A Puzzle by Hodd
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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.
Welcome back to Hodd. The good new is that the comments on the crossword were nit picking ones. With the possible exception of 13a, the basics were all in place and there was lots to enjoy, particularly the definition for 7a. Unfortunately there were a lot of repeated errors such as definition on wordplay where on does not work as a link word and the use of repeated indicators. Therefore the commentometer reads as 4/30 or 13.3%
7 Stand up carelessly and brush partner? (7)
DUSTPAN – An anagram (carelessly) of STAND UP.
8 Characteristic old king after Judas (7)
TRAITOR – A five letter word for a characteristic followed by the abbreviation for old and the chess notation for a King.
9 Bark of yew and elm’s first on record (4)
YELP – The first letters of Yew and Elm followed by a two letter abbreviation for a record. I agree that first on its own here does not indicate the first letters of both letters but it is marginal.
10 Gemstones found in sack, said to be guarded by idiots (9)
SAPPHIRES – A homophone (said) of FIRE (sack) inside (guarded by) a four letter word for idiots.
12 Rise from the ground and ring love, for love’s ending (5)
KNOLL – A five letter word for the ring of a bell an O (love) replacing the E (love’s ending). Unlike some of the commentators, I am comfortable with the solution being a rise from the ground as a nounal phrase to describe the solution.
13 Protection offered by old man’s cartel (8)
COVERING – An old slang four letter word for a man followed by a four letter word for a cartel.
15 Some book cabs to return from retreat (4)
BACK – The answer is hidden (some) and reversed (to return) in the second and third words of the clue. The structure of the clue wordplay from definition does not work. The definition is obtained from the wordplay.
16 Illness brought on by mother’s appendix (5)
MUMPS – A three letter word for a mother and the abbreviation for postscript (appendix).
17 Special Brew on offer (4)
SALE – The abbreviation for special followed by a three letter word for beer (brew). The structure wordplay on definition does not work.
18 Cambridge University withdrawing, but active around UK city (8)
TIMBUKTU – The name of the university based in Cambridge, Massachusetts reversed (withdrawing) followed by and anagram (active) of BUT around the UK from the clue.
20 New generation’s not half naive! (5)
GREEN – An anagram (new) of GENER (half of the word generation).
21 Impatiently solves a new Times/Independent cryptic – lousy! (9)
ANXIOUSLY – The A from the clue followed by the abbreviation for new, the letter used to indicate multiplication (times), the abbreviation for independent and an anagram (cryptic) of LOUSY. I think solves is acceptable. The solution solves / is an answer to the problem posed by the wordplay.
22 Place on tee, we hear, then hit ball in the hole? (4)
PUTT – A three letter word meaning place on followed by the letter that is a homophone (we hear) of TEE.
24 Sunday’s dabble with tricky crossword, perhaps? (7)
STINKER – The abbreviation for sabbath or Sunday followed by a six letter word meaning to dabble.
25 Looking green on blue? (7)
SEASICK – Cryptic definition of a type of motion sickness some sailors suffer from.
1 Sweet ecstasy beneath cleavage (4)
CUTE – The abbreviation for ecstasy under a three letter word for an incision of cleavage.
2 Pause, then lean and tap on pipe (8)
STOPCOCK – A four letter word meaning pause followed by a four letter word meaning to lean, as you might your hat.
3 Ornamental trimming around edging of shirts, a sort of teal (6)
TASSEL – The outer letters (edging) of shirts has an anagram (a sort) of TEAL around them.
4 Research I’ve selected to store here (8)
ARCHIVES – The answer is hidden (to store) in the first three words of the clue.
5 Imitate setter’s upright bishop, full of love (6)
MIRROR – An two letter word meaning the setter is reversed (up – from the upright) and the abbreviation for right (from the upright) followed by the abbreviation of right reverent (bishop) with an O in it full of love. Take care about repeating wordplay indicators. Love for O has already been used in 12a. Not all editors would accept the lift and separate required to get from upright to up right without the split being indicated.
6 Put up largely shoplifted goods for auction (4)
LOTS – A five letter word meaning shoplifted has the final letter removed and the remaining letters are reversed (put up). Another repetition of up for a reversal indicator.
11 Trucks full of Hodd’s energy drinks (4-2-3)
PICK-ME-UPS – A phrase 4-3 includes (full of) a two letter word for setter (Hodd).
12 Colour worn by sheikh, a kind of beige (5)
KHAKI – The answer is hidden (worn by) the fourth to sixth words of the clue. If A is worn by B, this implies that A is on the outside of B. Here the solution is inside the words, not on the outside of them. The structure of the clue itself is clumsy and has wordplay of definition that some editors would not allow.
14 Bearing only woven fabric (5)
NYLON – The abbreviation for north (bearing) followed by an anagram (woven) of ONLY.
16 Model’s settled for complete transformation (8)
MAKEOVER – A four letter word meaning to model or create followed by a four letter word meaning settled or completed.
17 Member of congregation is hot and uncomfortable (8)
SHEEPISH – A five letter word for a member of a congregation followed by the iS from the clue and the abbreviation for hot.
19 Sport on telly is not principally golf (6)
BOXING – A three letter for for a television followed by the first letters (principally) of is and not followed by the letter represented by Golf in the NATO Phonetic alphabet. Another clue where definition on wordplay does not work.
20 Guernsey’s sunless, stormy spring (6)
GEYSER – An anagram (stormy) of GUERNSEYS after removing the letter in SUN. The convention is that where the letters to be removed are not in the order given by the clue, a secondary anagram indicator should be provided.
21 Bet on volcano going up (4)
ANTE – Reverse (going up) the name of an Italian volcano. Another clue where definition on wordplay does not work and up has been repeated as a a wordplay indicator.
23 Food store (4)
TUCK – Double definition.