A Puzzle by Madcap
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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 Madcap. Nothing much wrong to report on. There were just a few minor quibbles but overall this was inventive and fun. The commentometer reads as 2.5/30 or 8.3%.
1 Money for jam traps Victor in serpentine plot (4,5)
SINE CURVE – Another word for a cushy job (money for jam) includes (traps) the letter represented by Victor in the Nato phonetic alphabet.
6 Mix porridge (4)
STIR – Double definition, the second being another term for a prison.
8 After you, I’m filled with special faith (8)
HINDUISM – A four-letter word meaning after followed by the letter that sounds like you and the IM from the clue including the abbreviation for second. I am not sure that the word used for after is directly synonymous. After implies a succession in position but the word used in the solution implies the absolute position. Also, you need a homophone indicator to indicate that it is the sound of you that is part of the solution.
9 Arm waving of course is correct procedure, all OK? (3-3)
TIC-TAC – A four-letter word meaning correct and a four letter word for a sailing procedure all without the letter K (OK or zero K). Some editors might not like the lift and separate to get from OK to 0 K without some indication of the split required. I think in the context of only two words from which the K has to be removed, all is acceptable. My chief concern with this clue is that procedure is a loose definition. Whilst not wrong, given the number of four-letter words that might be a procedure, I would have preferred “sailing procedure” or something similar. As a minor point, as well, the clue breaks down cryptically to Definition IS wordplay, where it should be definition has wordplay.
10 Hear Rice Crispies maybe popping up one after the other (6)
SERIAL – A homophone (hear) of cereal (Rice Krispies maybe). Watch the spelling of proprietary brands. The breakfast cereal has a K in it – perhaps the setter became carried away with the OK in the previous clue!
11 Doctor eased end whenever required (2,6)
AS NEEDED – An anagram (doctor) of EASED END.
12 Number quits perverted matings in shame (6)
STIGMA – An anagram (perverted) of MATINGS without the letter N (number quits).
15 Sweet and sour starters of doughnuts, rolled oats and pancakes (4,4)
ACID DROP – A four-letter word meaning sour followed by the initial letters (starters) of the last four word of the clue (omitting the and from the count).
16 A little Shredded Wheat, mostly half eaten (8)
SOMEWHAT – An anagram (shredded) of WHEAT SOM (mostly with the final three letters removed – half eaten).
19 Represent badly by demo (6)
EMBODY – An anagram (badly) of BY DEMO.
21 Power exercises are taking place in a day and performed (8)
APPEARED -The abbreviations for power and exercises followed by the ARE from the clue all inside the A from the clue and the abbreviation for day.
22 Some priest ran ceremony, generating rapture (6)
TRANCE – The answer is hidden in (some) the second to fourth words of the clue.
24 Eggs on toast (6)
CHEERS – Double definition – adding old chestnuts to the food mix in the clues!
25 Excessively does hams (8)
OVERACTS -A four-letter word meaning excessively followed by a four-letter word meaning does.
26 Where clothes are worn back to front? (4)
SPOT – A four-letter word for some clothes such as jumpers and T-Shirts reversed (back to front). I don’t think that the definition of where is sufficient.
27 Pick up spicy ham and spud weekly (9)
SPECTATOR – A homophone (pick up) of Speck (type of cured, lightly smoked Italian ham) followed by a five-letter word for a potato.
1 Cheese said to be in preparation for snap (5)
SMILE – What a person is supposed to do when Cheese is said before a photograph is taken. I am not sure that the cryptic definition quite hangs together to produce the required solution.
2 Sleepy as a bell with no clapper – dead inside! (7)
NODDING – Split 2, 4 part of the solution indicates that a bell would not ring (no clapper). Within this phrase add the abbreviation for dead.
3 Setter leaves hot food making it cold (5)
CHILL – Remove the single letter representing the setter from the end of a six-letter word for a type of spicy hot food.
4 Unusual note of lamb with infusion of black pudding! (3,4)
RUM BABA – A three-letter word meaning unusual followed by a three-letter word for the sound made by a lamb that included the abbreviation for black.
5 Full English before 10 causing stress (9)
EXTENSIVE – The abbreviation for English followed by the Roman numeral for 10 and a seven-letter word meaning causing stress.
6 Eat egg with no teeth, reportedly – triumph! (7)
SUCCEED – A homophone (reportedly) of SUCK SEED (eat egg with no teeth).
7 Shortly home with a transfer (2,1,6)
IN A SECOND – A two-letter word meaning home followed by the A from the clue and a six-letter word meaning to transfer an employee temporarily to another firm.
13 Release admitting “I’m wrong” – hard men moved by this (9)
TROOPSHIP – A four-letter word meaning release includes (admitting) a four-letter word meaning “I’m wrong” and the abbreviation for hard.
14 Proverbs 1, say, for me is leading text (9)
APHORISMS – The letter representing 1 followed by a homophone (say) of for, the single letter representing me and a three-letter abbreviation for a text message. There is no rule that homophones have to lead to real words when used in the solution and you will see them from time to time. As a self-imposed discipline, I prefer not to use them.
17 As, for example, Spain allowed holding hands (7)
ELEMENT – The IVR code for Spain followed by a three-letter word meaning allowed that includes a three-letter word for hands or crew.
18 A little toad in the hole served in plated fricassee (7)
TADPOLE – The letter that looks like a hole in an anagram (fricassee) of PLATED.
20 City function stops breakfast with no meat. Shameless! (7)
BLATANT – The abbreviation for Los Angeles and a maths function inside the outer letters (with no meat) of breakfast.
22 Prime indulgence (5)
TREAT – Double definition, the first as you might to by putting a wash coat on plaster before painting over it.
23 Two queens provide supper perhaps (5)
CATER – A three-letter word for the animal sometimes known as a Queen followed by the regnal cipher for the current queen.