A Puzzle by Brunel
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This is the puzzle that was scheduled for last Monday. There will be another Rookie Corner puzzle tomorrow.
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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Brunel returns with a much improved crossword. The commentometer reads as 1.5/30 or 5%
1 Wagnerian theme encapsulates Deutschland Uber Alles, say (6)
ANTHEM – The answer is hidden in (encapsulates) the first two words of the clue.
5 Note biting satire used amiss in serious composition (8)
TREATISE – A two letter musical note inside (biting) an anagram (used amiss) of SATIRE.
9 Partridge, maybe, ensnared by a heartless tourist, a legendary huntress (8)
ATALANTA – The first name of the comedian Mr Partridge inside (ensnared by) the A and the outer letters (heartless) of tourist followed by the final A of the clue.
10 Admitting blunder, after securing victory over Norman leader (6)
OWNING – The abbreviation for a self-inflicted footballing blunder includes (securing) a three letter word for a victory around (over) the first letter (leader) of Norman.
11 European court dissolves upon experts identifying man after conviction (10)
PROSECUTOR – An anagram (dissolves) of E (European) COURT after (upon) a three letter word for an expert.
13 Rounds of drinks (4)
LAPS – Double definition for rounds on a racetrack and drinks (as a dog might).
14 Escape from landslide (4)
SLIP – Double definition. The first often used in the compound form to give someone the slip?
15 Lying beside nude, one maddeningly stubborn (10)
UNYIELDING – An anagram (maddeningly) of LYING NUDE I (one).
18 Mesmerised by python, dies in convulsions (10)
HYPNOTISED – An anagram (in convulsions) of PYTHON DIES.
20 Mail enclosure to be returned? Yes, no problem (4)
EASY – A reversal (to be returned) of the abbreviation for self-addressed envelope followed by the abbreviation for yes. An oddity of the standard dictionaries used by compilers is that Y for Yes is not a listed abbreviation. It is one of those blurred areas where it is used so much on forms and on-line that denying its use seems unfair.
21 Instrument‘s strange accompaniment to sad ending (4)
DRUM – A three letter word meaning strange after (accompaniment to) the final letter (ending) of sad.
23 Yon dreamy Echo modulates to liquid notes, perchance (5,5)
READY MONEY – An anagram (modulates) of YON DREAMY E (Echo in the NATO phonetic alphabet).
25 Athenians lacking heart and spirit to overcome city state (6)
ALASKA – The outer letters (lacking heart) of Athenians and a two letter word for spirit around (to overcome) the abbreviation for Los Angeles (city).
26 Gee, this might define when the day ends! (8)
MIDNIGHT – The letter G (Gee) is defined by the word for 12am.
28 Gang finally lost trail – it could be waning (8)
CRESCENT – A four letter word for a gang or sailors on a boat followed by a five letter word for a trail.
29 So little time (6)
MINUTE – Double definition, the second being a period of 60 seconds.
2 Bug reported in hearing first removed, of course (9)
NATURALLY – A homophone (reported) of GNAT (bug) followed by a word meaning in hearing with the first letter removed.
3 Keep getting direction wrong, causing delays (5,2)
HOLDS UP – A four letter word meaning keep followed by a compass direction and a two letter word meaning wrong, as is something was ??.
4 Repair cut pieces (3)
MEN – A four letter word meaning repair with the final letter removed (cut).
5 When in drink, a round of this is for warming up (5)
TOAST – A two letter word meaning when inside a three letter word for a small alcoholic drink.
6 Find celery, nothing being added, crunchy and green (11)
ECOFRIENDLY – An anagram (crunchy) of FIND CELERY with an O (nothing) being included.
7 Rang up delegate in connection with contract (7)
TINKLED – A reversal of a three letter abbreviation for a delegate and a four letter word meaning contract.
8 Oriental enlightenment? (5)
SUNUP – When the big bright light appears in the east.
12 Move table over part of window – it’s warmer at night (11)
COUNTERPANE – A seven letter word meaning a table for commerce and a four letter word for a glazed part of a window. I am not sure why the “move” is in the clue as table on its own is sufficient.
16 Y-fronts for you, extremely smelly (3)
YES – The initial letter (fronts for) of the final three words of the clue. As we have already had Y for Yes, a different indicator should be used. Many editors will not allow the definition to be elided with the wordplay using a hyphen.
17 Bending north thus, sine curve features structurally here (6,3)
NISSAN HUT – An anagram (bending) of N (north) THUS SINE.
19 Opponents bungle, taking on single unbeatable opponent (7)
NEMESIS – A pair of bridge opponents followed by a four letter word for a bungle around an I (single).
20 Test satellite in space, engendering fear, perhaps (7)
EMOTION – A three letter word for a car text and the name of a moon of Jupiter inside a two letter printers space.
22 King, perhaps, or queen adhering to religious code (5)
RULER – A four letter word for a religious code followed by the abbreviation for queen.
24 Grant access! Need to get metre into passage (5)
ADMIT – The abbreviation for metre inside a four letter word for a mining passage.
27 Mother‘s Day needs a mother’s introduction (3)
DAM – The abbreviation for day followed by the A from the clue and the first letter (introduction) of mother. A small point on the cryptic grammar. The wordplay reads as “definition is day needs a first letter of mother.” Changing needs to needing would solve this.