A Puzzle by Twmbarlwm
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Today’s new setter uses the name of a Welsh hill as his alias. 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.
Twmbarlwm makes a highly impressive debut. There are only a few minor comments with the commentometer reading .15 / 32 or 4.9%.
1 Reserve team where you’ll see a forward dive? (8)
POOLSIDE – A four-letter word for a reserve or kitty followed by a four-letter word for a team.
5 Close to farm, put out trough (6)
MANGER – The last letter (close to) of farm followed by a five-letter word meaning to put out or annoy.
9 I’ll show you where you are in Reading (8)
BOOKMARK – A cryptic definition of something a reader uses to mark the place they have read to.
10 Indicate case of Garnacha for wine store (6)
BODEGA – A four-letter word meaning to indicate or foretell followed by the outer letters (case) of Garnacha.
12 Issue with rent upfront: leaks (4,2)
LETS ON – A three-letter word for a child or issue preceded by (upfront) a three-letter word meaning to rent.
13 In a line behind smoker… great! (8)
LUMINARY – The IN A from the clue and the abbreviation for railway (line) after (behind) a three-letter word for a chimney (smoker).
15 Steal away and leave the ground (4,3)
LIFT OFF – A four-letter word meaning steal followed by a three-letter word meaning away. Unfortunately, the clue could also give take off as a valid solution.
16 Food shop‘s batch not perfect (4)
DELI – An eight-letter word for a batch or consignment of goods without a four-letter word meaning perfect.
20 No oil painting of fruit picked up (4)
UGLY – A homophone (picked up) of UGLI (fruit).
21 Vehicle overturning is rubbish wagon (7)
TRACTOR – A reversal (overturning) of three-letter word for rubbish and a four-letter word for a wagon. I think that the “is” does not work in the clue. It is not part of the wordplay and does work as “is rubbish”. Vehicle overturned rubbish wagon would have worked equally well.
25 What digger did to tie the knot on donkey (8)
BURROWED – A three-letter word meaning to tie the knot or marry after (on). five-letter word for a donkey.
26 Failing to start, as it were, old record player (6)
STEREO – The fourth to sixth words of the clue without the initial letters (failing to start) followed by the abbreviation for old.
28 Hang about – new toilet not quite right (6)
LOITER – An anagram (new) of TOILET without the final letter (not quite) followed by the abbreviation for right.
29 Old woman now far off in old ship (3-2-3)
MAN-OF-WAR – A two-letter word for a mother followed by an anagram (off) of NOW FAR.
30 Common cleaner in Wellington, perhaps (6)
WOMBLE – Cryptic definition of the furry creatures who cleaned Wimbledon Common, one of whose number was called Wellington.
31 Guide to the Cotswolds? (8)
SHEPHERD – Cryptic definition of a person who looks after animals such as Cotswolds.
1 Go out in suit, having lost a stone (6)
PEBBLE – A three-letter word meaning to go out or recede in a four-letter word for a suit without the letter A.
2 Presumably telling the truth about obscenity (2,4)
ON OATH – A two-letter word meaning about followed by a four-letter word for an obscenity.
3 In panic I lob my shot the wrong way – typical! (8)
SYMBOLIC – The answer is hidden (in) and reversed (the wrong way) in the second to sixth words of the clue.
4 Ruddy patch (4)
DARN – Double definition of ruddy as a swear word and patch as in to mend a sock.
6 Fellow housed by wonderful son: youth certainly not 20 (6)
ADONIS – A three-letter word for.a university fellow inside (housed by) a two-letter word meaning excellent all followed by the abbreviation for son.
7 They go off elevated chair and work unit (8)
GRENADES – A reversal (elevated) of a five-letter word for a chair and a three-letter word used to describe a unit of work.
8 Awfully dry exam about one type of concrete (5-3)
READY-MIX – An anagram (awfully) of DRY EXAM around the letter representing one.
11 Fiancé regularly wearing fine top (7)
SURFACE – The odd letters (regularly) of fiancé have a four letter word meaning fine around them (wearing).
14 Promising actress Wilder rattles (7)
STARLET An anagram (wilder) of RATTLES. I am happy with wilder as an anagram indicator.
17 Flounce in expensive coat downstairs? (8)
FURBELOW – A three-letter word for an expensive coat followed by a five-letter word meaning downstairs.
18 Muralist working for charity (8)
ALTRUISM – An anagram (working) of MURALIST.
19 Flatter area in marshy, very quiet setting (4-4)
SOFT SOAP – The abbreviation for area inside a four-letter word meaning marshy, a two-letter word meaning very and the abbreviation for quiet.
22 Leave cold American lake in the north (6)
BOREAL – A four-letter word meaning leave cold followed by the single letter abbreviation for American and the abbreviation for lake.
23 Glance at wife trapped by dreadful bores (6)
BROWSE – The abbreviation for wife inside (trapped by) an anagram (dreadful) of BORES.
24 Note a scarlet rose … (6)
SOARED – A two-letter musical note followed by the A from clue and a three-letter word meaning red. Unfortunately, reared would also be a valid solution. I don’t think you can justify having two separate solutions and rely on the cross-checking letters. Each clue should lead to a unique solution without dependence on cross-checking letters.
27 … about to appear on top of tree – ready? (4)
CASH – The single letter abbreviation meaning about followed by a three-letter word for a type of tree.