A Puzzle by Jeemz
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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.
When I looked back at Jeemz first crossword, I was worried that this one would follow a similar pattern. I was delighted to find that many of the rough edges in the first one were not present in this crossword. It was gentler without being a write-in and much more enjoyable as a result. It is possibly the best improvement I have seen between the first and second crosswords in come time. A good sign for the setter is when I am generally making only minor technical comments on some of the clues. The commentometer reads as 2/28 or 7.14%.
1 Forecast no fowl flying in this avian group (5,2,7)
TOWER OF FALCONS – An anagram (flying) of FORECAST NO FOWL
9 Withdrew as eager bees ascend regularly (8)
EGRESSED – The odd letters (regularly) of the third to fifth words of the clue.
10 Without win after goal award (5)
ENDOW – The letter representing 0 and the abbreviation for win (without win) after a three-letter word for goal.
12 Things never free of charge in clubs that exclude Republicans (4)
IONS – A five-letter word for golf clubs without (that exclude) the abbreviation for Republicans. The cryptic structure of A that exclude B does not read correctly. “Clubs excluding Republicans” would main the surface reading and improve the cryptic grammar.
13 Shares buildings with squirrels (10)
STOCKPILES – A five-letter word for shares followed by a five-letter word used informally to describe big buildings.
15 Description of some Europeans being good at heart, unnerved lunatic (8)
GERMANIC – The abbreviation for good followed by the middle letter (at heart) of unnerved and a five-letter word meaning lunatic.
16 Commonly face person amorously smacking (6)
KISSER – Double definition of the slang word for face and somebody who touches lips amorously. Perhaps the meanings are too similar on both sides of the definition, even if cluing a noun and a verb.
18 Report raised by daughter at opening of enquiry (5)
UPDATE – A two-letter word meaning raised followed by the abbreviation for daughter, the AT from the clue and the first letter (opening) of enquiry.
20 Passionate minister enthrals house (8)
CHOLERIC – A six-letter word for a minster of religion around (enthrals) the abbreviation for house.
23 Declaring whether chromosome found in investigation (10)
TESTIFYING – A two-letter word meaning whether and one of the sex-determining chromosomes inside (found in) a seven-letter word meaning investigation.
24 Recess after physics schoolmaster electrocuted beginners (4)
APSE – The initial letter (beginners) of the second to fifth words of the clue.
26 Triumph from last month (5)
EXULT – A two-letter prefix meaning from followed by the abbreviation used in correspondence for the previous or last month.
27 A police department match assayer’s experiment (4,4)
ACID TEST – The A from the clue followed by a three-letter abbreviation for a police department and a four-letter word for a match.
28 Pitched battle site for eleventh century footmen and footballers (8,5)
STAMFORD BRIDGE – A football stadium and site of a battle. One is named after the other.
2 Teamster died in combat (7)
WAGONER – A four-letter word meaning died inside a three-letter word for a conflict. If you are defining an American term, then this should be indicated. However, if you using an American term in the clue, it makes little sense to qualify it as an Americanism. It may have been better to clue this as something like Carter dies in combat.
3 Wind-up the French Queen with this? (4)
REEL – The French masculine singular for the and the regnal cipher for the current queen all reversed up (wind-up).
4 Dress style swimmers follow (8)
FISHTAIL – A four-letter word for animals that swim followed by a four-letter word meaning follow.
5 Kidnap sailor on tube (6)
ABDUCT – The abbreviation for able seaman followed by a four-letter word for a tube.
6 Closely reported how to eat crumbly fare from Welsh town (10)
CAERPHILLY – A homophone (reported) of carefully.
7 Duels at sea below number of projections (7)
NODULES – An anagram (at sea) of DUELS after (below) a two-letter abbreviation for number. Some editors will not permit the construction wordplay of definition.
8 In fear of newly fashioned necktie wars (3-8)
AWE STRICKEN – An anagram (newly fashioned) of NECKTIE WARS.
11 Ill-humoured, like pig with laryngitis possibly? (11)
DISGRUNTLED – How you might described a pig that cannot grunt.
14 Top cat main amazing fundraiser (7,3)
CAPTAIN TOM – An anagram (amazing) of TOP CAT MAIN.
17 Called when principals of White Horse pub sadly die (8)
WHINNIED – The first letter (principals) of White Horse followed by a three-letter word for a pub and an anagram (sadly) of die.
19 Put off exercising after girl’s game (7)
DISRUPT – A two-letter diminutive girls name followed by the abbreviation for rugby union (game) and a two-letter abbreviation for exercising.
21 Relaxed bride so perfectly exhibited in the mirror (7)
REPOSED – The answer is hidden and reversed (exhibited in the mirror) in the second to fourth words of the clue.
22 Generator worked on Monday (6)
DYNAMO – An anagram (worked on) of MONDAY.
25 Lock-up is essential for mobsters and conspirators (4)
STIR – The middle letters (essential) of the fifth and seventh words of the clue. The cryptic grammar does not quire work as “essential for” does not indicate the central letters.