With puzzles by Eclogue, Amos, Chameleon and Windsurfer.
Re Chameleon’s puzzle, really good though I had no trouble seeing the 19 at breakfast today.
I count 16 theme solutions including 26 and 27, though why a “group of 27” eludes me so far.
Bit more research needed – it’s a group of twenty-seven, rather than a group of 27, if that helps – there’s no reference to the clue 27!
Ah, the male names were unfamiliar in that context – and Romeo is a red herring. Thanks.
Re Windsurfer, these sorts of instructions always confuse me.
“Singular four-letter words are missing from the wordplay.”
Does that mean that the words exist (en bloc) in the *solutions* and are *ignored* in the wordplay, or does it mean that e.g. a reversal indicator ‘back’ could have been left out of a clue?
Enjoyed that one, some very good clues of which 1d stands out.
Some stretched definitions in parts of 7/28 and 13 I thought.
Had TUFF for 15 to start with, seems reasonable.
Had SLICEABLE for 14 but that broke the rules.
SLICEABLE – me too!
Fair point, and one I always get wrong in my own puzzles too – ‘are missing from solutions indicated by the wordplay’, would be better. I think if ever you see this sort of thing then it’s fair to say that it’s almost always the former – removing a random four-letter word from a clue would be really, really hard.
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