A Puzzle by Bardwig
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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.
A good solid puzzle from Bardwig this week with an actress and many of her films as a ghost theme. Nothing much wrong with the clues though a few more definition by example indicators would be appropriate. The commentometer reads as 2/28 or 7.1%.
1 Bury keeping ball: endless chaos for Arsenal at the Emirates (4,4)
HOME SIDE – A four-letter word meaning to bury or conceal includes the letter resembling a ball and a four-letter word meaning chaos with the final letter removed (endless). Perhaps this clue requires a definition by example indicator as the definition is an example of the solution.
5 On the way back maybe Myrna’s carrying black male icon (6)
SYMBOL – Include the abbreviations for black and male inside (carrying) the surname of the minor star mid-19th Century actress Myrna and reverse (on the way back) the resulting letters with the ‘s included. There have been a lot of comments on the use of general knowledge in the crossword. Where the solution is an item of general knowledge, such as the name of a battle in 25a or the university in 27a, the wordplay cam get you to the solution. Where the general knowledge forms part of the wordplay, you have to be a little more careful. The surname of an actress whose heyday was over 60 years ago and who does not have the iconic status of other more well known personalities is a little bit of a stretch.
9 Wild women not included in order to limit the damage? (8)
RECKLESS – Remove the initial W (women not included) from a phrase 5,4 meaning do not create so much damage.
10 Quick to supply some missing words (6)
PROMPT – Double definition, the second being to provide a performer with words if they forget their lines.
12 Don’t rush to defend sleazy Soho and Surrey (4,4,6)
HOLD YOUR HORSES – A four-letter word meaning to defend or keep followed by an anagram (sleazy) of SOHO SURREY.
14 Split bill altercation ultimately did for hired mob (4-1-5)
RENT-A-CROWD – A four-letter word meaning split or torn followed by the abbreviation for a bill, a three-letter word for an altercation and the final letter (ultimately) of did.
16 River in Mountain City (4)
BERN – The abbreviation for river in a three-letter word for a Scottish mountain.
18 Change of polarity in old Irish flyer (4)
ERNE – Take the old four-letter word for Ireland and change the S to N (change of polarity).
19 Maybe Hackman picked up Warhol’s remarkable actress (4,6)
JEAN HARLOW – A homophone (picked up) of Gene (Hackman maybe) followed by an anagram (remarkable) of WARHOL.
21 Old man in pub let off fair-haired girl (8,6)
PLATINUM BLONDE – An anagram (off) of OLD MAN IN PUB LET.
24 Partly rejected internecine rivalry, aiming at peace (6)
IRENIC – The answer is hidden (partly) and reversed (rejected) in the third and fourth words of the clue.
25 Battle involving a snake circle in South Georgia (8)
SARATOGA – The A from the clue and three-letter word for someone betrays (snake) in the abbreviation for South and the two letter abbreviation for Georgia.
26 Hawn’s porridge taster losing hair but gaining energy (6)
GOLDIE – Remove five-letter word for hair from the girl who ate porridge in the fairy tale and add and E (gaining energy). As the definition is an example of the solution, a definition by example indicator would be appropriate here.
27 University creep greeting two students (4,4)
EDGE HILL – A four-letter word meaning creep followed by a two-letter word for a greeting and the abbreviation for learner twice (two students).
1 Present in another era (4)
HERE – The answer is hidden in the final two words of the clue.
2 Tough Chinese leader imprisons 40% of his country (5)
MACHO – The three letter name of a Chinese leader famous for his little red book includes (imprisons) 40% of the letters in the country he governed.
3 A poetic Salopian undergraduate entering senior’s food outlet (5,3)
SALAD BAR – The A from the clue, the three-letter word that follows Shropshire in the poem and the abbreviation a graduate all in the two letter abbreviation for senior. Undergraduate is incorrect, they do not get their degree until they have graduated.
4 Oddball is outsourced – like Greensleeves? (12)
DISCOURTEOUS – An anagram (oddball) of IS OUTSOURCED.
6 Plant machinery’s rear direction indicator (6)
YARROW – The last letter (rear) of machinery followed by a five-letter word for something that indicates a direction.
7 Doctor’s nightmare follows second round knockout (9)
BOMBSHELL – The abbreviation for second and the letter that is round followed by a two-letter abbreviation for a Bachelor of Medicine (doctor) and a four-letter word meaning nightmare.
8 Updates from trial on Tyneside breaking rules (6,4)
LATEST NEWS – A four-letter word for a trial and the abbreviation for NorthEast (Tyneside) all inside (breaking) a four-letter word for rules.
11 Stand for planners receiving sustenance (7,5)
DRAWING BOARD – A seven-letter word meaning receiving (as in a payment taken from an account) an a five-letter word for substance often used with the words … and lodging.
13 Lodger contains bad temper at home, getting retaliation in first? (10)
PRE-EMPTING – The abbreviation for paying guest (lodger) includes (contains) an anagram (bad) of TEMPER and a two letter word meaning at home. As the abbreviation is an unusual one, it might have been fairer to use “Paying guest” rather than require the solver to make the connection from lodger to paying guest to the abbreviation.
15 Unique start to November: one half of Parliament replaced (9)
NONPAREIL – An anagram (replaced) of N (start to November) ONE PARLI (half of Parliament).
17 It’s automaton time: act like a Luddite! (8)
SABOTAGE – The abbreviation for sex appeal (it) has a three-letter word for an automaton and a three-letter word for time. An automaton is a physical machine but the word used in the solution is used for an automatic program, so the two are not quite synonymous.
20 Swinging both ways, family needs single item of beachwear (6)
BIKINI – A two letter word meaning of dual sexuality followed by a three-letter word for family and the letter representing one (single).
22 Washerman’s detergent helping others build immunity initially (5)
DHOBI – The initial letters of the second to sixth words of the clue.
23 Simon Peter may be fleeced on his behalf (4)
PAUL – The word that completes the phrase robbing Peter to pay …. Again, as the definition is by example, this should be indicated.