SMH 22046 - DH

ACROSS
7) WINNIPEG : win(nip,e------)g : like RM should be banned from using 'some', DH should be banned from using 'in'.
9) RHODES : Rh,odes
10) AIKIDO : A1,kid,O : why the '?' ?
11) MAGELLAN : mag,Ella,n-- : never heard of 'mag' in this sense.
12) HONEY BUN : H(one)y,bun
14) MAGYAR : (army)*<Ag
16) PRINCE CONSORT : Prince,con,sort : really ?! To clue Prince, DH uses 'royal' with zero imagination.
19) OGRESS : go<,re,SS
20) DISASTER : (star,side)*
23) INFORMAL : inform,Al
25) RARELY : r(a,r--)ely
26) ONAGER : O,nag,ER : I think we know how crap this is . . .
27) NOBLESSE : noble's,SE or noble,SSE

DOWN
1) LIBIDO : l(I,b---)ido
2) ANTI-SEMITE : anti,s(me<)ite : see 26ac.
3) APLOMB : (pal)*,O,MB
4) DRAGOMAN : drago(Ma)n
5) COWL : cow,l---
6) SET APART : set,a,part
8) GAMIN : ga(m-----)in : banned, I say !
13) UTE : ddef
15) GLOSSARIES : gloss,Aries
16) PAGANINI : p------,(in,again)*
17) CASHMERE : Cash,mere
18) OBI : -ob i-
20) DYLAN : ---dy lan-----
21) STROBE : St,robe
22) ENLIST : ------en list----- : three hiddens in four clues.
24) ORGY : inits

Just bemused disappointment  . . .





SMH 22045 - RM

You can tell by the crowded clue area of the page that RM uses more words than average. Certainly some are superfluous while they just run some surface from element to the next. Superfluous words start to become tiresome however.

ACROSS
1) VITAMIN : V,it,a,min
5) HACKSAW : hack,saw
9) VERGE : --ver ge-
10) ILL-GOTTEN : still,got,ten : 'letters lost first two' is long-winded.
11) CLAUSE : hm(claws) : 'received for reportedly using' is very long homophone indicator.
12) WON'T WASH : (s-,what,now)* : the anagram indicator should've been after the fodder. As it stands, 'nothing left/remove O' applies to 'over', not the fodder.
14) OWNER : -o- W-n-e-,R : 'the' does nothing.
15) NORTHWEST : (throws,ten)* : I think fodder should be 'pounded' rather than it 'pounds'. It pounds something else. In this clue, 'ten pounds' is a better clued anagram, via 'thrown'.
18) STEAMSHIP : s,team's,hip : whatever a team's joint liner is . . . ?
20) ROUTE : wro(u-)te : again, the indicator and the target are separated ie wrote/heading off.
22) BUDAPEST : Bu------,ape,St : 'ability' is rather unnecessary.
24) STYLUS : crypdef
26) FORESTALL : forest,all : 'woodland' okay, 'everything else' is not 'all'. It's just confusing.
27) CHAIR : chai,r--------
28) THEOREM : the,ore,m-----
29) SULPHUR : (hurls,up)* : stupid definition, stupid clue. If RM is talking vomiting, one usually hurls, not hurls up.

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The Sun-Herald/Sunday Age

Reviewed by The Mongrel

Across:

1 Founded: FUNDED<>O - Sadly "O" is clued as "level". Sure, in the UK they have an "O-level" in education, but it's never referred to as just "O". Also Macquarie doesn't even consider it relevant enough to include the whole term in its text.

5 Supremo: SUMO<>(PR + Engaged)

9 Insincere: raIN SINCE REcorded

10 Troop: T + POOR<

11 Tote: Double definition with no disguise

12 Editorials: (LAST + IO + RIDE)* - "ten" = IO and must be converted before applying the anagram

14 Diane: DIE<>AN - "girl" is the definition...

16 Dermatoid: (ADMIRE + DOT)*

18 Rain dance: RACE<>(IN + AND*) - "Native right" is the definition

21 Oasts: rOASTS - normally "mostly" would work from front to back, but here we drop the first letter

23 Drop anchor: ROD* + PANCHO + R

24 Firm: oldest clue in the book

27 Agist: AG + IS + Taint

28 Inviolate: IN + VIOLA + ThE

29 Sly grog: ScorinG<>GLORY*

30 Derides: (RED + SIDE)*

Down:

1 Feinted: FEED<>INT

2 Upset: UP + SET - regurge

3 Dyne: Sounds like DINE or is it the other way round?

4 Dreaded: educateD READ EDitorials - second time "some" has been used to indicate a hidden

5 Sweeter: SWEET + EageR - key word is regurge, terrible clue

6 Peter Lalor: PETER + ALL* + OR - something can't "peter", it can only "peter out"; "gold" = OR appears every week; definition is "rebel"

7 Exogamous: EX + O + winG + MOUSe - laboured; can a "blind rodent(?)" really be "mouse" with its tail cut off? Big leap necessary.

