A Puzzle by Acnestis
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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 review by Prolixic follows.
Welcome back to Acnestis with a second crossword that builds on the very good first crossword and, shows a lot of improvements. There are very few issues with the clues technically though a few of the surface readings could be worked on to make them more natural and smooth. The only one that really jarred was 14a. I appreciated a lot of the wordplay with some excellent ideas in clue like 1a and 5d among others. The commentometer reads as 1.5 / 28 or 5.4%.
1 Detached? (5-6)
CLEAN-SHAVEN – Split the clue to de-tached and find a phrase that means without a moustache.
9 National PM’s 16ac (7)
ISRAELI – Split the answer to 16ac 1, 2, 7 and apply this as an instruction to remove a letter from the name of an old UK prime minister.
10 Georgia nearly went off the wire (7)
GAROTTE – The US State code for Georgia followed by a six-letter word means went off with the final letter removed (nearly).
11 South American music director’s with a retired banker in Stratford (5,4)
BOSSA NOVA – A four-letter word for a director or leader followed by the A from the clue and a reversal (retired) of the river (banker) that flows through Stratford.
12 Overall, an entertaining expert (5)
APRON – The AN from the clue includes (entertaining) a three-letter word meaning expert. The solution and the definition are not synonymous.
13 Mum married in style (4)
DUMB – The abbreviation for married in a three-letter word meaning style or name.
14 It gets rid of unwanted growths, like welder getting sacked (10)
WEEDKILLER – An anagram (getting sacked) of LIKE WELDER. One point to watch is that surface readings must make some sort of sense. This does not.
16 Vicious circles woman in government is brushing off (10)
DISMISSING – Reverse (circles) the first name of the Sex Pistols singer and follow by a four-letter word for a woman, the IN from the clue and the abbreviation for government.
19 Crazy about opera singer (4)
DIVA – Reverse (about) a four-letter word meaning crazy.
21 Essential prohibitio — no, that’s not a typo (5)
BASIC – A three-letter word meaning a prohibition without the last letter (indicated by the spelling in the clue) followed by a three-letter word inserted to indicated that something is a typed and not a mistake.
22 Pictures of people turned on their sides I race to put in order? (6,3)
EROTIC ART – An anagram (put in order) of TH (the sides of their) I RACE TO. Not sure about the definition here. Surely the solution is something that turns on the viewer, which is not what the definition says.
24 Milliner pursues small fragment (7)
SHATTER – A six-letter word for a milliner after (pursues) the abbreviation for small.
25 He doesn’t indulge in things like vinegar, some say (7)
ASCETIC – A homophone (possibly for some as they may pronounce it) of a word that describes vinegar.
26 Organ transplant lady and I emulate (5,6)
DAILY MIRROR – An anagram (transplant) of LADY I followed by a six-letter word meaning emulate.
1 Territory I unhesitatingly sling mud at after the present time (9,6)
CHRISTMAS ISLAND – The I from the clue followed by a seven-letter word meaning sling mud or disparage without the final two letters that are used to express a hesitation all after the time when you receive presents.
2 Spaces with a means of evacuation (5)
ENEMA – Two printing spaces followed by the A from the clue.
3 Offensive to play with dominoes when 16ac (7)
NOISOME – An anagram (to play with) of DOMINOES after removing the letter indicated by the solution to 16a.
4 Catching a horse is difficult for writer of adventure stories (7)
HAGGARD – The A from the clue and the two letter childish way of saying a horse inside (catching) a four-letter word meaning difficult.
5 Very bad time to lose foundations? Exactly (8)
VERBATIM – The first three words of the clue without the final letters (to lose foundations).
6 Restaurant’s laid out dangerous event (7,8)
NATIONAL DISASTER – An anagram (out) of RESTAURANTS LAID.
7 It’s not good (not good?!) to be a sailor (6)
SINBAD – A three-letter word meaning something that’s not good followed by a three letter word meaning the same thing.
8 Snake’s 16ac? That’s not so nice (6)
MEANER – A seven-letter word meaning to snake or wind without the letter indicated bu the answer to 16a.
15 Treats Gael during the first part (8)
BISCOTTI – A four-letter word for a Gael or Celt inside (during) a phrase 3,1 meaning the first part.
16 Extricating climber from debacle, Matisse is humble (6)
DEBASE – Remove the name of a climbing plant from the forth and fifth words of the clue.
17 Trust foul-mouthed bishop to get seduced (5,2)
SWEAR BY – A six-letter word meaning foul-mouthed includes (to get seduced) the abbreviation for bishop.
18 Racist extremists restrained by Liberal in one (3-4)
NEO-NAZI – The first and last letters of the alphabet (extremists) (restrained by) an anagram (liberal) of IN ONE.
20 Resisting Lewis’s horseplay (6)
ANTICS – A four-letter word meaning resisting or against followed by the initials of the author whose surname is Lewis. Given that there is only one major author whose initials are part of the solution, this is probably a case where a definition by example is not necessary as the two are so closely linked.
23 Suffer briefly where Alexander Fleming made his name (5)
INCUR – A phrase indicating how Alexander Fleming made his name without the final letter (briefly). Perhaps the phase is a little contrived and stilted.