A Puzzle by Brunel
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A review by Prolixic follows.
Welcome back to Brunel. Another solid crossword with only a few technical issues. Watch out for repeated wordplay elements. Although difficult, the solution were reachable from the clues. I know girl’s names have been mentioned in the comments. Technically, they are permissible but boys and girl’s names can be overused so should be used sparingly. The commentometer reads as 3/30 or 10%.
1 The Second Coming? (7)
REVISIT – Another way of saying call again on someone or come again.
5 Unevenly tall trees, for starters? Yes, for starters (7)
FIRSTLY – The odd letters (unevenly) in tall preceded by (for starters) some coniferous trees and followed by the single letter abbreviation used for yes. Interestingly neither Chambers or Collins give Y for yes as an abbreviation.
9 Anti-US rioting in island’s returned, potentially continuing long-term (11)
SUSTAINABLE – An anagram (rioting) of ANTI-US inside a reversal (returning) of an island associated with Napoleon (maintaining the ’s) from the clue.
10 She fires arrows, losing her bow (3)
ARC – Remove the HER from the clue from a word for someone who fires arrows.
11 Colourful flyer for concert returned to house (6)
MORPHO – Return a four letter word for a concert (associated with an annual series at the Royal Albert Hall) and follow with the abbreviation for house. A couple of points on this clue. First, returned has been used as a reversal indicator already in 9a so a different indicator should ideally be used. Secondly, definition for wordplay is the wrong way around. Wordplay for definition is better.
12 Traces of stormy weather, this might concern (8)
FORECAST – An anagram (stormy) of TRACES OF.
14 Firm decision to scare off cheeky bird, into misbehaving (13)
DETERMINATION – A five letter word meaning to scare off followed by a type of bird that is associated with being cheeky and an anagram (misbehaving) of INTO.
17 Leaderless paladins pursuing Scot on horse, in old stories (7,6)
ARABIAN NIGHTS – A four letter word for a horse followed by a three letter Scottish name and another word for paladins with the initial letter removed (leaderless).
21 Inviolability of court inspired by reason (8)
SANCTITY – The abbreviation for court inside (inspired by) a six letter word meaning reason
23 Join pair of tiniest bits, then peel fruit (6)
TOMATO – Join together two copies of a word for a tiny bit of matter and then remove the outer letters (peeled).
25 Endless river of love (3)
NIL – Remover the final letter (endless) from the name of an African river. Some editors will not allow wordplay of definition.
26 Tie wearing old timers to shake hands, possibly (11)
EXTREMITIES – The TIE from the clue inside (wearing) the prefix for old and an anagram (to shake) of TIMERS.
27 Medic in A&E neatly removing every other gland (7)
ADRENAL – The abbreviation for doctor (medic) inside the A&E from the clue followed by the odd letters (removing every other) of neatly. On its own, the solution means relating to the gland – it is not the gland itself. You would say your were having treatment on on ???? gland, not your ????.
28 Swelter freely in struggle (7)
WRESTLE – An anagram (freely) of SWELTER.
1 Summary is always returned, covering the whole lot (6)
RESUME – A three letter poetic word meaning always is reversed (third time used as a reversal indicator) around a three letter word meaning the whole lot.
2 Girl, much embarrassed, with face shielded thus? (7)
VISORED – A two letter girl’s name followed by a phase (2,3) meaning much embarrassed.
3 Pie that’s hashed with last of egg pasta (9)
SPAGHETTI – An anagram (hashed) of PIE THATS G (last bit of egg).
4 Vehicle‘s speed (4)
TANK – Double definition of an armoured vehicle and a word meaning to speed.
5 Convulsion is overcoming brothers, with one getting inflammation (10)
FIBROSITIS – A three letter word for a convulsion and the IS from the clue around a four letter abbreviation for brothers and the letter representing one.
6 First Lady to meet Queen about chief magistrate (5)
REEVE – Reverse (about) the name of the first lady in the bible and the abbreviation for the current queen.
7 Masses of little grey cells – that’s finally lacking with the friend of Poirot (7)
THALAMI – Remove the final letter from the that in the clue and follow with the French (of Poirot – although Belgian he spoke French) for “the friend”
8 Knox-Johnston’s craft turned round island on blowy night (8)
YACHTING – Reverse (turn around) a three letter word for in island and follow with an anagram (stormy) of night.
13 Non-zero target, including money to add, giving overall amount (5,5)
GRAND TOTAL – A four letter word for a target has the O removed (non-zero) and included the name of the South African currency and a three letter word meaning to add.
15 Sex goddess‘s hairdo reportedly tied wavily (9)
APHRODITE – A homophone (reportedly) of AFRO (hairdo) followed by an anagram (wavily) of TIED.
16 Swapping places, woman rules plant producing henna (8)
LAWSONIA – A five letter woman’s name goes after (swapping places) a three letter word for rules.
18 Eclipse may be natural – unnatural viewed backwards, when partial (7)
ANNULAR – The answer is hidden and reversed (viewed backwards, when partial) in NATURAL UNNATURAL.
19 Poet’s island is place wherein a maiden must mostly dwell (3-4)
SEA-GIRT – A three letter word meaning to place includes the A from the clue and a four letter word for a maiden with the final letter removed (mostly).
20 Canadian native picked up sweet (6)
MOUSSE – A homophone (picked up) of MOOSE (Canadian native). One point to watch is putting a homophone indicator between the definition and wordplay as the solver will not know whether the definition comes at the beginning or the end.
22 Connection point, sheathed in metal, holding current (3-2)
TIE-IN – A compass point inside (sheathed in) a three letter metal with an insertion (holding) of the abbreviation for current.
24 Tom’s cry for loose women to remove Nick’s top (4)
MEOW – An anagram (loose) of WOMEN without the N (removing Nick’s top). Another clue with definition for wordplay.