A Puzzle by Coot
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A review by Prolixic follows.
Welcome back to Coot. There was refreshingly little to comment on with some excellent clues. The commentometer reads as 1/28 or 3.5% which is an impressive improvement following Coot’s first crossword.
1 Educated people, some men, love gas (9,2,4)
BACHELORS OF ARTS – The status of unmarried men followed by the letter representing love and a five-letter word word for flatulence (gas).
9 Force state to abandon final position and surrender (6)
FOREGO – The abbreviation for force followed by a six-letter name of one of the states in the USA with the final letter removed (to abandon final position).
10 Sporting charred remains of twice-hot-peppered ribs? (3,5)
THE ASHES – A six-letter word meaning ribs or make fun of has the abbreviation for hot inserted twice (twice-hot-peppered).
11 Marks, in hindsight, best I possibly can secure (4)
PITS – The answer is reversed (in hindsight) and hidden (can secure) in the fourth to sixth words of the clue.
12 Fate of written-off M-plate cars? (5,5)
SCRAP METAL – An anagram (written-off of MPLATE CARS.
13 Get on board following first amongst composers – him? (6)
CHOPIN – A phrase 3,2 meaning get on board after (following) the initial letter (first among) of composers.
15 Arise after support meeting (8)
POSTDATE – A four-letter word for an upright support followed by a four-letter word for a romantic meeting.
17 Small object in belt maybe from nuts I roasted (8)
ASTEROID – An anagram (nuts) of I ROASTED.
20 Greek character – the “foreign doctor” – given notice on return (6)
LAMBDA – The French feminine singular word meaning the followed by a two-letter abbreviation for a doctor and a reversal (on return) of a two-letter word for a notice.
22 Area reserved for minor development? (10)
SCHOOLROOM – Cryptic definition of a place where children learn.
24 Exercise class cancelled? Forget it (4)
NOPE – Split 2, 2, this could indicate that an exercise class as been cancelled.
25 Bird (chicken’s one as well) (8)
COCKATOO – A four-letter word for a chicken followed by an A (one) and a three-letter word meaning as well.
26 Irate lion’s tail swinging is something you have to see (6)
RETINA – An anagram (swinging) of IRATE N (lion’s tail = last letter of lion).
27 Befriend ghost, nameless one shifting location of glasses? (6,2,3,4)
BRIDGE OF THE NOSE – An anagram (shifting) of BEFRIEND GHOST OE (nameless one = remove the N from ONE).
2 Scrap CD’s precursors? Nothing left, more or less (7)
ABOLISH – The letters coming before C and D followed by the letter representing nothing, the abbreviation for left and a three-letter prefix meaning more or less.
3 That man is hiding journalist’s notes (5)
HEEDS – A three-letter pronoun meaning that man is includes (hiding) the abbreviation for editor (journalist).
4 Examines toilet sink that’s dodgy, intially testing overflow (5,4)
LOOKS INTO – A three-letter word for a toilet followed by an anagram (that’s dodgy) of SINK and the first letters (initially) of testing overflow. Take care to watch the spelling in clues. Initially is missing a letter I.
5 Predicament in desert associated with role reversal (3,4)
RAT TRAP – A three-letter word meaning desert or betray followed by a reversal of a four-letter word for a role.
6 Leading person at university? (3,2)
ONE UP – Double definition.
7 Deranged! Flips after pet’s beheaded in capital (9)
AMSTERDAM – Reverse (flipped) a three-letter word meaning deranged after a seven-letter word for a small furry pet without the initial letter (beheaded).
8 Off the booze, accepting drunk phase is history (3,4)
THE PAST – The abbreviation for teetotal (off the booze) includes (accepting) an anagram (drunk) of PHRASE.
14 Ready to eat? OK, proceed to buffet (9)
PRECOOKED – An anagram (to buffet) of OK PROCEED.
16 Bog spoils start of hike following attempt to reduce slippiness (4,5)
SALT MARSH – A four-letter word meaning spoils and the first letter (start) of hike after (following) what you might put down in an attempt to reduce slipperiness when it is icy. Try to avoid repeating wordplay indicators such as following – used in 13a.
18 Support for the distressed victim of scam on mobile (7)
SUCCOUR – A homophone (on the mobile) of sucker (victim of scam).
19 Fall asleep in the school run (4,3)
DROP OFF – Double definition.
21 Turns East, away from potentially dangerous areas (7)
DEPENDS – Remove one of the letters E (East) from a potentially dangerous area of a swimming pool.
23 Machine coffee with drop of hooch preferred to tea reportedly (5)
LATHE – A type of coffee with one of the letters T (tea reportedly) changed (preferred to) the first letter (drop) of hooch.
24 Unrealistic idea Coot’s dismissed (3,2)
NOT ON – A six-letter word for an idea without the letter I (Coot’s dismissed).