A Puzzle by Hubble
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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 to Hubble with his fourth outing in the Rookie corner. Looking back at the previous crossword, I think there are a few more errors in this one, so the commentometer is higher at 3/33 or 9.1%. However, the overall feel of the crossword and the quality of the cluing was good.
9 Animal belonging to setter’s quite big (5)
ROOMY – A three-letter diminutive word for an Australian marsupial followed by a two-letter word meaning belonging to the setter.
10 Odd sister with head down standing beside banker in the east (9)
UNNATURAL – A three-letter word for a religious sister with the first letter (head) moved (down) followed by a two-letter word meaning standing beside and a four-letter name for a Russian river. Head down does not work for the movement of a letter in an across clue.
11 Spice beer to produce refreshing drink (6,3)
GINGER ALE – A six-letter word meaning spice followed by a three-letter word for a type of beer.
12 Colour of estuary when source drained (5)
UMBER – The name of a northeastern river estuary without the initial letter (source drained).
13 Checked small garage in recess without parking (7)
STOPPED – The abbreviation for small followed by a five-letter word for a garage reversed (in recess) around (without) the abbreviation for parking.
15 Translates first three of Decameron’s poems (7)
DECODES – The first three letters of Decameron followed by a four-letter word for poems.
17 Nice of enemy to deliver writer (5)
DEFOE – The French word (Nice) meaning of followed by a three-letter word for an enemy.
18 Bird that Italian eats (3)
TIT – The answer is hidden in (eats) the middle two words of the clue.
20 Moderators welcoming poetic goddess (5)
ERATO – The answer is hidden (welcoming) in the first word of the clue.
22 European proposal could be shock (7)
EMOTION – The abbreviation for European followed by a six-letter word for a proposal tabled at a meeting.
25 Half-constructed road tunnel dark round building (7)
ROTUNDA – The first halves (half-constructed) of the third to fifth words of the clue. I think that the indicator here can apply to more than one word here.
26 An old politician going on (5)
AFOOT – The indefinite article followed by the surname of an old Labour politician and former leader of the labour party.
27 Drop friends’ receptor cells in orifice (5,4)
TASTE BUDS – A five-letter word for a drop followed by an American term for friends.
30 Record track disregarded by lightweight chart (9)
HISTOGRAM – A seven-letter word for a record without the abbreviation for railway (track disregarded) followed by a four-letter word for a light weight. As lightweight is not the same as a light weight, I think that this should have been indicated.
31 Alaskan advocate introducing a companion to country house (5)
DACHA – The abbreviation for an American (Alaskan) lawyer or advocate includes (introducing) the A from the clue and the abbreviation for companion.
1 Gear up for game (4)
BRAG – A reversal (up) of a four-letter word for clothes (gear).
2 Spout, say, not working (5,3)
SOUND OFF – A five-letter word meaning say followed by a three-letter word meaning not working.
3 Some reporting purchaser for Jersey home? (4)
BYRE – A homophone of buyer (purchaser).
4 Noted drama to return following injury to aunt by discharged round (8)
TURANDOT – A reversal (return) of the TO from the clue after (following) and anagram (injury to) of AUNT RD (discharged round). I don’t think that the by works to indicate an anagram of A and B.
5 Popular act for sure (6)
INDEED – A two-letter word meaning popular followed by a four-letter word meaning an act.
6 Unconventional census that is most reliable (10)
STAUNCHEST – An anagram (unconventional) of CENSUS THAT.
7 Having dressed, head of police investigated (6)
PROBED – A five-letter word meaning dressed after the first letter (head) of police. I would have liked a stronger indication that the head of police goes before the dressed. Head has also been used as an initial letter indicator in 10a so perhaps a different initial letter indicator should have ben used here.
8 Canon almost keels over after bishop’s smear (4)
BLUR – A four-letter word for a canon or law with the final letter removed (almost) is reversed (keels over) after the abbreviation for bishop.
13 Edge of channel disappearing to some degree on the rise (5)
SIDLE – The answer is hidden and reversed (to some degree on the rise) in the third and fourth words of the clue.
14 Before delivery, making bet (10)
PREDICTION – A three-letter prefix meaning before followed by a seven-letter word for delivery or accent.
16 Test coming up in South Africa creates opening (5)
STOMA – The annual car test is reversed (coming up) inside the abbreviation for South Africa. Having used up as a reversal indicator in 1d, perhaps a different indicator the associated “coming up” here should have been used.
19 A little support for flag is routine (8)
TIRESOME – A four-letter word meaning a little underneath (support for) a four-letter word meaning to flag.
21 Expert picking up new word in broadcast (8)
ANNOUNCE – A three-letter word for an expert includes (picking up) the abbreviation for new and a four-letter word for a part of speech for a word.
23 Loves hugging Britain’s leading player (6)
OBOIST – Two letters O (loves) around (hugging) the abbreviation for Britain followed by the abbreviation for first (leading).
24 Belt around river in style (6)
NATURE – A three-letter word meaning to hit or belt reversed (around) followed by the three-letter name of. river.
26 One bearing husband’s pain (4)
ACHE – A three-letter word meaning one (as in a playing card) around (bearing) the abbreviation for husband.
28 Spin journalist has empty diary (4)
EDDY – The abbreviation for editor (journalist) followed by the outer letters (empty) of diary.
29 Quiet morning for idol (4)
SHAM – A two-letter word meaning be quiet followed by the abbreviation for morning. As the solution is an obsolete meaning of the definition, this should be indicated as “old idol” or something similar.