A Puzzle by Fringilla
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A review by Prolixic follows:
Welcome back to Fringilla. Apologies for the late review. The last couple of days have been totally wiped out with legal advice for lawyers, landlords, tenants and all other whose businesses are being affected by the Great Lockdown. A better crossword in many respects to the previous outing but perhaps too many loose synonyms and slightly jarring cryptic readings. The commentometer is 6/32 or 18.7%.
1 Put up with bird (7)
SWALLOW – Double definition of a word meaning to bear or put up with something and a bird with a forked tail whose arrival does not necessarily herald summer.
5 Ruin meal with cold starter 7) (7)
SCUPPER – A late evening meal includes (with) the first letter (starter) of cold. I don’t think that A with B means put B inside A.
9 Play after a cake? Lots (9)
ABUNDANCE – A five letter word for play goes after the A from the clue and a three letter word for a cake. I am not enamoured with the synonym for play being the same as the word in the solution.
10 Bogged down by Sapper in centre (5)
MIRED – The abbreviation for Royal Engineer (sapper) inside a three letter word for centre.
11 Square lock causes worry (6)
STRESS – The abbreviation for square followed by another word for a lock of hair. Perhaps creates rather than causes would be a better line word.
12 Ground immersed after rainfall (7)
TERRAIN – The answer is hidden (immersed) in the final two words of the clue. I think that for the cryptic grammar to work it needs to be immersed in. Immersed on its own does not work. Perhaps “Ground immersed in winter rainfall”
14 Loner lost it on Island 4) (4)
HERM – A six letter word for a loner without (lost) the final IT. Perhaps loses it would be better.
15 Needs composition: read at side (10)
DESIDERATA – An anagram (composition) of READ AT SIDE. Composition (as a noun) before the letters to be rearranged should be composition of…
19 Cartoon vehicle I nick, avoiding Priest (10)
CARICATURE – A three letter word for a vehicle followed by the I from the clue and a seven letter word meaning nick or arrest without (avoiding) the abbreviation for priest.
20 Police Dept capture son and return counter (4)
DISC – A three letter word for a police department includes (capture) the abbreviation for S with all the letters reversed (return). Capture should be captures for the cryptic grammar to work. Perhaps “Police Dept captures son returning …”
22 Former pilot embarrassed to take for a ride (7)
EXPLOIT – A two letter word meaning former followed by an anagram (embarrassed) of PILOT. An anagram where only one letter is moved (here the I) should be avoided.
25 Girl takes throw at international (6)
GLOBAL – A three letter word for a girl includes (takes) a three letter word meaning to throw. The form of link word wordplay at definition does not work.
27 Airline circles morning after old ex-President (5)
OBAMA – The abbreviation for British Airways (airline) around (circles) the abbreviation for morning all after the abbreviation for old.
28 Play with a mad latin dog (9)
DALMATIAN – An anagram (play with) of A MAD LATIN.
29 Outrage: dynamite covered up disaster (7)
TRAGEDY – The answer is hidden in (covered up) the first two words of the clue. I think covers up would be better. The two words still include the answer.
30 Regret about opening empty can for staff (7)
RETINUE – A three letter word meaning regret around the first letter (opening) of empty and a three letter word for a can. Opening on its own will not be accepted by some editors as an initial letter indicator. It would need to be opening of…
1 Box shop (4)
SPAR – Double definition of the verb to box and the name of a food retailer.
2 Raunchy couple of Queens flirt (9)
ADULTERER – A five letter word meaning raunchy and the abbreviation for the current queen twice (couple of). Another clue where the synonym is too loose. I don’ think that flirt is a good synonym for the solution.
3 Pecking Order: a man may climb this, a woman may curse it (6)
LADDER – Triple definition of a pecking order in a squash tournament say, something a worker may climb and something that a lady may curse if obtained in hosiery.
4 Cleared up after blast, in a mess (9)
WINDSWEPT – A five letter meaning cleared up with a broom after a four letter word for a meteorological feature that may blast.
5 Writing implement found in street empty (5)
SPENT – A three letter word for a writing implement in the abbreviation for street. This clue could have been improved simply by putting Empty at the beginning or even better to tell a story “Empty enclosure in street.
6 Prize pup, not first, on sale (8)
UPMARKET – The PUP from the clue without the first letter (not first) on a six letter word for market.
7 Leave a coat (5)
PARKA – A four letter word meaning to leave or put on one side followed by the A from clue.
8 Marching Orders for leftist and German woman, not leader (10)
REDUNDANCY – A three letter colour describing leftist, the three letter German word for and and a five letter woman’s name without the the first letter (not leader). Definition for wordplay is the wrong way round. You can have wordplay for definition.
13 Bottle it, chuck away (7,3)
CHICKEN OUT – A seven letter word for the bird affectionately known as a chuck followed by a three letter word meaning away.
16 Corrupt professional under Irish rule (9)
IRREGULAR – Another word for a professional soldier under the abbreviation for Irish and Rule. The abbreviation for Irish is IR not I. Corrupt Irish professional word have worked.
17 Go on after jockey, I am a nit! (9)
ANIMATION – An anagram (jockey.- as a verb this works) of I AM A NIT.
18 Tribute to Champion swallowing soft drink, definitely first (8)
ACCOLADE – A three letter word for a champion around a four letter word for a fizzy drink and the first letter of definitely. Again some editors may not like first on its own and would required at first. Another clue where the link word does not work very well as you have definition to wordplay rather than wordplay to definition which would work.
21 Urinate, move vehicle (2-4)
GO-CART – A two letter word meaning to urinate followed by a four letter word meaning to move something.
23 Hearing footballer on Argentinian beach (5)
PLAYA – A homophone of player (footballer). As footballer is a definition by example of the word to be used, this should be indicated. Another poor link word as wordplay on definition does not read well in the cryptic grammar.
24 Toy underwear (5)
TEDDY – Double definition of a cuddly toy and an woman’s item of underwear combining panties and a chemise in one garment.
26 Stake insect on bottom of tree (4)
ANTE – A three letter word for an insect on the final letter (bottom) of tree.