A Puzzle by Rags
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Rags returns, raring to go! 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.
The Rookie roster is now one member down. Farewell Rags. This was well clued and enjoyable. One one point of dispute in the definition used in 25a. The commentometer is 1/26 or 3.8%.
1 Perfect speech with a New York twang? (6,7)
QUEEN’S ENGLISH – English as she should be spoken could also be the way American’s speak in a district of New York.
10 Caper involving Jack, Charlie, a ring and something about a pole? (9,6)
ANTARCTIC CIRCLE – A five letter word for a caper around (involving) a three letter word for a sailor (jack) and the letter represented by Charlie in the Nato phonetic alphabet. This is followed by another word for ring.
11 Corrupt match official, switching first and fourth place (6)
IMPURE – A six letter word for a match official in cricket has the first and fourth letters switched.
12 Ill-fated one lost in pitch? (4-4)
TONE DEAF – An anagram (ill) of FATED ONE.
14 Miracle one reconstructed for ritual (10)
CEREMONIAL – An anagram (reconstructed) of MIRACLE ONE.
15 Extremes of silly, non-specific match time (4)
SYNC – The outer letters (extremes of) silly and non-specific.
17 Bound over to keep open (4)
UNDO – The answer is hidden in (to keep) BOUND OVER.
19 Relish illicit caliph’s failure, without, foolishly, this? (10)
PICCALILLI – An anagram (failure) of ILLICIT CALIPHS after removing the letters in THIS. Foolishly correctly identifies that the letters in this are removed in a different order.
22 Prophet embracing long distance sailor (8)
SEAFARER – A four letter word for a prophet around (embraces) a four letter word for long distance.
23 Problem with military leader regarding command (6)
SUMMON – A three letter word for a problem followed by the first letter (leader) of military and a two letter word meaning regarding.
25 Downfall of loveless anoraks with bitches (4,4,3,4)
RAIN CATS AND DOGS – A nine letter word for wet weather gear (anoraks) without the O (loveless) followed by a four letter word for the type of animal of which bitches are the female of the species. The answer is a verb but the definition requires a noun.
26 Tempestuous reps let loose birds (6,7)
STORMY PETRELS – A six letter word meaning tempestuous followed by an anagram (loose) of REPS LET.
2 The standard of one’s grammar (2,2,3)
UP TO PAR – A definition by reference to the meaning of standard in the answer of 1a (one’s).
3 Do these pick up wheat barrels? (8)
EARDRUMS – A three letter word for part of the wheat stalk and a five letter word for barrels. A pedantic point but the wordplay requires only part of the wheat containing the seed.
4 Location – it’s in the home counties (4)
SITE – The IT from the clue in the abbreviation for the home counties.
5 Midlands venue on city’s outskirts holding an Italian seance? (10)
NECROMANCY – The abbreviation for an exhibition centre in the Midlands and by the outer letters (outskirts) of city around (holding) a five letter word for an Italian.
6 Partly exploit errors, that’s what waiters do! (6)
LOITER – The answer is hidden in (partially) EXPLOIT ERRORS.
7 People that could be high (7)
SOCIETY – A word for people could be preceded by high to describe those who are upper class.
8 Floaters – from berth to berth? (5,8)
CABIN CRUISERS – Cryptic definition of a type of boat.
9 Production of ice nets profit for pedant (13)
PERFECTIONIST – An anagram (production of) of ICE NET PROFIT.
13 Straight home? On the contrary (10)
INDIRECTLY – Split 2, 8 the answer could mean going straight home but together they mean the reverse.
16 Stream below, devoid of winter fish (8)
FLOUNDER – A four letter word for steam without a W (devoid of winter) and a word meaning below. Unusually, the abbreviation for winter is not in the printed version of Chambers but is in the on-line version. Normally the printed edition is the standard by which clues are judged but Rags cannot be faulted for including it.
18 Most dismal, or so I’m told, writer (7)
DIARIST – A homophone (or so I’s told) of DIREST (most dismal).
20 Light refreshment? (4,3)
LAMP OIL – Cryptic definition of what fuels certain types of light.
21 Dish a curse out (6)
SAUCER – An anagram (out) of A CURSE.
24 Farewell, Glen (4)
VALE – Double definition, the first being the Latin for farewell.