A Puzzle by Foxglove
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Foxglove returns with his second 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.
Another very well polished crossword from Foxglove with only very minor points to comment on. The commentometer reads as 1.5/32 or 4.6%.
1 Gather old lags sing at the end of parole (11)
CONSTELLATE – A four letter word for prisoners (old lags) followed by a four letter word meaning to inform on or sing, the AT from the clue and the last letter (end of) from parole.
7 Wire defect (3)
BUG – Double definition, the first being an electronic eavesdropping device and the second being a defect in a computer programme.
9 Skin impedes infrared treatment (9)
EPIDERMIS – An anagram (treatment) of IMPEDES IR (Infrared).
10 Discriminatory practice in the US is stopping official yearly meeting (5)
AGISM – The IS from the clue inside (stopping) the abbreviation for annual general meeting.
11 Fond of little being introduced to street performing (5,2)
SWEET ON – A three letter word meaning little inside (being introduced to) the abbreviation for street followed by a two letter word meaning performing.
12 Hazard spinning towards the rear inside capsule (7)
PITFALL – A three letter word meaning towards the rear is reversed (spinning) inside a four letter word for a capsule.
13 Send back from Winnipeg a miniature painting (5)
IMAGE – The answer is hidden and reversed (sent back from) in WINNIPEG A MINIATURE.
15 Anthology in part written about how love begins and ends (9)
SELECTION – A seven letter word meaning a part around (written about) the first and last letters of love.
17 A shade perturbed: feel anger (4,5)
LEAF GREEN – An anagram (perturbed) of FEEL ANGER.
19 Cut divinity to visit someone’s home (5)
PARED – The abbreviation for Religious Education (Divinity) inside (two visit) a three letter word for someone’s home.
20 Retail price switch managed at the outset (7)
NARRATE – A three letter word meaning managed is reversed (switch) before (at the outset) a four letter word meaning price.
22 Traditionally made craft I scuppered when docked (7)
ARTISAN – A three letter word for a craft or skill followed by the I from the clue and a four letter word meaning scuppered with the final letter removed (when docked).
24 To some extent covers central Germany in scope (5)
AMBIT – A phrase (1,2) meaning to some extent around (covers) the central letter in Germany.
25 Nobility‘s joy, securing European victory (9)
ELEVATION – A seven letter word for joy around (secures) the abbreviations for European and Victory (given in Collins but not in Chambers). I am not convinced by the definition here meaning the same as the solution.
27 Wax jacket of lightweight cotton originally having a lining (3)
LAC – The initial letter (originally) of lightweight and cotton include (… lining) the A from the clue. I think that the “jacket of” could be omitted from the clue.
28 County billets troops after eliciting national leaders’ approval (11)
ENDORSEMENT – The initial letters (leaders) for eliciting and national followed by a six letter name of a county that includes (billets) a three letter name for troops.
1 Strike a ball in line, as the saying goes (3)
CUE – A homophone (as the saying goes) of queue (line).
2 Simple wheel hub one found inside (5)
NAÏVE – The letter representing one inside a four letter word for the hub or a wheel.
3 Venue‘s art nouveau embraced by you once (7)
THEATRE – An anagram (nouveau) of ART inside a four letter archaic word for you.
4 Workings discovered among a jumble of clues shed some light (9)
LUMINESCE – A four letter word for a pit or workings inside (discovered among) an anagram (jumble of) CLUES.
5 Put on airs with a rejected old storyteller (5)
AESOP – A four letter word meaning put on airs followed by the A from the clue all reversed (rejected).
6 Resilient coastline suffers no loss when pounded (7)
ELASTIC – Remove the letters of NO from COASTLINE and make an anagram (when pounded) of the letters that remain.
7 Colonel’s superior ship needs alteration at the bow (expensive, by the sound of it) (9)
BRIGADIER – A four letter word for a ship followed by the first letter (at the bow) of alteration and a homophone (by the sound of it) of dear (expensive).
8 Details include walking day in a better place? (8,3)
GAMBLING DEN – A three letter word meaning details or information includes a seven letter word meaning walking and the abbreviation for day.
11 Poorly mitt, out of hospital, stop running around nevertheless (5,3,3)
STILL AND ALL – A five letter word meaning stop around a three letter word meaning poorly an a four letter word meaning mitt without the H (out of hospital).
14 ‘Life Without Oxygen‘ is a translation from neo- Arabic (9)
ANAEROBIC – An anagram (translation from) NEO-ARABIC.
16 Listen and learn with the front-runner in edutainment broadcast (4,2,3)
LEND AND EAR – An anagram (broadcast) of AND LEARN E (first letter – front-runner in – of edutainment).
18 Beneficiary‘s consent without a social worker being introduced (7)
GRANTEE – A five letter word meaning consent without the initial A includes a three letter insect that works in a colony. We have had introduced as a containment indicator in 11a so a different indicator would have been better here.
19 Soup bowl label found on the back of recipe (7)
POTTAGE – A three letter word for a bowl followed by a three letter word for a label and the final letter (back of) of recipe.
21 Polish team regularly on target (5)
EMEND – The even letters (regularly) of team on a three letter word for a target or aim.
23 Criticise game bird shoot (5)
SNIPE – Triple definition. Although a snipe is primarily a wading bird, it is according to some sources also a game bird being shot for its meat.
26 Ox sheds area that’s clear (3)
NET – Crossword land’s four letter word for an ox or other cattle without (sheds) the abbreviation for area.