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.
Although this was a lot easier than previous crosswords from Sundance, the number of comments on this crossword and the niggling points show that producing a simpler crossword is often harder than producing a harder one. There were lots of good clues but still to inconsistent in quality. The commentometer reads as 7.5 / 34 or 22.1%.
8 Maintained outside broadcast before being put into play (8)
OBSERVED – The abbreviation for outside broadcast followed by a six-letter word meaning to put into play as in a tennis match.
9 Diamonds after ten could be bait (6)
ENTICE – An anagram (could be) of TEN followed by a three-letter informal word for diamonds. I don’t think that the anagram indicator woks in the way in which it is used. Perhaps Lead on playing ten diamonds.
10 Joint for President without front (4)
RUMP – The name of the outgoing president without the first letter. The structure of definition for wordplay does not work. Wordplay for definition would be ok.
11 Irritated, I steered following river (5)
RILED – The I from the clue and a three-letter word meaning steered after (following) the abbreviation for river.
12 Coward perhaps lacking railway (4)
NOEL – Split 2, the answer would suggest the absence of an elevated railway.
13 Spiritual presence held by others (8)
ETHEREAL – A four-letter word meaning presence inside (held by) a phrase (2,2) meaning others. I don’t think that presence means the word using in the solution. That would required present. Heavenly present carried by others.
16 A loud fabric can be fiery (6)
AFLAME – The A from the clue followed by the abbreviation for loud and a four-letter word for a type of metallic fabric.
18 Admitted everything in his anger (4)
SANG – The answer is hidden (in) the final two words of the clue.
20 Kept back inside bodega cellar (5)
CAGED – The answer is hidden and reversed (kept back inside) the final two words of the clue.
21 Historically the war department’s rivals for the rockers (4)
MODS – The abbreviation (preserving the ’s) of Ministry of Defence (historically known as the War Department).
22 Stick he read about (6)
ADHERE – An anagram (about) of HE READ.
23 Rita once arranged act of God (8)
CREATION – An anagram (arranged) of RITA ONCE. Occasional repetition of wordplay types in successive clues occurs but here with two hidden word clues followed by two anagram clues, it can make the crossword unbalanced.
26 Cliff taking love from film award (4)
SCAR – Remove the O (love) from a five-letter word for a film award.
28 On the south coast, starting life in a squalid dwelling (5)
HOVEL – The name of a town on the south coast followed bu the first letter (starting) of life. Starting on its own does not work very well as an initial word indicator. Also, prepositional indicators are not particulate helpful. Perhaps Brighton neighbour left squalid dwelling.
30 Gives an extra to boy who is petty criminal (4)
WIDE – A double definition for a cause of an extra run in cricket and a description preceding boy for a type of petty criminal. I don’t like the “Gives an” at the start of the clue as it implies that the first part of the definition is a verb.
31 Offer something delicate (6)
TENDER – Double definition of a contractual offer and something tender or sore.
32 Sister satisfied apparently in Warwickshire (8)
NUNEATON – A homophone (apparently) indicating that a religious sister has finished a meal. Apparently is a poor choice for a homophone indicator. Another prepositional clue. In Warwickshire to define a place in Warwickshire is not ideal.
1 Take the tube after blood type (6)
ABDUCT – A two-letter blood type followed by a four-letter word for a tube. I am more lenient than most commentators on surface readings for Rookie setters as good surface readings come with practice. However, where the surface reading does not make sense, it must be pointed out.
2 River is quiet but not shallow (4)
DEEP – A three-letter word for a UK river followed by the abbreviation for quiet. The use of “is” does not work as a charade indication. It would have to be River has… which could be indicated by River’s deep…
3 Has a strong dislike of some of the poem (6)
AVERSE – Split 1,5, the answer would be part of a poem or song.
4 Agree to marry large hero (4)
IDOL – The phrase allegedly said by couples during their marriage vows followed by the abbreviation for large. Rookies and all setters please note, the vows are “I will” not “ I do” and always have been in the Church of England’s wedding services.
5 Handled a revision point (8)
HEADLAND – An anagram (revision) of HANDLED A. Perhaps revised would read better in the cryptic reading of the clue.
6 Knock silly heads up (4)
STUN– Reverse (up) a four-letter informal word for heads
7 Expressed fright and made me scared (8)
SCREAMED – An anagram (made) of ME SCARED. I don’t think that made works in this context.
14 Ray possibly in quite a gleeful mood (5)
EAGLE – The answer is hidden (in) in the fourth to sixth words of the clue. Try to avoid padding words such as “mood”. Also, where you have a compound noun, such as ????? Ray cluing the first part of the collective noun by reference to the second does not not work.
15 Record I collated initially had reasoning (5)
LOGIC – A three-letter word word a record followed bu the I from the clue and the initial letter of collated. The past tense of had as a link word is not ideal. Wordplay had definition should be wordplay has definition.
17 Restrict busy road with bright surroundings (5)
LIMIT – The name a motorway (busy road) has a three-letter word meaning bright around it.
19 Performed about heartless parent I hooked (8)
ADDICTED – A six-letter word meaning performed on stage around the outer letters (heartless) of DAD (parent) and the I from the clue.
20 Literary cat or revolutionary horse? (8)
CHESHIRE – The name of the well known South American revolutionary followed by a five-letter word for a type of horse.
24 Remove app from delightful place of comedy (6)
EALING – A nine-letter word for delightful without the initial APP.
25 Peculiar child is favourite (4-2)
ODDS-ON – A three-letter word meaning peculiar followed by a three-letter word for a child.
27 Russians have 15 on the table (4)
REDS – Double definition for Russians and the colour of 15 of the balls on a snooker table. The have breaks the cryptic reading of the clue as you have definition 1 have (should be has) definition 2.
29 Release opening in coat (4)
VENT – Double definition meaning to let out steam or a type of opening in a coat.
30 Accept flower (4)
WEAR – Double definition. Again three double definitions in row is not ideal.