A Puzzle by Coot
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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:
A high impressive and polished crossword from Coot with only a couple of minor niggles in relation to 8d and 21d. The commentometer reads as 1/30 or 3.3%.
1 Find accommodation in small flat given prior notice (5)
ADAPT – A three-letter abbreviation for apartment (small flat) with the abbreviation advertisement (notice) before it (prior).
4 Coot, ignored by colourful bird, about to move slightly (5,4)
BUDGE OVER – The single letter representing the setter removed (ignored by) from a seven-letter word for a colourful caged bird followed by a four-letter word meaning about.
9 Agree time to share ultimate in chocolate fancy (7)
CHIMERA – A five-letter word meaning agree followed by a three-letter word meaning time but sharing the letter E (ultimate in chocolate).
10 Hopefully improving, rejects good painkiller (7)
ASPIRIN – An eight-letter word meaning hopefully improving without the abbreviation for good.
11 Busy mum, a lutist, gets final offers (10)
ULTIMATUMS – An anagram (busy) of MUM A LUTIST.
12 Security organisation negative about cover for airport (4)
NATO – The two-letter word expressing a negative around (about) the outer letters (cover for) of airport.
14 Having reduced hazards, skied freely on red run (2-6)
DE-RISKED – An anagram (freely) of skied after (on) an anagram (run) of red.
15 Some players regularly boycotted teammates’ initiation (5)
OCTET – The even letters (regularly) in boycotted followed by the first letter (initiation) of teammates.
17 Major’s wife maybe not quite as we’d expect (5)
NORMA – A six-letter word meaning as we’d expect with the final letter removed (not quite).
19 Leaves work very, very loudly following warning (5,3)
SIGNS OFF – A two-letter word meaning very followed by the musical abbreviation for very loudly all after a four-letter word meaning a warning.
22 Leader of old English college (4)
EXEC – The two-letter prefix meaning old followed by the abbreviations for English and college.
23 Poorly constructed façade held for years (4-6)
HALF-DECADE – An anagram (poorly constructed) of FACADE HELD.
25 Green movement preserving health standards, essentially (7)
EMERALD – The middle letters (essentially) of the second to fifth words of the clue.
26 Job‘s less demanding when one ousts unionist (7)
CASHIER – A seven-letter word meaning less demanding with an A (one) replacing (oust) the abbreviation for unionist.
27 Note condition deleted in legal document (5,4)
TITLE DEED – A two-letter musical note followed by an anagram (condition) of DELETED.
28 Time to put one’s letters in order? (5)
SPELL – A double definition.
1 Result of investing in a vulgar pursuit, reportedly (7,8)
ACCRUED INTEREST – An homophone (reportedly) of A CRUDE INTEREST (a vulgar pursuit).
2 Boxer originally sought to emulate Queen for celebrity (1-6)
A-LISTER – The usual crossword heavyweight boxer followed by the the initial letters (originally) of sought to emulate and the single letter abbreviation for queen.
3 Temperature control matters to hot bats (10)
THERMOSTAT – An anagram (bats) of MATTERS TO HOT.
4 Scottish animals live like couples (8)
BEASTIES – A two-letter word meaning live followed by a two-letter word meaning like and a four-letter word meaning couples or joins.
5 Gracious way to open letter addressed to oneself? (4,2)
DEAR ME – How you might address a letter to your self.
6 Show series of sex positions (4)
EXPO – The answer is hidden (series of) in the final two words of the clue.
7 Alternative song inspired by principal character in Verne’s books (7)
VARIANT – A four-letter word for an operatic song inside (inspired by) the first letter (principal character in) of Verne and the abbreviation for new testament (books).
8 Can’t drive further, bursting – rueful stop or not? (4,3,2,6)
RUN OUT OF PETROL – An anagram (bursting) of RUEFUL STOP OF NOT. As a phrase this does not appear in UK dictionaries. It seems to be a variant of the more usual phrase ending in steam, which is given in Chambers. In any event, the solution is why you cannot drive further, not a direct synonym for it. I think you should avoid phrases like this that does not have a separate entry in the dictionaries.
13 Noblewomen consider letters (10)
COUNTESSES – A five-letter word meaning consider followed by how you would spell phonetically two or more letters S.
16 Coffee’s up – drinking nine’s dicey? (3-5)
SIX-FACED – A reversal (up) of a type of coffee (preserving the ’s at the end) includes (drinking) the Roman numerals for nine.
18 Choose again to stagger current treatment (2-5)
RE-ELECT – A four-letter word meaning to stagger followed by the abbreviation for an electrical therapeutic treatment.
20 Milky-white Alabama State houses (7)
OPALINE – The State code for Alabama inside (houses) a five-letter word meaning to state or give a view on.
21 Leaders of birds above lake pass Coot perhaps (6)
BALDIE – The initial letters (leaders) of the third to fifth words of the clue followed by a three-letter word meaning to pass away. Whilst you can have as bald as a Coot, I don’t think that this makes Coot directly synonymous.
24 Come to trail (4)
WAKE – Double definition.