A Puzzle by Bonster
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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 Bonster. With the exception of 6d, the obscurities of the previous crossword have been addressed and I did not spot and repetitions of wordplay indicators other than one repetition of “first” in 9a 24a. The whole crossword was much more solver friendly whilst maintaining the accuracy of the cluing and a fair level of difficulty. There are only a small number of comments to that the commentometer reads as 2 / 30 or 6.7%.
1 Impudent youngster with trendier photographer (14)
WHIPPERSNAPPER – The abbreviation for with followed by a six-letter word meaning more trendy and a seven-letter word for a photographer.
9 Solver in French town’s first operational research school (5)
TUTOR – The two-letter word French singular for you (solver) followed by the first letter of town and the two-letter abbreviation for operational research.
10 Explain playwright cycling on track’s missing stretch (9)
INTERPRET – The name of the playwright Harold with the first letter at the end (cycling) followed by a two-letter word meaning on and the track from the clue without (missing) the four letters meaning stretch.
11 Tiara slipping to side (5)
RAITA – An anagram (slipping) of TIARA.
12 Passing wayward tennis star, having lost serve initially (9)
TRANSIENT – An anagram (wayward) of TENNIS STAR without the first letter (initially) of serve.
13 How to make bloke be humble (10)
DISHEARTEN – A word meaning to remove the centre from something as you would to get from bloke to be.
14 Evens? On the contrary (4)
ODDS – Cryptic definition of a betting term that is the opposite of events.
16 Man of note taking taxi back to hotel (4)
BACH – reverse (back) a three letter word for a taxi and follow with the abbreviation for hotel.
17 Status Quo covering Prince love the round idolisation (10)
APOTHEOSIS – A phrase (2,2) meaning the status quo around (covering) the abbreviation for prince, the letter representing zero or love, the the from the clue and the letter that is round.
23 The best hooter for a sporting occasion (5, 4)
SUPER BOWL – A six-letter word meaning the best followed by the bird that hoots.
25 Hand in first of poker events already traumatic – fold! (5)
PLEAT – The abbreviation for left (head) in the first letters (first) of the fifth to eighth letters of the clue. I think that you need a different construction to indicate that the first letters of two or more words have to be selected.
26 Lacking home talent (9)
INABILITY – A two-letter word meaning home followed by a seven-letter word for talent
27 Some get a leg over to bring joy (5)
ELATE – The answer is hidden (some) and reversed (over) in the second to fourth words of the clue.
28 Tobacco man with no heart follows Conservative’s long-winded narrative (6, 3, 5)
SHAGGY DOG STORY – A four-letter word for tobacco followed by a three-letter word for a man without the central latter (with not heart), a four-letter word meaning follows and four letter word for a conservative.
1 Wet notes among bundle (7)
WATERED – Two two-letter words for musical notes inside (among) a three-letter word for a bundle.
2 Constitutional song’s opening bars almost in as written (9)
INTRINSIC -a five-letter word for the opening bars of a piece of music without the final letter (almost) followed by the IN from the clue and a three-letter word meaning as written.
3 Run through auditor’s assistance for sexual deviant (7)
PERVADE – A homophone (auditor’s) of PERV AID (assistance for a sexual deviant).
4 Party schedule’s overwhelming Imogen to begin with (7)
ROISTER – A six-letter word for schedule around (overwhelming) the first letter (to begin with) of Imogen.
5 Compound how quickly child’s hair gets infested? (7)
NITRATE – A way of saying that a child gets nitsE
6 Die like a Scandinavian man? (6)
PERISH – I defer to those who think that this might be like Per (a Scandinavian man’s name). I think it is asking a little much of a the solver to be familiar with Scandinavian men’s names.
7 European by lake is strangely frightening (5)
EERIE – The abbreviation for European followed by a four-letter name of a lake.
8 Condition outdated bodywork onboard ship (6)
STATUS – An earlier form (outdated) of the spelling of tattoo (bodywork) in (onboard) the abbreviation for a ship.
15 Outlaw reckless road speed (9)
DESPERADO – An anagram (reckless) of ROAD SPEED.
16 One’s close to defeat in Edgbaston’s opener (6)
BESTIE – A four-letter word meaning to defeat followed by a single letter word meaning in and the opening letter of Edgbaston. I for in is not an abbreviation recognised in the main dictionaries.
18 Sensation of person dying oddly variable (7)
PRODIGY The odd letters of person dying followed by a letter used in algebra for an unknown variable.
19 Match with Hearts over – bad news for The Foxes (5-2)
TALLY-HO A five-letter word meaning match followed by the abbreviation for hearts and over.
20 Speak fast (7)
EXPRESS – Double definition
21 Consequence of eating plenty, yet it’s a problem (7)
SATIETY – An anagram (problem) of YET IT’S A. Some editors will not allow a noun (problem) to be used as an anagram indicator.
22 Seeking the truth gets distressing (6)
TRYING – Double definition
24 Fruit and veg chain (5)
PEACH – A three-letter word for a vegetable followed by the abbreviation for chain.