Twists and Turns by Madcap
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A review by Prolixic follows:
A welcome back to Madcap with another themed crossword. As with previous crosswords, the cluing was good and made you think. There were a few minor points to mention. The commentometer reads as 2/26 or 7.7%.
7a To a degree, Granny’s round the twist (7)
BANANAS: A two-letter abbreviation for an academic degree followed by a five-letter word meaning the same as granny’s.
8a & 1 Unexpected outcome is apparently an accomplishment! (5,2,4)
TWIST OF FATE: How four-letter word for an accomplishment could be clued as an anagram. In the same way that an indirect anagram is frowned up, the same injunction should be applied to reverse anagram clues. The solver is required to think of a word meaning accomplishment and then how it could be clued as an anagram type clue.
9a Where Spooner’s twisted cheat records weekly payments? (4,4)
RENT BOOK: A Spoonerism of BENT (twisted) ROOK (cheat).
10a Player cracks, “Don’t twist!” after Horace drops top card – sucker! (5,4)
HORSE TICK: A player in bridge inside (cracks) a term in pontoon meaning don’t twist all after the Horace from the clue after removing the name of the top card.
12a City is manufacturing and structuring intersection (5)
TURIN: a five-letter name of an Italian city that can be found in both the third and fifth words of the clue.
13a See 17A
15a Twist twister, maybe (4)
WIND: Double definition.
16a Thanks expressed as postscript to the letter (5)
THETA: A two-letter word meaning thanks after (as postscript to) the “the” from the clue. Perhaps an indication that the letter is a foreign one would be better – for example “the Letter to the Philippians”
17a & 13 Idiom for shape, it would seem! (4,2,6)
TURN OF PHRASE: A reverse anagram clue where an anagram indicator and the rest of the solution might produce the words “for shape”.
18a Canal inspector has to scoop out end of pipe (8)
OTOSCOPE: An anagram (out) of TO SCOOP followed by the final letter (end) of pipe.
20a Taking turn, glider goes west in competitions (5)
DUELS: A reversal (goes west) of a four-letter word for a vehicle that glides over snow includes (taking) a type of turn in plumbing or motoring.
21a Condition from twisting your stomach left? It is (9)
SINUSITIS: A seven-letter word meaning twisting without (left) the central letters (stomach) of your followed by the IT IS from the clue.
22a Turn around and ogle (4)
LEER: a reversal (around) of a four-letter word meaning to turn.
24a Robust vessel lost in turning right (7)
FITTING: A three-letter meaning robust followed by the turning from the clue after removing (lost) a three-letter word for a vessel or vase.
25a They start off proceedings in court action (7)
SERVERS: Cryptic definition of a person who begins proceedings in a court sport.
1d See 8
2d Following turn, journalist lost confidence (8)
FALTERED: The abbreviation for following followed by a five-letter word meaning turn or change and the abbreviation for editor (journalist).
3d How primarily to break casino when losing nothing? (4,2)
CASH IN: The first letter (primarily) of how inside (to break) the word casino from the clue after removing (losing) nothing. Try to avoid repeating wordplay indicators (even if in slight different forms). We had lost in 24a and losing in this clue as a deletion indicator.
4d Flower or fragrant vegetable? (8)
SWEETPEA: A five-letter word meaning fragrant followed by a three-letter word for a vegetable.
5d Relatively grey like yesterday in Paris (6)
ASHIER: A two-letter word meaning like followed by the French four-letter word for yesterday.
6d See 9
11d Hoover lost power when he cleaned up! (9)
ROOSEVELT: Cryptic definition of the US president who succeeded Herbert Hoover.
12d Extremes of twist take one in and corrupt (5)
TAINT: The outer letters (extremes) of twist include (take) a single letter meaning one and the IN from the clue.
14d Makes call for help without radio telegraphy briefly (5)
SORTS: The international distress call around (without) the abbreviation (briefly) for radio telegraphy.
16d ‘Twist and Shout’ is a big number (8)
THOUSAND: An anagram (twist) of AND SHOUT.
17d & 21D Turner’s work is essentially over – lathes dismantled – craft is at end (3,5,4)
THE SLAVE SHIP: – An anagram (dismantled) of VE (essentially – the middle letters of – over) followed by (at the end) of a four-letter word for a sea going vessel.
19d Brown turned back, blocking witness in legislative chamber (6)
SENATE: A three-letter word meaning brown reversed (turned back) inside (blocking) a three-letter word meaning witness.
20d Dancer’s partner turned heads with intro to rumba (6)
DASHER: An anagram (turned) of HEADS followed by the first letter (intro to) of rumba.
21d See 17D (4)
23d Turn a profit from each service (4)
EARN: The abbreviation for each followed by the abbreviation for Royal Navy.