8 Opposed: OP + POSED - totally over "work" = OP

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SMH 22044 - DS

Finally got to this on Saturday night. Out most of the day before sitting still to watch TV but reached over and picked this up. I wonder what I thought.

ACROSS
1) MANDARIN : ddef
6) FORMAL : form,a,L
9) FALLEN : f(all)en
10) MARZIPAN : mar(zip),an
11) GERSHWIN : g,(hers)*,win : is G=great ? Not in Big Macq. Suss.
12) WREATH : wr(e--)ath
13) SPROUT : (Proust)*
16) SHROUDED : (shudder)*<>O
18) COXSWAIN : co(X,(was)*)in : don't think 'copper' defines 'coin'. Maybe the other way round.
19) SEDATE : (sated,e)*
20) LETHAL : ----let hal-
22) SUPPRESS : s--,up,press
25) SLOVENIA : s--,love,(in,a)*
26) NOOKIE : (-ike,-oon)*
27) ARENAS : (earn)*,as
28) DECREASE : dec(--r--)ease

DOWN
2) ADAGE : --ad a ge----
3) DELUSIONS : (sounds,lie)*
4) RENEW : Rene,W------
5) NO MAN IS AN ISLAND : ddef-ish
6) FIREWORKS : f(wire)*orks
7) RAISE : hm(raze)
8) APARTMENT : (meant)*<>part
14) PROPELLER : prop(-ell-)er
15) TRAMLINES : St< <>(railmen)*
17) UNDERGONE : (run,on,edge)*
21) HAVEN : heaven -E
23) PANIC : P(a,Ni)C : police constable.
24) SKIES : (kiss)*<>E

Not bad. No surprises. Lots of anagrammed elements.





SMH 22043 - DA

This was a relatively slow solve today. There were a few new words to deal with and a couple of tricky constructions. There were some very nice clues in there but one or two confusions. And one very DA clue.

ACROSS
1) CAWED : hm(cord)
4) DEMO TAPES : demot(a,p---)es
9) LEAVES WELL ALONE : leave,(swell,a------)hm(loan) : a bit of an effort.
10) BOHEMIAN : bo(G/hem,I)an
11) IMPISH : -impish : ie wimpish.
13) SORTA : hm(sorter) : DA might've indicated the informality.
15) HALITOSIS : -hal-,-it-,-os-,-is- : nice clue. Learnt a new word, flense.
16) BIOSPHERE : (bishop)*,ere
17) CARON : cartoon : Leslie Caron.
19) COEVAL : Co,lave< : another new word.
20) L'IL ABNER : li(lab)ner : there is a musical but who actually sees it as such and not as a cartoon ?
23) STARSKY AND HUTCH : star,s(KY)and,hutch : ah, a staple of my childhood TV watching.
24) PETULANCE : pet,(uncle,a)* : pretty good.
25) DESEX : ---des ex---- : also decent.

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SMH 22042 - NS

Only 180 puzzles until NS's brilliant 22222 puzzle appears. Can't wait !
But today I wasn't quite thrilled with 22042. Nothing outrageous but a few just grated. Maybe it was harder but maybe it was untidy.

ACROSS
1) MAN THE LIFEBOATS : (fans,mob,athlete,I)* : it needed a '!' at the end as the answer is more an imperative than a basic phrase.
9) ETCETERA : Fr(et),CE,(t------)era : a bit unwieldy.
10) INFIRM : in,firm
11) APOSTROPHE : a,post,rop(h-)e : 'chord' ?!
12) RAID : R,aid : what does 'the' do ? Nuffin'.
13) TURNSPIT : (trust,pin)*
16) TROPHY : --- --trophy---- ----- : why not just 'An award in astrophysics' ?
17) ASLEEP : --- ---- — peels a ?? : I hate hiddens that end on a whole word. Also 'in' and 'blanket' both indicate 'hidden'. Wtf is 'the feet' about ? Ugly clue.
19) ESSAYIST : E,S,say,is,t------
21) DELI : hm(Delhi)
22) PRIMA FACIE : (a,campfire,I)*
25) STREET : st(re)et
26) AMICABLE : am(CIA)*ble
27) LETS HER HAIR DOWN : (twin,shareholder)*

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SMH 22041 - DP

Okay, stay calm and carry on . . . 

