“Cryptic crossword puzzles try to tell you a story – ignore the story and look at the words.” Totally agree. It doesn`t matter if an answer is archaic, obscure, or the trigger. A good clue gives the parsing and the surface to arrive at the answer. If it needs to be checked in the BRB, so be it. I would never tell Un Setter to “hang his head in shame,” Brian. If I can`t solve a clue, it`s up to me, not the Setter. Very nice crossword puzzles, although I was soaked by 14d…. Doh! 8d and 16d were supposed to be what they were, but I had to watch both the author and the David Astle channel, which created crossword puzzles for Fairfax newspapers under the initials DA, which fans say represent “Don`t Attempt.” A strange mix of very simple clues and some rather obscure synonyms for vampire and record, but a little enigmatic of the pun. Like Stephen L, I felt like it reduced the fun (2*/2.5*). I`m afraid the 25a and 2d didn`t seem to work very well, but 14d was a good clue.
Thanks to Pommers for the clues and to the Setter. 8d Rings about the recording of man (7) Schellack: A word that means ringing can be reversed on the phone (at the top of a clue down) and a word with two letters for the man. The answer is a kind of resin, but it is also a word for a phonograph plate that is made of it. A meaning I would never have encountered before. Regardless of the devices it uses, an enigmatic clue offers you two chances to get the answer: a definition found either at the beginning or at the end (printed in bold in the following examples) and a few puns (watch out for colors). And nervous newcomers should remember this: here we look at the isolated clues; In a true puzzle environment, you`d have a few letters of other indications you can work with, which significantly reduces the solution load. So everything you see below would be even easier if you did a real crossword puzzle. ALL RIGHT? “All the signs indicating hearing know that it`s a homophonic clue,” Astle said. But Astle said anyone could try ergouts with a little knowledge of how they worked. 11a Composer at the hotel entertained by comedian (5) LEHAR: Add H (otel) in (entertain) a well-known comedian named Edward to get a composer best known for his operettas, including The Merry Widow.