A Puzzle by Metman
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Metman’s latest puzzle completes three years of 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 by Prolixic follows:
Are we really at the end of three years of the Rookie corner. The series is a fantastic showcase for new setters, several of whom have move on to the NTSPP and to be published in the national press. It is a testament to Big Dave’s vision and encouragement to new setters that it has been so successful. A big thank you to all our Rookies who have contributed to the series.
This was a good puzzle from Metman which kept me entertained. Despite a few niggles, the quality is improving.
8 Suspect Irish flower loses luminance and energy (4)
IFFY – Remove (loses) the abbreviations for luminance and energy from the name of an Irish river (flower).
9 Large mammal approaching airstrip to find source of entertainment (10)
HIPPODROME – A five letter diminutive form of an African river animal followed by (approaching) a five letter diminutive word for an airstrip or airport.
10 Can be viewed by land or sea sprouting from garlic (6)
SCAPE – Double definition of the word that can follow land or sea in painting and the name of a botanical shoot that could come from a garlic bulb. As the second part of the definition is not specific to garlic, this should have been indicated as a definition by example. The surface reading could have been improved with something like “Column that may be seen by land or sea”
11 Small bird is snuggling down (8)
NESTLING – Double definition of a small bird and a word meaning to snuggle down.
12 Own a Limo? Not on your Nellie! – it engenders boredom (8)
MONOTONY – The answer is hidden (engenders) LIMO NOT ON YOUR. Ideally, hidden word clues should not have extra padding words that do not contribute to the wordplay. Here, there are three additional words.
14 Roy employs a twisted singer for this club (6)
ROTARY – The ROY from the clue includes (employs) a reversal (twisted) of another word for someone who betrays someone else – singer.
16 This does it with caution (4)
EASY – The word that goes before “does it” to make a phrase meaning with caution.
17 Racecourse symbol loses head (5)
ASCOT – Remove the first letter (loses head) from the name of a Berkshire racecourse. As loses has already been used as a deletion indicator, a different indicator should have been used here.
18 Manage with little rangefinder, not having a second (4)
COPE – Remove the abbreviation for second from the diminutive form of a word for a rangefinder.
19 Good French car test is just a joke (3,3)
BON MOT – The French for good followed by the annual test that all cars must have.
21 Small Executive Officer too old to blend in gives an informal farewell (6-2)
TOODLE-OO – An anagram (to blend in) of the abbreviation for executive officer EO TOO OLD. Chambers and Collins do not give the abbreviation required. As the first three letters of the answer are the first three letters of the anagram fodder, it feels a little unsatisfactory.
23 A period brought to a close (4,4)
FULL STOP – The punctuation mark known as a period in the USA used to end a sentence.
26 Sir, the confusion is not yours (6)
THEIRS – An anagram (confusion) of SIR THE.
27 Relish choosing a type of orchid say (10)
PICCALILLI – A homophone (say) of “pick a lily”. The wordplay leads to picking a lily.
28 Complaint? Well spotted! (4)
ACNE – A skin complaint leading to a spotty face.
1 A1 food I can cook for connoisseur (10)
AFICIONADO – An anagram (cook) of AI FOOD I CAN.
2 Easy MPH on your motorbike may show composition (8)
SYMPHONY – The answer is hidden in (may show) EASY MPH ON YOUR. Again, the motorbike is padding. As Gazza has pointed out, replacing your motorbike with Yamaha would have cured this.
3 He will shortly help you move (6)
PHYSIO – The diminutive form of the person who helps you to recover from muscular injuries.
4 Small word play is twisted (4)
SPUN – The abbreviation for small followed by another word for a play on words.
5 To genuflect before rough trip is fitting for a sailing ship (8)
BOWSPRIT – A word meaning to genuflect followed by an anagram (rough) of TRIP. I think that to genuflect leads to the singular, not the plural which means that the S in the answer is unclued.
6 Provide with weapon and sanction the band (6)
ARMLET – A three letter word meaning it provide with a weapon followed by a three letter word meaning to sanction.
7 Venom encountered reveals a warning (4)
OMEN – The answer is hidden in (reveals) VENOM ENCOUNTERED.
13 Chay managed to a T in this vessel (5)
YACHT – An anagram (managed) of CHAY followed by the abbreviation for time.
15 Red-hot support for rent – it’s exhilarating (3-7)
RIP-ROARING – A word indicating something is red-hot hoes after (supporting) a word meaning a tear or rent in something.
17 American lawyers missing from last Tuesday manoeuvred wisely (8)
ASTUTELY – Remove (missing from) DAS (American lawyers) from LAST TUESDAY and make an anagram (manoeuvred) of the letters that remain. As letter letters DAS are not removed in order, a secondary anagram indicator should be provided.
18 End of the road for complex CD clause (3,2,3)
CUL DE SAC – An anagram (complex) of CD CLAUSE. The structure definition for wordplay does not work. It should be definition for wordplay.
20 Academic held up by parasites displays animosity (6)
MALICE – A two letter abbreviation for a degree (academic) followed by (held up by) a word for parasites.
22 Not in but you are able to wear it (6)
OUTFIT – A word meaning not in followed by a word meaning you are able to.
24 Variable supports Cambridge perhaps for PC speak (4)
UNIX – A letter representing a variable followed by a diminutive form of the type of institution that Cambridge represents. As supporting has already been used as a positional indicator in 15d, a different indicator should have been used here.
25 Survey that is considered on the way out in elections (4)
POLL – A cryptic definition of a type of survey carried out after people have voted. I think that to work, this should be on the way out. [The clue was missing “out in elections” which I accidentally dropped when cutting and pasting from the pdf. It’s there now. BD]
I have rushed this out early morning before heading to work. Any errors and omissions will have to await the evening shift for correction.