A Puzzle by Cattermole
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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.
Thanks to Cattermole for the challenge. There was a hint of Ennio Morricone in the setting of this crossword. The commentometer reads as 5/30 or 16.7%
1a Divine avenger seems in turmoil (7)
NEMESIS: An anagram (turmoil) of SEEMS IN. Some editors will not allow a noun such as turmoil to be used as an anagram indicator.
5a How journalist introduces herself, to be remembered (7)
IMPRESS: Split 2,5, this might be how a journalist introduces themselves. I am not convinced that the definition quite matches the solution here. This could have been improved as “How a journalist introduces herself in print”.
9a To summarise: setter went backwards (5)
RECAP: Reverse (went backwards) a five-letter word for someone who sets the pace in a race.
10a Lateness: one problem which is fundamental (9)
ESSENTIAL: An anagram (problem) of LATENESS I (one). In terms of cryptic grammar, “which is” as the link gives wordplay which is definition. Perhaps “that’s” would have been better as a contraction of “that has” to give wordplay that has definition.
11a Retrospective girls initially bite sailor. Extraordinary!! (10)
EYEPOPPING: A reversal (retrospective) of G (girls initially), a three-letter word meaning bite and a six-letter name of a spinach loving cartoon sailor.
12a Though ground small, often thickens (4)
PLOT: Double definition of a small area of land and something that metaphorically thickens. I would try to find wordplay that avoids the “though”. Also, verbal phrases to define nouns are not universally liked. “it often thickens” would avoid this.
14a The curtailed dance spurred an undignified race (5-6)
THREE-LEGGED: The “the” from the clue without the last letter (curtailed) followed by a four-letter word for a dance and a five-letter word meaning spurred or encouraged.
18a Disturbed temper in man is not forever (11)
IMPERMANENT: An anagram (disturbed) of TEMPER IN MAN.
21a Record about castle goes on and on (and on) (4)
LOOP: The abbreviation for a long-playing record about the chess notation for castling.
22a Audible hooter, ladies and gentlemen. What’s charged? Your verdict? (10)
CONCLUSION: A homophone (audible) of CONK (hooter or nose) and LOOS (ladies and gentlemen) followed by a three-letter word for a charged particle.
25a I, bestial? I, raving? “Can-do”, more like! (9)
ABILITIES: An anagram (raving) of I BESTIAL I. Another clue where I am not convinced that the definition precisely matches the solution.
26a Public transport into casualty: terrible treatment results (5)
ABUSE: A three-letter word for a mode of public transport inside the abbreviation for Accident and Emergency (casualty).
27a On lookout for geeks in trouble (7)
SEEKING: An anagram (trouble) of GEEKS IN.
28a Den was in front, square? (7)
SETTLED: A four-letter word for a badgers den followed by a three-letter word meaning was in front.
1d Anxiety caused by contents of finer vessels (6)
NERVES: The answer is hidden (contents of) the last two words of the clue. Is the definition caused by the wordplay? Perhaps a better link between the definition and the wordplay would be better.
2d Mark (1:100): “The obvious way into my house should not be taken” (6)
MICKEY: The abbreviation for Mark followed by the Roman numerals for 1 and 100 followed by a three-letter word for a means of entry though a door. A key is a means of unlocking, not the obvious way in to a house. There is another verbal phrase here as well.
3d Drink drinks? We’re all for it! (10)
SUPPORTERS: A three-letter word meaning to drink followed by a seven-letter word for types of beer (drinks).
4d Quietly! Go up for the stock (5)
SHEEP: A two-letter word meaning quietly followed by a reverse (up) of a three-letter word meaning to urinate (go). “Sh” means be quiet, not quietly.
5d Pretended extramarital sex dried up, by the sound of it (9)
INSINCERE: A phrase (2,3) implying that extramarital sex is morally reprehensible followed by a homophone (by the sound of it) of a four-letter word meaning dried up or withered.
6d Quarter of a ton? A small horse, by all other accounts (4)
PONY: Double definition for the slang word for £25 (quarter of a ton) and a small horse.
7d From study of its origins, designed Yeti logo
ETIOLOGY: An anagram (designed) of YETI LOGO. If you are using American spelling in a UK crossword, this should be indiated.
8d Note current, you of French “isolation” (8)
SOLITUDE: A three-letter musical note followed by the abbreviation for current and the French words for you and of.
13d After some confusion, aunts ate first and last of regular meals here (10)
RESTAURANT: An anagram (after some confusion) of AUNTS ATE RR (first and last letters of regular).
15d Rational argument about a child in Gateshead? (9)
REASONING: A two-letter word meaning about followed by a three-letter word for a male child, the IN from the clue and the first letter of Gate (Gateshead). Some editors will not allow words such as Gateshead to indicate the head of gate.
16d I’m not big by choice, old fruit (8)
WILLIAMS: How you might say I am small (using the abbreviation for small) after (by) a four-letter word meaning choice.
17d My associate’s place? The contrary! (8)
OPPOSITE: A for letter word for an associate followed by a four-letter word for a place.
19d Namely Noel, so it’s said (or seen) (6)
VISUAL: A homophone (so it’s said) of VIZ (namely) YULE (Noel).
20d Bat, as in parliament, or fend, as in court. Quite! (6)
INDEED: A description of where you would find the letters of bat in debated or fend in defended.
23d Reconnoitres ends, losing second (5)
CASES: A six-letter word meaning stops without the second letter.
24d 14 less 1? Or by 3? (4)
XIII: A single letter meaning by or times followed by the Roman numerals for 3.