A word to solvers looking to improve
Two weeks ago, I augmented the usual blog with a “deep dive” on several clues which had been suggested in the comments. I’d like to try that again, so please call out any clues that stumped you and I’ll be happy to describe a possible solving process!
|1||Staff [of] millions given good service (4)|
|MACE – M (“millions”) + ACE|
|3||Branch not on fire (8)|
|OFFSHOOT – OFF + SHOOT|
|9||Study sightseeing itinerary outline (7)|
|CONTOUR – CON (“study”) + TOUR|
|10||Working after university partnership (5)|
|UNION – ON after UNI|
|11||Give out everything, Genesis to Malachi initially (5)|
ALLOT – ALL + O.T.
OT = Old Testament, Genesis being its first book and Malachi its last.
|12||Out of bed, terribly tired [and] optimistic (6)|
|UPBEAT – UP + BEAT|
|14||Imprisonment [of] one contrarian upset about Church of England (13)|
|INCARCERATION – I (“one”) + CONTRARIAN anagrammed around C.E. (“Church of England”)|
|17||Shower party — much they stripped off (6)|
|DOUCHE – DO + (MUCH and THEY without their first and last letters)|
|19||Sheets purchased initially before copier? (5)|
PAPER – first letter of PURCHASED + APER
For newer solvers, “ape = copy” and “aper = copier” is a crossword chestnut. (In the US, as well.)
|22||Public square [in] La Paz rebuilt (5)|
|PLAZA – LA PAZ anagrammed|
|23||Came to know Shakespeare’s king Edward (7)|
LEARNED – LEAR + NED
Sneaky, since Edward Lear is sure to come to mind!
|24||Time to allay the fears of losing second prize (8)|
|TREASURE – T + REASSURE without one S (“second”)|
|25||Rules about banning European insinuation (4)|
SLUR – RULES anagrammed or reversed, without E (“European”)
I find this definition to be a bit of a stretch, personally.
|1||Chance I’m terrible engineer (8)|
|MECHANIC – CHANCE I’M anagrammed|
|2||Waterway [in] N America, in western US state (5)|
CANAL – N.A. (“N America”) in CAL.
That is, California.
|4||Visionary ruler often let broadcast (7-6)|
FORTUNE-TELLER – RULER OFTEN LET anagrammed
For newer solvers, ‘broadcast’ as an anagram indicator is also a chestnut. Think, “cast, broadly” — like seeds being sown.
|5||Parents’ quibble, holding this firework (5)|
|SQUIB – PARENTS’ QUIBBLE contains the letters of the answer|
|6||Japanese art [in] old Baltic capital makes impact at first (7)|
|ORIGAMI – O (“old”) + RIGA + (first letters of MAKES and IMPACT)|
|7||Care for fashion that queen’s abandoned (4)|
TEND – TREND without R (“queen”)
Thanks to the commenters for catching this one.
|8||Top of joint on aquatic mammal[’s] pad (6)|
|JOTTER – first letter of JOINT + OTTER|
|13||Uninvited visitor at home, tons more disrespectful (8)|
|INTRUDER – IN + T (“tons”) + RUDER|
|15||Church voiced English hymn tune (7)|
|CHORALE – CH (“church”) + ORAL + E (“English”)|
|16||A quiet set of church bells [give] enjoyment (6)|
APPEAL – A + P + PEAL
Yet another definition I’m not wild about. For newer solvers, “p = piano = quiet” from musical notation is a chestnut. ‘Quiet’ can also indicate SH or ST.
|18||Credit fool with no intelligence (5)|
|CRASS – CR (“credit”) + ASS|
|20||Severely criticise the Spanish car bodywork (5)|
PANEL – PAN + EL
‘El’ is Spanish for ‘the’.
|21||See son with cannabis (4)|
|SPOT – S (“son”) + POT|