A Puzzle by Exit
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A busy day for today’s blogger so a slimmed down review.
8 Notable large rug (6)
BIGWIG – A three-letter word meaning large followed by a three-letter word for a hairpiece (rug).
9 Arnica spread on round instrument (7)
OCARINA – An anagram (spread) of ARNICA after (on) the letter that is round.
10 Come again? Not about rotter? (3)
CUR – A five-letter word word meaning come again or repeat without the two initial letters meaning on or about.
11 Weak voice and what it could vanish into? (4,3)
THIN AIR – A four-letter word meaning weak or watery followed by a three-letter word for a voice.
13 Second tango? Composer gives reasons (7)
MOTIVES – A two-letter word meaning second followed by the letter represented by Tango in the Nato phonetic alphabet and the surname of an American composer.
14 Cross detective gets a brief call concerning 12 signs (8)
ZODIACAL – A two-letter word for a type of hybrid animal followed by the abbreviation for a police detective, the A from the clue and all but the last letter (briefly) of the call from the clue.
15 Vessel seen in taverna or taproom (5)
AORTA – The answer is hidden (seen in) the final three words of the clue.
16 Lager sent back? Courier errors! (4-3)
SLIP UPS – A reversal (sent back) of a brand of lager followed by the three letter name of a delivery company.
18 Peer, maybe, certainly accepting a bit of criticism for curl in old hairstyle (7)
EARLOCK – A four-letter word for a rank of nobility (peer maybe) followed by a two-letter word meaning certainly around (accepting) the first letter (a bit) of criticism.
21 Sheriff I ve recalled keeps note (5)
FIVER – The answer is hidden in (keeps) the first three words of the clue.
24 Of receivers crimes (8)
OFFENCES – The of from the clue followed by a six-letter word for receivers of stolen goods.
26 Neat! Court eliminating writer in bid for tree (7)
BOXWOOD – A two-letter word for a type of cow (neat) and a three-letter word meaning to court romantically replace the I (eliminating writer) in BID.
27 Prince goes in French lorry for plant (7)
CAMPION – The abbreviation for prince inside (goes in) the French word for a lorry.
30 Whiskey or old port? (3)
RYE – Double definition for a type of whiskey and one of the old Cinque ports.
31 Spot the French added to molten ingot (7)
LENTIGO – The French masculine singular for the before (added to) an anagram (molten) of INGOT.
32 Dickens hero with family cooking pot (6)
PIPKIN – The hero in Dickens’ “Great Expectations” followed by a three-letter word for family.
1 Stand by article on objection (4)
ABUT – The indefinite article followed by (on) a three-letter word for an objection.
2 Fruit’s not nice to look at, it’s said (4)
UGLI – A homophone (it’s said) of UGLY (not nice to look at).
3 Asti and rum I mixed in dessert (8)
TIRAMISU – An anagram (mixed) of ASTI RUM I.
4 Prescriptions for alum returned with last of bicarbonate (8)
FORMULAE – The FOR from the clue followed by a reversal (returned) of the ALUM from the clue and the last letter of bicarbonate.
5 Italian city clothing? (6)
MANTUA – Double definition, the second being a loose gown worn by women in the 17th Century (I reworded the explanation after originally writing a loose woman’s gown… which had an entirely different meaning). I think that using clothing to describe an obscure word is a little unfair on the solver.
6 Fine mud almost – very nearly – yields precious metal (6)
SILVER – A four-letter word word fine mud without the final letter (almost) followed by the very from the clue without the final letter (nearly).
7 Rick Stein’s first course after dance (8)
HAYSTACK – The first letter of Stein and a four-letter word for a course taken whilst sailing after a three-letter word for a country dance.
10 Short reptile filling most of 32 perhaps (4)
CROC – The type of earthenware of which the answer to 32a is an example without the final letter.
12 Less than half of Helston in street guide? On the contrary, Filbert! (5)
HAZEL – The two-letter name for a street guide in the first three letters (less than half) of Helston.
16 Faint cry audible in game (8)
SOFTBALL – A four-letter word meaning faint followed by a homophone (audible) of bawl (cry)
17 Flower avalanche? (8)
SNOWDROP – The solution (if split 4,4) might be a a description of an avalanche.
19 Grim Nina ripped out wiring (4,4)
RING MAIN – An anagram (ripped out) of GRIM NINA.
20 Fish is half-cold after starter of crudités (5)
CISCO – The IS from the clue and half of the word cold after the initial letter (starter) of crudities.
22 Team no good following day of victory celebration – that’s annoying! (6)
VEXING – The Roman numerals for the number of people in a football team and the abbreviation for no good after the abbreviation for Victory in Europe.
23 Greek character twitchy about correct pronunciation of ‘Hercules’? (6)
RHOTIC – A three-letter Greek letter followed by a three-letter word for a twitch.
25 Mug has nothing on Church (4)
FACE – A two-letter abbreviation meaning nothing followed by the abbreviation for Church of England.
28 Small model car, without doubt originally black (4)
INKY – A maker of small model cars without the initial D (doubt originally).
29 A square popular in central Annecy (4)
NINE – A two-letter word meaning popular inside the inner letters of Annecy.