A Puzzle by Cyborg
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Cyborg answered my appeal for more Rookie Corner puzzles – more puzzles are still needed in order to keep this feature going. 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.
Cyborg excels with this crossword, particularly with the novel and brilliant construction of 26a. The rest of the clues weren’t half bad either!
1 Equipment for rapid auto-detection in ticketing system (5,6)
SPEED CAMERA – A cryptic reference to photographic equipment used to catch those driving too fast.
7 Emergency call centres in crusade for costs (3)
SOS – The central letters in the final three words of the clue.
9 Group of stars roughed up burglar and lost clue (8,7)
GLOBULAR CLUSTER – An anagram (roughed up) of BURGLAR LOST CLUE.
10 Start of tape isn’t corrupt (5)
TAINT – The first letter (start of) tape and a colloquial way of saying isn’t.
11 Pause, take seat before a piercing in future (9)
HESITANCE – A word meaning to take a seat and the A from the clue go inside (piercing) a word meaning in the future.
12 Emperor has a scare, taken ill (6)
CAESAR – An anagram (taken ill) of A SCARE.
14 A detailed warrant I preserve from the US (8)
AMERICAN – The A from the clue followed by a word meaning warrant or deserve with the final two letters removed, the I from the clue and word meaning preserve. Detailed would usually mean the removal of the last letter of the word, not an indeterminate number of letters.
16 Back-stabbers in performing arts trio (8)
TRAITORS – An anagram (performing) of ARTS TRIO.
18 Ancient Roman description of dry wine reaches us (6)
BRUTUS – A word used to describe dry wine followed by the US from the clue.
21 Changes position of soldier one’s pulled out? Yep (9)
REDEPLOYS – An anagram (out) of SOLDIER YEP with the I removed (one’s pulled). I don’t think that the clue works to bring the YEP into the anagram as you would need a construction A mixes with B to do this.
22 Shoe returned to base, mostly (5)
SABOT – The answers is hidden (mostly) and reversed (returned) in TO BASE
24 Angry testimonials from 12a and 18a? (5-10)
CROSS-REFERENCES – A word meaning angry and a word meaning testimonials.
25 Unhappy case of spa weekend’s end (3)
SAD – The outer letters (case of) spa and the last letter (end) of weekend.
26 Famous last words from 12a to 18a (11)
ILLUSTRIOUS – Put together the final words from each of the clues 12a to 18a.
1 Sense position by sound (5)
SIGHT – A homophone (by sound) of site (position).
2 English driver causing strong reactions (7)
EMOTIVE – The abbreviation for English followed by a word meaning a driver or reason for something.
3 Day with relative is put off (5)
DAUNT – The abbreviation for day followed by the name of a female relative.
4 Caught out from a fitful indifference (6)
APATHY – The A from the clue followed by a word meaning fitful or sporadic with the C removed (caught out).
5 Seem disturbed by ex-copper’s pardon (6,2)
EXCUSE ME – The EX from the clue followed by the chemical symbol for copper and an anagram (disturbed) of SEEM.
6 One cheating grown-up runs around earlier (9)
ADULTERER – A word for a grown-up followed by the abbreviation for runs all around a three letter word meaning before or earlier.
7 Set up as devilish antic? (7)
SATANIC – Reverse (set up) the AS from the clue and follow it with an anagram (devilish) of ANTIC. I think that this is meant to work as an all in one clue but the clue as a whole does not quite define the answer.
8 Officers regularly seek rogue insects (9)
SERGEANTS – The odd letters (regularly) of seek rogue followed by the name of some insects. I agree that workers would have been better than insects but soldiers would have been an even better one!
12 Vision problem‘s cause for falls (9)
CATARACTS – A double definition. Not sure that the second definition is the cause of the falls but the waterfalls themselves and cause for does not work as a link word/phrase.
13 Not in favour of previous Italian starters (9)
ANTIPASTI – A word meaning not in favour or followed by a word meaning previous an alleged abbreviation for Italian. The abbreviation for Italian is It.
15 Spectacular bore always content regarding trees (8)
ARBOREAL – The answer is hidden in (content) SPECTACULAR BORE ALWAYS.
17 Add iron assembly in robot (7)
ANDROID – An anagram (assembly) of ADD IRON.
19 Leaves overly welcoming graduate with carbon copy (7)
TOBACCO – A three letter word meaning overly includes (welcoming) the abbreviation for a graduate and the abbreviation for carbon copy.
20 Annoys with extracted lead chemicals (6)
ESTERS – Remove the first letter (extracted lead) from a word meaning annoys.
22 Curse sun damage (5)
SWEAR – The abbreviation for sun followed by a word meaning damage.
23 Enquires after time for jobs (5)
TASKS – The abbreviation for time followed by a word meaning enquiries.