Clue types in a DT crossword

An explanation of how the answers are derived in DT Cryptic No. 26164 is available in my blog here:

http://bigdave44.com/2010/02/15/dt-26164/

This is an attempt to classify the clues by their type and analyse the crossword further.

Do leave a comment if you differ in the classification of any clue.

We find that of the 32 clues, the maximum are wordsum (WS) with 8 (I think that in any crossword usually these are bound to be more than any other clue type). Next in descending order: anagram (anag) 6 and double definition, also 6; cryptic definition (CD) 5; container contained (CC) 2; word sum with anagram (WSwAnag), also 2; wordsum with container contained (WSwCC) 1; cryptic and double definition (C&DD), also 1; and antonymic (Ant) also 1.

Abbreviations used:

CD – Cryptic definition
DD – double definition
WS – word sum (also known as charade or combination or as word after word)
Anag – anagram
WSwAnag – Word sum where one component is an anagram
WSwCC – Word sum where one component is a CC
CC – container/contained or word within word (whether one is taken around another or whether is one is inserted in another
C&DD – Cryptic and double definition
Ant – Antonymic (clue-type name that I have just coined: if there is any precedence I shall withdraw this claim

Note: The order of clue types in chart from left to right is the same as from top to bottom in the vertical column alongside

Across
1a Does he take a chance, or just think about it? (10)
SPECULATOR – DD
9a Peas and carrots are given a star (4)
VEG A – WS
10a Point to one duke or another (10)
WELLINGTON – WS
11a Cut by a quarter? That’s serious (6)
SEVER E – WS
12a It could be disastrous when I.O.U runs out (7)
RUINOUS – Anag
15a Aunt Sal unexpectedly seen in harem (7)
SULTANA – Anag
16a Persuade an agency girl to start typing (5)
TEMP T – WS
17a Intervals quietly employed in empty talk (4)
GA(P)S – CC
18a Animal quarters, perhaps (4)
HIND – C&DD
19a Jacket cut in style (5)
TUNIC – Anag
21a A place of current conflict (4,3)
TIDE RIP – CD
22a Bitterness associated with an age old craft (7)
GALL (EON)* -WSwAnag
24a Quick, the doctor’s in the river! (6)
NI(MB)LE – CC
27a Their union offers security (4,3,3)
LOCK AND KEY – CD
28a Property to come down (4)
LAND – DD
29a Going for acquittal (7,3)
GETTING OFF – DD

Down
2d Aristocrat always preceded by a page (4)
P E’ER – WS
3d Pillar of the press? (6)
COLUMN – CD
4d It results in a certain jumpiness among rugby players (4-3)
LINE-OUT – CD
5d Child has a point to convey (4)
TOT E – WS
6d Becomes exhausted and exits hurriedly (4,3)
RUNS OUT – DD
7d Davies seen playing a form of Rugby (5-1-4)
SEVEN-A-SIDE – Anag
8d Manager we’d ordered to run the wild life reserve (4,6)
GAME WARDEN – Anag
12d Corner at 90 (5,5)
RIGHT ANGLE – CD
13d I’m in prison without money, that’s the snag (10)
IMPEDIMENT – WSwCC
14d Arrangement not laid down? (3-2)
SET-UP – Antonymic
15d Twig a starting price swindle (5)
SP RIG – WS
19d Interval elapsing before giving sentence to a convict (4,3)
TIME LAG – WS
20d Drink in the fresh air next to tents (7)
CAMP (ARI)* – WSwAnag
23d Pet greyhound? (6)
LAPDOG – DD
25d Tax which makes a difference to cost (4)
SCOT – Anag
26d Grouse meat (4)
BEEF – DD

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