A Puzzle by Dharma
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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:
A very good crossword from Dharma. Apart from a couple of loose definitions, the comments are minor ones. The commentometer reads as 2/26 or 7.7%
6a Pass by university (6)
PERMIT: A three-letter word meaning by followed by the abbreviated name of a prestigious American university.
7a Stop corporation axing parking on street (7)
STAUNCH: A six-letter word for a stomach or corporation without the initial P (axing parking) after (on) the abbreviation for street.
10a One has faith supporting international worker (10)
PROTESTANT: A three-letter word meaning supporting or in favour of followed by a four-letter word for an international match and a three-letter word for a worker insect.
11a Pull back, arresting large oversupply (4)
GLUT: A reversal (back) of a three-letter word meaning pull includes (arresting) the abbreviation for large.
12a Encountered a naked hooker carrying first of payments … It’s not what it seems! (8)
METAPHOR: A three-letter word meaning encountered followed by the A from the clue and a five-letter word for a hooker or prostitute without the first and last letters (naked) that includes (carrying) the first letter of payments
14a Expressed contempt as husband failed to hit target metres away (6)
HISSED: The abbreviation for husband followed by a six-letter word meaning failed to hit target without (away) the abbreviation for meters.
15a Right to prevent Olive perhaps becoming public nuisance (4,4,3)
JUST STOP OIL: A four-letter word meaning right followed by a four-letter word meaning to prevent and a three-letter word for a liquid of which olive is an example (perhaps). I think that the definition here is both too vague and too pejorative.
19a Striker’s gift? (6)
SITTER: Cryptic definition of an easy shot for a footballer.
20a Substantial character reported charity (8)
LARGESSE: A homophone (reported) of LARGE S (substantial character).
22a Oddball missing ‘Party gate‘ (4)
WEIR: A six-letter word for an oddball without (missing) the final two letters that mean a party. I don’t think that the definition is exact. Whilst a gate may be part of the solution to let water through, this does not describe the whole.
23a Position say of VAR … essentially between goal lines (10)
MISSIONARY: The middle letter (essentially) of VAR between a seven-letter word for a goal or purpose and the abbreviation for railway (lines).
25a Discovered lump on back… it’s bone (7)
STERNUM: The inner letters (discovered) of lump after (on) a five-letter word for the back. A minor repetition of A on B to mean B followed by A and a third instance of … to act as the link between the definition and the solution, which will occur a further two times in the down clues.
26a Legal document you’ll read out for convention (6)
RITUAL: A homophone (read out) of WRIT (legal document) YOU’LL.
1d Turned down pot in hurry, wanting ecstasy (7)
SPURNED: A three-letter word for a funereal pot inside a five-letter word for hurry without (wanting) one of the letters E (ecstacy).
2d Run dry, gathering nothing after end of September (4)
TROT: The abbreviation for teetotal (dry) includes (gathering) the letter representing nothing after the final letter (end) of September.
3d School uniform, top to bottom showing lack of taste (6)
KITSCH: The abbreviation for School and a three-letter word for uniform have their positions reversed (top to bottom).
4d Cheat dwarf when consumed by drink (6,2)
STITCH UP: A five-letter word meaning a dwarf inside a three-letter word meaning to drink.
5d Risqué show Dharma’s supporting (10)
SUGGESTIVE: A seven-letter word meaning to show before the possessive form of Dharma’s.
8d Produced final part of record by Genesis (6)
CAUSED: The last letter (final part) of record after (by) a five-letter word meaning the genesis or reason for something. In a down clue, A by B does not really work as A is not alongside B but underneath it.
9d One well-practised in clip art? (11)
HAIRSTYLIST: Cryptic definition of a salon worker.
13d At heart sex rats lured out … by these? (10)
ADULTERERS: An anagram (out) of E (the middle letter – at heart – of sex) RATS LURED.
16d Doubting man casually engaging Hard Right on public transport … clot! (8)
THROMBUS: The diminutive form (casually) of Thomas (doubting man) includes (engaging) the abbreviations for hard and right and is followed by a three-letter word for a form of public transport.
17d Macron’s ending is best (6)
FINEST: The French words for ending and is.
18d Usually when beer drinking, regret finishing early (2,1,4)
AS A RULE: A two-letter word meaning when followed by a three-letter word for beer that includes (drinking) a three-letter word meaning regret without the final letter (finishing early).
21d Check contents of theatre in Inverness (4,2)
REIN IN: The answer is hidden (contents of) the final three words of the clue.
24d Sister taking over hospital for instance? (4)
NOUN: A three-letter word for a religious sister includes (taking) the abbreviation for over.