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. Warning, like the reviewer, the review may be full of bugs.
Welcome back to Jeemz. As others have said, there were a few “not quite” clues but overall, the improvement shown in the previous crossword has been maintained. The commentometer reads as 3.5/32 or 10.9%
1 Proposal to torpedo the Belgrano for instance (10)
SUBMISSION – Split 3-7 this might describe an attack by an underwater craft on a boat such as the Belgrano.
6 Dwell on theatre having odd cancellations at start of pandemic (4)
HARP – The even letters (having odd cancellations) of theatre followed by the initial letter (start) of pandemic. On its own, the solution does not mean to dwell on. It requires the addition of “on” to give it that meaning.
10 Puts one in mind of scary crow’s nest? (5)
EYRIE – A homophone (puts on in mind of) eerie (scary).
11 Flee untidy desk and join the French (9)
SKEDADDLE – An anagram (untidy) of DESK followed by a three-letter word meaning going and the French masculine singular form of the.
12 A thousand fish catch brings sailors’ historic punishment (8)
KEELHAUL – The abbreviation for kilo (a thousand) followed by a three-letter word for a slippery fish and a four-letter word for a catch.
13 Joint head of primate protection (5)
MITRE – Double definition of a woodworking joint and the type of hat worn by a bishop.
15 A cuckoo covets wading birds! (7)
AVOCETS – The A from the clue followed by an anagram (cuckoo) of COVETS.
17 Time for you to act and shoot with this? (4,3)
YOUR CUE – Double definition of the prompt for your lines when acting and what you would use to play a game of snooker or billiards. I think you should avoid phrases which, whilst may be used in conversation, do not have an independent meaning. You would not find the solution in the dictionary.
19 Carefully approach native American dog (5,2)
CREEP UP – The four-letter name of a Native American group and a three-letter word for a young dog.
21 Fees cover house – for Ant & Dec? (2-5)
CO-HOSTS – A five-letter word for fees around (cover) the two-letter abbreviation for house.
22 Faced losing face and went bananas (5)
RAVED – A six-letter word meaning faced with courage without the initial letter (losing face).
24 Unlimited Liverpudlian stew repeatedly served in African dish (8)
COUSCOUS – A six-letter word for a Liverpudlian stew without the initial and final letters (unlimited) that is used twice to create the solution.
27 Unduly analyse wasted kilos (9)
OVERTHINK – A phrase (4,4) meaning wasted or emaciated followed by the abbreviation for kilos.
28 Rich insiders in Garter decoration procedure (5)
ICING – The inner letters (insiders) of rich followed by the IN from the clue and the abbreviation for garter. Whilst G for garter is used in longer abbreviations, the rule is that you should not use the individual letters of a longer abbreviation unless they stand as an abbreviation in their own right.
29 Besides being pegged back by leagues’ leaders… (4)
ELSE – The answer is hidden and reversed (pegged back in) the final two words of the clue.
30 … provided warnings and reasons for whys (10)
WHEREFORES – A five-letter word meaning provided followed by a five-letter word for warning given on a golf course. The solution completes the phrase “whys and ….”
1 Opponents being put outside left East highly amused (4)
SLEW – A pair of opposing bridge players around the abbreviations for left and east. I think that this clue is fine. You can have a clue that resolves to A around both B and C.
2 Wouldn’t let it touch – so shove off with it! (9)
BARGEPOLE – Double definition that complete a phrase “I wouldn’t touch it with a …” and something a boatman might use.
3 Best served in roadside alehouse (5)
IDEAL – The answer is hidden (served) in the final two words of the clue.
4 Butcher has say on origin of sausages and minces (7)
SASHAYS – An anagram (butcher) of HAS SAY followed by the initial letter (origin) of sausages.
5 Too protective of a carpet? (7)
OVERLAY – A six-letter word meaning too around (protective of) the A from the clue.
7 Applause has no place in accounts examination (5)
AUDIT – A seven-letter word for applause without the two-letter abbreviation for place. The dictionary says that the synonym for applause is usually used in the plural which would naturally lead to a plural solution where the definition is in the singular.
8 Engineer deer escape and slip away before others (10)
PREDECEASE – An anagram (engineer) of DEER ESCAPE.
9 Diss duff delta perhaps (8)
BADMOUTH – A three-letter word meaning bad followed by a geographical feature that may be described as a delta.
14 Italians’ tuck cover over a horse, it’s rumoured at Aintree (10)
MASCARPONE – A homophone (it rumoured) of mask a pony (cover over a horse). I agree that the apostrophe, whilst required for the definition, make the surface reading ungrammatical. Given the different ways in which the solution is sounded, I think that the final “at Aintree” is probably more confusing than helpful. I may have been tempted to use small horse as well. Perhaps, “Tuck Italian style cover over a small horse we hear”
16 Facilitate rising trend in old exercise lessons (8)
EXPEDITE – A four-letter word for a trend reversed (rising) inside a two-letter prefix meaning old and the abbreviation for physical exercise.
18 Tom Cruise becomes a specialist outfitter (9)
COSTUMIER – An anagram (becomes) of TOM CRUISE.
20 Mischievous end to high jumping ski cup is put on (7)
PUCKISH – The last letter (end to) of high with an anagram (jumping) of SKI CUP before it (is put on).
21 Period of play reported for bowler delivering googlies say, wrongly (7)
CHUCKER – A homophone (reported) of chukka (a period of play in polo).
23 Gets a load of contest points (5)
VIEWS – A three-letter word meaning contest followed by two compass directions.
25 Capital that is held in Swiss francs (5)
CHIEF – The abbreviation for that is inside (held in) the IVR code for Switzerland and the abbreviation for francs.
26 Stage timeless metamorphosis for donkeys (4)
AGES – An anagram (metamorphosis) of STAGE without the T (timeless). I don’t think that donkeys defines the solution. The use of “donkey’s ears” for years predates any usage as Cockney rhyming slang. Even if valid as cockney rhyming slang, where you can use the first part of the phrase for the whole, it would only define “years”.