A Puzzle by Cyborg
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This week we have another puzzle from Cyborg. 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.
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A review of this puzzle by Prolixic follows:
DESSERTS – The abbreviation for spades inside a word for leaves (as in depart without good reason).
LOOTER – Another word for a can or toilet followed by the inner letters (drop … exterior) of stern. The cryptic reading jars a little as you simply have an instruction to drop the outer letters of stern with no indication of what to do with the remaining letters.
USHER – Another word for a drug dealer without the initial P (quietly vanishes).
AGREEABLE – An anagram (appears unusually) of A LARGE BEE.
SEXTANT – The initial letter (heading) of southern followed by a word meaning still around.
PACK ICE – A four letter word meaning walk around the initial letters (first of) knoll if considered.
CRAB – The first letter (initially) of clergyman followed by a reversal (around) of a word meaning to outlaw.
CANON – The outer letters (shell from) includes (eaten) the AN from the clue and the first letter (initially – again!) of outlaw. I think that you really need outlaw initially, not outlaw’s initially.
TOOT – A word meaning excessively followed by a letter that represents the shape of a road junction.
ICE PACK – The odd letters of kitchen followed by a word meaning to stuff or cram in.
ONEROUS – The word for 1 (I) followed by a word meaning to wake up without the final E (energy).
PAVAROTTI – A two letter word for an assistant or secretary followed by a word meaning changes without the ES (pointless) including (to accommodate) an abbreviation meaning extravagant.
VALET – An anagram (abroad) of TRAVEL without the R (registered – this is given as an abbreviation in Collins).
RETOOL – A word meaning genuine has the A (article) replaced (changed to) by a word meaning also.
STRESSED – The abbreviation for street followed by a word meaning crowded without the initial P. Care has to be taken not to repeat wordplay indicators. This is the third use of “without” to indicate deleting a letter.
ASPHYXIATE – An anagram (cut) of HAS EXIT PAY.
TEAR GAS – A word meaning rip followed by a reversal (up) another word for an elaborate story with the final letter removed (short).
STRAITJACKETS – An abbreviation for short (not in Chambers or Collins) followed by another word for a feature or characteristic and another word for covers.
POTENCY – The answer is hidden in (carries) CRACKPOT ENCYCLOPEDIA.
STUB – A reversal (returned) of a word for reservations.
DRUMS – A type of drink inside (confiscated by) the abbreviation for Detective Sergeant.
RE-ELECT – Another word meaning to stumble or stagger followed by the central letters of directors. Central as “middle of or centre of” as in “Central Middlesex” works.
GRAPHOLOGISTS – An anagram (haphazardly) of RIG GOAL POSTS H (the H being the final letter – end of – of pitch).
ICONOCLAST – Another word for a religious picture followed by a reversal (put up) of the abbreviation for company and a word meaning the latest. Again there is the repetition of a wordplay indicator, here “up” has already been used in 2d.
CLIPPER – A word meaning to dock or cut followed by the Latin for “for every”.
CARRY ON – A double definition.
HEAVIER – Another word meaning to try (as in a legal case) around (over – in a down clue I don’t really think that this works very well) a word meaning to compete.
SATED – The abbreviation for time and the final letter (close) of score inside (in…case) a word meaning sorry.
VETO – A word meaning to check something followed by the abbreviation for over.