A Puzzle by Caradoc
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A review by Prolixic follows:
Time did not permit me to prepare a detailed analysis of Caradoc’s first crossword, but the consensus is that this one was an improvement. There were a few blips along the way but the commentometer is a respectable 2/26 or 7.7%.
4a Some façades I argue in retrospect must get built (6)
RAISED: The answer is hidden (some) and reversed (in retrospect) in the second to fourth words of the clue.
6a Brief support reversed amid affair (8)
FLEETING: A three-letter golfer’s support is reversed inside (amid) a five-letter word for a romantic affair.
9a Can’t stand date – film is in French (6)
DETEST: The abbreviation for date followed by the two-letter name of a film about an extraterrestrial and the French word for “is”.
10a Counter-agent revealed by soldier to die gruesomely (8)
ANTIDOTE: A three-letter word for a soldier insect followed by an anagram (gruesomely) of TO DIE.
11a Glowing review of client’s menu (11)
LUMINESCENT: A anagram (review) of CLIENTS MENU.
15a Withdrawal eventually returns, consuming one with restlessness, firstly (7)
RETIRAL: A five-letter word meaning eventually or further on in time is reversed (return) including (consuming) the letter representing one and the first letter of restlessness.
17a Solution following objection’s unclear (7)
OBSCURE: A four-letter word for a solution or remedy after (following) a three-letter abbreviation for objection.
18a Second in puzzle society contests (5,6)
CROSS SWORDS: The abbreviation for second inside a nine-letter word for the type of puzzle you are solving followed by the abbreviation for society. I think that the definition needs to be in the singular to match the solution.
22a Used up key to draw in page with a little dash (8)
DEPLETED: A six-letter name of a key on a computer keyboard includes (to draw in) the abbreviation for page all followed by the first letter (a little) of dash.
23a Recover oxygen on distant body (4,2)
COME TO: A five-letter word for a distant astronomical body that often has a tail when close to the sun followed by the chemical symbol for oxygen.
24a Stories of a matter occupying civil service (8)
ACCOUNTS: The A from the clue followed by a five-letter word meaning matter inside the abbreviation for civil service.
25a Troubled senator taking 5th conceals motive (6)
REASON: An anagram (troubled) of SENATOR after removing the fifth letter.
1d A boy’s soul (6)
PERSON: A three-letter word meaning a followed by a three-letter word for a boy.
2d Abusive Hawaii inhabitants, perhaps, originally out touring Oahu on vacation (10)
SLANDEROUS: A nine-letter word for people who live on a landmass surrounded by sea (Hawaii inhabitants, perhaps) with the first letter removed (originally out) around (touring) the outer letters (on vacation) of Oahu.
3d English international team’s director furious with referees (8)
MEDIATES: An anagram (furious) of E (English) I (International) TEAMS D (Director). Whilst technically correct, I would avoid using too many abbreviations to build up the letters to be rearranged in the anagram. For furious to be used as an adjectival anagram indicator, it would need to come before the letters to be rearranged.
4d Leader made right signal (3,5)
RED ALERT: An anagram (made) of LEADER followed by the two-letter abbreviation for right.
5d Friendly hint (8)
INTIMATE: Double definition.
7d Serve up seaweed as supplement to support blood health (4)
IRON: A reversal (served up) of a type of Japanese seaweed.
8d Gambia’s principal river and banks of estuary are murky (4)
GREY: The first letter (principal) of Gambia followed by the abbreviation for river and the outer letters (banks) of estuary. The cryptic grammar in the clue of wordplay are definition does not work. I am not convinced that grammatically, you can say that A and B are C.
12d Shape of damaged hotel suite (10)
SILHOUETTE: An anagram (damaged) of HOTEL SUITE.
13d Grace and favour residence? (8)
QUARTERS: Double definition.
14d Commits to writing and becomes melancholy (4,4)
GETS DOWN: Double definition.
16d Arrived in Cork prepared by education at university (6,2)
ROCKED UP: An anagram (prepared) of CORK followed by the two-letter abbreviation for education and a two-letter word meaning at university.
19d Unnatural forest outside of Edmonton (6)
WOODEN: A four-letter word for a forest followed by the outer letters (outside) of Edmonton.
20d Vision of attack Everton demand: it starts from the back (4)
IDEA: The initial letters (starts) of the third to sixth words of the clue reversed (from the back).
21d Large-scale electronic image (4)
EPIC: The letter representing electronic followed by a three-letter word for an image.