A Puzzle by Amoeba
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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.
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Thanks to Amoeba for this week’s Rookie puzzle. Overall, the cluing was good but badly let down by by 1a. The commentometer reads as 1.5 / 28 or 5.4%.
1 Physical intimacy? (13)
SADOMASOCHISM – A cryptic definition. As people have mentioned, this does not come close to defining the solution cryptically.
10 Tries to interrupt official exercise (9)
REHEARSAL – A five-letter word meaning tries inside (to interrupt) a four-letter word meaning official.
11 Colossal vole swallows battery (5)
SALVO – The answer is hidden (swallows) in the first two words of the clue.
12 Endlessly sift rocks (5)
SCREE– A six-letter word meaning to sift without the final letter (endlessly).
13 Romeo with urge to get hold of a film’s Caribbean music (9)
REGGAETON – The letter represented by Romeo followed by a phrase (3,2) meant to urge or encourage around the A from the clue and a two-letter name of a film.
14 Annoys vaccine distributors? (7)
NEEDLES – Double definition, the second being part part of a syringe.
16 Perhaps Connery’s near to the boiling point in play (7)
SHIMMER – How Sean Connery may pronounce simmer (near the boiling point). I think that as simmer as a noun means in a simmering state, near to the boiling point is ok.
18 Slows down manic traders (7)
RETARDS – An anagram (manic) of TRADERS.
20 If wife starts to have episode, tell her (7)
WHETHER – The abbreviation for wife followed by the initial letters (start to) the five to seventh words of the clue and the HER from the clue.
21 In New York, another drink with mint, perhaps (9)
FRESHENER – Cryptic definition that might describe a drink with mint in it.
23 It leaves the heart of either side of argument essentially invalid (5)
AORTA – A phrase 1,21, describing either side of the word argument followed by the central letter (essentially) of invalid.
24 A large pirate’s cry? (5)
AVAST – The A from the clue and a four-letter word meaning large.
25 Notice new church collars ambassador about support (9)
ADHERENCE -A two-letter word for a notice or advert and the abbreviations for new and church around the abbreviation for an ambassador and a two-letter word meaning about.
26 She wrote dark poetry, and her son occasionally worried (7,6)
DOROTHY PARKER – An anagram (worried) of DARK POETRY HRO (the odd letters – occasionally – of her son).
2 Awful, vicious assault on men with bible study books (9)
ABHORRENT – The abbreviation of actual bodily harm (vicious assault) followed by the abbreviation for other ranks (men), the abbreviation for religious education and the abbreviation for new testament (books). I think that describing religious education as bible study is no longer accurate.
3 Love rat beginning to expect lecture (5)
ORATE – The letter representing love or zero followed by the RAT from the clue and the first letter (beginning to) of expect.
4 Force American to return to States (7)
ASSERTS – A six-letter word meaning force or emphasise and the single letter abbreviation for American all reversed (to return).
5 Goblin discovered sitting on ogress every now and then helps (7)
OBLIGES – The central letters (discovered) of goblins followed by the even letters (every now and then) of ogress.
6 In haste, I’m developing something that might make you sneeze (9)
HISTAMINE – An anagram (developing) of IN HASTE IM.
7 Leave or share pudding? (5)
SPLIT – Triple definition.
8 Captured soldier Iran forswore to exchange under pressure (8,2,3)
PRISONER OF WAR – An anagram (to exchange) of IRAN FORSWORE after (under) the abbreviation for pressure.
9 Eventually, famous fiddler invested in struggling old realtors (6,2,5)
SOONER OR LATER – The name of the Roman emperor who allegedly fiddled whilst Rome burnt in an anagram (struggling) of OLD REALTORS.
15 Relatively slow section from storyteller primarily illustrates lost, poor part of city (9)
LARGHETTO – A four-letter word for a storyteller or fibber without (lost) the initial letter (primarily) of illustrates followed by a six-letter word for a poor area of a city.
17 I see artist supporting medium, born to be a princess (9)
MAHARANEE – A three-letter word meaning I see and the abbreviation for an artist under (supporting) the abbreviation for medium all followed by a three-letter word meaning born.
19 Time spent outside in summer, quietly protecting a French vampire? (7)
SUNBATH – A two-letter word meaning quietly includes (protecting) the French masculine singular for A and a three-letter word for the type of animal of which a vampire is an example. I think that SH meaning be quiet, not quietly.
20 Praise Newcastle’s boat? (7)
WORSHIP – How someone from Newcastle might say the word “warship”.
22 Muse embraced by lover at once (5)
ERATO – The answer is hidden (embraced by) in the final three words of the clue.
23 Initially scratched more attractive clothes horse (5)
AIRER – A six-letter word meaning more attractive without the initial letter (scratched).