A Puzzle by Meles
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Regular solvers will know that I try to introduce a new setter every two weeks, and today is no exception – welcome to Rookie Corner Meles. 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 truly excellent debut from Meles with no major issues. The cluing was consistently good and fair. All the comments are very minor ones. The commentometer reads as 2/30 or 6.7%.
9/13/12 Film producer wanted Emmy glory or bust (5-7-5)
METRO GOLDWYN MAYER – An anagram (bust) of WANTED EMMY GLORY OR.
10 Lose it and aim too high, missing last target at the end (9)
OVERREACT – A nine-letter word meaning aim to high without the final letter (missing last) followed by the last letter (at the end) of target.
11 Better trajectory for Premier League? (3-6)
TOP-FLIGHT – A three-letter word meaning better or outdo followed by a six-letter word for trajectory.
12 See 9
13 See 9
15 Society with bravery eradicating a plague (7)
SCOURGE – The abbreviation for society followed by a seven-letter word for bravery without (eradicating) the letter A.
17 Broadcast sound needs gold leads to deliver ideal output (5)
AUDIO – The chemical symbol for gold followed by the initial letters (leads to) of the final three words of the clue.
18 Suggestion that’s pointed perhaps? (3)
TIP – Double definition for a suggestion or hint and the end of a pointed item.
20 Metal bar holding other supports (5)
INGOT – The answer is hidden in (supports) the third and fourth words of the clue.
22 Key key for one fleeing (7)
ESCAPEE – The full six-letter word for a key on a computer keyboard (unless you are a Mac owner!) followed by a single letter musical key.
25 New place is unique (7)
SPECIAL – An anagram (new) of PLACE IS.
26 At home in bed about to give keynote? (5)
TONIC – A two-letter word meaning at home inside a three-letter word for a bed with all the letters reversed (about).
27 Being sixteen, suffering with acne regularly (9)
EXISTENCE – An anagram (suffering) of SIXTEEN followed by the even letters (regularly) in acne.
30 Fill up with anger, possibly stopping assistant returning (9)
REPLENISH – A three-letter word for anger (as an exemplar of seven deadly trespasses) inside a six-letter word for an assistant with all the letters then reversed (returning).
31 Golf course connections (5)
LINKS – Double definition.
1 Leave out essential parts of some renditions (4)
OMIT – The central letters (essential parts) of the final two words of the clue.
2 Son and daughter ingest poison becoming covered in spots (8)
STIPPLED – The abbreviations for son and daughter include (ingest) a six-letter word for an alcoholic drink (as in what’s your poison).
3 Get annoyed as part of portfolio burns on the counter (4)
BOIL – The answer is hidden (part of) and reversed (on the counter) in the sixth and seventh words of the clue.
4 Sweet bread loaf (8)
DOUGHNUT – A five-letter word for money (bread) followed by a three-letter word for a head or loaf.
5 Rotten truths are half-hidden in divisions (6)
TENTHS – The final halves (half hidden) of the first two words of the clue. I think that the are clashes slightly in the cryptic reading of the clue. Sillvanus’ suggestion of “repeatedly” would improve this.
6 Clumsily trip on male gym equipment (10)
TRAMPOLINE – An anagram (clumsily) of TRIP ON MALE.
7 Advocate wife wearing coat (6)
LAWYER – The abbreviation for wife has a five-letter word for a coat around it (wearing).
8 It’s up to monarch to inspire (4)
STIR – Reverse (up) the it’s from the clue and follow with the abbreviation for king.
13 Poise shown in words to Father at dinner (5)
GRACE – Double definition, the second being a prayer before meal.
14 Bird poo wrecked swings (10)
WOODPECKER – An anagram (swings) of POO WRECKED.
16 Praise former charge in speech (5)
EXTOL – A two-letter word meaning former followed by a homophone (in speech) of a four-letter word for a tax or charge.
19 Second time I engaged in awfully cheap imitation (8)
PASTICHE – The abbreviations for second and time and the letter I from the clue in (engaged in) an anagram (awfully) of cheap.
21 Good band entertains pub to visible delight (8)
GRINNING – The abbreviation for good and a four-letter word for a jewellery band includes a three-letter word for a pub. I am not sure that visible delight is a precise definition. Perhaps “to visible delight” would be better worded “showing visible delight”.
23 An ape seen about forest’s treetops (6)
CANOPY – The AN from the clue with a four-letter word meaning to copy around it (see about).
24 Way to shut up pupil? (6)
EYELID – Cryptic definition of something that covers (shuts up) the pupil in the eye. Way in this clue does not work. Perhaps, as suggested in the comments, Something to shut up pupil would be better.
26 Divided North supports corruption from the South (4)
TORN – The abbreviation for North below (supports) a reversal (from the South) of a three-letter word meaning corruption.
28 Mixing up temperature units turns rabbit to powder (4)
TALC – A four-letter word meaning to chat or rabbit with the final letter changed from K (kelvin) to C (centigrade) miking up temperature units. I am not convinced that mixing up is precise enough to indicate swapping them – perhaps “Changing temperature units” would be better.
29 Drugs picked up for leisure (4)
EASE – A homophone (picked up) of Es (drugs).