A Puzzle by Hopping Rhino
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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 back to Hopping Rhino. Another good crossword with only few minor points. The commentometer reads as 1.5/32 or 4.7%.
1a Mathematician initially pursued algebra, subsequently calculus and logic (6)
PASCAL: The initial letters of the final six words of the clue.
4a Pampered fop’s done abysmally (8)
SPOONFED: An anagram (abysmally) of FOPS DONE.
10a Playwright bored by an artist (7)
PAINTER: The surname of the playwright Harold includes (bored by) the indefinite article (an or a). You do see the use of AN to indicate A in the solution. I have to confess that it is a device I use reluctantly.
11a Lends more (7)
SECONDS: Double definition, the first being the temporary reassignment of a worker.
12a Sailing boat moored in Westward Ho! waters (4)
DHOW: The answer is hidden (moored) in the final three words of the clue.
13a Rowers’ spat about kit (10)
SPORTSWEAR: An anagram (about) of ROWERS SPAT.
15a Engineer comes from Western perspective (6)
WANGLE: The abbreviation for western followed by an five-letter word for a perspective.
16a Tell and tell again? (7)
RECOUNT: Double definition, the second being a further calculation of the number of votes cast, for example.
20a Doctor came down with cold, lacking medicine (7)
DRAUGHT: A two-letter abbreviation for doctor followed by a six-letter word meaning came down with removing (lacking) the abbreviation for caught.
21a Mark‘s a sailor (6)
RATING: Double definition.
24a Military police and pilots overwhelmed by IT problem (10)
IMPAIRMENT: The abbreviation for military police and a six-letter word for pilots all inside (overwhelmed by) the IT from the clue.
26a Reversed change in course (4)
TIDE: Reverse a four-letter word meaning to change text.
28a Where to find horse’s position (7)
INSTALL: Split (2,5) this would indicate the position of a horse in the stables.
29a Whirling ride sucks, according to children (7)
NIPPERS: Reverse (whirling) a four-letter word for a ride and insert (sucks or draws in) a three-letter word meaning according to.
30a Most brave to break up the raids (8)
HARDIEST: An anagram (to break up) of THE RAIDS.
31a Meetings with lovers test holy men (6)
TRYSTS: A three-letter word meaning test or examine followed by the abbreviation for saints (holy men) in the plural. I don’t think that this quite works. The abbreviation for saints is SS. Whilst you could use saint’s to get the singular abbreviation with the S following, I don’t think it works by simply including the plural holy men.
1d Quiet, very quiet, about nip of illegal energy drink (8)
PIPEDOWN: The musical abbreviation for very quiet around the first letter (nip) of illegal followed by the abbreviation for energy and a four-letter word meaning drink. I think that the solution should be indicated as (4,4)
2d Perhaps Noah cleaned up rhino spew? (9)
SHIPOWNER: An anagram (cleaned up) of RHINO SPEW.
3d Book performers (4)
ACTS: Double definition, the first being a book of the New Testament.
5d Assistant’s attempts to make cakes (8)
PASTRIES: The abbreviation for personal assistant, preserving the ‘s followed by a five-letter word meaning attempts.
6d Odd event one left (10)
OCCASIONAL: An eight-letter word for an event followed by a letter representing one and the abbreviation for left.
7d Criminal in charge taking over new clubs (5)
FENCE: A three-letter word for a charge or cost includes (taking over) the abbreviations for new and clubs.
8d Inject drugs in terrible passion (6)
DESIRE: The abbreviation for ecstasy in the plural (drugs) inside s four-letter word meaning terrible. I think the plural in this one works because you might ask have you any Es/drugs.
9d Grand old nag (5)
GRIPE: The abbreviation for grand followed by a four-letter word meaning grand.
14d Light not on in secret society (10)
ILLUMINATI: A twelve-letter word meaning light removing the ON from the clue.
17d In session, shocking amount of racket (9)
NOISINESS: An anagram (shocking) of IN SESSION.
18d Wreck of HMS Sable results in chaos (8)
SHAMBLES: An anagram (wreck) of HMS SABLE.
19d Goes forth, returns when leader lost (8)
EGRESSES: A nine-letter word meaning returns or reverts without the initial letter (when leader lost).
22d Polish language heard in Helsinki, reportedly (6)
FINISH: A homophone (reportedly) of FINNISH (language heard in Helsinki).
23d Foolish tsarina neglects houses (5)
INANE: The answer is hidden in (houses) the second and third word of the clue.
25d Show-off provides this clue, maybe? (5)
POSER: Double definition.
27d Hits back in fight (4)
SPAR: A reversal (back) of a four-letter word meaning hits.