A Puzzle by Chameleon
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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.
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Many thanks to Silvanus for keeping my chair warm last week whilst I was away on holiday and doing an excellent job in the process.
This week, Chameleon has produced a much more accessible and more enjoyable crossword that eschewed must of the complexities of the first crossword whilst retaining a great deal of inventiveness. The commentometer reads at 3/32 or 9.4%. The crossword is also a pangram with all the letter of the alphabet used in the solutions.
1 Doctor Seuss’ essentially Saxon old county (6)
SUSSEX – An anagram (doctor) of SEUSS followed by the central letter (essentially) of Saxon. If you are going to have an anagram, there needs to be more rearrangement than simply moving one letter.
4 Big Dave enemy?! (7)
GOLIATH – The name of the giant slain by the young shepherd David (a big enemy of David). Whilst not wrong, I am cautious about using a contracted form of name for someone who is always referred to by their full name.
9 Finished herb-covered starter off after just a small amount of vino (9)
VARNISHED – The first letter (just a small amount) of vino followed by a word meaning that a food dish has been covered in herbs without the first letter (starter off).
10 Order of Saint Mark (5)
STAIN – An anagram (order) of SAINT. Another anagram where only one letter has to be moved.
11 Setter chases naked Eros (O, tragic lover!) (5)
ROMEO – The inner letters (naked) of Eros followed by a two letter word for the setter and the O from the clue.
12 Equine stud knocking down fences: ultimately gallop will be five times as great (9)
QUINTUPLE – The inner letters (knocking down fences) of equine and stud followed by the last letters (ultimately) of gallop, will and be.
13 Lie twice about rank… (7)
RECLINE – A two letter word meaning about and a single letter meaning about followed by another word for a rank or queue.
15 …in a nauseous way? Without question! Oh, without a doubt! (6)
EASILY – An eight letter word meaning in a nauseous way without the abbreviation for question. I think that the Oh should be omitted as it contributes neither to the wordplay or to the definition.
17 Echo musical note right back (6)
REVERB – A five letter musical note and the abbreviation for right all reversed (back).
19 From an Asian region, leaders of Pakistan and India welcome UN injection (7)
PUNJABI – The first letters (leaders) of Pakistan and India around (welcome) the UN from the clue and a three letter word for an injection.
22 Noah’s ship delivered 7 changing sides for senior heavenly messenger (9)
ARCHANGEL – A homophone (delivered) of Ark (Noah’s ship) followed by the solution to 7 down with the final R changed to L (changing sides).
24 The Spanish swimmer’s appendage is very delicate (5)
ELFIN – The Spanish word for the followed by a three letter word for part of a fish (swimmer’s appendage).
26 Refined urinal – not one moony! (5)
LUNAR – An anagram (refined) of URINAL without the I (not one).
27 Missile throwers hurl canes all over the place (9)
LAUNCHERS – An anagram (all over the place) of HURL CANES.
28 Chameleon‘s in favour of evenly sampling other hues (7)
PROTEUS – A three letter word meaning in favour of followed by the even letters of other hues. I am not sure that even figuratively, the definition quite matches the solution. A person who is changeable may be described as like a chameleon or a chameleon but they would possibly (but not very commonly) be described as protean but not like a proteus or a proteus.
29 Acquainted with duo set in motion (4,2)
USED TO – An anagram (in motion) of DUO SET.
1 “More cruel reverse anagrams?”… (7)
SEVERER – An anagram (anagrams) of REVERSE. Anagram can be both a transitive and an intransitive verb.
2 …”Get lost!” (Second Chameleon “Rookie” alarms many at first) (5)
SCRAM – The initial letters (at first) of the third to seventh words of the clue.
3 To sum up, epic tomb in sea’s foundations washed away (9)
EPITOMISE – Remove the final letters (foundations washed away) from the fourth to seventh words of the clue.
4 Follow up on fancy in the style of Cupid, say (7)
GODLIKE – A three letter word word meaning follow is reversed (up) over (on) a four letter word meaning fancy – as in would you fancy a cup of tea.
5 Composer of record on the radio (5)
LISZT – A homophone (on the radio) of list (record).
6 As football fans sing, Palace mostly play with energy (1,8)
A CAPELLA – An anagram (with energy – energetically) of PALACE PLAY with the final letter of play removed (mostly).
7 Hire wardrobe assistant? (6)
HANGER – If you think of H-IRE, solution has the same structure of H followed by another word for ire. I think that you need more indication of how the solution relates to the hire. Maybe something along the lines of “Hire components for wardrobe assistant”.
8 Means of settling somewhat niche query (6)
CHEQUE – The answer is hidden (somewhat) in NICHE QUERY.
14 Regularly curse second riot for increasing loudness (9)
CRESCENDO – The odd letters (regularly) in curse followed by an anagram (riot) of SECOND.
16 Grammatical constructions – you learn about them after cases (9)
SENTENCES – Double definition – the second being what a convicted person learns about after the case.
18 Very good feature from The Crossword Centre (3,4)
BIG PLUS – Look at what you see in the centre of the crossword grid! Although the solution is not in the dictionaries, idiomatic expressions like this are often used sufficiently well to be fair game.
19 It’s exercise, whatever way you look at it (4-2)
PULL UP – A palindrome (the answer is the same whether you read up or down).
20 Independent company bags “writer’s writer” (7)
IONESCO – The abbreviations for Independent and company include the way the write may refer to himself or herself.
21 Interpol lawmakers have taken up smack (6)
WALLOP – The answer is hidden and reversed (have taken up) in INTERPOL LAWMAKERS. Perhaps having taken up would have given a smoother cryptic reading.
23 Come to understanding of lesson over time? On the contrary (5)
AGREE – A three letter word for time over the abbreviation for Religious Education (subject).
25 Quaker reading banished devil (5)
FIEND – Remove (banished) the single letter meaning reading from a word describing a Quaker.