A Puzzle by Cryptor
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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.
Thank you to Cryptor for a light and enjoyable crossword. There were some minor points to mention but the fundamentals were there. Comment has validly been made of the large number of anagrams in the crossword. However, I think that the same could be said of double definitions as well where nine were used. The grid was highly unbalanced between the number of across and down clues. Whilst it is not as much of an issue where a crossword is solved online, the printed version would look very unbalanced. The commentometer reads as 5/32 or 15.6%
1a A French southern wine is macho yet ungentlemanly. (15)
UNSPORTSMANLIKE: The French masculine singular for “a” followed by the abbreviation for southern, a five letter word for fortified wines, the S at the end coming from the is (wine’s) and a seven-letter word meaning macho. As a convention, setters do not include a full stop at the end of the clue. A couple of comments on the comments – S for southern is in Chambers. I think that yet is ok as a link word in the sense of “at the same time”.
9a Crazy Lil, aka a salt, say. (6)
ALKALI: An anagram (crazy) of LIL AKA. I am not enough of a chemist to confirm or deny whether a salt defines the solution.
10a Trespass in space trainer has run. (8)
ENCROACH: A two-letter word for a printer’s space followed by a five-letter word for a training that includes (has) the abbreviation for run. I think that has is too weak a word for a containment indicator.
11a Thesaurus confuses bow with rod, OK? (8)
WORDBOOK: An anagram (confuses) BOW ROD OK.
14a Some fantasy luminaries give sanctuary. (6)
ASYLUM: The answer is hidden (some) in the second and third words of the clue.
17a Contents repress stuff. (7,6)
SUBJECT MATTER: A seven-letter word meaning repress followed by a six-letter word meaning matter.
20a Superior Titus worked hidden (13)
SURREPTITIOUS: An anagram (worked) of SUPERIOR TITUS.
23a Dealer in common geraniums. (6)
MONGER: The answer is hidden in the final two words of the clue.
25a Tardises crash and stars die out. Tragedy! (8)
DISASTER: An anagram (crash) of TARDISES or (out) of STARS DIE.
28a Commitment to worship. (8)
DEVOTION: Double definition. Where you have a double definition, you should try to have degree of separation between the two definitions.
29a Lively say? Yet dizzy. (6)
YEASTY: An anagram (dizzy) of SAY YET.
30a I tell you, it’s true! (2,1,6,2,4)
AS A MATTER OF FACT: Double definition. Try to avoid repeating words in the solutions.
2d Sailor in hold? (6)
NELSON: Double definition, the second by reference to wrestling.
3d Check material returned in submedial polymer (5)
PLAID: The answer is hidden and reversed (returned in) in the final two words of the clue. There is a repetition of “in” as a hidden word indicator.
4d No hair? Not a hairy animal. (5)
RHINO: An anagram (hairy) of NO HAIR after removing the A.
5d Stake out? Well done? (5)
STEAK: An anagram (out) of STAKE. A few points here. A five letter anagram where you only need to arrange the final three letters is not really much of a challenge. Also, I think that the definition needs more precision as well done, even with a question mark does not define the solution but how the solution may be cooked. Finally, there is the duplication of “out” as an anagram indicator. Try to avoid repeating indicators in the clues.
6d Praise accountant over insurance demand (7)
ACCLAIM: A two-letter abbreviation for a chartered accountant reversed (over) followed by a five letter word for an insurance demand.
7d Coiled, slightly crazy. (5)
LOOPY: Double definition.
8d After fall, maple here shortlived. (9)
EPHEMERAL: An anagram (after fall) of MAPLE HERE. I don’t think that fall is a valid anagram indicator.
12d Chambers is to crossword lovers what this is to Christians (5)
BIBLE: Cryptic definition.
13d Plain obvious! (5)
OVERT: Double definition. Where you have a double definition, you should try to have degree of separation between the two definitions.
15d Flower in position. (5)
LOTUS: Double definition, the second being a position in yoga.
16d Communion elements on view? By all means. (4,5)
MASS MEDIA: Double definition, the first part cryptic and the second the multiple ways in which information can be published.
17d Warning! Temptress. (5)
SIREN: Double definition. Three double definitions in a row is too many. Try to vary clue types between clues as well as across the clues as a whole.
18d Everyone, with son for a time in tribe. (5)
TUTSI: The musical term for everyone playing with one of the T’s (time) replaced by the abbreviation for son.
19d Hola! A translated greeting. (5)
ALOHA: An anagram (translated) of HOLA A.
21d Soldier on, changing stripes. (7)
PERSIST: An anagram (changing) of STRIPES.
22d Life twitch. It’s good for digestion. (6)
PEPTIC: A three-letter word meaning life or vigour followed by a three-letter word for a twitch.
24d Despair as darkness approaches (5)
GLOOM: Double definition.
25d Opposite directions in river? Stupid! (5)
DENSE: Opposing points of the compass in a three-letter name of a river.
26d On good authority – soya’s weird. (3-2)
SAY-SO: An anagram (weird) of SOYAS.
27d Stitched, cream and red fibres initially worn to keep us warm. (5)
SCARF: The initial letters of the first five words of the clue.