A Puzzle by Laccaria
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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.
Well done to Laccaria on another challenging crossword. The wordplay is pretty well nailed with only a few minor points to note. However, some of the surface readings need attention. A number of the solutions are folds or bases in Origami. Sky were going to televise competitive origami on the sport channel. You could only see it on paper-view!
The commentometer reads as a respectable 1.5 out of 32 or 4.7%
7 Check flower, always got for nothing (7)
REVERSE – The four letter name of a flower that has associations with Yorkshire and Lancashire with the O (nothing) replaced with a four letter word meaning ever.
8 Book madman, not setter, going after little boy (7)
ALMANAC – The abbreviated two letter form of Albert followed by a six letter word for a madman with the I removed (not setter).
9 Jail the first TV man who takes off bra – at last! (4)
BIRD – The surname of the Scottish pioneer of the television with the A (bra at last) removed.
10 Collector of sound seeds? (3)
EAR – Double definition of the organ of hearing and a head of wheat that contains the seeds.
12 Blame stumbling walk! (5)
AMBLE – An anagram (stumbling) of BLAME. Not sure why an exclamation mark is required where. Restrict their use to when something bizarre is happening with the wordplay.
13 Urge Prince Romeo not to start trouble (5)
PRESS – The abbreviations for prince and Romeo followed by a four letter meaning trouble without the first letter (not to start). Not to start is a slightly clumsy indicator. Perhaps to head off trouble might be better.
14 Healing cleric embraces 4 (8)
CURATIVE – A six letter word for a junior cleric around the Roman numerals for 4.
16 Hold dish upside down at end (4)
STEM – A type of dish like goulash with the final letter rotated through 180 degrees (upside down at the end). Here an exclamation mark at the end of the clue would have been appropriate.
17 Stone to shoot at, when retreating (5)
TOPAZ – The TO from the clue followed by an informal word meaning to shoot at reversed (when retreating).
18 Drop wrong card (4)
SINK – A three letter word meaning wrong followed by the abbreviation for King in a pack of playing cards.
19 Pall Mall, for instance, is what this is, not entirely without taste (8)
CLUBLAND – What you are solving with the final letter removed (not entirely) followed by a five letter word meaning tasteless.
21 Forwards steal fruit, not quietly (5)
SCRUM – A six letter word meaning to steal fruit without the P (not quietly). Try to avoid using repeated indicators such as not to remove a letter.
22 Join old Party, to protect Border (5)
CRIMP – The abbreviation for Communist Party (old party) around (to protect) a three letter word for a border.
23 At first, University of York rejected second person (3)
YOU – A reversal (rejected) of the initial letters (at first) of the third to fifth words of the clue.
24 Pen to stop working? (4)
FOLD – Double definition, the first an area where sheep may be kept and the second to become bankrupt or stop working.
26 Skivvy finally sorted out trash (7)
DESTROY – An anagram (out) of Y (skivvy finally) SORTED.
27 One who supposedly hides head with companion, after disorderly riots (7)
OSTRICH – The abbreviation for companion after an anagram (disorderly) of RIOTS.
1 Monster is but paper! (4)
YETI – A three letter word meaning but followed by the name of a newspaper.
2 May need to change sheets after this lunatic watered close to them! (3,5)
WET DREAM – An anagram (lunatic) of WATERED M (close to them). Be careful with clues that solvers will find in bad taste. Here, REM DREAM or FELDHEIM would have avoided this.
3 Hard to divide fool’s possessions (6)
ASSETS – The a three letter word meaning hard (as in having hardened) inside a three letter word for a fool.
4 9 man’s place is upset cart in middle of city in Arizona (8)
ALCATRAZ – An anagram (upset) of CART inside the abbreviation for Los Angeles (city) inside the state code for Arizona.
5 No good to seize hold of part of hopper (6)
RABBIT – A four letter word meaning to seize hold of without the G (no good) followed by.a three letter word meaning part. Some editors will not allow wordplay of definition.
6 Part of the salt starts to be added, shaken energetically (4)
BASE – The initial letters (starts to) of the final four words of the clue.
11 Waterlogged field icy? Draped plastic! (4,5)
RICE PADDY – An anagram (plastic) of ICY DRAPED.
13 Dead priest risen? This will draw insects… (5)
PETAL – A four letter word for dead and the abbreviation for priest all reversed (risen).
15 …a few of which may deliver this very bread, coming up short (5)
VENOM – The abbreviation for very followed by a five letter word for bread (as a form of cash) with the final letter removed and reversed (coming up short).
17 Small amount of rough sea, and no pot! (8)
TEASPOON – An anagram (rough) of SEA NO POT.
18 Yes, sack is reliable (4-4)
SURE-FIRE – A four letter word meaning yes followed by a four letter word meaning sack.
20 Second little girl finds nutshell inside pancake (6)
BLINTZ – The second letter of the alphabet followed by a shortened form of the name Elizabeth (little girl) with the outer letters (shell) of NUT inside. Second to indicate B is not very precise and a little lazy. Perhaps soft / bold little girl would be better. Some editors would not allow nutshell to indicate the first and last letters of nut.
21 Pole to declare void game (6)
SQUASH – The abbreviation for south (pole) followed by a five letter word meaning to declare void.
22 For example, 8 appear in Hundred-Acre Wood (4)
CREW – The answer is hidden (to appear in) the final two words in the clue.
25 Second-rank sportsman means to get to next level (4)
LOCK – Double definition of a person in the second row of a scrum and the system used on a canal to move up or down a level.
The origami terms are:
- REVERSE FOLD
- BIRD BASE
- RABBIT EAR
- PETAL FOLD
- BLINTZ FOLD
- SQUASH FOLD