A Puzzle by Tater
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Tater has changed his name from Spud in order to avoid confusion with another setter. 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:
A welcome return for Tatar (briefly Spud before he realised he had had his chips with a conflict with another setter of that name). There was a lot of quality on show here with some very good clues. Even where there are comments, these are minor ones. The commentometer reads as 2/30 or 6.7%.
8 Greek fare fellow ate when cooked (4)
FETA – The abbreviation for fellow followed by an anagram (when cooked) if ATE.
9 GP perhaps, – “Everyone’s put on weight” (3-7)
ALL-ROUNDER – A three-letter word meaning everyone followed by a seven-letter word meaning put on weight.
10 English bishop with mission (6)
ERRAND – The abbreviations for English and Right Reverend (Bishop) followed by a three-letter word meaning with.
11 Dotty Lulu’s top retreats (8)
PULLOUTS – An anagram (dotty) of LULUS TOP. Perhaps the surface reading is not the best here. As a noun, this should be enumerated 4-4.
12 Obvious, car club admits double parking charge (8)
APPARENT – The abbreviation for Automobile Association (car club) includes the abbreviation for parking twice (double) with all these letters followed by a four-letter word for a charge made by a landlord.
14 Mediocre cherub found in nativity scene? Quite the opposite (6)
CRECHE – The answer is hidden (found in) the first two words of the clue. The quite the opposite reverses the sense of the wordplay so that the nativity scene is found in the preceding words.
16 Blunder to send European ale back (4)
SLIP – A reversal for a four-letter word for a type of European beer.
17 Drives son to the West-End for Roller (5)
SURGE – A five-letter word meaning drives or impulses with the S (son) moved to the beginning – to the West-End.
18 Leader of wizards, what’s more his stick (4)
WAND – The initial letter (leader of) Wizards followed by a three-letter word meaning “what’s more”.
19 Socially acceptable and more reliable loan shark (6)
USURER – The single letter meaning socially acceptable followed by a five-letter word meaning more reliable.
21 Ernie makes fun of know-alls (4,4)
WISE GUYS – The surname of the comedian Ernie followed by a four-letter word meaning makes fun of. As Ernie is used as a definition by example, perhaps this should be indicated.
23 Wishes for the best there to save the wicket-keepers blushes (4,4)
LONG STOP – A five-letter word meaning wishes for followed by a three-letter word meaning the best.
26 Remove disorderly scout troop missing northerner (6)
UPROOT – An anagram (disorderly) of SCOUT TROOP after removing (missing) a four-letter word for a person who lives north of the border. As the letters to be removed are in order, a secondary anagram indicator is not required.
27 Popular story reportedly where George kept his drink (10)
BESTSELLER – The surname of the footballer George followed by a homophone (reportedly) of cellar (where he kept his drink. Given the wide range of Georges possible, perhaps some clear indicator could have been given of the intended George and there should be an definition by example indicator.
28 Supervises ladders (4)
RUNS – Double definition of manages or supervisors and ladders in a pair of stockings.
1 Loo permits distributed in big city (10)
METROPOLIS – An anagram (distributed) of LOO PERMITS.
2 Hippie turn on? (8)
LAVA LAMP – Cryptic definition of a type of psychedelic type of light that hippies may have had. I agree that the cryptic connection here is too remote. Again, the enumeration here would normally be 4,4.
3 Name the fireworks man with the French, not the Spanish (6)
HANDLE – The composer of the Music for the Royal Fireworks with the Spanish word for “the” replaced by the French word for “the”.
4 Trim, possibly round the ears if struck (4)
CLIP – Double definition of a hair cut and the word that goes before “round the ears” for being hit.
5 Shock beginning (8)
FOLLICLE – Cryptic definition of where hair begins to grow. As shock is a plural noun when used for hair, the solution should be a plural for cryptic definition to work.
6 Further action before admitting sergeant? (6)
ENCORE – A three-letter word meaning before includes (admitting) the abbreviation for non-commissioned officer (sergeant?).
7 Shame Atherton grips the bat at its thickest point (4)
MEAT – The answer is hidden in (grips) the first two words of the clue.
13 Confuse two thirds of the queue (5)
THROW – The first two-thirds of the word “the” followed by a three-letter word for a queue.
15 Sweetheart exposes derriere on holidays (10)
HONEYMOONS – A five-letter word for a sweetheart followed by a five-letter word meaning exposes derriere.
17 What Astaire put on with agents coming back round for drink (8)
SPRITZER – A four-letter word for what Fred Astaire put in on with a reversal (coming back) of a four-letter word for agents around it (round).
18 Speculators? We’re smuggling silver and brass every now and then (8)
WAGERERS – The we’re from the clue includes the chemical symbol for silver and is followed by the even letters (every now and then) of brass.
20 It’s OK to put things straight on the first of October (6)
RIGHTO – A five-letter word meaning put things straight on the first letter of October.
22 Old fashioned marketplace (6)
SQUARE – Double definition of an old fashioned word meaning old fashioned and a place where a market may be held.
24 Your turn on the radio it’s said (4)
OVER – The word that is said in radio communications to indicate that a response is awaited.
25 Score draw (4)
PULL – Double definition for to score romantically and to drag or draw something.