A Puzzle by Drummond
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Drummond was ome of five setters to respond to last week’s plea for puzzles – the others were (in alphabetical order) Bardwig, Rex Bassett, Sundance and Umber and their puzzles will be appearing over the next few weeks. Thanks to all five.
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.
After his second puzzle (141) Drummond graduated to the NTSPP. However, it is good to have another crossword from him in the Rookie Corner. Only a very small number of comments again. The commentometer reads as 1.5/30 or 5%.
1 Not nice, her playing hard to get? (10)
INCOHERENT – An anagram (playing) of NOT NICE HER.
6 Sketch of Saint Christopher (4)
SKIT – The single letter abbreviation for saint followed by a diminutive form of the name Christopher.
10 Spooner’s dog pooped in lady’s case (7)
COMPACT – A Spoonerism of POM (dog) CACKED (POOPED).
11 Bad back starts to lock up – given doctor a try? (7)
LUMBAGO – The initial letter of the fifth and sixth words of the clue followed by a two letter abbreviation for a doctor and a two letter word meaning a try.
12 Gladstone at Hawarden, hiding place in Wales (5)
NEATH – The answer is hidden (hiding) in the first three words of the clue.
13 Muddling around; sign of UN in disarray (9)
CONFUSING – The single letter abbreviation for around followed by an anagram (in disarray) of SIGN OF UN.
14 Standing close, arguing in centre circle (8)
ENDURING – A three letter word meaning close or finish followed by the middle letter (in centre) of arguing and a four letter word for a circle.
15 What’s got into top order? (6)
BEHEST – A two letter word interjection meaning what inside a four letter word meaning top.
18 Backing group of Shakira or Pussy Riot (6)
UPROAR – The answer is reversed (backing) and hidden (group of) in the final three words of the clue.
20 Cleansing ritual works better when undressed (8)
TOILETTE – A four letter word meaning works followed by the inner letters (undressed) of better. I think here that works needs to be in the singular for the clue to work but this would break the surface reading.
23 Recently acquired players, wingers from Lausanne City ( (9)
NEWCASTLE – A three letter word meaning recently acquired followed by a for letter word for a group of players or actors and the outside letters (wingers from) of Lausanne.
25 Places fair bet & pays, regardless of the odds (5)
AREAS – The even letters (regardless of the odds) in the words fair bet plays.
26 Fix faulty lamp? It’s on, so not required (7)
IMPLANT – An anagram (faulty) of LAMP ITS ON after removing (not required) the letters in so.
27 Victim of thumping perhaps filled with new spirit (7)
BANSHEE – A word that might describe someone bashed (victim of thumping) includes the abbreviation for new.
28 Mess about in old boat on lake (4)
LARK – The name of Noah’s boat after (on) the abbreviation for lake.
29 Doctor ran test involving pee holes (10)
PENETRATES – An anagram (doctor) of RAN TEST PEE. I don’t think that involving works well as an instruction to add the letters to be mixed. It suggests an insertion of the letters instead.
1 Minor cast acts in Lion Queen (15)
INCONSEQUENTIAL – An anagram (cast) of ACTS IN LION QUEEN.
2 Perhaps monarch butterfly’s half lavender (9)
COMMANDER – A five letter word for a butterfly followed by the final half of the word lavender.
3 They pay others, but no tips for her (7)
HEATHER – The inner letters (but no tips) of the first three words of the clue.
4 Quiet time – it’s beginning to get late outside (8)
RETICENT – The abbreviation for time and the first letter (beginning) of it with a six letter word meaning late around them.
5 Partners admit cavorting only in underwear (6)
NYLONS – A pair of bridge partners include (admiit) an anagram (cavorting) of ONLY.
7 Leaves dim people covered in it (5)
KHAKI – Cryptic definition of the type of material that has the colour of dull or dim foliage worn by soldiers.
8 A symptom of the rash? (15)
THOUGHTLESSNESS – Cryptic definition of those who make rash decisions.
9 Dirty ladder up mildewed climbing frames (6)
IMPURE – The answer is reversed (climbing) and hidden (frames) in the second to fourth words of the clue.
16 Catheter clobbered with base of bedpan elicits theatrical jump (9)
ENTRECHAT – An anagram (clobbered) of CATHETER N (the final letter -base – of bedpan)
17 Worker‘s pet grievance unresolved (5,3)
HONEY BEE – Another term of endearment like pet followed by a four letter word for a complaint without the final letter (unresolved).
19 Biblical mount near Warsaw – hot news! Who should go? (6)
ARARAT – Remove the letters in NEWS WHO from the third to fifth words of the clue.
21 Trainee in large, profitable enterprise (7)
LEARNER – The abbreviation for large followed by another word for a profitable enterprise.
22 Sculpture standing where river runs (6)
STATUE – A seven letter word meaning standing without the R (river runs).
24 Why is petrol escaping rapidly in front part of car? (5)
WIPER – The initial letters (in front) of the first five letters of the clue.