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:
Hubble is coming on leaps and bounds. Other than a couple of minor issues, this was an excellent crossword, not too easy but not unnecessarily complex. The commentometer reads as 1/28 or 3.6%.
7 Cut price of fancy material? (8)
LACERATE – Split 4, 4 the solution might imply the cost of delicate ornamental fabric.
9 Heather hides love for symphony (6)
EROICA – A five-letter word for heather includes the letter representing love or zero.
10 Baker initially keeps icing loaf nonchalantly (4)
KILN – The first letters (initially) of the last four words of the clue.
11 Divulged, on returning, room where aliens might be (5,5)
OUTER SPACE – A three-letter word meaning divulged followed by a two-letter word meaning about or on the subject of reversed (returning) and a five-letter word for room.
12 Spell at table using deck file (6)
RUBBER – Double definition.
14 Caught Superman’s admirer with half of bitter in arcade (8)
CLOISTER – The abbreviation for caught followed by the four-letter name of Superman’s girlfriend and the last half of the word bitter.
15 Ignores parodies about Romeo (6)
SKIRTS – A five-letter word for a parodies around (about) the letter represented by Romeo in the NATO phonetic alphabet.
17 Roman is coming back on the double to fly (6)
TSETSE – The third person indicative conjugation of the Latin verb to be (Roman is) reversed (coming back) and repeated (coming back).
20 Fundamentalists embracing real change for middle easterners (8)
ISRAELIS – A four-letter name to a fundamental group for the formation of an Islamic State around (embracing) an anagram (change) of REAL. I think change can come after the words to be rearranged as change might be used in “sex change” meaning a change of sex or “climate change” meaning a change of climate. However, as a proper noun is being clued, Middle Easterners would be better as the definition.
22 Dad’s bird is too old (4,2)
PAST IT – The possessive form of a two-letter word meaning father followed by a three-letter word for a bird.
23 Sportsperson‘s dish fixed first by couple of erectors (4,6)
FAST BOWLER – A four-letter word for a dish preceded by (first) aa four-letter word meaning fixed and all followed by the first two letters of erectors.
24 Unusual regiments (4)
RARE – Split 2,2 this would suggest a couple of army regiments.
25 Irishman at church’s spirited meeting (6)
SEANCE – A four-letter Irish name followed by the abbreviation for church.
26 Sailors‘ tests include late manoeuvres (8)
MATELOTS – The four-letter word for annual car tests around (includes) an anagram (manoeuvres) of late.
1 Wears out work clothes in the army (8)
FATIGUES – Double definition.
2 Restrict announcement of downfall (4)
REIN – A homophone (announcement) of rain (downfall).
3 Enjoy champion eliminating last of Azurri (6)
SAVOUR – A seven-letter word for a champion or redeemer without (eliminating) the letter letter Azurri.
4 1000 wearing damp jumpers in washing areas (3,5)
WET ROOMS – The Roman numeral for 1000 has around it (wears) a three-letter word meaning damp and a four-letter word being the diminutive form of kangaroos (jumpers).
5 Introduces technology to make small blends (10)
COMPOSITES – Include (introduces) the two-letter word for information technology in a seven-letter word meaning make and follow with the abbreviation for small. A very minor point but as an imperative instruction “introduce” might be better than “introduces”.
6 Military boss immersed in French island’s hard water (6)
ICICLE – The abbreviation for commander-in-chief (military commander) inside the three-letter word in French for island.
8 Tempt learner once programme arithmetic is scrapped (6)
ENTICE – A nine-letter word for a learner without (is scrapped) a three-letter word for a program on a phone or tablet and the letter representing arithmetic. As both Chambers and Collins allow programme as an alternative to the more usual program for computer code, this is ok in the clue.
13 Ogre with head dipped in salt water vessel (10)
BRIGANTINE – A five-letter word for an ogre with the initial letter moved down one space (head dropping) inside a five-letter word for salt water.
16 Discuss lecture in the past (4,4)
TALK OVER – A four-letter word for a lecture and a four-letter word meaning in the past.
18 Relocate Germanic leader entertained by kingdom (8)
EMIGRATE – The first letter (leader) of Germanic inside (entertained by) a seven-letter word for a kingdom ruled by an emir.
19 Like unknown smoker in Scotland providing shelter (6)
ASYLUM – A two-letter word meaning like followed by one of the letters representing an unknown quantity in algebra and three-letter word used in Scotland for a chimney.
21 Did away with old band’s broadcast (6)
SLAYED – A homophone (broadcast) of Slade (old band).
22 Pinch rodent eating pastry? On the contrary! (6)
PIRATE – A three-letter word for a rodent inside a three-letter word for a pastry.
24 Burn exercise daughter has left (4)
RILL – A five-letter word for exercise without (has left) the abbreviation for daughter.
Finally, a word of thanks to Silvanus for holding the fort last week.