A Puzzle by Bungo
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Today Bungo is in the debut slot. 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.
Thanks to everyone who has already done the review of the crossword. I won’t waste time repeating the comments.
1 Nellie’s nose-ring? (5-4)
TRUNK-CALL – Cryptically the sound of an elephant could be described as this.
6 In China, limousines heading back for city (5)
MILAN – The answer is hidden and reversed (heading back) in the second and third words of the clue.
9 What folders do wise men from the East or I possess? (7)
ORIGAMI – Reverse (from the east) a four-letter word for wise men inside (possess) the OR I from the clue.
10 Lightly strike seabird to get herring-bone, say (7)
PATTERN – A three-letter word meaning lightly strike followed by a four-letter seabird.
11 Pushes part of dinghy pessimistically (5)
HYPES – The answer is hidden (part of) in the final two words of the clue.
13 New career where one may not develop (5,4)
GREEN BELT – A five-letter word meaning new followed by a four-letter word meaning career in the sense of run with haste.
14 Dressed down, showing new style of bare heads (9)
EARBASHED – An anagram (new style) of BARE HEADS.
16 Alsatian I record in vehicle (4)
JEEP – The French (Alsatian) for I followed by a two-letter abbreviation for a record.
18 Leads to limitation in speech, perhaps? (4)
LISP – The initial letters (leads to) of the final four words of the clue.
19 Soaks crew, going about at far end of harbour (9)
MARINATES – Reverse a three-letter word for a crew after a six letter word for a marina.
22 Training Ada, girl about to act in circus (9)
GLADIATOR – An anagram (training) of ADA GIRL around the TO from the clue.
24 Admitting Queen caught spies roughly (5)
CIRCA – The three letter abbreviation for American spies includes (admitting) the single letter abbreviation for queen and the abbreviation for caught.
25 Group who trip over Cinderella? (7)
BOLSHOI – Cryptic definition of a ballet company who might dance (trip) Cinderella.
26 Tail off dead snake’s regularly blue (7)
DWINDLE – The abbreviation for dead followed by a four-letter word meaning snake and the even letters (regularly) in blue.
28 For example, enemy’s close beside borders of pacifist country (5)
EGYPT – The abbreviation for “for example” followed by the final letter (close) of enemy and the outer letters (borders) of pacifist.
29 Jealous old journalist penning biting introduction is dismissed (5-4)
GREEN-EYED – A four-letter word for the colour associated with age and the abbreviation for editor (journalist) includes (penning) a four-letter word meaning biting or eager without the initial K (introduction is dismissed.
1 Foot or part of foot revolutionary breaks crossing river (7)
TROCHEE – The name of a three-letter Cuban revolutionary in (breaks) a three-letter part of the foot around (crossing) the abbreviation for river.
2 Where one goes up to part with last being banished (3)
UNI – A four letter word for a part or module of something without the final letter (with last being banished).
3 Bigot, possibly kilted one, reported. (8)
KLANSMAN – A homophone (reported) of CLANSMAN (possibly kilted one).
4 A warning sound perceived in taking off (5)
APING – The A from the clue followed by a four-letter warning sound.
5 Odds of impure monarch framing one who learns about insolence? (3-6)
LIP-READER – The odd letters in impure with a six letter word describing a monarch around them (framing).
6 Petty Greek character’s first to revolt (6)
MUTINY – A four-letter word meaning small or petty preceded by a two-letter Greek character.
7 Airs Schubertian octet, badly disrupting one marking fiction (3-8)
LIE-DETECTOR – A six-letter word describing Schubert’s songs around an anagram (badly) of OCTET.
8 Continuously purse lips in sullen objection when upset (3-4)
NON-STOP – A three-letter word for a purse or prize fund followed by the outer letters (lips in) of sullen and objection all reversed (when upset).
12 Capital answer to “What are we drinking, Livingstone”? (4,7)
PORT STANLEY – How Dr Livingstone might have answered the question raised by the person who found him in Africa.
15 Thread supporting actor pulled? It might be (9)
HAMSTRING – A six-letter word for a thread under (supporting) a three-letter word for an actor.
17 Passivity from popular area of London one enters (8)
INACTION – A two-letter word meaning popular followed by an area in West London with the letter representing one included.
18 Contrived bilge the French readily understood (7)
LEGIBLE – An anagram (contrived) of BILGE followed by the French masculine form of the.
20 Wonder if sow consumes plant, in the main (7)
SEAWEED – A three letter word for wonder inside (consumes) a four letter word meaning sow.
21 Can cry, given what’s behind pot noodle lid (3,3)
TIN HAT – A three-letter word for a can followed by a two letter word for a cry or exclamation and the last letter of pot.
23 Take food cooler, lose head and gorge? The opposite (5)
RIDGE – Remove the first letter from the kitchen item that keeps food cold.
27 Plain crisp (3)
DRY – Double definition or plain or boring and not moist.