A Puzzle by Hippogryph
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Hippogryph returns with a much improved brewing themed crossword. The only points are minor ones. The grid was not the most friendly with four separate crosswords but you see ones just as bad in the daily papers. The commentometer reads as 2 / 28 or 7.1%.
1 Hotel located in loud, crude, retrograde, period dockside accommodation (8)
WHARFAGE – Include (located) the abbreviation for hotel in a reversal (retrograde) of the abbreviation for load and a three letter word meaning crude and follow with a three letter word for a period of time.
5 Digest contents of kebabs or burgers (6)
ABSORB – The answer is hidden (contents of) in the final three words of the clue.
9 Possibly tailors newspaper deal (3,5)
RAG TRADE – A three letter informal term for a newspaper followed by a five letter word for a deal.
10 Stony image of saint appearing on a weekday (6)
STATUE – The abbreviation for saint and the A from the clue followed by a three letter abbreviation for one of the days of the week.
11 Renovates church and uses organs? (8)
RESPIRES – Split 2-6, the solution might mean putting a new steeple on a church.
12 House of Lords’ representatives split and leave the lobbies for ever (6)
ALWAYS – The initial letters (representatives) of House and Lords, are separated (split) and removed (leaving) an eight letter word for lobbies. I think that representatives does not work ideally as an indicator of initial letters and, as used in the clue, would give HOL. However, an alternative parsing would be that as an abbreviation, H and L are the representatives of House of Lords. Even so, the clue could be simplified to “House of Lords divides and leaves lobbies for ever.
14 Relative has genetic ear disorder (5-5)
GREAT-NIECE – An anagram (disorder) of GENETIC EAR.
18 Rampant Lionesses consume a light alcoholic beverage (7,3)
SESSION ALE – An anagram (rampant) of LIONESSES includes the A from the clue. Perhaps consuming would word better and the cryptic grammar reads An anagram of A consume B and consumes would break the surface reading.
22 Blend unopened white and unfinished red to make one or the other (6)
EITHER – An anagram (blend) of HITE (unopened white) and RE (unfinished red). Three anagram clues in a row is a little unbalanced.
23 Triumphant expression after fermentation reportedly produces excitement (8)
BROUHAHA – A phrase 2,2 representing a triumphant expression after a homophone (reportedly) of brew (fermentation).
24 Barnsley chops not specified initially? 25a might order this (6)
BARLEY – An anagram (chops) of BARNSLEY without (not) the first letter (initially) of specified.
25 Dealer in 24a is to acquire a deep knowledge about Lithuania (8)
MALTSTER – A six letter word meaning to acquire a deep knowledge around (about) the IVT code for Lithuania. Two interlinked clues where one defines the other are seen in national crossword but infrequently as you can end up in a catch 22 situation of not being able to solve either of them without having solved the other!
26 Former copper found in front of empty safe – pardon? (6)
EXCUSE – A two letter word meaning former followed by the chemical symbol for copper and the outer letters (empty) of safe.
27 Free crooked gangster after bishop provides testimonial (8)
REFERRAL – An anagram (crooked) of FREE followed by the first name of Mr Capone (gangster) after the abbreviation for Right Reverend (bishop).
1 Suspicious about councillor’s slogan (3,3)
WAR CRY – A four letter word meaning suspicious around (about) the abbreviation for councillor. Watch for repetition of wordplay indicators. We have already had about as a containment indicator.
2 Majestic time of year (6)
AUGUST – Double definition, the second being a month of the year.
3 Measure distress experienced during grand finish with no beer (6)
FIRKIN – A three letter word meaning distress inside (during) a six letter word for a grand finish without a three letter word for beer.
4 Religious Venetian leader misses the point and travels north feeling anxious (3-7)
GOD-FEARING – A four letter word for a Venetian leader without the E (misses the point) is reversed (travels north) and followed by a seven letter word meaning feeling anxious.
6 Preserving or losing one’s nerve? (8)
BOTTLING – Double definition for preserving vegetable or fruit and a word meaning losing one’s nerve.
7 Informal square won the wooing competition? (8)
OUTDATED – Split 3-5, the answer might mean got more dates in a wooing competition.
8 He might make 80 shilling mixing beer cocktail with broken straw – no amateur! (8)
BREWSTER – An anagram (cocktail) of BEER STRAW without the A (no amateur). A minor point but, if possible, try to avoid having words in one clue that form part of the solution to another. For example, brew in the solution here is repeated in the next clue.
13 Do a maltier brew – perfect! (6-4)
TAILOR MADE – An anagram (brew) of DO A MALTIER.
15 Line up American behind incomplete sign (8)
ASSEMBLE – An American term for the bottom or behind followed by a six letter word for a sign without the final letter (incomplete).
16 Exotic secretion, endlessly mysterious (8)
ESOTERIC – An anagram (exotic) of SECRETION without the final letter (endlessly).
17 Eternal advice to overworked hand on watch perhaps (8)
TIMELESS – Split 4, 4 this might be an instruction to a watch hand that is overworked.
19 Gentle sound held in during heartfelt surprise conversely (6)
RUSTLE – The answer is hidden (held in during) and reversed (conversely) in sixth and seventh words of the clue.
20 Transported on Gold Falcon? (6)
RAPTOR – A four letter word meaning engrossed or transported followed by the two letter heraldic term for gold.
21 Wander once into party and turn up the volume (6)
BARREL – A three letter word that originally meant to wander of the right path (we have erred and strayed like lost sheep) inside the abbreviation for Labour (party) with all of the letter reversed (turn up).