A Puzzle by Bardwig
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A review by Prolixic follows.
Welcome back to Bardwig. This crossword was much improved with some very good cluing. There are only some very minor points on the cluing. The commentometer is 1.5/26 or 5.7%.
4 Old ringmaster’s bridge between Hebrides and Fair Isle (6)
BAILEY – Triple definition, the first being the circus ringmaster who collaborated with Barnum, the second being a temporary bridge and the third being a shipping forecast area between Hebrides and Fair Isle. Perhaps somewhere between Hebrides and Fair Isle would be better but that is my dislike of prepositional indicators such as in India to define a city in India. The type of bridge is a compound noun clued by only its second part. Perhaps type of bridge would be more precise though it is marginal.
6 Stormy section engulfs a water sportsperson (8)
CANOEIST – An anagram (stormy) of SECTION around (engulfs) the A from the clue.
9 Party rejected conditional seat shuffling (6)
FIESTA – Reverse (rejected) a two letter word expressing a conditional statement and follow with an anagram (shuffling) of SEAT.
10 Bully man of action outside colliery (8)
DOMINEER – A four letter word for a person who acts around (outside) a four letter word for a colliery.
11 Seconds count in unfamiliar terrain, among the stars (12)
INTERSTELLAR – The abbreviation for seconds and a four letter word meaning to count votes inside an anagram (unfamiliar) of TERRAIN.
15 Tyneside bairn’s first in unlikely sport (7)
NETBALL – The abbreviation for the UK region where Tyneside is located followed by the first letter of bairn in a four letter word meaning unlikely, in the sense of an unlikely or unbelievable story.
17 Good property to develop (7)
GESTATE – The abbreviation for good followed by a six letter word for an estate.
18 Chartist with iPod upset autocracy (12)
DICTATORSHIP – An anagram (upset) of CHARTIST IPOD.
22 How home office staff work on vehicle certification, see (8)
REMOTELY – A two letter word meaning on or about, followed by the annual certification required for vehicle and a three letter name of a diocese (see).
23 Foot supporter at home only (6)
INSOLE – Two letter word meaning at home followed by a four letter word meaning only.
24 St Bernard maybe needing one for road and rail (8)
BANISTER – An anagram (maybe) of ST BERNARD when the abbreviation for road has been replaced by an I (one).
25 Comic character‘s love of olive oil, so to speak (6)
POPEYE – The comic book sailor loved by Olive Oyl (a homophone – so to speak – of olive oil)
1 Judge McVey heard court comedian (6)
JESTER – The abbreviation for judge followed by a homophone (heard) of ESTHER (the first name of the politician McVey). As the name of the politician is a definition by example, this should indicated.
2 Beam regularly ready for escape (3,2,5)
RAY OF LIGHT – The odd letters (regularly) of “ready for” followed by a six letter word meaning escape.
3 Egg in hard hat, say, unexpectedly breaks (8)
HOLIDAYS – The letter with a round shape (egg) inside the abbreviation for hard and a three letter word for a hat followed by an anagram (unexpectedly) of SAY.
4 Support surprisingly brief conclusion (8)
BEFRIEND – An anagram (surprisingly) of BRIEF followed by a three letter word meaning conclusion.
5 I mark it: unknown face (8)
IDENTITY – The I from the clue followed by a four letter word for a mark or dint followed by the IT from the clue an a letter representing an unknown quantity.
7 Half lift up old oak tree (4)
ILEX – Reverse (up) half of the letters in lift and follow with a prefix meaning old.
8 Model’s original name for show (4)
TURN – The model of car offered by Henry Ford followed by a two letter word meaning original or primitive and the abbreviation for name.
12 Gossip sheet’s endpiece later modified to include Ms Macpherson (10)
TALETELLER – The final letter (endpiece) of sheet followed by an anagram (modified) of LATER around the first name of the model whose surname is Macpherson. Again as a definition by example for the first name, this should be indicated.
13 Poor Babe Ruth gets nothing for posh housecoat (8)
BATHROBE – An anagram (poor) of BABE RUTH after the U (posh) has been replaced by an O (nothing).
14 Two chess associations planned move on the rugby field (3,5)
SET PIECE – Two words associated with chess (the first being all the chessmen together and the second being an individual man).
16 Detectives in bad taste demanding trial (4,4)
ACID TEST – A three letter abbreviation for detectives inside an anagram (bad) of TASTE.
19 Approach exhaustion: thus a US candidate might stand down (3,3)
RUN LOW – How an US candidate is described in comparison to a UK politician who might stand for election followed by a three letter word meaning down or depressed.
20 Arrest the predecessors of HSBC (4)
GRAB – The letters that go before each of the letters in HSBC. A very well spotted definition.
21 Last word from Geva Mentor (4)
AMEN – The answer is hidden in (from) the final two words of the clue.