Now, I'll admit to finishing a whole NS before as someone asked me to work through one with them once. They had been told NS is the easiest crossword of the week - let's see...
Posted by Pussy Cat
What is it with these awful grids? So many missing initials, only 26 clues (ripped off!) and a design where the top and bottom halves are linked by just two letters: almost two separate crosswords.
8) MAKE THE BEST OF IT: (mistake,both feet)* : "slip" isn't good enough as an anagram indicator
9) ADHESIVE: ad,hes,ive : stray "been" mucks it up
10) EMERGE: --e,merge : ("the end")
11) AGLEAM: ag,l,--e,am : ("the last") why "was"?
12) TAPESTRY: t--,apes,-t-r-y : ("the first")
13) ISSUING: is,suing : it doesn't have unnecessary words, it reads well, it's good!
15,22) POPPING CREASE : (gpo,crane,pipes)* : just a silly construction
19) SOMBRERO: (more,bros)* : surely there's a better way to do this?
24) DEFEAT: de,feat : reads well
25) REDEFINE: (dine,free)* : doesn't read well
26) REPLACEMENT COST: (complete,rest,can)*
1) BANDAGES: band,ages : the definition ("dressing", singular) isn't correct here.
2) SEVERE: sever,--e : ("the end") when I see something like this, I can't help wonder about the effort put in. "...end of (any word ending with 'e')" surely is miles better and more correct than repeating something that has already been used?
3) CHAIRMAN: (c------,man)<>hair : "top cover" = HAIR - I like it, however, MAN is the same in definition and wordplay
4) OBJECTS: same thing twice( Collapse )