Morning Stroll by Lamppost
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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.
Welcome to Lamppost with a crossword that whilst largely correct technically, was undoubtedly to complex and, in places, obscure, for its own good. When experienced solvers are having to resort to revealing letters to complete the crossword, it is a good indication that the cluing is too convoluted. Try to aim for an elegant complexity.
The commentometer reads as 3 / 35 or 8.6%.
I have no idea how the solutions relate to the theme. Perhaps lamppost could shed some light on this.
7a Metropolis of state 1 + 1 + 24 + 24 (8)
HONOLULU: A three-letter word meaning love (the answer to 1d) followed by a single letter meaning love (again the answer to 1d) and the word plus (+) twice without the outer letters (endless – the answer to 24d). Pleasingly, the numbers add up to the number of the state of which the solution forms a part.
9a Metal on metal (4)
IRON: The chemical symbol for iridium followed by the ON from the clue.
10a Russian Spacelab seen in the hall of mirrors (3)
MIR: The answer is hidden at the start of the last word of the clue. Two points to note here. Ideally, hidden words should not start or end at a word boundary. Also, try to avoid padding words in clues – words that are there for the surface reading only and do not play any part in the wordplay.
11a Income destroyed by discharged uranium waste (8)
MECONIUM: An anagram (destroyed) of INCOME followed by the outer letters (discharged) of uranium.
12a Rock group from Russia inspired by drugs from the East (6)
EUROPE: A reversal (from the East) of the internet domain name for Russia inside (inspired by) the abbreviations for Erythropoietin and Ecstasy. Internet domain names used not to be allowed without an indication that it was a domain name as they were not defined in the main dictionaries. However, Collins now included domain name codes, so I think that they can be used without further indication. To define a continent a rock group is perhaps a little too indirect.
13a Silly sod vacantly eating titanium gets upset tummy in the end (5)
DITSY: The outer letters (vacantly) of sod include the chemical symbol for titanium and are then reversed (gets upset) and followed by the final letter (in the end) of tummy.
15a Non-drinker on the airwaves, one ruining meal (9)
RECHABITE: A homophone (on the airwaves) of WRECKER (one ruining) followed by a four-letter word for a meal.
18a Ad man proclaiming it’s more fun to compute with a Mac left old market depressed (3, 4)
LEE CLOW: The abbreviation for Left followed by the abbreviation for the old European Economic Community and a three-letter word meaning depressed.
21a Book performances (7)
NUMBERS: Double definition, the first being a book in the Old Testament.
25a Liberal dad on air transforming where listeners live (9)
RADIOLAND: An anagram (transforming) of L (liberal) DAD ON AIR. Having checked three major dictionaries, I cannot find this word defined. Other than proper nouns, setters should use only words defined in Chambers, Collins or the Oxford English Dictionary.
26a Planet spun audibly (5)
WORLD: A homophone (audibly) of whirled (spun).
29a Settles fair and square (6)
LIGHTS: A five-letter word meaning fair in colour followed by the abbreviation for square.
31a Countryfile shows traditional means of making the telephone call (8)
LANDLINE: A four-letter word for a country followed by a four-letter word for a file or queue. Some editors will not allow an unindicated lift and separate where the solver had to make a split in one word to make two words to use in the wordplay.
33a Stand there oddly (3)
TEE: The odd letter in the second word of the clue.
34a Period covered by intermission (4)
TERM: The answer is hidden (covered by) in the final word of the clue.
35a Chef on the radio stars in programme on opening of major display venue (8)
SHOWROOM: A homophone (on the radio) of Roux (chef) in a four-letter word for a programme and the first letter (opening) of major.
1d Pet duck (4)
LOVE: Double definition for a term of endearment (pet) and another word for zero (duck).
2d Androids take over Britain, with old traditionalists discontented (6)
ROBOTS: The pharmacological abbreviation for take followed by the abbreviations for over, Britain and old and the outer letters (discontented) of traditionalists.
3d Firsts for Cambridge University researchers identifying elusive unit of radioactivity (5)
CURIE: The initial letters (firsts for) of the third to seventh words of the clue.
4d Idiots date headless characters in horror films (7)
DUMMIES: The abbreviation for date followed by a type of character found in horror films without the initial letter (headless).
5d Layer that’s found between terminals of transistor (4)
TIER: The abbreviation for “that is” inside the outer letters (terminals) of transistor.
6d Electronic device (‘pocket calculator’, originally) (8)
COMPUTER: The type of electronic device whose abbreviation is given by the initial letters (originally) of Pocket Calculator which also might be described as the solution.
8d Prior to start of his work, Franz Schubert initially pens note (a potential description for ‘Trout’) (5-3)
FRESH-RUN: Before (prior to) the first letter (start of) his and a three-letter word for work take the initial letters of Franz Schubert and include within them (pens) a two-letter musical note.
11d Average student design (5)
MODEL: A four-letter word meaning average and the abbreviation for a learner or student. The four-letter word for average is defined incorrectly. The mean (average) of a data set is found by adding all numbers in the data set and then dividing by the number of values in the set. The median is the middle value when a data set is ordered from least to greatest. The mode is the number that occurs most often in a data set.
14,16d Religious figure from Thailand on piggyback (3, 3)
THE BAB – The internet-domain code for Thailand followed by a reversal (back) of the name of a pig that featured in a film of the same name.
16d See 14 (3)
17d Prioritises registers of best candidates after withdrawal of son and, ultimately, daughter (3-5)
HOT-LISTS: A phrase (5-5) for the registers of best candidates without (after withdrawal of) the abbreviation for son and the final letter (ultimately) of daughter. The solution is given only as a noun in the Oxford Dictionary of English without the hyphen. The verbal usage is not supported by any of the main dictionaries.
19d Former reserves taking vitamin for tests (8)
EXAMINES: A two-letter word meaning former and a five-letter word for reserves of underground resources include (taking) a single letter for a type of vitamin.
20d Letter held by the man-machine (3)
CHI: The answer is hidden (held by) in the final word of the clue.
22d Exhausted engineer grasps tip of antenna: it picks up sound (3)
EAR: The outer-letters (exhausted) of engineer includes (grasps) the first letter (tip) of antenna.
23d Plant seed roughly around midnight (5)
SEDGE: An anagram (roughly) of SEED around the middle letter of night (midnight).
24d After goal, the French put on third of ‘Musique Non Stop‘ (7)
ENDLESS: A three-letter word for a goal followed by the plural form of the French for the and the third letter of musique.
27d Those staring at (to them) sex object (bum or legs) (6)
OGLERS: An anagram (bum) of OR LEGS.
28d Sure to get in yellow in Tour de France (2, 3)
IN FOR: The IN from the clue and a two-letter word for yellow around (tour de) the IVR code for France.
30d Where Englishman has castle, Frenchman loses heart (4)
HOME: The five-letter word for a man in France without the middle letter (loses heart).
32d Element‘s name and age (4)
NEON: The abbreviation for name followed by a three-letter word for an age.