A Puzzle by Sundance
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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.
Sundance is progressing. There are fewer technical issues but still a need to hone and polish the clues. The commentometer reads as 5/32 or 15.6%.
1 Good manner?- mostly (quite close) (6)
BESIDE – The type of good manner that a doctor should have with his patients without the first letter D. An inauspicious start. You should not use mostly to indicate a random letter. Mostly signifies removing the last letter.
4 Placing on a type of green (7)
PUTTING – Double definition of placing something down and a type of green on a golf course.
9 Could they be Jerry’s dogs? (9)
SPRINGERS – The solution indicates belonging to the confrontational TV host Jerry …
10 Understand compiler will be be between the seats (5)
AISLE – A homophone of I’ll (compiler will). Be between the seats does not clue a noun. Perhaps somewhere between the seats would be better. Watch out for typos such as “be be”.
11 Two under headless dog (5)
EAGLE – Remove the first letter (headless) of a breed of dog.
12 What fat bakers cook up (9)
BREAKFAST – An anagram (cook up) of FAT BAKERS. I think that letter cooked up would be better.
13 Fool heard to be given help (7)
SUCCOUR – An homophone (heard) of sucker (fool).
15 Ice cream can have an effect (6)
RIPPLE – Double definition of a type of ice cream and an effect such as that caused when a stone is thrown in still water. Chambers gives the solution on its own as a type of ice cream.
17 Unaccustomed to something new (6)
UNUSED – Double definition where the two definition are the same word but pronounced slightly differently.
19 Marked and reared around (7)
BRANDED – A four letter word meaning reared around the and from the clue.
22 24 somehow in a dip may result in damage (9)
DETRIMENT – An anagram (somehow) of the solution to 24a inside a four letter word meaning a dip. As the letters to be rearranged are all present in the solution to 24a, it is not an indirect anagram.
24 Send money back – handy for an egg (5)
TIMER – A word meaning send money is reversed (back).
26 We’re in Lincoln for bad treatment (5)
ABUSE – A two letter word meaning we are inside the three letter abbreviation for the first name of the US President Mr Lincoln.
27 Cora and Keith may get together after Jerusalem (9)
ARTICHOKE – An anagram (may get together) of CORA KEITH. I don’t like clues where a compound noun is clued by one part to get the second part.
28 If uncertain don’t get a tradesman to include the initial repair (7)
DITHERY – The abbreviation for do it yourself (don’t get a tradesman) includes the the from the clue and the first letter (initial) of repair. Initial repair does not signify the first letter. Repair initially or at first would be better.
29 Leaflets for 11s perhaps (6)
FLYERS – Double definition, the second being a word exemplified by the answer to 11a.
1 Presidents holding fifty measures (7)
BUSHELS – The surname in the plural of the father and son presidents of the USA includes the Roman numeral for 50.
2 Awkwardly grips a small stem (5)
SPRIG – An anagram (awkwardly) of GRIPS.
3 Proficient at Karate, kind without measure but quite unsafe (9)
DANGEROUS – The name given to a karate expert followed by a word meaning kind without a two letter printer’s measure.
4 Gone with sound of hesitance to the chemist (7)
PASTEUR – A four letter word meaning gone followed by a homophone (sound of) of ER (hesitance).
5 Pursue model stretcher (5)
TRACK – The type of model car offered by Mr Ford and a four letter word for a device used to torture people by stretching them.
6 Not out, stopped running and put in place (9)
INSTALLED – A two letter word being the opposite of not out followed by a seven letter word meaning stopped running.
7 Arrive at destination that contains hard poor neighourhood (6)
GHETTO – A phrase 3,2 meaning arrive at destination includes (contains) the abbreviation for had. Watch the spelling of neighbourhood. A vey minor point – the two spaces between hard and neighbourhood look odd.
8 A part of the body belongs (6)
MEMBER – Double definition for a part of the body and someone who belongs to a club or association. I am not sure that belongs in the plural quite gives the solution required.
14 Build a theoretical entity (9)
CONSTRUCT – Double definition. Perhaps the two meaning are too similar here.
16 Useful television broadcasting system holds motoring organisation with a twitch (9)
PRACTICAL – A type of TV broadcasting system includes (holds) a three letter motoring organisation and a three letter word for a twitch. As holding has been used an a containment indicator in 1d, a different indicator would be better here. Watch surface readings. Whilst I am less concerned with surface readings this one make no sense whatsoever. A similar point could be made in respect of 20d.
18 Alien in journal is interested in food (7)
DIETARY – The two letter friendly alien inside a personal journal. I am not sure that interest in food is correct. Relating to food is the correct definition.
19 Express annoyance in public transport and change for a Gambian (6)
BUTUTS – A three letter word meaning to express annoyances inside a three letter public transport vehicle.
20 Removes light from royal ship in places where opium can be found (7)
DARKENS – The name of the aircraft carrier ??? `royal inside the places where opium can be found.
21 Example of King Lear, possibly (6)
EDWARD – Double definition.
23 Anger of neon goddess (5)
IRENE – A thee letter word meaning anger followed by the chemical symbol for Neon. The “of” is superfluous, misleading and should be omitted.
25 A stooge enclosing large deer (5)
MOOSE – The name of one of the Three Stooges includes (enclosing) the abbreviation for over-sized (large). Technically correct but a little more thought would give you a better containment indicator – perhaps A stooge trapping large deer. It maintains the wordplay but tells much more of a story in the surface reading.