A Puzzle by Modica
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A review by Prolixic follows.
Welcome to Modica who returns with a solid accessible and enjoyable crossword. There were a couple of weaker clues but much fewer overall niggles. The commentomter reads as 2/28 or 7.1%
1 Gave fruit back to every diner for starters (6)
GIFTED -A three-letter word for a type of fruit is reversed (back) and followed by the initial letters (for starters) of “to every diner”.
4 Television channels found on line? (8)
STATIONS – Double definition of TV channels and when trains stop (found on line). Verbal phrases used to define nouns are sometimes seen. Personally, I don’t like them as they can become too imprecise. Here you could have had “Stops on-line televisions channels”.
9 Old north east manner that’s not reciprocated (3-3)
ONE-WAY – The abbreviations for old and Northeast followed a three-letter word meaning manner.
10 Flat missing the key? (8)
TUNELESS – Cryptic definition of how music would be if flat or off-key.
11 Force very sweet thing to lead gang (4,5)
VICE SQUAD – The abbreviation for very followed by a cold sweet confectionary before (to lead) a five-letter word for a gang.
13 Choked by garden nuisances? It makes you yawn (5)
ENNUI – The answer is hidden (chocked by) the third and fourth words of the clue.
14 The main difference between Italy and Tunisia (13)
MEDITERRANEAN – Cryptic definition of sea that separates Italy and Tunisia.
17 Passer-by who might buy double glazing (6-7)
WINDOW-SHOPPER – Cryptic definition of someone who looks at goods on display but does not buy.
21 After expression of disapproval turn it round for all (5)
TUTTI – A three-letter word for an expression of disapproval followed by a reversal (turn … round) of the it from the clue.
23 Restrict the supply of beer? There’s an explanation (9)
RATIONALE – Split 6,3 this would mean to restrict the supply of a three-letter word for beer.
24 Stolen rubbish just about covers the bare essentials (3,5)
HOT PANTS – A three-letter word meaning stolen followed by a five-letter word meaning rubbish. Another verbal phrase to define a noun. Something to cover the bare essentials of stolen rubbish.
25 Animal with two names (6)
JACKAL – A four-letter boys name followed by a two-letter boys name.
26 Right about English Defence League. It does stop progress (3,5)
RED LIGHT – The right from the clue around the abbreviations for English, Defence and League. It would have been better to use a synonym for right in this clue. The three main dictionaries do not support the use of the three abbreviation. However, Chambers gives E and L for English and League and Collins supports D for Defence as an Australian abbreviation.
27 Transport caught by unarmed national heading west (6)
TANDEM – The answer is hidden (caught by) and reversed (heading west) in the fourth and fifth words of the clue.
1 Record score? (6)
GROOVE – Cryptic definition of the track scored in a record.
2 Father knocking the head off sidekick. Well he is a chap from Bordeaux (9)
FRENCHMAN – The two-letter abbreviation for French followed by a an eight-letter word for a sidekick with the first letter removed (head off). Perhaps a question mark at the end would better indicate that the definition is an example of the solution.
3 Slipped away not exactly pleased (7)
ELAPSED – An anagram (not exactly) of PLEASED.
5 Power of Zeus and Thor revealed when both trundle around (11)
THUNDERBOLT – An anagram (around) of BOTH TRUNDLE.
6 The first of May? (7)
THERESA – The first name of an ex-Prime Minister.
7 Canoe rebuilt by Indian perhaps (5)
OCEAN – An anagram (rebuilt) of CANOE. Whilst you can have definition by wordplay, wordplay bf definition does not work so well.
8 Nights out on the ale with my psychiatrist (8)
SESSIONS – Double definition for nights out drinking and time spent with a psychiatrist. Not sure that the second part of the definition works exactly except elliptically with the first part of the definition.
12 Satisfactory result of sleeping on a dirty bed? (2,2,7)
UP TO SCRATCH – Double definition of satisfactory and what you might need to do if sleeping in a dirty bed. Again, the second part of the definition does not quite work.
15 Reserved listener ticked the boxes (9)
EARMARKED – The organ of hearing followed by a six-letter word meaning ticked the boxes.
16 Hobbyist who might be looking for another hobby (8)
TWITCHER – Cryptic definition of someone who looks for hobbies and other types of bird.
18 Regularly coercing barmaid to display the art of folding sheets (7)
ORIGAMI – The even letters (regularly) of the second and third words of the clue.
19 A fair way of rewarding all involved in training a parrot (3,4)
PRO RATA – An anagram (training) of A PARROT.
20 Wrongly blamed for right old racket (6)
BEDLAM – An anagram (wrongly) of BLAMED.
22 Carried child every day at first (5)
TOTED – A three-letter word for a small child followed by the initial letters (at first) of every day.