A Puzzle by Hubble
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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 Hubble. This was a distinct improvement on your first crossword. Apart from a major blooper in 1a, most of the other issues were technical errors which can be eliminated with practice. In terms of dictionaries, the main ones used by setters are Chambers, Collins and the Oxford Dictionary (not the massive version). I would stick to definitions given in one of these and shun on-line dictionaries unless published by one of the three publishers who produce the standard works. The commentometer reads as 3.5/29 or 12.1%
1 Boasted about vulgar broadcast (6)
CREWED – A homophone (broadcast) of crude (vulgar). This clue does not work as the solution is only the past tense to have acted as part of a crew, not to have boasted.
4 Rate remainder while sleeping (2,4)
AT REST – A two-letter word meaning rate followed by a four-letter word meaning remainder. Like others, I do not think that rate means at. At can mean at a rate of, but that does not make the two synonymous.
8 Slash old boy replacing head of close-knit group (7)
OBLIQUE – The abbreviation for old boy replaces the initial letter (head of) a six-letter word for a close-knit group.
9 Lover of fine food from legendary river (7)
EPICURE – A four-letter word meaning legendary and a three-letter name of river.
11 In charge following one’s agreement first could be fancifully striving for perfection (10)
IDEALISTIC – The abbreviation for in charge comes after the letter representing one, a four-letter word for an agreement and the three letters you could use to represent first.
12 Wander around city, we’re told (4)
ROAM – A homophone (we’re told) of Rome (city).
13 Kill country tribe (5)
ICENI – A three-letter word (in America) meaning kill followed by the abbreviation for Northern Ireland (country). The American derivation of the word kill should be indicated.
14 Bond doctor to cheap material, only don’t mention it (3,2,3)
NOT AT ALL – The eponymous Doctor in the Bond film followed by a three-letter word meaning cheap material and a three-letter word meaning only. I think that relying only on a definition that is indicated as Shakespearean requires you to indicate this.
16 Reserve’s on ice mostly, not matching Yeager’s achievement? (8)
SUBSONIC – A three-letter word meaning a reserve maintaining the possessive from the clue followed by the ON in the clue and the first two letters (mostly) of ICE.
18 Looking sickly like woman in Glasgow, perhaps (5)
ASHEN – A two-letter word meaning like and a three-letter Scottish word for a woman.
20 Returning part of bootleg device, move cautiously (4)
EDGE – The answer is hidden and reversed (returning part) in the fourth and fifth words of the clue.
21 Put on train or horse drawn transport (10)
STAGECOACH – A five-letter word meaning put on (as a production) followed by a five-letter word meaning train or instruct.
23 Analyses poker game with bikers regularly (7)
STUDIES – A four-letter word for a type of poker game followed by the even letters (regularly) in bikers.
24 Small, so reconfigured races on slippery obstacle courses (7)
SLALOMS – An anagram (reconfigures) of SMALL SO.
25 Lawyer the lady’s following moves quickly (6)
DASHED – The abbreviation for an American lawyer followed by a four-letter word meaning the lady’s. Again, the American definition should have been indicated. As a lawyer in England, I am certain that lawyer on its own does not indicate an American origin.
26 Hint of saucy frolic in borders of privet (6)
PROMPT – A four-letter word for a sauce frolic inside the outer letters (borders of) privet.
1 Six-sided copper cot (5)
CUBED – The chemical symbol for copper followed by a three-letter word for a bed.
2 European leaders of maritime institute to judge member of gulf federation (7)
EMIRATE – The abbreviation for European followed by the initial letters (leaders) of maritime institute and a four-letter word meaning to judge.
3 Learning issue about game (9)
ERUDITION – A seven-letter word for an issue (in terms of a publication) around the abbreviation for rugby union (game).
5 Theme to choose endlessly (5)
TOPIC – The to from the clue followed by a four-letter word meaning to chose with the last letter removed (endlessly).
6 King trapped in bar passage (7)
EXCERPT – The abbreviation for Rex (king) inside a six-letter word meaning bar.
7 Sailor McCartney’s first to cover home with treated canvas (9)
TARPAULIN – A three-letter word for a sailor and the first name of McCartney followed by (to cover in a down clue) a two-letter word meaning home. I am not too fussed about first to indicate the first name. You could equally have McCartney, say, to indicate his first name.
10 Bird‘s hot stance excited (9)
STONECHAT – An anagram (excited) of HOT STANCE.
13 Overwhelmed aunt dined out (9)
INUNDATED – An anagram (out) of AUNT DINED.
15 Gypsy narrator absorbs most of party (9)
TRAVELLER – A six-letter word for a narrator include (absorbs) a four-letter word for a party with the final letter removed (most of). Try to avoid repeating wordplay indicators mostly (16a) and most of are too similar
17 Go in, doss about and cover balls with these, maybe (7)
SPEEDOS – A three-letter word meaning to micturate or go inside an anagram (about) of DOSS.
19 Cover Scottish smoke disperser for gangster (7)
HOODLUM – A four-letter word for a cover on a coat followed by a three-letter word Scottish word for a chimney (smoke disperser).
21 Material had influence reportedly (5)
SUEDE – A homophone (reportedly) of swayed (had influence).
22 Icy space traveller that may be studied using setter’s device (5)
COMET – What may be studied by the Hubble Telescope (when its on-board computer is working!).