A Puzzle by Chameleon
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The puzzle is available by clicking on the above grid.
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.
Wow. Possibly the best Rookie crossword to date. This was a tour-de-force of setting getting so many names into the clues and solutions without making the theme feel forced. Records broken too. I think that this is the first Rookie blog where the number of comments exceeded the comments on the back page crossword. Also, this is the first time where the commentometer notionally has hit the 0 mark – with such excellent cluing I might turn a blind eye to the repeat use of last as a final word indicator!
My final duty is to hand over Chameleon to the tender mercies of Big Dave as the NTSPP editor.
On the subject of the NTSPP, look out for something special next weekend as we hit the 500th crossword.
1 Welcome new recruit (first attempt’s ultimately lacking) (4,2)
TAKE ON – How you might describe the first attempt at filming a scene with the final letter removed (ultimately lacking)
4 Man in the Corner? That’s me! (6)
ROOKIE – A four letter word for one of the pieces on a chess board that starts on the corner square followed by the abbreviation for that is (that’s).
8 See Wire regularly boarding Wolfgang’s car, maybe (4)
VIEW – The even letters in Wire inside (boarding) a two letter abbreviation for a German (Wolfgang’s) make of car.
9 Wimp out of beating up Rye cads with Kitty (7-3)
SCAREDY-CAT – An anagram (beating up) of RYE CADS with a three letter word for a kitty.
11 Hippogryph’s wings fly with nous to island (6)
HONSHU – An anagram (fly) of HH (Hippogryph’s wings) NOUS.
12 British editor publishes blog articles – they support people who have retired (8)
BEDPOSTS – The abbreviations for British and editor followed by a five letter word meaning publishes blog articles.
13 What might limit a crossword? It could be mere tripe (9)
PERIMETER – An anagram (it could be) of MERE TRIPE.
15 As Prolixic becomes very productive, codeword is made to unravel (4)
FRAY – To make Prolixic become prolific change the X to an R. Do the same to a codeword in the Nato phonetic alphabet for the solution.
16 Dutch’s sure about conclusions of Cape Town lady (4)
JANE – A two letter Dutch word meaning yes or sure followed by a reversal (about) of the final letters (conclusions) of Cape and Town.
17 A stumping, say? That’s what Exit’ll be after (9)
DISMISSAL – Two semi-cryptic definitions (the first in cricket and the second more generally) of the solution.
21 Fan of sponsored feature on this site gets books (8)
ADHERENT – A phrase 2,4 that might describe a sponsored advertisement on a website followed by the abbreviation for New Testament (books).
22 A range of high points picked out from easier Rags (6)
SIERRA – The answer is hidden (picked out from) the last two words of the clue.
24 Perhaps son by marriage rejected communist’s means of getting high (10)
STEPLADDER – A phase (fanciful) that might describe a
cold child joining a family after the re-marriage of his parent followed by a reversal (rejected) of the colour associated with a communist.
25 Old person reported tattooist (4)
INCA – A homophone (reported) of “inker” (tattooist).
26 Mucky material in the Listener (6)
EARWAX – Cryptic definition of a secretion in part of the body that is traditionally removed with the aid of a paper-clip.
27 Skinny‘s magician-like dexterity delivered to audience (6)
SLIGHT – A homophone (delivered to the audience) of sleight (magician-like dexterity).
1 Having skipped first half, Whynot turns up in exciting ‘Rite’ interval (7)
TRITONE – Reverse (turns up) the final three letters (having skipped first half) of Whynot inside an anagram (exciting) of RITE.
2 Fruit skin peeled with sage, mostly (5)
KIWIS – The inner letters (peeled) of skin followed by a word letter word meaning sage with the final letter removed (mostly).
3 See 16
5 Work too hard on Void and Gonzo’s latests (6)
OVERDO – A four letter word meaning on followed by the final letters (latest) of Void and Gonzo.
6 Instruments from Spooner’s rendition of certain harmonious triads (9)
KEYBOARDS – A Spoonerism of B-CHORDS (certain harmonious triads).
7 Rex has no right to operate on LetterboxRoy’s extremities… Indeed! (7)
EXACTLY – Remove the first letter (has no right) from Rex and followed with a three letter word meaning to operate and the outer letters (extremities) from LetterboxRoy.
10 Having eaten last bit of lettuce, RabbitDave hops around like T rex (11)
ABBREVIATED – Put an E (last bit of lettuce) in an anagram (hops around) of RABBIT DAVE
14 Host finishes off wi-fi connection gremlin – one who once blocked Gazza’s access to net? (9)
INNKEEPER – The final letters (finishes off) of the fourth to sixth words of the clue followed by a six letter word for a goalie (one who once blocked Gazza’s access to net).
16/3 Hardy fellow is a kindred spirit of CrypticSue’s, it seems (4,3,7)
JUDE THE OBSCURE – A cryptic definition of a Thomas Hardy character in similar vein to the crypticness of Sue.
18 A chill in the air as one “Chameleon” flees botched court case (7)
MISTRAL – How the setter (one “Chameleon”) might be indicated in a clue removed (flees) from an eight letter word for a botched court case.
19 New Porcia out at last, and it looks like a peach (7)
APRICOT – An anagram (new) of PORCIA followed by the final letter (at last) of out.
20 Dave’s up and getting stuck into new article (1 of 50) (6)
NEVADA – Reverse the DAVE from the clue inside the abbreviation for new and the indefinite article.
23 Having a look at turkey in Grub’s sandwiches (5)
EYING – The answer is hidden (sandwiches) in fifth to seventh words of the clue.