A Puzzle by Sundance
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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 Sundance. This was perhaps over ambitious with an unfortunate grid structure with four loosely linked quarters and some awful words to clue and to solve. The simpler clues worked best. The commentometer reads as 4.5 / 28 or 16%.
1 Type with strong pattern on the front (8)
BOLDFACE – A four letter word meaning strong followed by a four letter word meaning front. I think that pattern is padding here and has been added to try and indicate the type of type being referred to. As the clue is not all in one clue as defining the solution, this means that the clue does not work as well as it might. Perhaps, Distinctive type with strong look.
5 Special coffee from algae and lichen (6)
GAELIC – The answer is hidden in the fourth and sixth words of the clue. It is acceptable to include an “and” between the two words in which the hidden word is found.
9 Not out twice in residence with human characteristics (8)
HOMININE – A two-letter word meaning not it is included twice inside a four-letter word meaning a residence.
10 Intimidate the French shortly (4,2)
LEAN ON – The French masculine singular for “the” followed by a four-letter word meaning shortly.
11 Contents of canned beer initially damage toughened glass (8)
ANNEALED – The inner letters (contents) of canned followed by a three-letter word for beer and the initial letter for damage.
12 Reveal penguin in charade and lies (6)
ADELIE – The answer is hidden in the fourth a sixth words of the clue.
14 Dessert from top chef with skin disease (10)
BLANCMANGE – The five-letter surname of top chef Raymond followed by a five-letter word for an itchy skin disease.
18 Sexless county with good reputation can offer aid to identity (6,4)
MIDDLE NAME – A nine-letter word for a former county without the SEX at the end followed a four-letter word for a good reputation.
22 Getting on with some sausage ingredients (6)
AGEING – The answer is hidden (some) in the final two words of the clue.
23 Fling off first treaty (8)
ALLIANCE – a nine-letter word for a fling without the first letter (off first).
24 Half a cocktail for karate expert at Indian parade ground (6)
MAIDAN – The first half of a cocktail name followed by a three-letter word for a karate expert. The construction wordplay AT definition with at as the link word does not work.
25 Stayed back after French well but not too often (8)
BIENNIAL – A four-letter word meaning stayed reversed (back) after a four-letter word French word meaning well. Not sure that stayed in a valid synonym for the word required in the solution.
26 Tomb for chaps who evidently like Barbie and Ken (6)
DOLMEN – A homophone (evidently) of DOLL (like Barbie and Ken). I am not sure that evidently works particularly well as a homophone indicator. Whilst you can have wordplay for the definition with for as the link word, having definition for wordplay does not work.
27 Wanted fashionable challenge (2,6)
IN DEMAND – A two-letter word meaning fashionable followed by a six-letter word meaning challenge.
1 Execute as consequence of having the top job (6)
BEHEAD – Split 2,4 the solution might imply you have the top job.
2 Hit in a thin layer (6)
LAMINA – A three-letter word meaning hit followed by the IN A from the clue.
3 Compiler’s in last ornament (6)
FINIAL – A single letter word for the compiler in a five-letter word meaning last.
4 Stopping retailing apparently after American prison (10)
CANCELLING – A homophone (apparently) of a word meaning retailing after a three-letter word for an American prison.
6 Top fifty barrier for a potter’s field (8)
ACELDAMA – A three-letter word meaning top followed by the Roman numeral for fifty, a three letter word for a dam and the A from the clue. The “for” in the clue changes the meaning of the wordplay as it indicates that the barrier replaces the A. It is misleading and should not have been used.
7 Succeed in obtaining queue that is not mobile (8)
LANDLINE – A four-letter word meaning succeed in followed by a four letter word meaning a queue. I don’t like obtaining a charade indicator. Perhaps a question mark at the end would better indicate that mobile is being used in a different sense.
8 Prisoner allegedly expected to do well at sporting contest yet gave up (8)
CONCEDED – A three-letter word for a prisoner followed by homophone (allegedly) of seeded (expected to do well at a sporting event).
13 Measure I will find located in vegetable is Twain’s bank note (3,7)
ONE MILLION – A two-letter printer’s measure and the contraction of “I will” inside a five-letter word for a pungent vegetable.
15 Preserved ointment in the sea around Cyprus (8)
EMBALMED – A four-letter word for an ointment inside the abbreviation for East Mediterranean (sea around Cyprus). Try to avoid having too many repeated wordplay indicators such as A in B.
16 Move furtively with racing driver into battle (8)
EDGEHILL – A four-letter word meaning move furtively followed by a four-letter surname of a racing driver.
17 Not seeing silver note under protective screen (8)
BLINDAGE – The chemical symbol for silver and a musical note underneath a five letter word for a window covering.
19 One promised credit without new beginning (6)
FIANCE – A seven-letter word meaning credit without the first N (new beginning).
20 Heart condition was small change for Indian embracing soldier (6)
ANGINA – A four-letter word for a small Indian coin around (embracing) the abbreviation for an American soldier.
21 Backward limb went forward and worked well (6)
GELLED – A reversal (backward) of a three-letter word for a limb followed by a three-letter word meaning went forward.