A Puzzle by Fez
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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.
A tour-de-force from Fez – 36 clues, a pangram and a homage to the works of Will Self. The commentometer reads as 2 / 36 or 5.6%.
1 Artillery cutting external supply line to resolve hostility (3,4)
ILL WILL – Remove the outer letters (cutting external) meaning a supply line and follow with a four-letter word meaning resolve.
5 Mean to do business shortly before school (7)
SELFISH – A four-letter word meaning to do business without the final letter (shortly) followed by the animal that comes in groups called a school. I don’t think that you can define the noun by reference to a collective noun for a group of them.
9 Call pub at lunchtime, perhaps (5)
PHONE – The abbreviation for public house (pub) followed by the time at which some people have lunch.
10 Our cousins listened to obscure records (5,4)
GREAT APES – A homophone (listened to) of GREY (obscure) TAPES (records).
11 Funds one relies on (4,6)
UNIT TRUSTS – A four-letter word meaning one followed by a five-letter word meaning relies on.
12 Fees halved for golf club (4)
IRON – Remove the last two letters from fees and you have the chemical symbol that gives the answer.
14 Radio broadcast number one from classic Greek group (6)
DORIAN – An anagram (broadcast) of RADIO followed by the first letter (one) of number.
17 In shower, take me out and rub me vigorously all over (8)
UMBRELLA – An anagram (vigorously) of RUB ME followed by a reversal (over) of the all from the clue.
20 Old jam and bread, uncovered, generating fuzzy matter (4,4)
GREY AREA – A four-letter word meaning old followed by the inner letters (uncovered) of JAM and BREAD.
22 Goat’s milk, churned (6)
BUTTER – Double definition, the second being a product of churned butter.
26 Anonymous mother and father of murderer (4)
ADAM – The abbreviation for anonymous followed by a three-letter word for a mother.
27 They take unseemly interest in picking up single nurses (4,6)
LOAN SHARKS – A homophone (picked up) of LONE (single) followed by a six-letter word for a fish of which nurses are a species (but which are also given in Chambers as a primary definition rather than an example).
30 Spooner’s silly nature film? (9)
HOLLYWOOD – A Spoonerism of WALLYHOOD (silly nature). I think that creating a Spoonerism of a made up word is stretching things a bit (gangster film would have been much better). I think that that the solution is closely related enough to be a valid definition.
31 Hard centres in nutty chocolate – yuk! (5)
TOUGH – The inner letters (centres) of NUTTY CHOCOLATE followed by a three-letter word meaning yuk.
32 Design software to maintain body (7)
CADAVER – The abbreviation for Computer Aided Design (design software) followed by a four-letter word meaning to maintain.
33 Puts everything on the market – that would make sense if money wasn’t wasted on drink (5,2)
SELLS UP – A five-letter word for a sense without the abbreviation for money followed by a three-letter word meaning to drink.
1 Appropriate introduction from American poet? (7)
IMPOUND – How the American poet Ezra might introduce himself.
2 Exceedingly wacky toilet humour finally being stripped back (7)
LOONIER – A three-letter word for a toilet the final letter of humour and the inner letters (stripped) of being reversed (back).
3 Unprofessional, despite regularly getting in earlier (5)
INEPT – The In from the clue before (earlier) the even letters (regularly) of despite.
4 Leave system file exposed (3,3)
LOG OUT – A three-letter word for a system file on a computer followed by a three-letter word meaning exposed.
5 When to scatter a bit of muesli on porridge (4,4)
SEED TIME – A constituent of muesli followed by a four-letter word for prison or porridge.
6 Running behind schedule, lacking focus – coffee? (4)
LATE – Remove the inner letter (lacking focus) from a five-letter word for a type of coffee.
7 Evacuating area of empire put in danger (7)
IMPERIL – An eight-letter word meaning of empire without (evacuating) the abbreviation for area.
8 “Hallelujah” strangely missing amongst songs painstakingly curated for Cohen’s Essential Collection (7)
HOSANNA – An anagram (strangely) of the middle letters (essential collection) of MISSING AMONGST SONGS PAINSTAKINGLY CURATED FOR COHEN. A good example of an otter clue where the setter gets carried away with clue and produces something over elaborate and complicated.
13 Some off-colour, dubious language (4)
URDU – The answer is hidden (some) in the second and third words of the clue.
15 Row over a suggestion of reform (3)
OAR – The abbreviation for over followed by the A from the clue and the initial letter (suggestion) of reform.
16 Courageous Greek or Dutch footballers (4)
AJAX – Double definition.
18 Pork pie that is left over (3)
LIE – The abbreviation for id test (that is) with the abbreviation for left above it.
19 Time to go from 0 to 60? We’re talking minutes! (4,4)
ZERO HOUR – A four-letter word meaning 0 followed by the period of time equalling 60 minutes.
20 Pie chart, both detailed and complex, underpins good representation of data (7)
GRAPHIC – An anagram (complex) of PIE CHART without the final letters (detailed) underneath (underpins) the abbreviation for good.
21 Approved of tip to keep fit (7)
ENABLED – A three-letter word word meaning tip includes (to keep) a four-letter word meaning fit.
23 Yaks caught in pieces of twisted metal (7)
TORQUE – A homophone (caught) of TALK (yaks).
24 Stirred in fruit to make tea? (7)
ROSEHIP – A four-letter word meaning stirred followed by a three-letter word meaning in or trendy.
25 They conduct first of official mountain region tours (6)
ANODES – The initial letter (first) of official in the name of a range of mountains.
28 Returned in style to Holiday Inn (5)
HOTEL – The answer is hidden and reversed (returned) in the third to fifth words of the clue.
29 Occasionally lost keys in very big city (4)
KYIV – The odd letters (occasionally lost) of keys in followed by the abbreviation for very.