ACROSS
1) POTSDAM : mad,stop <
5) COMBER : ddef : a long curling sea wave.
11) ON AIR : ddef : well, IN air . . .
12) GRASS PLOT : grass,plot : pfft.
13) BREAKER : ddef : a heavy sea wave that breaks.
14) EARLY ON : earl,yon
15) RIDER : ddef
17) TRIPEDAL : tripe,lad<
20) FRESHMAN : (farm,hens)*
22) PITCH : ddef : why 'how to' ? No point.
24) IN DOUBT : (it,bound)*
26) ON TOAST : ddef
28) GIVE FORTH : (fight,over)*
29) HIDES : ddef
30) ROLLER : ddef : a long steady wave that moves steadily.
31) IMPRESS : I'm press

DOWN
2) OVATE : (vote,a)*
3) STRIKER : ddef
4) ALGORITHM : (oral,might)* : not quite 'logarithm'.
6) OBSERVE : OB,serve
7) BILLY-CART : ddef-ish : pffft.
8) RATING : ddef
9) BOMBORA : bomb,or,a : a wave that breaks over a reef.
10) WAVE : ddef : unfortunately a very easy entry to the theme.
16) DAREDEVIL : (Verdi,lead)*
18) IAN BOTHAM : (habit,Mona)* : stupid surface.
19) WHITISH : w(hit)ish
21) SOUFFLE : hm(Sue,flay)
22) PITCHER : ddef : we've already had 'pitch' — bad setting.
23) DIGGER : ddef
25) TORY : -tory : ie story.
27) ANDES : -------an des----

A pretty limp puzzle relying on DDEFs, which become a bit tiresome. One skill of setting is to constantly surprise the solver but none exist here. 14 ddefs, 7 anagrams of 32 clues. Meh. Double meh.




SMH 22040 - DH

I know I have a history of not liking DH puzzles but as I went through today's puzzle I had a growing suspicion that this will never change. There were obscure answers (parthenogenesis, seriema, asthenia), there were the same stupid uses of first names, there were the same bewildering efforts to disguise bad construction by using Italicised Nonsense Titles, there were clunky clues and clues with poor surface.
If a setter had maybe one of these problems, you might look past it. DH regularly has all the problems and often in one place. I don't see the redeeming feature that makes it less than a chore.

ACROSS
9) PARTHENOGENESIS : par,then,O,genesis
10) TABARET : ta,bare,T : I don't know why jade=bare but I don't care.
12) EYELASH : hm(I),lash : what does 'giving' do ? Nuffin'.
13) WINDSOCKS : win(docks)*s : 'doctor docks in victories' ! Wtf !
14) SWAIN : SW,a,in
15) BELFAST : be(L,fa)st
18) SERIEMA : -s,Erie,Ma
21) ASCOT : a,Scot
23) NECTARINE : n(react)*ine
25) see 11dn
26) COSTARS : cost,a-,R-,s-
29) INTERDEPENDENCE : inter,d------e,pen,den,CE

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Sun-Herald/Sunday Age Cryptic

From The Mongrel :

Across:

 

1 Thereabouts: SHEET OR TUBA* - not a good start as definition is "About that much"

7 Cop: CP<>O - obsolete definition of "head"

9 Outfall: OUT + FALL - regurge

10 Running: RUNG<>(INN<)

11 Tempe: MET< + PE - Obscure reference only in Chambers

12 Adamantly: (MAN + ADA) switched + T_L_Y - I know the Times loves woman = any woman's name, but I don't; convoluted construction

13 Exigently: EX + I + GENTLY

16 Noria: (O + RAIN)* - another obscure reference

18 Segno: SONG*<> E - another...

19 Hard drink: HARD + DRINK - regurge - such imagination, not

21 Centigram: CREMATING* - definition is wordplay, a sounds-like reference - not my cup of tea

23 Tutor: TUT + OR

25 Ad astra: AD + A + ST + RA_ - obscure+

26 Liberal: BRAILLE*

27 Roo: wateR OOzed - oblique definition that should be a noun

28 Child brides - CHID<>L + B + RIDES - not sure this term should be used in a crossword


Down:

1 Trout: T + ROUT

2 Entombing: EN + TOM + BING - yes BING, the first name of a crooner born in 1903

3 Elate: E + LATE - second time that "English" = E

4 Ballast: BA<>ALL + ST

5 Unready: Up + (NY<>READ)

6 Suntanned: SUN + TANNED - regurge

7 Clint: C + LINT - "A fellow" = any man's name!

8 Piggyback: PICK<>BAGGY*

13 Easy chair: EASY + CHAI + R - partial regurge

14 Egotistic: IT GOES* + TIC - mistake in this clue, "of" should be "off"

15 Lea: welL + seE + alfalfA

17 Roistered: ROSTERED<>I

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SMH 22037 - DA

Monday morning calling here . . . 

Did this one on the plane to Melbourne. Saw the long answers but tried to ignore them and do other clues. I got a little bogged so had a look. They weren't that hard and they weren't a theme of some sort. So that opened up the grid a lot and not much drama from there.

I'm not going to revisit every clue but MOUNT FUJI was a nice effort and there was plenty of diversity. I always thought the phrase was 'cooking with gas'. Anyway . . .

No rating today.