A Puzzle by Gonzo
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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.
A review by Prolixic follows.
Gonzo returns with a much improved crossword. The was a good deal of inventiveness in the wordplay and whilst it was tough in places, it could all be teased out with a little patience. The only clue that really did not work was the combination at 16a/8d. The commentometer reads as 2 /27 or 7.4%.
6 Believes broadcasts about Partition (8)
SWALLOWS – A four letter word meaning broadcasts (in the horticultural sense) around a four letter word for a partition dividing two rooms.
8 Is inundated with news about Poles (6)
DROWNS – A reversal (about) of a four letter word meaning news followed by the two magnetic poles.
9 Campbell perhaps nestling in inglenook (4)|
GLEN – The answer is hidden (nestling) in the final word of the clue.
10 One stuck in revolting bed’s long-suffering (5)
STOIC – The letter representing one inside a reversal (revolting) of a four letter word for bed’s.
11 Staff Association (4)
CLUB – Double definition with the first being a type of mace.
12/27 Met Dec. through Feb. with Italian team pursuing Cumbrian? (8,6)
NORTHERN WINTER – The abbreviation for with and a five letter name of an Italian football club after (pursuing) a description of a Cumbrian in terms of the geographical location of Cumbria.
14 See 15 Down
16/8D Failed to score with this bird? That’ll get you down (5,4)
EIDER DUCK – A homophone (un-indicated) of I’D A DUCK. The question mark does not work as a homophone indicator and you need a subject in the wordplay to make the clue work. Perhaps Heard sportsman’s report of lamentable score with this bird.
17 Group goes back to exploits on vacation in the Lakes (5)
MERES – A reversal of a three letter American group of musicians followed by the outer letters (on vacation) of exploits.
21 Libra nullifies retrograde phase of the moon (5)
LUNAR – The answer is hidden (phase) and reversed (retrograde) in the first two words of the clue.
22 Extension to play on Broadway leads to Evita receiving Tony, and movie deal (8)
OVERTIME – An anagram (deal) of ERT (the first letters – leads – of Evita receiving Tony) MOVIE.
24 Crop oats occasionally for waterfowl (4)
COOT – The odd letters (occasionally) in the first two words of the clue.
25 Pack, one taken onboard with winch (5)
HOIST – A four letter word meaning a pack or large group includes (taking onboard) the letter representing one. Try to avoid repeating letter indicators such as one for I.
26 Scout hotel for golf film (4)
HAZE – A four letter word meaning to scout or watch closely with the initial G (golf) replaced by H (hotel).
27 See 12
28 Providing a fix by the solar zenith? (8)
AMENDING – The solar zenith is noon when the morning comes to an end.
1 Number over 50 with broad backing for Labour (5,2)
DWELL ON – A reversal (backing) of an abbreviations for any number and over, the Roman numeral for 50 and a four letter word meaning broad or bawdy.
2 Campbell, perhaps, or a copy with 1:1 equivalence (4)
CLAN – A five letter word meaning a copy with the ONE (1) replaced by AN (one).
3 Floor of a sea-loch has absorbed tritium (7)
ASTOUND – The A from the clue and a five letter word for a sea-loch include (has absorbed) the chemical symbol for tritium.
4 Dog chases rook and vagrant tern at the same time (10)
CONCURRENT – A three letter word for a mongrel dog after (chases) a three letter word meaning rook or cheat followed by an anagram (vagrant) of TERN.
5 Is 21 cycle favouring separation? (7)
INSULAR – An anagram (cycle) of IS and the answer to 21across.
7 Carouser heading off with fisherman (8)
OYSTERER – A nine letter word for a carouser (usually spelled with an I but here with a Y) with the first letter removed (heading off).
8 See 16 Across
13 Three-piece pirate attire which hasn’t aged badly (10)
TRIPARTITE – An anagram (badly) of PIRATE ATTIRE after removing the two letter abbreviation for aged.
15/14 Despot – favourite target here for revolution (5,3,5)
PETER THE GREAT – A three letter word meaning favourite followed by an anagram (for revolution) of TARGET HERE.
18 Rustic taking US car not quite over mountain pass (7)
BUCOLIC – A make of US car without the final K around (over) a three letter word for a mountain pass. Using over as a containment indicator in a down clue jars as it means above in this context.
19 One lad all at sea during boat trip (7)
HOLIDAY – An anagram (at sea) of I (one – again) LAD inside a three letter word for a boat.
20 Combative women 3 fellows with editor’s sacking (7)
AMAZONS – A six letter word meaning the as the answer to 3 down and a four letter word for university fellows have the abbreviation for editor removed.
23 Cleaner fish (4)
CHAR – Double definition.
26 Fell run? You can’t…! (4)
HIDE – The word that completes the phrase “you can run but you can’t ????”.