A Puzzle by Twmbarlwm
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Prologue. 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.
Twmbarlwm has produced the best Rookie crossword of 2022! The bar has been set high for future crosswords this year. There are only few comments which means that the commentometer reads as 1/30 or 3.3%.
1 Sweet state that follows a bit of kip in bed (5,6)
BAKED ALASKA – The northernmost state of America after (follow) the A from the clue and the first letter (bit of) kip in the bed from the clue.
9 Appropriate present wrapped by sensitive husband (5)
PINCH – A two-letter word meaning present inside the abbreviation for politically correct (sensitive) followed by the abbreviation for husband. Perhaps to get from sensitive to politically correct and then to use the abbreviation is too many steps for the solver.
10 Need rider to hold colt’s head (9)
ADDICTION – An eight-letter word for a rider or postscript includes (to hold) the first letter (head) of colt.
11 Interrupted by jeers regularly, reddens and scowls (7)
GLOWERS – The even letters in jeers in (interrupted by) a five-letter word meaning reddens.
12 Replica light aircraft (8)
SPITFIRE – A four-letter word meaning a replica followed by a four-letter word meaning to light or ignite.
14 Relative in Lion & Swan, tipsy (3-2-3)
SON-IN-LAW – An anagram (tipsy) of LION SWAN.
15 Learning middle section of Novello refrain (4)
LORE – The answer is hidden (middle section) in the centre of the final two words of the clue.
17 Extra bill for auditors scrapped (7)
ADJUNCT – A two-letter abbreviation for an advertisement (bill) followed by a homophone (for auditors) of junked (scrapped).
19 Finishing early, bad-tempered international (4)
TEST – A five-letter word meaning bad-tempered without the final letter (finishing earl).
20 Inventor of unusual car is in, welcoming learner (8)
SINCLAIR – An anagram (unusual) of CAR IS IN includes (welcoming) the abbreviation for learner.
21 Stub put out – hazard (8)
ENDANGER – A three-letter word for a stub followed by a five-letter word meaning to put out or cannot.
23 Mark permit in red (7)
SCARLET – A four-letter word for the mark of an injury followed by a three-letter word meaning to permit.
25 Journey to collect the tots and bring them back? (5,4)
ROUND TRIP – Cryptic definition of the journey to the bar and back to collect drinks.
26 Criminal once hiding evidence of wrongdoing? (2-3)
EX-CON – An anagram (criminal) of ONCE includes the letter representing a wrong answer. I think that the once here is doing double duty and the whole clue does not create the definition, even with the question mark.
27 Guardiola leading gym runs, after fresh fruit (5,6)
GREEN PEPPER – The first name of the manager of Manchester City (Mr Guardiola) and the abbreviation for gym and runs all after a five-letter word meaning fresh.
2 A bishop and university pastor seem sensible (3,2)
ADD UP – The a from the clue and the abbreviation for doctor of divinity (Bishop) followed by the abbreviation for university and pastor.
3 I slept badly after the end of phone message (7)
EPISTLE – An anagram (badly) of I SLEPT after the last letter (end) of phone.
4 Got at by largely corrupt news chief (8)
ATTAINED – The AT from the clue followed a five-letter word meaning to corrupt without the last letter (largely) and the abbreviation for editor (news chief).
5 New entry for very good tune (4)
SONG – The abbreviation for new inside (entry for) a two-letter word meaning very and the abbreviation for good. I don’t think “entry for” indicates an insertion.
6 One dispensing wisdom outside pub as riot erupts (8)
APHORIST – An anagram (erupts) of AS RIOT outside the abbreviation for public house.
7 Nun Idle played without hesitation or stress (9)
UNDERLINE – An anagram (played) of NUN IDLE (without) a two-letter word used when expressing a hesitation.
8 Hack with no visible credit in account (11)
GHOSTWRITER – Cryptic definition of someone who creates a work for someone else who is credited as the author.
12 Spades and stray moles disturbed earth here (5,6)
SOLAR SYSTEM – The abbreviation for spades followed by an anagram (disturbed) of STRAY MOLES.
13 A title above some paper’s last couple of pages (7)
ESQUIRE – A five-letter word for a number of sheets of paper with the last two letters of pages above it.
16 Steps taken to get a new shower? (4,5)
RAIN DANCE – Cryptic definition of a ceremony to summon wet weather.
17 Everyone has a dream from the beginning (3,5)
ALL ALONG – A three-letter word meaning everyone followed by the A from the clue and a four-letter word meaning dream or desire.
18 ‘Parky’ still something to expect at Christmas? (4,4)
COLD SNAP – A four-letter word meaning parky followed by a four-letter word for a photograph (still).
19 Garment that’s taken off to clean the aquarium? (4,3)
TANK TOP – A double definition.
22 Crack in first of eggs – ‘chick’ perhaps beginning to emerge (5)
ELITE – The first letter of eggs followed by the abbreviation for literature (chick perhaps) and the first letter (beginning) to emerge.
24 He leaves the street in Paris, indicating right (4)
TRUE – The THE from the clue after removing the HE from the clue followed by the French for a street.