A Puzzle by Modica
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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.
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Welcome back to Modica with a very good crossword that shows a lot of improvement in the setter’s skills. The commentometer reads as 3/28 or 10.7%
8 Guided back being conscious of state (8)
DELAWARE – A three letter word meaning guided is reversed (back) and followed by a five letter word meaning being conscious of.
9 Initially a readable and broadly international classical language (6)
ARABIC – The first letters (initially) of the second to seventh words of the clue.
10 Cool tune? (3)
AIR -Double definition, the first meaning to put out to cool in a breeze and the second being another term for a tune.
11 Greek fruit right for fighter (8)
GRAPPLER – The two letter abbreviation for Greek followed by a five letter name of a fruit and the abbreviation for R.
12 Quiet newspaper man following US code pulled two sides together (6)
ZIPPED – The abbreviations for quiet and editor (newspaper man) after (following) the equivalent to the UK postcode in America.
13 Nasty cold warned Doctor Nick (3,8,4)
NEW SCOTLAND YARD – An anagram (doctor) of NASTY COLD WARNED. For the cryptic grammar to work doctor needs to be before the letters to be rearranged as it is used as an imperative verb.
15 Stall when the shops are open? (3,4)
BUY TIME – Double definition, the first meaning to prevaricate and the second obliquely when the shops are open. The second part of the definition really requires an ending “ing” to be grammatically correct.
18 Altercations result from a phrase misheard (7)
AFFRAYS – The A from the clue and a homophone (misheard) of PHRASE.
21 Welcoming force? Curiously it’s a Soho CID scam (15)
SADOMASOCHISTIC – An anagram (curiously) of ITS A SOHO CID SCAM. I am not sure that the definition is quite accurate.
24 Sea included in global ticket (6)
BALTIC – The answer is hidden (included in) the last two words of the clue.
25 Perhaps fall sees trees in this condition (8)
LEAFLESS – An anagram (perhaps) of FALL SEES with the clue providing the definition.
26 Policeman has cold heart (3)
ICE – The answer is hidden in (has…heart) of the first word of the clue. Having the definition in the middle of the clue is not ideal. Cold heart of policeman would have worked better.
27 Cell discovered when gas surrounded ancient city (6)
NEURON – A Nobel gas used in fluorescent tubes includes the name of a biblical city.
28 Immature quick-witted pest (8)
GREENFLY – A five letter word meaning immature followed by a three letter word meaning quick-witted.
1 Persuade greengrocer to accept award (6)
DEGREE – The answer is hidden (to accept) in the first two words of the clue.
2 Foppish American place of learning (6)
CAMPUS – A four letter word meaning foppish followed by a two letter abbreviation for American.
3 Performing band call in groom for couples’ pleasure (8,7)
BALLROOM DANCING – An anagram (performing) of BAND CALL IN GROOM.
4 With extreme tiredness cautiously accepts drug (7)
WEARILY – A six letter word meaning cautiously includes (accepts) the abbreviation for ecstasy.
5 Swinging Viscount brought to book (6,2,3,4)
TARZAN OF THE APES – Cryptic definition of the jungle character who was Viscount Greystoke.
6 Crooked expat Ray has to cough up (8)
TAXPAYER – An anagram (crooked) of EXPAT RAY. The definition defines a verb but the answer is a noun. Perhaps he has to cough up would be better.
7 Moving in a sequential way left and arrived home sooner than expected (8)
LINEARLY – The abbreviation for left and a phrase 2,5 that might indicate arrived home before time.
14 Variable so to speak but for what reason? (3)
WHY – A homophone of Y (variable).
16 Composed a bad tune with no let up (8)
UNABATED – An anagram (composed) of A BAD TUNE.
17 King wobbles outside for slow cooked delicacies (8)
TROTTERS – The abbreviation for Rex (king) as a seven letter word meaning wobbles outside. Opinions will differ on whether the solution describes delicacies!
19 Garret regularly produces paintings (3)
ART – The even letter (regularly) of the first word of the clue.
20 Old King showing support for Eton perhaps (7)
COLLEGE – The name of the king who was a merry old soul includes (showing) a three letter word for a support. The inclusion indicator (showing) is not a very good one.
22 Dispatched the Italian inside without a sound (6)
SILENT – A four letter word meaning dispatched includes the Italian for the.
23 Slight alteration to sunlit characters (6)
INSULT – An anagram (alteration to … characters) of SUNLIT.