A Puzzle by Tater
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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.
Tater has given us a well executed crossword with varied wordplay and sensible surface readings. There are a handful of areas were the cryptic grammar could be improved but there were no major issues. The commentometer reads as 2.5/29 or 8.6%.
1 Party the Parisian bishop gatecrashed for a piece of cake (6)
DODDLE – A two-letter word for a party followed by the abbreviation for doctor of divinity and the French masculine singular for the. Not all bishops are doctors of divinity and not all doctors of divinity are bishops but there is enough of an overlap In previous usage.
4 First to abandon Wesleyan approach (6)
METHOD – A nine-letter word for a Wesleyan without the final three letters that look list 1st.
9 Hue and cry – criminal doctor escapes (4)
CYAN – An anagram (criminal) of AND CRY without (escapes) the abbreviation for doctor.
10 Syllabuses in favour of the alternative weight spelling (10)
PROGRAMMES – A three-letter word meaning in favour of followed by the alternative spelling of grams.
11 See returning king clothed in silver primarily showing diamond motif? (6)
ARGYLE – A single letter abbreviation for king inside (clothed in) the chemical symbol for silver before (primarily) a reversal (returning) of a three-letter word name of a diocese (see).
12 Tight-lipped one engaging in diplomacy given run around (8)
TACITURN – The letter representing one inside a four-letter word meaning diplomacy followed by an anagram (around) of run.
13 Unpredictable day for lift attendant? (2-3-4)
UP-AND-DOWN – The rise and fall of the lift containing the attendant gives the solution. Perhaps “like a day…” or “Description of lift-attendant’s day is unpredictable” might be better.
15 Regretted sounding bad-mannered (4)
RUED – A homophone (sounding) of rude (bad-mannered).
16 Where to go to overindulge (4)
TOWN – The word that completes the phrase “go to…” as a synonym for overindulge.
17 Laurel perhaps starts to climb higher in October needing support (9)
STANCHION – The name of the comedian Laurel of Laurel and Hardy fame followed by the initial letters (starts to) the fifth to ninth words of the clue.
21 Eligible academic perhaps (8)
BACHELOR – Double Definition of a single man and someone who has passed their first university degree.
22 The odds are one-sided (6)
UNEVEN – A description 2-4 of odd numbers and a word meaning one sided.
24 Reporters piece-work (6,4)
COLUMN INCH – Cryptic definition of how a reporter may be paid. I don’t think that this is a particularly good cryptic definition. Solvers are like only to twig this with the cross-checking letters in place.
25 Ford part found in Valparaiso lockup (4)
SOLO – A role played by Harrison Ford is hidden in the final two words of the clue.
26 Marsh harriers? (6)
MIDGES – Cryptic definition of the biting insects that may harry you when walking through marches.
27 Parking in lay-by – surprisingly not where the real action is (2-4)
BY PLAY – An anagram (surprisingly) of P(parking) LAY BY. As the letters to be re-arranged simply involve moving the BY to the front of the letters given, this is not really a challenging anagram.
1 Spooner reportedly to assess salad dressing for picnic? (3,4)
DAY TRIP – A homophone (reportedly) of a Spoonerism of RATE (assess) DIP (salad dressing). I think that dip for salad dressing is a bit of a stretch.
2 Desperate character unpacked deadly blade (5)
DANDY – The comic character who was “desperate” followed by the outer letters (unpacked) of Dandy.
3 Follow speech in silence (3-4)
LIP-READ – What a deaf person may do to follow someone speaking.
5 Rhine cruise at the start needs reorganising to improve (6)
ENRICH – An anagram (need reorganising) of RHINE C (cruise at the start).
6 Latest about setter – pity it’s not good news (4,5)
HOME TRUTH – A three-letter word describing the latest news around (about) a two-letter word for the setter followed by a four-letter word meaning pity.
7 Sanguine undercover Bolshevik? (4,3)
DEEP RED – The colour of blood (sanguine) could be described by an undercover Bolshevik.
8 What gourmet in confusion calls toothsome (5-8)
MOUTH-WATERING – A nicely spotted anagram (in confusion) of WHAT GOURMET. I am less sure that wordplay calls definition works though. Perhaps describes “toothsome”.
14 Hospital featuring in latest report for hard-line journalist (9)
NEWSHOUND – The abbreviation for hospital inside (featuring in) a three-letter word meaning latest and a five-letter word meaning a report or sound.
16 Upset Romeo at cafe (7)
TEAROOM – An anagram (upset) of ROMEO AT.
18 Any thug could be mischievous (7)
NAUGHTY – An anagram (could be) of ANY THUG.
19 Perhaps throw some balls, then rest (7)
OVERLAY – A type of fabric throw comes from four-letter word for some balls in cricket and a three-letter word meaning rest.
20 Fair to take place outside the capital? That’s not on! (6)
BLONDE – A two-letter word meaning to a take place outside the capital of England without the On.
23 Stand for old PM losing his head whilst being installed (5)
EASEL – A four-letter word being the name of an old Prime-minister without the initial letter (losing his head) into which you add (being installed) a two-letter word meaning whilst. The structure here of definition for wordplay does not work.