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Welcome back to DMS. This was of toughie standard but fortunately because the clues were good rather than bad. There are a few minor points. Most of these are were different editors would have different views so do not count towards the commentometer rating which, today, is 1.5/28 or 5.4%.
8 Found scoffing first of many a treat in the afternoon? (5,3)
CREAM TEA – A six letter word meaning found or establish includes (scoffing) the first letter of many all followed by the A from the clue.
9 Blue Nun leaves centurion drunk (6)
EROTIC – An anagram (drunk) of CENTURION after removing the letters in NUN
10 Descartes obscuring line from the past? (4)
SCAR – The answer is hidden (obscuring) in the first word of the clue.
11 She ultimately wanted to speak better (10)
AMELIORATE – The name of a girl with the final letter removed (ultimately wanted) followed by a word meaning to speak. With such a wide range of girl’s names it is often better to use a definition by example such as Earhart for one ultimately wanted…
12 Reversing in dodgem – it embodies self care (2,4)
ME TIME – The answer is reversed and hidden in the third to fifth words of the clue.
14 Old hat had more court appearances? (8)
OUTDATED – Cryptically a person who has more opportunities to court someone. This does not quite work for me. It would need to be courting appearances to work correctly.
15 Mistake in imam’s belief in all things spiritual? (7)
ANIMISM – An anagram (mistake) of IN IMAMS.
17 In London, one learns juggling? (7)
ARSENAL – The letter representing one followed by an anagram (juggling) of LEARNS. One of may least favourite forms of definition is the prepositional indicator. In London is a very loose form of definition. At its worst you get in India to define a place in India. However, you do see this in some newspapers.
20 Song and dance with test pattern? (3,5)
THE TWIST – An anagram (pattern) of WITH TEST. I don’t think that pattern as a noun works as an anagram indicator. Whilst pattern can be a verb, it is a transitive verb “to pattern something” so would need to be before the letters to be rearrange. Perhaps song and dance with test disrupted.
22 Assembles before courts (6)
ERECTS – A three letter word meaning before followed by the pluralised abbreviation for courts.
23 Price, perhaps, loathing 18d? (6,4)
HORROR STAR – A six letter word meaning loathing followed by another word for the answer to 18d.
24 Pole dance finale in the nude! (4)
BARE – The final letter of dance inside a three letter for a pole.
25 Excellent advice to leading politician (6)
TIPTOP – A three letter word for advice followed by the TO from the clue and the first letter (leading) of politician. Some editors would not allow leading X to indicate the first letter of X. Perhaps to leader of party would be better.
26 I chose to allow discrete EU interruptions to provide a cool environment (8)
ICEHOUSE – Put the letters in EU separately (discrete) into the first two words of the clue.
1 Make wet and dirty? On the contrary! (3,5)
DRY CLEAN – The opposites (on the contrary) of wet and dirty.
2 Pretty reasonable? (4)
FAIR – Double definition.
3 A badger in a relaxed position (2,4)
AT EASE – The A from the clue followed by a five letter word meaning to badger.
4 Butcher loves a Yankee sausage (7)
SAVELOY – An anagram (butcher) of LOVES A followed by the letter represented by Yankee in the phonetic alphabet.
5 This setter gets rubbish help in review by referee (8)
MEDIATOR – A two letter word for this setter followed by a reversal (in review) of three letter words for rubbish and help. I don’t think that wordplay by definition works as a clue structure.
6 Mirror writing? (10)
JOURNALESE – Cryptic definition of a type of writing that appears in newspapers such as the Mirror.
7 One of the most significant digits in base ten? (3,3)
BIG TOE – Cryptic definition of on of the digits on your feet.
13 Youth imperfection following split? (10)
IMMATURITY – Split imperfect to give IM PERFECTION then retain the IM and add a synonym of perfection.
16 Supporters of horse riding? (8)
STIRRUPS – Cryptic definition of part of a horses riding tackle into which the feet go.
18 Shifting 8 will help with the expletives! (8)
ASTERISK – The character above 8 on a key board accessed using the shift key.
19 Set it to go off for a roll? (7)
STOTTIE – An anagram (go off) of SET IT TO.
21 Essentially, school’s tidiest thug! (6)
HOODIE -The central characters (essentially) of the second and third word in the clue.
22 Made knowledgeable tip-off? (6)
EARNED – Remove the first letter (tip-off) of a seven letter word meaning knowledgeable.
24 Show disapproval of Kafka’s debut novel? (4)
BOOK – A three letter word meaning show disapproval of followed by the first letter (debut) of Kafka.