A Puzzle by Laccaria
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A review by Prolixic follows.
A very good crossword from Laccaria today with very little to comment on other than a couple of minor points.
The long clue 37 letters crossing six grid entries will not to be everyone’s taste. When you have.a few checkers, you can tease it out but then you have six completed entries in the grid (close on a quarter of the grid). I doubt anyone actually works out the anagram. With more on-line solving, these types of clue are much more difficult to solve as the software does not indicate the word breaks within an entry and it is harder to work out which part of the solution goes where.
The commentometer reads as 1/27 or 3.7%
1 Puzzle creator reportedly partially undressed, with red face (8)
RUBICUND – A homophone (reportedly) of the surname of the inventor of the puzzle cube followed by three of the letters (partially) of undressed. Editors would not usually be happy with using partially to indicate an unknown number of letters to be used from the word.
5 “Hats off!”: mother’s complaint (6)
ASTHMA – An anagram (off) of HATS followed by a two letter word for mother.
9 French painter guillotined and entombed in island, for sexual act (8)
CONGRESS – The name of a French painter without the initial letter (guillotined) inside a three letter Greek island.
10 See 21
12 Reason to avoid washing powder: no good, extra rinse at first needed (9)
DETERRENT – A nine letter word for washing powder without the abbreviation for good and with an extra R (rinse at first) added. Perhaps double rinse at first needed would give a better indication of the position of the repeated letter.
13 One who has passed ‘GO’ – not earning rent initially (5)
GONER – The GO from the clue followed by the initial letters of not earning rent.
14 Isaac possibly not concerned with pond life (4)
NEWT – The name of the famous physicist whose first name was Isaac without a two letter word meaning concerned with.
16 Casually cuffs the German pinching runny Brie (7)
DARBIES – The German neuter form of this includes (pinching) an anagram (runny) of BRIE.
19 See 21
21/19/10/28/2/27 Newly detained suspect might utter this terribly grave prognosis for tough guy: “A ‘Titanic’ tomb!” (3,1,4,3,6,3,3,2,4,2,6)
IT’S A FAIR COP, GUVNOR, YOU GOT ME BANG TO RIGHTS – An anagram(terribly) of GRAVE PROGNOSIS FOR TOUGH GUY A TITANIC TOMB.
24 End of game: out after duck (5)
MEGA – An anagram (out) of GAME after the letter representing nothing or a duck.
25 Setter is left a set of books – weighty! (9)
IMPORTANT – A two letter contract for the setter is followed by a four letter word for left, the A from the clue and the abbreviation for New Testament (set of books).
27 See 21
28 See 21
29 Make certain alterations to English runes (6)
ENSURE – An anagram (alterations to) E (English) RUNES
30 Taking undue interest in two “American”s drinking superior port (8)
USURIOUS – Two lots of the abbreviation for United States include (drinking) the letter representing superior and a three letter Brazilian port.
1 About to give back (6)
RECEDE – A two letter word meaning about followed by a four letter word meaning to give.
2 See 21 Across
3 Nurse is run all over the place, forgetting one drug (5)
CARER – A six letter word meaning run all over the place omitting one of the letters E (forgetting one drug).
4 Just starting most difficult climb of the Eiger? (7)
NASCENT – The North face of the Eiger is the most difficult route for climbing so the climb would be a 1, 6.
6 Idlers punch soldiers out of uniform (9)
SLUGGARDS – A four letter word meaning punch followed by a six letter word for soldiers without the letter U (out of uniform).
7 Short climb without pain? Not I: irritation on foot! (8)
HANGNAIL – A four letter word for something you might climb with the last letter (short) around (without) a six letter word for heart pain without the letter I.
8 From photo, exclude king, assuming a disguised hubris (8)
AIRBRUSH – A single letter abbreviation for King inside the A from the clue and an anagram (disguised) of HUBRIS.
11 Press may be on to this, Sire! (4)
STUD – Double definition, part cryptic, the first being a type fo fastener – a press ???? and the second being a father of a horse.
15 Maybe Harry Potter in dilapidated hospital canteen, accompanied by Ron to begin with (9)
ENCHANTER – An anagram (dilapidated) of H (hospital) CANTEEN followed by the initial letter (to begin with) of Ron.
17 Certainly missing target, with only one outbreak of firing (2,6)
OF COURSE – A phrase 3,6 meaning missing target with only one of the letters F (with only one outbreak of firing).
18 Head off from releasing unreliable pedigrees (8)
LINEAGES – An anagram (unreliable) of RELEASING after removing the first letters (head off).
20 Old hawker, filthy person, holding hand (4)
PRIG – A three letter word for a filthy person includes (holding) the abbreviation for right (hand).
21 Devil promises, showing no respect (7)
IMPIOUS – A three letter word for a devil followed by a four letter word for monetary promises.
22 Drums in concert at toolshed (6)
TATTOO – The answer is hidden (in) the final three words of the clue.
23 Emphasise teacher is not on motorway? On the contrary! (6)
STRESS – Remove the abbreviation for a motorway from an eight letter word for a female school teacher.
26 Boy I got it! (5)
ROGER – Double definition, the first being a boy’s name and the second being a word meaning understood in radio communications.