A Puzzle by Encota
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This week’s puzzle is another excellent contribution from Encota. 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.
Encota delights with this puzzle. It more polished than previous puzzles and only a few minor matters to raise on the wordplay. Perhaps 9 anagrams was a little on the high side but worse has been seen in the daily papers!
1 Unfaithful Frenchman maybe aged disgracefully (8)
RENEGADE – A French masculine first name followed by an anagram (disgracefully) of AGED. The maybe could have been omitted here as Frenchman is not an example of Rene.
5 Vegetable rust? (6)
CARROT – Split 3-3, this would indicate a form of corrosion that affects old vehicles.
9 He stared improperly – part of seat being visible behind (8)
HEADREST – An anagram (improperly) of HE STARED.
10 Ignoring the odds, reverses Armageddon Hex Charm (6)
ENDEAR – The even letters (ignoring the odds) of ARMAGEDDON HEX reversed.
12 First-rate politician’s parting excuse (5)
ALIBI –A two letter expression indicating first-rate includes (parting) the abbreviation for Liberal (politician).
13 Loathsome old boy next door to Number 10 indicating debts? (9)
OBNOXIOUS – The abbreviations for old boy and number followed by the Roman numeral for 10 and an abbreviation for debts.
14 The result of choosing between sad and overjoyed psychics? (1,5,6)
A HAPPY MEDIUM – The mid-point between sad and overjoyed applied to another word for a psychic.
18 Reading for one accepting gangster’s wide-ranging state (12)
UNIVERSALITY – An educational establishment of which Reading is an example includes (accepting) the first name of the gangster Mr Capone.
21 Unsafe ship, for example, had pet rat swimming (5-4)
DEATH-TRAP – An anagram (swimming) of HAD PET RAT.
23 The conclusion reached before cracking cipher (5)
OMEGA – Before a word meaning cracking or superb put a letter that indicates the character 0.
24 Running order from Ms Lovelace squeezing General (6)
AGENDA – The first name of the computing genius Ms Lovelace includes (squeezing) the abbreviation for general.
25 Feature of Python Eric’s sloth? (8)
IDLENESS – A semi-cryptic reference to the second name of Eric of Monty Python fame.
26 Tear exchanging articles for lead (6)
TETHER – Replace the indefinite article in tear with the definite article.
27 Untaxed cost could be so accounted for (4-4)
SCOT-FREE – A reverse anagram clue where the answer gives a cryptic clue that gives cost.
1 Rifles are the means to gain power (6)
REHEAT – An anagram (rifles) of ARE THE.
2 Vitamin C in regular treatment for angina, initially (6)
NIACIN – The C and the IN from the clue before (initial) the even letters (regular treatment) of ANGINA.
3 See topless below deck: one’s warned not to pay! (9)
GARNISHEE – A word meaning to deck or adorn food followed by the word see without the first letter (topless). This type of order instructs a bank not to pay money in an account to the account holder but, instead, to pay it to a third party who is owned money by the account holder.
4 Upset with disclosure when old member’s out for fifty (12)
DISCOMPOSURE – The word for upset would become disclosure if you replaced the abbreviation for O and member of parliament with the Roman numeral for 50.
6 Mobile tool perhaps with bearings inside is appropriate (5)
ANNEX – The American name (Mobile) for a cutting tool include three compass points, the first being repeated.
7 “Charioteers staggered when sea parted” – such eloquence (8)
RHETORIC – An anagram (staggered) of CHARIOTEERS after removing (parted) the letters in sea. As the letters in sea are removed in a different order, some editors would require a second anagram indicator such as rough sea.
8 Supply moistener ignoring new routine (8)
TIRESOME – An anagram (supply – in a supple manner) of MOISTENER after removing the abbreviation for new.
11 Full of information, film about nursing revolved around work (12)
ENCYCLOPEDIC – A four letter word for a film is reversed about and includes (nursing) a word meaning revolved around a two letter word for work.
15 Outgoing rambler receives garbled text? Quite the reverse! (9)
EXTROVERT – An anagram (garbled) of TEXT includes another word for rambler.
16 Rave support for team not heading fourth division (8)
QUADRANT – A word meaning rave goes underneath (support for) a five letter word for a team without the first letter (not heading).
17 Fixed gilt – name for bond (8)
LIGAMENT – An anagram (fixed) of GILT NAME.
19 Show space to turn round (6)
VENEER – A word for a printers space has a word meaning to turn or swerve around it.
20 Trouble results from uneven heats? A Silver! (6)
HASSLE – The odd letters (uneven) in HEATS A SILVER.
22 Dodge‘s centrally meshed gears (5)
HEDGE – The answer is hidden centrally in MESHED GEARS.