A Puzzle by Hippogryph
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The puzzle is available by clicking on the above grid.
A review by Prolixic follows.
Apologies for the late posting of the review. I prepared it and had it ready to copy over to the blog and became distracted by a glass or two of red wine and completely forgot I had not posted it!
The crossword was a treat to solve and blog. Many thanks to Hippogryph for the entertainment.
9 Kitchen appliance will solve atmospheric problems, according to Spooner (4,5)
FOOD MIXER – A Spoonerism of mood fixer.
10 Worker grabbing unfinished pieces of stone regularly (5)
MASON – A three-letter word for a worker includes (grabbing) the odd letters (regularly) of stone after removing the last letter (unfinished).
11 Pops off from rough sex involving ripe bananas (7)
EXPIRES – An anagram (rough) of SEX includes (involving) an anagram (bananas) of RIPE.
12 Cheats fathom puzzles – not right! (7)
FIDDLES – The abbreviation for fathom followed by a seven-letter word for puzzles without the initial R (not right).
13 Elected to enter, nervous but radiant (5)
SHINY – A two-letter word meaning elected inside (to enter) a three-letter word meaning nervous.
14 Players lock in great serves (9)
ACTRESSES – A five-letter word for a lock of hair inside a four-letter word for great tennis services.
16 Failing to disband and rename gambling attractions (3-5,7)
ONE-ARMED BANDITS – An anagram (failing) of TO DISBAND RENAME.
19 London cabbie’s training acquaintance? (9)
KNOWLEDGE – Double definition of the expression used to describe the training of London taxis drivers and another word for acquaintance or familiarity with a subject.
21 Charlie’s mother coming around for tea (5)
ASSAM – A three-letter word for a Charlie or fool followed by a reversal (coming round) of a two-letter word for a mother.
22 Malden teetotaller controls firm (2,5)
AL DENTE – The answer is hidden (controls) in the first two words of the clue.
23 What is seen in audacious second looks? (7)
BEHOLDS – A two-letter word meaning what inside a four-letter word meaning audacious followed by the abbreviation for second.
24 Long river entering underground chamber (5)
CRAVE – The abbreviation for river inside (entering) a four-letter word for an underground chamber.
25 Play Lear etc, with no wavering (9)
TOLERANCE – An anagram (wavering) of LEAR ETC NO.
1 Shake dessert wine? (10)
AFTERSHOCK – A six-letter word for dessert followed by a four-letter word for a German wine.
2 Make up company representative on the up (8)
COMPRISE – The abbreviations for company and member of parliament (representative) followed by a four-letter word meaning on the up.
3 Well-oiled host supports kinky activity? (6)
SMARMY – A four-letter word for a host or group of people under (supports) the abbreviation for Sadomasochism (kinky activity).
4 Fixed line displayed by Australian Times in Saturday’s leaders (4)
AXIS – The abbreviation for Australian followed by the letter representing times and the initial letters (leaders) of in Saturday.
5 In the Black Isle, head outside for climbing (10)
PROFITABLE – A reversal (climbing) of a four-letter Italian island and a three-letter word for a head around the for from the clue.
6 Returns two-thirds of Chinese appetizer, having gone off a bit (8)
SMIDGEON – A reversal (returns) of two-thirds of DIM SUM (Chinese appetiser followed by an anagram (off) of GONE.
7 China impounds special manuscript revealing religious compositions (6)
PSALMS – A three-letter word for a friend (China) includes (impounds) the abbreviation for special all followed by the abbreviation for manuscript.
8 Ms Blyton’s heartless finales? (4)
ENDS – The first name of Ms Blyton (the children’s author) without the central letter (heartless).
14 Updates audits with men replacing both you and I reportedly (10)
AMENDMENTS – Replace the U and I in audits with the MEN from the clue.
15 Seems sad, bizarrely, eating extremely enjoyable health food (6,4)
SESAME SEED – An anagram (bizarrely) of SEEMS SAD includes (eating) the outer letters (extremely) of enjoyable.
17 About time to give up paper? Boss finally agreed (8)
RELENTED – A two-letter word meaning about followed by a season of abstinence (time to give up) and the two letter abbreviation for the boss of a paper.
18 Cheeky Isle of Wight location? (8)
INSOLENT – Split 2, 6, this describes the location of the Isle of Wight.
20 My poem, “In this place”, recited by Eastenders (2,4)
OH DEAR – A homophone of how an Eastender might say ode here (poem in this place).
21 Dare he supply cement? (6)
ADHERE – An anagram (supply) of DARE HE.
22 Patrick, oddly missing husband Norman perhaps? (4)
ARCH – The even letters (oddly messing) in Patrick followed by the abbreviation for husband.
23 Lightning sprint away from bar (4)
BOLT – Triple definition for lightning, sprint away from and bar.