A Puzzle by Grecian
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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 Grecian with another quality crossword. Other than comments on the different standards applied to assessing crossword clues by editors (which do not count towards the commentometer), there are very few real issues with the clues themselves. I particularly likes 17d which was an excellent spot. The commentometer reads 2/32 or 6.25%
1 Soft cat and what it may do (6)
POUNCE – The abbreviation for soft followed by a five letter word for a type of cat.
4 Breakdancers accepting government cut (5-3)
SCRAG-END – An anagram (break) of DANCERS includes the abbreviation for government. Not all editors will accept the implicit break in the word break dancers to give wordplay and letters to be arranged.
10 The Thing? (7)
ARTICLE – Weak cryptic definition of the part of speech of which “the” is an example.
11 Dog restrained by lead – maybe once bitten, twice shy? (7)
PROVERB – A five-letter dog’s name inside the chemical symbol for lead.
12 Fish left fly (4)
TANG – Reverse (left) a four-letter word for a small fly.
13 Star athlete wanting start of race fixed as a minimum (2,3,5)
AT THE LEAST – An anagram (fixed) of STAR ATHLETE after removing the letter R (wanting start of race).
15 About time to accept negative reaction and start again (6)
REBOOT – A two-letter word meaning about and the abbreviation for time include (to accept) a three-letter word for a negative reaction.
16 Frank Ocean in the middle of nowhere (4,3)
OPEN SEA – A four-letter word meaning frank and a three-letter word for ocean.
20 Guide for Spooner’s adulterer (7)
TEACHER – A Spoonerism of CHEATER. Spoonerisms are the accidental transposition of the opening syllables of two words so do not work for single words. The clue structure definition for wordplay does not work very well.
21 Hobby is one with complicated part for uninitiated (6)
RAPTOR – An anagram (complicated) of PART followed by the for from the clue without the opening letter (uninitiated).
24 Blairite movement working for freedom (10)
LIBERATION – An anagram (movement) of BLAIRITE followed by a two-letter word meaning working.
26 Blowtorch (4)
LAMP – Double definition for blow and torch. Not all editors will accept implicit breaks in clues where the solver has mentally to divide the words. Here you could have Broken blowtorch! Whilst the solution means to punch as a verb, the word blow is used here in a nounal form as “to blow” does not mean to punch.
28 Smooth Cockney heavy (7)
AIRLESS – How a Cockney might describe someone who is bald. I wonder if there is too many steps to get from smooth to bald to hairless to airless.
29 Unpredictable rodent in Morecambe (7)
ERRATIC – A three-letter word for a type of rodent followed by the first name of the comedian who was part of the due Morecambe and Wise. As Morecambe is used a definition by example, this should be indicated.
30 It’s insane to cut rude bits (8)
SANITISE – Expand the IT’S to its full form and include it in the word sane (in-sane). Another clue where the unindicated break in the wordplay would not be accepted by all editors.
31 Typical Chelsea display leads to Frank Lampard’s obscene rant against Liverpool (6)
FLORAL – The initial letters (leads to) of the final six words of the clue.
1 Instrument of change in spy novel (8)
PSALTERY – A five-letter word meaning to change inside an anagram (novel) of SPY.
2 Broadcast a blue film for No.10? It cannot be defended! (9)
UNTENABLE – An anagram (broadcast) of A BLUE around (film for) the abbreviation for number and the number 10 as you would spell it.
3 Tip tap (4)
COCK – Double definition for another word for “tip” as you might a hat and a type of plumbing tap.
5 Catch rats in stations (3,5)
COP SHOPS – A three-letter word meaning to catch and a five-letter word meaning rats or betrays.
6 Swimming in a pool lane endlessly, like an Olympian (10)
APOLLONIAN – An anagram (swimming) of IN A POOL LAN (lane endlessly).
7 Rene Magritte holding a flush (5)
ENEMA – The answer is hidden in the first two words of the clue.
8 Be back in time for a kick about (6)
DEBATE – Reverse (back) the BE from the clue inside a four-letter word for a time.
9 Match against East Barking (5)
VESTA – The single letter meaning against followed by an anagram (barking) of EAST.
14 Fraud and rogue let out at the same time (10)
CONCURRENT – A three-letter word for a fraud and a three-letter word for a rogue followed by a four-letter word meaning to let out to a tenant.
17 Two in movie sharing a fan (9)
EXTRACTOR – The name of an additional uncredited person in a film and the name for a credited player in a film sharing the letter A.
18 They may fill craters covering island road (8)
DENTISTS – A five-letter word meaning craters around the abbreviations for island and street.
19 Queen with contemporary clothing is hot (8)
TROPICAL – The single letter abbreviation for queen with a seven-letter word meaning contemporary around it (clothing).
22 King beset by unpleasant gas discharges (6)
CLEARS – The name of a Shakespearean king inside the initial for an unpleasant gas used in riot control.
23 Pitch on first day in good condition (5)
TONED – A four-letter word meaning pitch followed by the first letter of day. Not all editors would accept first on its own as an initial letter indicator.
25 Benefit captures heart of Cardi B (5)
BORON – A four-letter word for a benefit or blessing includes (captures) the central letter (heart) of Carid.
27 Examination undertaken by 18 (4)
ORAL – Very weak indication of the type of examination that would be carried out by the answer to 18.