A Puzzle by Twmbarlwm
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The puzzle is available by clicking on the above grid.
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 continues to impress. There are only a small number of comments, one of them might be debatable but applying standard conventions, it is a justifiable points to raise. The commentometer reads as 1 / 30 or 3.3%. Given the consistent quality of the crosswords, I think we need to move from the Welsh valley to the heights of the NTSPP.
1 Summer visitor in Cornwall brook? (7)
SWALLOW – The geographical region of which Cornwall forms a part followed by a five-letter word meaning to brook or permit.
5 Like college class (7)
UNIFORM – A three-letter abbreviation for a college followed by a four-letter word for class.
9 I heard Carol making part of cake (5)
ICING – The I from the clue followed by a homophone of sing (carol).
10 Painful shoulder for Spooner’s untidy lout (9)
LITTERBUG – A Spoonerism of bitter (painful) lug (shoulder).
11 Guarding dock in recess, sees where trials are held (10)
COURTROOMS – A six-letter word meaning sees or dates includes (guarding) a reversal (in recess) of a four-letter word meaning to dock or tie up a boat.
12 Rousing musical, back tingling regularly (4)
GIGI – A reversal (back) of the even letters (regularly) in tingling.
14 Might a horse unfortunately start to tire here? (4,8)
HOME STRAIGHT – An anagram (unfortunately) of MIGHT A HORSE followed by the initial letter (start to) of tire.
18 Thinking again about seats with guys in the way (12)
REASSESSMENT – A two-letter word meaning about, an American term for seats or bottoms and a three-letter word for guys all inside the abbreviation for street (way). As the American spelling of arses is being used, this should be indicated.
21 With it being cold, starts to hunch in coat (4)
CHIC – The abbreviation for cold followed by the initial letters (starts to) of the final three words of the clue. Try not to repeat wordplay indicators (start was also used as the initial letter indicator in 14a).
22 Hurt sent secret audition (6,4)
SCREEN TEST – An anagram (hurt) of SENT SECRET.
25 Someone who presents mature port (9)
ANCHORAGE – A six-letter word for an on-screen presenter followed by a three-letter word meaning to mature.
26 Excuse boxer’s effort falling short (5)
ALIBI – The three-letter name of a world champion heavyweight boxer followed by a three-letter word for an effort or try / shot at something with the final letter removed (falling short).
27 Lead in Star Trek oddly entertaining in bad film, perhaps (7)
STINKER – The first letter (lead) in star followed by an anagram (oddly) of TREK includes (entertaining) the IN from the clue.
28 Significant bank job (7)
TELLING – Double definition.
1 Breaking into school, idiot who’s 28? (6)
SNITCH – A three-letter abbreviation for school includes (breaking into) a three-letter word for an idiot.
2 Dislike cartoon style, American, not English (6)
ANIMUS – A five-letter word for a Japanese cartoon style has the final E (English) replaced by a two-letter abbreviation for American.
3 After ‘Land Ho!’, point – at this? (10)
LIGHTHOUSE – A five-letter word meaning to land or disembark followed by the HO from the clue and a three-letter word meaning point (as in what’s the point / ???).
4 An agreement to follow Roger? (5)
WILCO – A radio-ham’s word indicating agreement that often follows the radio call “Roger”.
5 Faction heading off international parent corporation’s threat (9)
ULTIMATUM – A four-letter word for a sect or faction without the initial letter (heading off) following by the abbreviation for international, a two-letter word for a mother (parent) and a three-letter word for a stomach or corporation.
6 Day after the Glorious Twelfth, perhaps some grouse disease arising (4)
IDES – The answer is hidden (some) and reversed (arising) in the words “grouse disease”.
7 Neat Bond seen in elite institutions (8)
OXBRIDGE – A two-letter word for a cow (neat) followed by a six-letter word for a bond.
8 Dust china cups for artist (8)
MAGRITTE – A four-letter word for dust inside (cups) a four-letter word for a friend (chine).
13 ‘All bacon contaminated!’ That’s gripping news making a big splash (10)
CANNONBALL – An anagram (contaminated) of ALL BACON includes NN (news – new in the plural).
15 Cushy professorship that’s found in conservatory maybe (4,5)
EASY CHAIR – Cryptic definition of a form of seating.
16 Excellent support for Garfunkel in studio session? (3,5)
ART CLASS – A five-letter word meaning excellent underneath (support for) the first name of Garfunkel.
17 Carey, one accommodating a bit of Christian folk music (8)
MARIACHI – The first name of the singer Carey and the letter representing one includes (accommodating) the first letter (bit of) Christian. I agree that as there are very few known people called Mariah, a definition by example indicator is not essential here.
19 For one turning, small sign (6)
GEMINI – The abbreviation of for example or for one reversed (turning) followed by a four-letter word meaning small.
20 Son tense, needing tinkle in queue (6)
STRING – The abbreviations for son and tense followed by (needing) a four-letter word meaning to tinkle like a bell.
23 Former tennis champ always on time (5)
EVERT – A four-letter word meaning always followed by the abbreviation for time.
24 I don’t like that King novel (4)
BOOK – A three-letter word expressing disapproval follows by the abbreviation for king.