Crime & Punishment by Brigster
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Brigster is a regular at Sloggers and Betters meetings, and often turns up with a puzzle to be handed out to attendees. Today he makes his debut in Rookie Corner. As usual, the setter will be delighted to receive feedback from you, the solvers. I do ask that you remember that for most setters this is a new experience, so please only offer constructive criticism.
A review of this puzzle by Prolixic follows.
A big well done to Brigster with his debut on the Rookie Corner where the reviewer is able heartily to approve of the illegal wordplay, criminal constructions and unlawful answers that our setter has provided for us. No major comments on the wordplay though it is not usual to end the clues with a full stop these days.
1 Running at Ascot, kitted out and tooled up. (5,8)
GOING EQUIPPED – A description of racing conditions (running at Ascot) followed by a word meaning kitted out.
8 She starts every night in detention. (4)
ENID – The initial letters (starts) of Every Night In Detention.
9 Result of Mr.Big wearing drainpipes in sewer. (10)
SEAMSTRESS – A cryptic definition of the result of a fat person wearing thin trousers (4,6) gives the name of a sewer or needleworker.
10 Passionate result of arsonist’s aim. (6)
ABLAZE – Split 1, 5 this is the aim of an arsonist.
11 One consumed by the very acts of burglary. (8)
THIEVERY – Put in I (one) in the THE VERY from the clue.
12 Dave and ‘arry’s rogue opponent (9)
ADVERSARY – An anagram (rogue) of DAVE ARRY.
14 Convicts‘ standards without an end. (4)
LAGS – Remove the first letter (without an end) from another word for standards – as may be flown from a pole.
15 Bill should be first plagiarist getting help. (4)
PAID – The first letter of plagiarist followed by (getting) a word meaning help. Some editors will frown on the use of first to indicate the first or leading letter of a word.
16 Sentence cut by girl in redirected ‘noire’ (9)
REMISSION – A general form of address for a young girl goes inside and anagram (redirected) of NOIRE.
20 Sinful fellow next to us. (8)
COVETOUS – A four letter word for a fellow followed by (next) the TO and US from the clue. Next on its own as a charade indicator works as this is telling to this and next do that. As an adjacency indicator it would need to be “next to” but this would give “next to to us”!
21 Caught by Interpol? I censored filth (6)
POLICE – The answer is hidden (caught by) INTERPOL I CENSORED.
23 Kleptomaniac endlessly does with frippery. (5,5)
FANCY GOODS – A cryptic definition of what a kleptomaniac endlessly longs for is another word for frippery.
24 Reece or Vince Lloyd participants in battery? (4)
CELL – The answer is hidden in either or REECE LLOYD or VINCE LLOYD
25 Philanthropist discerns shape in criminal organisation. (4,9)
CASH DISPENSER – An anagram (in criminal organisation) of DISCERNS SHAPE.
1 Egon could be made corrupt. (4,3)
GONE BAD – A reverse anagram clue.
2 Misappropriating aid in developing country. (5)
INDIA – An anagram (misappropriating) of AID IN.
3 Short spell in trials giving 4 testimonies. (7)
GOSPELS – Remove the final letter (short) and put it in a word meaning trials or gos. I would have thought that the plural “trials” would be “goes” rather than gos.
4 Some city musical gatherings in old courts. (7,8)
QUARTER SESSIONS – A word for a district (some) of a city followed by a word for musical gatherings.
5 Infuse in moonshiner’s kit, nearly. (6)
INSTIL – The IN from the clue followed by the equipment used by moonshiners with the final letter removed (nearly).
6 Parvenu is in affray, found in the Andes? (9)
PERUVIANS – An anagram (in affray) of PARVENU IS.
7 Leaves regularly found in idler’s gear stash. (7)
DESERTS – The even letters (regularly) of IDLERS GEAR STASH
13 Shows vice needs correction. (9)
EVIDENCES – An anagram (correction) of SHOWS VICE.
15 Ordinary cop’s aircraft. (7)
PROSAIC – An anagram (craft) of COPS AIR. Requiring the solver to split a word into air/craft as part anagram fodder and part wordplay indicator may be seen as unfair by some unless some indication that a split is required is given in the wordplay.
17 Banal confession producing deadlock. (7)
IMPASSE – Split 2, 5 the answer is a banal confession.
18 Larcenous measure lost in twist of the mouth. (7)
OSCULAR – An anagram (in twist) of LARC[EN]OUS (the EN (measure) is removed – lost).
19 Counterfeit made by Smith. (6)
FORGED – A double definition.
22 Teddington levellers that effect imprisonment. (5)
LOCKS – A double definition with a reference to the point where the tidal part of the Thames is supposed to begin.