A Puzzle by Hippogryph
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A review by Prolixic follows.
Quick and dirty review today thanks to clients who needed some urgent work to do this weekend.
1 Pet hates to carry insects about (8)
BUGBEARS – A four-letter word meaning to carry has a four-letter word for insects around it.
5 Bill protects wild boar on the continent (6)
ABROAD – A two-letter word for an advert or bill includes (protects) an anagram (wild) of boar.
9 Return greeting to the Parisian holding back cross judge (8)
EVALUATE – Reverse (return) a three-letter word for a Latin greeting and follow with the French masculine singular of the around (holding) a reversal of a three-letter word for a letter of the Greek alphabet that looks like a cross.
10 Waistcoat makes person cool? (6)
BODICE – A three-letter word for a person followed by a three-letter word meaning to cool.
12 Players teed off hopelessly (11)
DESPERATELY – An anagram (off) of PLAYERS TEED.
15 One arrested by the force? (5)
THIEF – The letter representing one inside (arrested by) the the from the clue followed by the abbreviation for force.
17 English boast about cutting fat, supplying raw material for sweetener (5,4)
SUGAR BEET – The abbreviation for English and a four-letter word meaning to boast all reversed (about) inside (cutting) a four-letter word for beef fat.
18 Reportedly passed a source of eggs, bacon and cheese? (9)
CARBONARA – A type of pasta sauce (homophone of “passed a source”) consisting of eggs, bacon and cheese. I think in the context of a cryptic definition this works. I am not so happy where the definition itself if a homophone or other form of wordplay as you then have wordplay to definition of a definition where there are two many steps to reach the solution.
19 Turns around Arizona Mountain shopping centre (5)
PLAZA – A bit Yoda link but reverse (turns) a three-letter word for a European mountain around the state abbreviation for Arizona.
20 Digs Pete and Dud looking for romance in a hurry (5,6)
SPEED DATING – An anagram (dud) of DIGS PETE AND.
24 Rector is one hosting prayer (6)
ORISON – The answer his hidden in (hosting) the first three words of the clue.
25 Command of French Guards – I am not bothered! (8)
DOMINATE – A two-letter word in French meaning of around (guards) an anagram (bothered) of I AM NOT.
26 Walked and travelled by speedboat on vacation (6)
STRODE – A four-letter word meaning travelled after (by) the outer letters (on vacation) of speedboat.
27 Don’t have as much sex as Billy perhaps? (8)
MATELESS – Another way of saying “Billy no …”;
1 Nans possibly approve of aperitif accompaniment (10)
BREADSTICK – A five-letter word for the foodstuff of which nans are a type followed by a four-letter word for a mark of approval.
2 Agent providing reinforcement in lie about holding up German girl (5,5)
GLASS FIBRE – A three-letter word for a lie or untruth and a two-letter word meaning about underneath (holding up) the abbreviation for German and a four-letter word for a girl.
3 Avoid start of concert, missing publicity (5)
ELUDE – The start of a 7 letter word for a concert (actually a piece of music rather than a concert itself) omits an abbreviation for publicity.
4 Distributed red ant alerts written in yet another language (12)
RETRANSLATED – An anagram (distributed) of RED ANT ALERTS.
6 Practical joke in celebration back-firing after stupid error (5,4)
BOOBY TRAP – A reversal (back-firing) of a five-letter word for a celebration after a four-letter word for a stupid error.
7 Miss Germany’s with Oscar at first (4)
OMIT – A three-letter word in German meaning with after the letter representing Oscar in the Nato phonetic alphabet.
8 Left unpaid before fight (4)
DUEL – The abbreviation for left after a three-letter word meaning unpaid.
11 “Go defend one-nil lead without Edin Dzeko initially” suggests City leader (3,9)
PEP GUARDIOLA – A three-letter word meaning go or energy followed by a five-letter word meaning defend and the letters for one (again!) and nil and the letters in lead without the first letters (initially) of Edin Dzeko.
13 Top gallery, I stepped up to the front (10)
DECAPITATE – A four-letter word for an art gallery with a reversal (up) of the I from the clue and a five-letter word meaning walked before it (to the front).
14 They’re found wandering near the back street, right by the East End bargain-hunters? (10)
STRAGGLERS – The abbreviation for street and the abbreviation for right followed by an eight-letter word for those who argue about the price without the initial H (East End bargain hunters).
16 Demons collapse according to Spooner, leaving iron compound (5,4)
FOOLS GOLD – A Spoonerism of Ghouls (demons) Fold (collapse).
21 Tolerate a president – almost! (5)
ABIDE – The A from the the clue and the name of the next president of the USA without the final letter (almost). Perhaps almost twice would be better as the intended person is almost the president and almost also means to remove the last letter.
22 Top Man displays odd characters in blouses? (4)
BOSS – The odd letters in the final word of the clue.
23 Stand at funeral and drink, we’re told (4)
BEIR – A homophone (we’re told) of beer (drink).