A Puzzle by Tedgar
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Tedgar has been an occasional commenter since September 2014 – today he steps up to the plate with his debut puzzle. 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.
Prolixic has updated his document entitled “A brief guide to the construction of cryptic crossword clues” which can be downloaded, in pdf format, from the Rookie Corner index page or by clicking below.
A review of this puzzle by Prolixic follows.
A very polished debut from Tedgar in what will, I suspect, be a very short sojourn in the Rookie Corner if he keeps up this standard. Other than one minor point on an overlap between the wordplay and the answer and one clue where the anagram letters appeared elsewhere in the solution in their original form, there was nothing to remark upon. The grid with 9 entries where there was less than 50% checking was not ideal, particularly where the initial letters were not checked, but again this is a minor point although one that can make the grid more difficult to solve for less experienced solvers who may rely more on cross-checking letters to complete the grid.
1 Slight injury from rodent caught in school (7)
SCRATCH – A three letter rodent and the abbreviation for caught inside the abbreviation for school.
5 Rather modest beer with a hoppy finish (7)
HALFWAY – Another name for a beer (a modest amount rather than a full pint followed by the abbreviation for with, the A from the clue and the final letter (finish) of hoppy.
10 Criminal tendency (4)
BENT – A double definition, the first being a slang term for describing a criminal.
11 Prepare Italian hen for slaughter (10)
ANNIHILATE – An anagram (prepare) of ITALIAN HEN.
12 Shortage of wind has yachtsman leaving NYC adrift (6)
ASTHMA – An anagram (adrift) of YACHTSMAN after removing (leaving) the letters in NYC.
13 After end of gin, son seen brewing moonshine (8)
NONSENSE – The final letter (end of) gin followed by an anagram (brewing) of SON BEEN.
14 Game is not all bluff (9)
PARTRIDGE – A word meaning not all followed by another word for a bluff (as in a high steep bank).
16 Crow beginning to take on snakes (5)
BOAST – The first letter (beginning to) of take followed by (on) a type of constructing snake in the plural.
17 Soldier rejected toilet, digs in snow (5)
IGLOO – Reverse a two letter abbreviation for an American soldier and follow it with an informal word for a toilet.
19 Small sheep that is slowest (9)
STUPIDEST – The abbreviation for small followed by another name for a male sheep and the full latin term for “that is”.
23 Most fuddy-duddy old ladies snooze endlessly (8)
MUMSIEST – Another word for old ladies (as a slang expression) followed by another name for a midday snooze with the first and last letters removed (endlessly). Chambers supports the use of “old ladies” for the first four letters but I can see why it may cause some people to wince.
24 Low-fat dip for a bit of sauce? (6)
SKINNY – A double definition, the second being a description of swimming with no clothes on.
26 I’m forced to go round working behind bars (10)
IMPRISONED – The IM from the clue followed by another word meaning forced or pushed around a two letter word meaning working.
27 Squeeze time in for golf holiday (4)
TRIP – A word meaning squeeze with the initial G (golf) replaced by a T (time).
28 Learned rude moves with sex drug (7)
ERUDITE – An anagram (moves) of RUDE followed by a two letter word for sex and the abbreviation for ecstasy (drug). Slightly unfortunate that the anagram fodder also appears as given in the solution, even if divided by the “it”.
29 Claret’s different (but similar) (7)
SCARLET – … similar to claret. An anagram (different) of CLARETS.
2 Rebel left’s main issue for Clinton (7)
CHELSEA – Crossword land’s favourite rebel or revolutionary followed by the abbreviation for left and another word for the main (in a nautical sense).
3 Lead character dropped by Eastenders (5)
AITCH – The spelling of the letter that is not pronounced (reputedly) by most residents of the East of London.
4 Tea and assortment of pita bread (7)
CHAPATI – A three letter word for tea followed by an anagram (assortment) of PITA.
6 Goddess featured in one article after another (6)
ATHENA – Split 1,4,1 this would indicate on indefinite article followed by another.
7 Lie in shade with fool getting tipsy (9)
FALSEHOOD – An anagram (getting tipsy) of SHADE FOOL.
8 Those engaging posers? (7)
ARTISTS – Those who engage people to sit and be painted.
9 Volatile affair detonating NHS’s collapse (3-5,5)
ONE-NIGHT STAND – An anagram (collapse) of DETONATING NHS
15 Walked around America before getting nicked (9)
TROUSERED – A four letter word meaning walked around a two letter abbreviation for America and a word meaning before.
18 Lower down, nocturnal activity returns (7)
GLUMMER – A word meaning down followed by a reversal (returns) of the abbreviation for rapid eye movement (nocturnal activity). As previously discussed in comments, there is probably too much overlap between the word meaning down and the solution.
20 Send bones for research (7)
POSTDOC – Another word meaning to send or mail something followed by another abbreviation for a doctor (bones).
21 Dawn French a rebel following Saunders’ lead (7)
SUNRISE – After the first letter (lead) of Saunders put the French masculine for A and another word as a verb meaning to rebel.
22 Criticises lapse in good taste (4,2)
GETS AT – An anagram (lapse) of G (good) TASTE.
25 String of cabaret nightclubs around Bury (5)
INTER – The answer is hidden (string) and reversed (around) in CABARET NIGHTCLUBS,