A Puzzle by Acnestis
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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.
Bravo Acnestis. Apart from a point on one of the definitions which could be tighter, this was an excellent crossword. The commentometer reads as 0.5/27 or 1.9%
A very happy Christmas to all the Rookies and bloggers.
1 Entering court, slim copper is respectable-looking (5-3)
CLEAN-CUT – A four-letter word meaning slim and the chemical symbol for copper inside (entering) the abbreviation for court.
6 Rover is mad to pursue power (6)
PIRATE – A five-letter word meaning mad or angry after (pursing) the abbreviation for power.
9 Apprehend adult is in love (4)
NAIL – The abbreviation for adult in a three letter word meaning zero or love.
10 Polite remark from countryman penning fifty lines (10)
PLEASANTRY – A seven-letter word meaning a countryman around the Roman numeral for fifty followed by the abbreviation for railway (lines).
11 Old lady starts to become agitated in city (6)
MUBAI – A three letter word for an old lady (many mothers would be up in arms at the description old) followed by the initial letters (starts to) of become agitated in.
12 Demand lawsuit against former lover (8)
EXACTION – A six-letter word for a lawsuit after (against) a two-letter word meaning a former lover.
14 A French right-winger harassed online without restraint (12)
UNCONTROLLED – The French masculine singular for one followed by the three-letter abbreviation for conservative (right-winger) and a seven-letter word meaning harassed on-line.
17 Best place to begin training pilot with no poise (4,8)
POLE POSITION – An anagram (training) of PILOT NO POISE.
19 After exercise, parent is desperate for eternal youth (5,3)
PETER PAN – A two-letter abbreviation for exercise followed by an anagram (is desperate) of PARENT.
21 By embracing holy figure, son achieves prospects (6)
VISTAS – A three-letter word meaning by around (embracing) the abbreviation for saint followed by the abbreviation for son.
22 Woman waiting on flight of stairs hopes somehow to lift piano (3,7)
AIR HOSTESS – An anagram (somehow) of STAIRS HOPES after removing the P (to lift piano).
24 Stare at long clue periodically (4)
OGLE – The even letters (periodically) of long clue.
25 Mark‘s sergeant-major meets topless magistrate (6)
SMUDGE – The abbreviation for sergeant major followed by six-letter word word a magistrate without the initial letter (topless).
26 Crossing stage, girl slips (8)
MISSTEPS – A four-letter word for a young girl around (crossing) a four-letter word for a stage or leg.
2 Alliance de Gaulle formed without Germany or Luxembourg (6)
LEAGUE – An anagram (formed) of DE GAULE without the IVR codes for Germany and Luxembourg.
3 Film A-level? (3,5,3)
ALL ABOUT EVE – Read A LEVEL as AL(EVE)L and describe the result.
4 Fantastic work by island county arresting corrupt and inept leaders (9)
CAPRICCIO – A five-letter island followed by the abbreviation for country around the initial letters (initial) of corrupt and inept.
5 Main ten theories about rule Sheffield United, say, breaks twice? (6,2,1,2,4)
THERE’S NO I IN TEAM – An anagram (about) of MAIN TEN THEORIES.
6 No more American food (5)
PASTA – A four-letter word meaning no more followed by the single letter abbreviation for American.
7 Weakling’s unfinished work (3)
RUN – A four letter word for a weakling without the final letter (unfinished).
8 Go beyond making profits (8)
TURNOVER – A four-letter word for a go followed by a four-letter word meaning beyond. Turnover is not the same as profit. The operating expenses for generating turnover (cash throughput) has to be deducted from turnover to calculate the profit.
13 Old coins depreciated essentially, revealed recruiting agent (6,5)
TALENT SCOUT – A seven-letter word for old coins used in one of Jesus’ parables followed by the central letter (essential) of depreciated and a three-letter word meaning revealed.
15 Seeks further profit from animated TV series about knight (9)
REINVEST – An anagram (animated) of TV SERIES around a single letter abbreviation for a knight on a chessboard.
16 He loses face supporting aristocrat? No! (8)
NOBELIUM – The name of gas whose chemical symbol is He after (supporting) a three-letter word for an aristocrat.
18 Hurry! Get to work! (6)
GALLOP – A four-letter word meaning get to or annoy followed by a two-letter abbreviation for work.
20 Revolutionary process a physician carries out (5)
PASSE – The answer is reversed (revolutionary) and hidden (carried) in the third to fifth words of the clue.
23 Tricked Henry and Bill (3)
HAD – The abbreviation for Henry followed by a two-letter abbreviation for a bill or advertisement.