A Puzzle by Laccaria
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Laccaria continues to make progress. The only points on this crossword were minor ones and one or two mistakes in spelling or missing apostrophes. The commentometer reads as 3/31 or 9.7%. Looking at the theme we have RINGWORLD, FLAT EARTH (derived from the theme) PUPPETEER, TELEPORTS, HYPERSPACE, LOUIS, KNOWN SPACE and SPEAKER (to) ANIMALS.
1 Marked wrong date to receive goods? (6)
TAGGED – An anagram (wrong) of DATE includes GG (goods).
4 Can I wash damaged cutting appliance? (8)
CHAINSAW – An anagram (damaged) of CAN I WASH.
10 Former king left agreement in France (Paris, ultimately) (5)
LOUIS – The abbreviation for left followed by the French for yes (agreement) and the last letter (ultimately) in Paris.
11 He holds string to control little dog, safe, full of energy (9)
PUPPETEER – A three letter word for a little dog followed by a five letter slang word for a safe containing (full of) the abbreviation for energy. Perhaps strings would be better as a single stringed puppet is unlikely.
12 Bite on this to put fire out? (5,4)
PETIT FOUR – An anagram (out) of TO PUT FIRE.
13 Where sheep’s blood may end up black? (5)
INKED – Split 2,3, this would be where the blood of a sheep would end up in a parasitic insect.
14 Place to be performing on horseback, without documents (4)
RING – A six letter word meaning on horseback without a two letter word for documents that prove your identity.
15 Soil on lowered pitch is crazy idea (4,5)
FLAT EARTH – A five letter word for soil after (on) a description of a musical note lowered by half a tone.
19 Journalist wearing riding tack caused trouble (7,2)
STIRRED UP – The abbreviation for editor (journalist) in (wearing) part of the horse’s tack in which the feet go.
21 A prisoner rejected for festival (4)
GALA – The A from the clue followed by a three letter word for a prisoner, all reversed (rejected).
24 It’s understood that two men are receiving present (5)
KNOWN – The abbreviations for King and Knight (two men on a chessboard) includes (are receiving) a three letter word for the present time. I think that the “that” should be omitted. Definition that wordplay does not work.
25 Shoppers help to tidy up spilt rice (5,4)
PRICE LIST – An anagram (to tidy up) of SPILT RICE. It is unfortunate that the final word of the clue appear unaltered in the solution. The definition requires an apostrophe to work.
26 Guard unversity official, securing the boundaries (9)
PROTECTOR – A seven letter word for a university official includes (securing) the out letter (boundaries) of the. Watch for spelling mistakes. The I is missing from university.
27 See 5 Down
28 Object about second half of latest movie (3,5)
THE STING – A five letter word for an object about the second half of the word latest.
29 Big problem as such overwhelms master on return (6)
CRISIS – The three letter Latin word for as such around (overwhelms) a three letter word for a teacher (master) all reversed (on return).
1 Beams, perhaps, left supporting stone monument with point at bottom (9)
TELEPORTS – The four letter nautical word for left after (supporting) a five letter word for a stone monument with the abbreviation for south (point) moved to the very bottom of the word. I think that the wordplay would lead the solver to TELESPORT.
2 A lot to drink, but not one chip for greedy-guts! (7)
GLUTTON – A four letter word for a lot followed by a five letter word for a type of drink mixed with gin without the abbreviation for integrated circuit. The one in the clue sticks out and makes it appear as though C is being used as an abbreviation for chip.
3 Faked hesitation before aural tests (6)
ERSATZ – A two letter word expressing a verbal hesitation followed by an homophone (aural) of STAS (tests).
5/27 Advertising wild capers as a way to go impossibly fast (10)
HYPERSPACE – A four letter word for advertising followed by an anagram (wild) of CAPERS.
6 Newspaper met side by arrangement, one-by-one (8)
ITEMISED – The single letter name of a newspaper followed by an anagram (by arrangement) of MET SIDE.
7 Nazi carrying un-numbered rifle is the one in charge (7)
SPEAKER – The surname of a close ally of Adolf Hitler includes (carrying) the name of a rifle without the number (un-numbered).
8 Where we live, student is involved in writing software (5)
WORLD – The abbreviation fo student or learner inside the name of the Microsoft word-processing program.
9 Fooled, absorbing notes initially given out bit by bit (8)
SPOONFED – A seven letter word meaning fooled includes the first letter (initially) of notes.
16 Those who spread falsehoods, claiming right to support program (8)
APPLIERS – A four letter word for falsehoods includes (claiming) the abbreviation for right underneath (to support) a three letter word for a program on a mobile phone. Try to avoid repeated wordplay elements such as support / supporting.
17 Start to go deaf in time? Quite the opposite, it’s cruel! (9)
HEARTLESS – The abbreviation for time inside a phrase 4,4 meaning to go deaf.
18 Designed patterns for part of church (8)
TRANSEPT – An anagram (designed) of PATTERNS.
20 International Standard raised European drug as tracer? (7)
ISOTOPE – The international film standard followed by a reversal (raised) of the abbreviation for European and a three letter name of a drug.
22 Boorish guys overturned plate with last of vegetables (7)
ANIMALS – Reverse (overturned) a six letter word for a plate and followed with the last letter of vegetables.
23 Some Saracens ordered a Roman magistrate (6)
CENSOR – The answer is hidden in (some) the second and third words of the clue.
24 Article suggested “under a thousand dead” (5)
KAPUT – The indefinite article followed by a three letter word meaning suggested under the abbreviation for 1000.
25 Peg has broken point (5)
PITON – An anagram (broken) of POINT.