A Puzzle by Jaffa
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A review by a recently vaccinated Prolixic follows. No ides effects other than a temptation to make anagrams.
7 Exceedingly beautiful unwritten verse of former laureate? (6,2,6)
POETRY IN MOTION – A six-letter word meaning verse followed by a phase 2, 6 meaning its in the head (unwritten) of a former poet laureate whose first name was Andrew.
9 Hidden message from underwater mobile? (7)
SUBTEXT – Cryptically this could be an SMS sent from a submarine.
10 Back last runner at ‘Aydock Park (7)
ENDORSE – A three-letter word meaning last followed by the type of animal that runs at Haydock Park without the initial H.
11 Those willing sort incomplete estate anomaly (9)
TESTATOR – An anagram (anomaly) of SORT ESTAT (incomplete estate).
12 Vagrants spend a penny and go back to cause pain (5)
SMART – A reversal (go back) of tramps (vagrants) without the letter P (spend a penny)
14 Consequence of malfunction of a striped panoply at the Globe? (4,7,4)
RAIN STOPPED PLAY – An anagram (malfunction of) A STRIPPED PANOPLY.
17 Plumbing accessory, is we hear, a protocol at the Palace (1-4)
U-BEND – A homophone (we hear) of you bend (a protocol at the Palace).
19 Dissolute made train pickled (9)
MARINATED -An anagram (dissolute) of MADE TRAIN.
21 Greeting heard in nudist colony in New York City? (7)
BUFFALO – A homophone (heard) of buff hello (greeting in a nudist colony).
23 Release a French prison guard (7)
UNSCREW – The French masculine singular for A followed by a five-letter word for a prison guard.
24 French stick with Billy to generate income (5-3-6)
BREAD AND BUTTER – A five-letter word for the type of food of which a French stick is an example followed by a three-letter word meaning with and a description of a goat (Billy).
1 American bowler’s salary for county side (10)
DERBYSHIRE – Split 6,4 you would have a description for the American name for a bowler hat (maintaining the possessive form of the ’s) and a four-letter word for salary.
2 Unrestrained gladness regularly employed by those unwilling to pay (8)
FREEGANS – A four-letter word meaning unrestrained followed by the odd letters (regularly employed) of gladness.
3 Maestro opposes riotous composition (8)
VIRTUOSO – The single letter meaning opposes followed by an anagram (composition) of RIOTOUS.
4 Almost stopped return of Cornish grockles (6)
EMMETS – A seven-letter word meaning stopped with the final letter removed (almost) and reversed (return)
5 Involvement in altercation describes a train’s location (2,4)
AT ODDS – A description of the position of the letters of “a train” in the word altercation (which is doing unfortunate double duty as wordplay and a definition).
6 Initially tyre on Rolls Royce has a low pressure reading (4)
TORR – The initial letters of the second to fifth words of the clue.
7 Supposition embodies an assumption of truth (5)
POSIT – The answer is hidden (embodies) in the first word of the clue.
8 Watch dispatched by rail (6)
SENTRY – A four-letter word meaning dispatched followed by the two-letter abbreviation for railway.
13 Do as Simple Simon says (10)
ALLITERATE – Simple Simon Says is an example of a sentence where the words all begin with the same letter.
14 Dodgy sounding degree in dance (6)
RHUMBA – A homophone (sounding) of RUM (dodgy) followed by an abbreviation for a first degree.
15 Win over and spared EU in chaos (8)
PERSUADE – An anagram (in chaos) of SPARED EU/
16 Head off trip around South America after outcry from old timer (8)
DINOSAUR – A three-letter word for an outcry followed by a four-letter word for a trip without the first letter around the abbreviations for South and America.
18 Crises created by Madras cookery? (6)
DRAMAS – An anagram (cookery) of MADRAS.
19 Cash low note for cleric (6)
MOOLAH – A three-letter word meaning low (as in an animals noise) followed by three-letter word for a musical note.
20 Duke replaced arbour’s roof for mother’s new home (5)
DOWER – A five-letter word for an arbour with the first letter (roof) replace by the abbreviation for duke.
22 Clipped gold medal winning trees (4)
FIRST – A description of the podium place of a gold medal winner without the last letter (clipped).