A Puzzle by Exit
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A review by Prolixic follows.
Exit has the art of producing crosswords that are full of variety, enjoyable to solve and not overly difficult – just the sort your blogger likes.
1 Scottish island’s popular with church (4)
INCH – A two-letter word meaning popular followed by the abbreviation for church.
4 Cut in documentation required for small office items (10)
PAPERCLIPS – A four-letter word meaning cut inside a six letter word meaning documentation.
9 Old instrument (not current) accompanying short song, say, in mountain hotspot? (7)
VOLCANO – A four-letter word for an old stringed instrument without the I (not current) followed by a five letter word for a song without the final letter (short).
10 Minotaur or Ariadne obscuring Roman goddess (6)
AURORA – The answer is hidden (obscuring) in the first three words of the clue.
11 College window (5)
ORIEL – Double definition of an Oxford college and a type of window.
12 Quickly! Grab photo for all to see Prince … (4,2)
SNAP UP – A four-letter word for a photo followed by the film classification meaning all can see it and the abbreviation for prince.
14/8/29 … Rupert chasing setter in direction of The Globe, say (4,7,2,1,4)
EXIT PURSUED BY A BEAR – If the setter (by name) was being chased by an animal of which Rupert is a fictional example, you would have this direction given in a Shakespearean play that would have been performed at the globe.
15 Sort of avalanche devastated Middle US (8)
MUDSLIDE – An anagram (devastated) of MIDDLE US.
18 Application from Oscar in temporary accommodation housing 1000 (8)
OINTMENT – The letter represented by Oscar in the Nato phonetic alphabet followed by the IN from the clue and a four-letter for for temporary accommodation that includes the Roman numeral for 1000.
20 Artist unknown in Indian state (4)
GOYA – One of the letters indicating an unknown in algebra inside a three-letter Indian state.
22 Father’s delayed sense of taste (6)
PALATE – A two-letter word meaning father followed by a four-letter word meaning delayed.
24 Spin missing from forecast order (5)
EDICT – Remove a two letter word meaning spin (in terms of publicity) from a seven-letter word meaning forecast.
26 Little James: a jewel (6)
JASPER – The three letter abbreviation for the book of the Bible James followed by a three letter word meaning a (as in £30 a head).
27 Newton in shed on island, looking for someone? (7)
MANHUNT – The abbreviation for Newton inside a three-letter word for a shed after (on) a three letter word for an island.
28 Dessert spilt: blame following beauty (5,5)
PEACH MELBA – An anagram (split) of BLAME after (following) a five letter word for person who is a beauty.
29 See 14
2 Star car (4)
NOVA – Double definition of a bright star and make of Vauxhall car.
3 Sun follower maybe upset: hits at Leo (9)
HELIOSTAT – An anagram (upset) of HITS AT LEO.
4 After return of record, tart is calm (6)
PLACID – Reverse (return) a two-letter abbreviation for a record and follow with a four letter word meaning tart or sharp.
5 Brief investigation over moon lander difficulty (7)
PROBLEM – A five-letter word for an investigation with the final letter removed (brief) followed by a three-letter abbreviation for Lunar Excursion Module (moon lander).
6 Mercurial Bohemian music? It’s arranged in D sharp, boy, not B (8)
RHAPSODY – An anagram (its arranged) of D SHARP BOY without the B.
7 Caterpillar initially likes any red variety apple (5)
LARVA – The initial letter of the final five words of the clue.
8 See 14 Across
13 Cheer up exile welcoming, variously, Henry and a rat (10)
EXHILARATE – Insert (in separate places (welcoming variously) the abbreviation for Henry and the A RAT from the clue inside the EXILE from the clue.
16 Cry raised after stairway loses fine source of illumination (5,4)
LIGHT BULB – A six letter word for a stairway without the abbreviation for fine followed by a reversal (raised) of a four-letter word meaning cry.
17 Wire note on sheep (8)
TELEGRAM – A two-letter musical note followed by (in cricketing terms) a three-letter word describing on and a three-letter word for a male sheep.
19 Short lecture about Channel Island is a lot of hot air (7)
THERMAL – A four-letter word for a lecture without the final letter (short) around a four-letter name for one of the Channel Islands.
21 One backing pub in South Africa to produce flower … (6)
ZINNIA – The letter representing one after (backing) a three-letter word for a pub inside the IVR code for South Africa.
23 … (lavender) when Penny in charge (5)
ASPIC – A two-letter word meaning when followed by the abbreviation for Penny followed by the abbreviation for in charge.
25 Up before nine in Sicily (4)
ETNA – Reverse (up) a four-letter word meaning before.