A Puzzle by Foxglove
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Our first Rookie puzzle of 2019 introduces Foxglove. 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.
A very creditable debut from Foxglove. The only comment is that there were a couple of minor repetitions. The commentometer is 1/28 or 3.5%.
1 Easy things to do head teachers don’t have time for (2-8)
NO-BRAINERS – Double definition, the second partly cryptic as it would describe empty-headed pupils and, too boot a three letter word for a head followed by another word for teachers without the letter T (don’t have time).
6 Competent mariner left furthermost tip of Kintyre (4)
ABLE – The abbreviation for able-seaman followed by the abbreviation for left and the final letter (furthermost tip) of Kintyre.
9 Income tax cover-up of a trailblazer in astronomy (5)
COMET – The answer is hidden in (cover-up) in Income tax.
10 Cad in favour of splitting money paid back (9)
REPROBATE – A three letter word meaning in favour of inside (splitting) a six letter word for money that may be paid back.
12 What needs to be done at the dentist‘s to assert authority (4,4,5)
SHOW ONE’S TEETH– Double definition, the first part cryptic being what you do when you open your mouth wide.
14 Men reportedly condescended to be frocked (8)
ORDAINED – The abbreviation for other ranks (men) followed by a homophone (reportedly) of deigned (condescended).
15 European from British school (6)
BRETON – The two letter abbreviation for British followed by the name of a public school.
17 Not unusual for a girl beginning to love (6)
NORMAL – A five letter girl’s name followed by the initial letter (beginning to) of love.
19 Miners with guidance finally value being competent at arithmetic (8)
NUMERATE – The abbreviation for National Union of Miners followed by the final letter of guidance and a four letter word meaning value.
21 The vibe at Paris Saint-Germain F.C. (6,2,5)
ESPRIT DE CORPS – The French for team spirit.
24 Ruined garden left in Soviet Union city (9)
LENINGRAD – An anagram (ruined) of GARDEN L (left) IN. As left has already been used for L, another indicator should have been used.
25 Lament awful accommodation for group leader (5)
DIRGE – A four letter word for awful around (accommodation for) the first letter (leader) of group.
26 Coming back, Lawrence Durrell admits lacking propriety (4)
RUDE – The answer is hidden (admits) and reversed (coming back) in Lawrence Durrell.
27 Informer, traitor and one without a leg to stand on (5,5)
GRASS SNAKE – Another word for an informer followed by another word for a traitor.
1 A small cut (half-inch) (4)
NICK – Double definition, the second being another word meaning pinch (half-inch).
2 Puzzled? Ponder in bed (7)
BEMUSED – A four letter word meaning ponder in the BED from the clue. Perhaps another word for bed could have been used.
3 Writer is supported by court proceedings, though lacking copyright approval (13)
AUTHORISATION – A six letter word for a writer followed by the IS from the clue and another word for court proceedings without the C (lacking copyright approval).
4 More slender dart used in north east rounds initially (8)
NARROWER – A five letter word for a dart inside the abbreviation for Northeast followed by the initial letter of rounds.
5 Regret accepting record back for foreign currency (5)
RUPEE – A three letter word meaning regret includes a reversal (back) of the abbreviation for an extended play record. Back having being used a reversal indicator, another indicator should have been used.
7 Extremely daring underwear (7)
BRAVEST – A three letter word for a piece of underwear followed by a four letter word for piece of underwear.
8 Consistent, and given to be impartial (4-6)
EVEN-HANDED – A four letter word meaning consistent and a six letter word meaning given.
11 After changing route, he accompanies honeymooners in a remote location (5,8)
OUTER HEBRIDES – An anagram (after changing) of ROUTE followed by the HE from the clue and another word for honeymooners.
13 Heard elected member is a therapist (10)
COUNSELLOR – A homophone (heard) of councillor (elected member).
16 Is CID use unusual in these cases? (8)
SUICIDES – An anagram (unusual) of IS CID USE.
18 Matured red pine requires treatment (7)
RIPENED – An anagram (requires treatment) of RED PINE.
20 Old country song about ship? Unknown (7)
ASSYRIA – A four letter word for an operatic song around the abbreviation for steamship and a letter representing an unknown quantity.
22 Artist of French king and queen (5)
DURER – A two letter French word meaning of followed by the abbreviation for Tax (king) and the abbreviation for the current queen.
23 Simple pond (4)
MERE – Double definition.