A Puzzle by Rags
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Welcome back to Rags. As others have commented this was a crossword that would not be out of place in the NTSPP slot, and space permitting, one hopes his next puzzle will feature there. Apart from the unfortunate repetition of one as a wordplay indicator, nothing to comment on from me (perhaps the three letter starting with the second letter of 6d and the third letter of 26d were prophetic. The puzzle starts with a hi-ya and ends with a ta-ta. There is a little Nina, reading clockwise from the second letter of 6d, we have dishes as well as tripe and onion with tartar (sauce).
The commentometer is 1/31 or 3.2%
1 Greeting in a voice that’s raised (6)
HIGHER – A homophone (in a voice) of “hi ya” (greeting)
4 Outlaws turned in during parties (8)
BANISHES – Reverse (turned)the IN from the clue and include (during) in a six-letter word for parties.
10 Practically gifted part performing with magic (9)
PRAGMATIC – An anagram (performing) of PART MAGIC.
11 Superior, having fewer additives and calories? (5)
ELITE -The single letter indicating a type of food additive and a four-letter word meaning fewer calories.
12 A mummy’s boy (4)
ADAM – The A from the clue followed by a three-letter word for a mummy.
13 One who takes on stiff challenges? (10)
UNDERTAKER – Cryptic definition of a person who arranges funerals.
15 Best spend a penny inside! (7)
OUTPLAY – The abbreviation for a penny inside a six-letter word meaning to spend.
16 Riddler is returning by foot here, naked (6)
SIFTER – Reverse (returning) the IS from the clue and followed by the abbreviation for foot and the inner letters (naked) of here.
19 Purveyor of silent recording rejected (6)
GROCER – Remove the DIN (silent meaning no noise) from RECORDING and reverse the remaining letters (rejected).
21 Maybe hang nice flower first? (7)
EXECUTE – A three-letter word word a river (flower) before (first) a four-letter word meaning nice.
23 Infinitely large border in the garden, perhaps (5,5)
OUTER SPACE – Double definition – the first indicating the universe and the second being the external part of a house.
25 Honest writer’s problem (4)
OPEN – Split 1,3 this would indicate the absence of a writing implement.
27 Vegetable one chops running about (5)
ONION – The letter indicated by one inside (chops) a two-letter word meaning running or working and a two-letter word meaning about.
28 Impede free movement after International hesitation (9)
INTERFERE – An anagram (movement) of FREE after a three-letter abbreviation for international and a two-letter word indicating hesitation.
29 Shuffled the decks and drew (8)
SKETCHED – An anagram (shuffled) of THE DECKS.
30 Start arranging housing deposit (6)
TARTAR – The answer is hidden (housing) in the first two words of the clue.
1 Hot record label on form (8)
HEPTAGON – The abbreviation for hot followed by a two-letter word for a record, a three-letter word for a label and the ON from the clue.
2 Surprisingly arrogant when entertaining posh backer (9)
GUARANTOR – An anagram (surprisingly) of ARROGANT includes the abbreviation for posh.
3 Lifting the lid off quandary for literary matchmaker (4)
EMMA – Reverse the (lifting) the LID from the clue and remove (off) a seven-letter word for a quandary.
5 They aim to avoid cock-ups when taking a bow (7)
ARCHERS – Cryptic definition of those who shoot arrows where the cock-feather should point down.
6 Named condition one caught in current depressed state (10)
IDENTIFIED – A two-letter word meaning a condition and the letter represented by one inside the abbreviation for current and a six-letter word meaning having dents (in a depressed state). A minor repetition of one for I.
7 One packing wine for Yank (5)
HOICK – The letter representing one (for the third time) inside a four-letter word for a German white wine.
8 Sheepish, admitting mistake getting tipple (6)
SHERRY – A three-letter word meaning sweeping included (admitting) a three-letter word meaning mistake.
9 Mean and waspish? (6)
STINGY – Double definition for being meaning with money and a description for wasps.
14/17 Stated what’s required to run this gadgetry (10,9)
ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT – A homophone (stated) of WHAT’s gives the unit of power required to run the solution.
18 Grazing animals control rising grass (8)
REINDEER – A four-letter word meaning control followed by a reversal (rising) of a four-letter word for grass.
20 Despicable person crushed perlite (7)
REPTILE – An anagram (crushed) of PERLITE.
21 Turn on old flame with quote (6)
EXCITE – A two-letter word for a former lover and a four-letter word meaning to quote.
22 Cheeky displays? That’s about right for imbeciles! (6)
MORONS – A five-letter word meaning bares one buttocks around (about) the abbreviation for right.
24 Leader quits band, resulting in drivel (5)
TRIPE – Remove the first letter (leader quits) from a six-letter word for a band.
26 Boat for a patchy persona (4)
PROA – Two wordplays are possible here – A three-letter word meaning for followed by the A from the clue or the odd letters (patchy) in the final word of the clue.