A YEAR – An anagram (perhaps) of CARNEY AOE (the odd letters of alone).
1 Composer Mooney agreed to accommodate a son of Homer (4,6)
BELA BARTOK – The name of the paper columnist Mooney and a two letter word meaning agreed includes (to accommodate) the A from the clue and the name of Homer Simpson’s son. This is another clue where perhaps the general knowledge required is too great. There must be a better way to clue the BEL required.
2/8 Tell the world how to get hens wet? (5,3,4)
BREAK THE NEWS – A reverse anagram clue where the first five letters give an anagram indicator and the remaining letter when rearranged would give hens wet.
3 Ambassador enters island state, ignoring American sign (6)
CYPHER – Include the abbreviation for His/Her Excellency (ambassador) inside the name of a Mediterranean island without the abbreviation for United States.
4 /8d: Canard: “Soccer bosses were informed about Spain and Sweden.” (4,4)
FAKE NEWS – The abbreviation for Football Association (soccer bosses) followed by a word meaning were informed about that includes the abbreviation for Spain and finished off by the abbreviation for Sweden. Having the same down entry as two solution is confusing. My first thought was that there was a mistake in the clue. It is best avoided.
5 Bishop maybe espies abomination in two churches (5,5)
CHESS PIECE – An anagram (abomination) of ESPIES inside two abbreviation for church. Some editors would not allow a noun as an anagram indicator.
6 Parliament raised energy tariff – that’s logical (8)
COHERENT – Reverse (raised) an abbreviation for House of Commons and follow with the abbreviation for energy and a four letter word for a tariff. The abbreviation is not in the main dictionaries so should not be used. Also the House of Commons is only part of Parliament.
7 See 13 Across
8 See 2 Down
14 Estrangement from a 4,8,23d (10)
ALIENATION – The A from the clue followed by another word for the answer to 4d and another word for the answer to 23d.
15 Rolls in the hay following mucky film (5,5)
DIRTY HARRY – A five letter word meaning mucky followed by a three letter word for grass around the abbreviation for Rolls Royce.
17 Cavalier comic footballer 23d on a roster (8)
ROYALIST – The first name of the comic strip footballer ??? Race followed by the A from the clue and another word for a roster.
18 Dido surprisingly draws rare birds (8)
ODDITIES – An anagram (surprisingly) of DIDO followed by another word for draws.
20 Madness not applicable in case of Beatles girl (6)
LUNACY – The abbreviation for not applicable in the name of a girl who appears in a Beatles Song the sky with diamonds.
21 See 19 Across
22 Thus pink paper offers a form of Brexit (4)
SOFT – A two letter word meaning thus followed by the abbreviation for Financial Times (pink paper)
23 End of Melchester’s magnificent run (4)
RACE – The final letter of Melchester followed by a three letter word meaning magnificent.