A Puzzle by Bardwig
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A few words about last week’s Rookie puzzle. Rookie Corner was set up in order to enable setters to have their puzzles published as is and to learn from the subsequent feedback. Last week we had a setter who, having ignored my advice that themed puzzles are unpopular with solvers, proceeded with a puzzle that was inpenetrable to many solvers. To then get aggressive with myself, and with those who commented, because things didn’t go his own way meant that when he requested that I remove his puzzle I gladly complied.
Back to normal service! 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.
Thanks to Barwig for the entertainment. I thought that this was well clued with only a few minor points to highlight. The commmentometer reads as 2/27 or 7.4%
1 Classical commanders reportedly dispatched your charges (10)
CENTURIONS – A homophone of SENT (dispatched) YOUR followed by a four letter word for charges. The word for charges is not correct. Ions are the particles that carry a charge, not the charge.
6 Shtick from Gatsby, perhaps, circumventing training runs (6)
JAPERY – The first name of the leading character in the Great Gatsby around (circumventing) the two letter abbreviation for training and the abbreviation for runs.
9 Discredited sapper had a go with his head (8)
REBUTTED – A two letter abbreviation for a sapper followed by a six letter word meaning attacked with the head.
10 Coroner corrupted Queen’s file in the official protocol (2,6)
ON RECORD – An anagram (corrupted) of CORONER followed by the letter representing the Queen’s file on a chess board. A good way of indicating the final letter.
11 Bobby’s progenitor’s back on the tail of Katja Kipping (6)
ASLEEP – The name of the person credited with the creation of the police force (bobby’s progenitor) reversed (back) after (on) the last letter (tail of) Katja.
12 Country gateway protects universal good (8)
PORTUGAL – A six letter word for a gateway around the abbreviations for universal and good.
14 I’ll say I reduced 2’s makeup! (8)
EYELINER – A homophone (say) of I’LL followed by the I from the clue and the solution to 2d with the last letter removed. I don’t think that say works as a homophone indicator after the words to be sounded out. It would have to be I’ll said to maintain the cryptic reading but this would break the surface reading.
16 Disney production connecting with inner circle (4,4)
LION KING – A seven letter word meaning connecting includes (with inner) the letter that looks like a circle.
19 West End artist breaking silence, back in the headlines? (4,4)
HARD NEWS – Insert the abbreviation for West, the END from the clue and the two letter abbreviation for an artist inside a two letter word meaning silence and reverse (back) all of the letters. I agree that this is an American term that should have been indicated as such. Take care not to repeat wordplay indicators such as back for a reversal, already used in 11a.
21 Influence a fine pink paper that covers the City (6)
AFFECT – The A from the clue the abbreviation for fine and the abbreviation for Financial Times (pink paper) around (that covers) the postal code for the City of London.
22 Exuberant English quintet accommodates loud American (8)
EFFUSIVE – The single letter abbreviation for English and the number represented by a quintet includes (accommodates) the abbreviations for loud and American.
23 Railway Children play with coaches from another planet (5,3)
TRAIN SET – A six letter word meaning coaches or teaches followed by the abbreviation for extra-terrestrial.
24 Almost beginning to nudge ahead of time (6)
NEARLY – The first letter (beginning to) of nudge followed by a five letter word meaning ahead of time.
25 Start to take note: guide unusually lost for words (6-4)
TONGUE-TIED – An anagram (unusually) of T (start to take) NOTE GUIDE.
1 Corbyn, ignoring North, upset key machine man (6)
CYBORG – An anagram (upset) of CORBYN after removing the N (ignoring North) followed by a letter representing a musical key.
2 Anorak with dinner dress (4)
NERD – The answer is hidden in the final two words of the clue. With does not work as a hidden word indicator.
3 A French bishop: consumed but not vanquished (8)
UNBEATEN – The French masculine singular of A followed by the abbreviation for Bishop and a five letter word meaning consumed.
4 Litigate with Lenin’s badly educated people (14)
INTELLIGENTSIA – An anagram (badly) of LITIGATE LENINS.
5 Gotham’s ruler before he ruled in Tanzania (7)
NYERERE – The abbreviation for New York (Gotham) followed by the abbreviation for the current queen (ruler) and a three letter word meaning before.
7 Acting oddly: nothing’s working in the middle of the day (2,4)
AT NOON – The odd letters in acting followed by the letter representing nothing and a two letter word meaning working.
8 Green lie: once it exploded on the campaign trail (14)
ELECTIONEERING – An anagram (exploded) of GREE LIE ONCE IT.
13 Left most of a crew somewhere in Greater Manchester (5)
LEIGH – The abbreviation for left followed by the number of people in rowing crew with the final letter removed (most of).
15 Aversion therapy initially used in endless tragedy (8)
DISTASTE – The initial letter of therapy inside an eight letter word for tragedy with the final letter removed (endless).
17 Reckon on revolving big burner (7)
INFERNO – A five letter word meaning reckon followed by a reversal (revolving) of the NO from the clue.
18 Women in jeans upended pivot (6)
SWIVEL – The abbreviation for women inside the name of a jeans manufacturer reversed (upended).
20 Pay back Marxist in merriment? On the contrary (6)
REFUND – A three letter word meaning merriment inside a three letter word indicating Marxist.
22 Case that is raised includes you, according to Macron (4)
ETUI – Reverse (raised) the abbreviation for that is and include the French (according to Macron) two letter word meaning you.