Rookie Corner

I receive more puzzles than I can use in the NTSPP series, so I have decided to publish some of them here.

Before a puzzle is published it is usually sent, in the first instance, to a test solver who checks that each clue is sound and fair to the solver. Then it is sent to the crossword editor who has the final say on which clues will or will not be published and negotiates any changes with the setter.  All of these tasks involve a considerable amount of work.

These puzzles from rookie setters are presented as originally received.  You are invited to adopt the role of test solver and to provide feedback.  Which clues did you like, which you didn’t like and which are flawed?  In the latter two cases please explain your reasons.  To a new setter feedback is of paramount importance – without it they are working in a vacuum.

Initially only one puzzle a week will be offered – each Monday  Comments will not be allowed on the puzzles themselves – instead there will be a post associated with each puzzle where you can say whatever you like (within reason).

Before submitting a puzzle to be considered for publication in this series, please write to me using the Contact page.  All puzzles submitted should be from setters who have not previously had puzzles published in the national press, the MPP series or the NTSPP series, and the puzzle itself should not have been published elsewhere (with the exception of specialist sites and the setter’s own website).

Update 01 January 2018

Since setting up Rookie Corner nearly four years ago it has become the first choice for new setters seeking a place to publish their puzzles.  The main reasons for this are the excellent criticism that is available through the comments and the superb review by Prolixic, our resident guru.  The quality of the puzzles submitted often rivals that available on the back pages of national newspapers, indeed several of our Rookies have gone on to provide puzzles for those national newspapers.  BD

001 A Puzzle by Axolotl 002 A Puzzle by loonapick 003 A Puzzle by Topdown (CW) 004 A Puzzle by Futhark
005 A Puzzle by Soup 006 A Puzzle by Hoskins 007 A Puzzle by Mitz 008 Outside Interest … by Hasslethymi
009 A Puzzle by Axolotl 010 All in One Rhythm by Mitz 011 A Puzzle by Gepetto 012 Crime & Punishment by Brigster
013 A Puzzle by Topdown (CW) 014 A Puzzle by Futhark 015 In Other Words by Soup 016 A Puzzle by Phito
017 A Puzzle by Hasslethymi 018 A Puzzle by Gepetto 019 A Puzzle by Imsety 020 Reel Them In by Brigster
021 A Puzzle by Axolotl 022 Beware! by Mitz 023 A Puzzle by Imsety 024 A Puzzle by Gepetto
025 A Puzzle by Sprocker 026 A Puzzle by Beet 027 A Puzzle by Imsety 028 A Puzzle by Axolotl
029 A Puzzle by Futhark 030 A Puzzle by Sprocker 031 A Puzzle by Beet 032 Holidays by Topdown (CW)
033 Extreme Points by Hasslethymi 034 A Puzzle by Mitz 035 A Puzzle by Sprocker 036 A Puzzle by Axolotl
037 Merry Christmas by Beet 038 No time for Turkeys by JollySwagman 039 Happy New Year! by Beet 040 A Puzzle by Silvanus
041 A Puzzle by Sprocker 042 A Puzzle by Axolotl 043 A Puzzle by Unable Panda 044 A Puzzle by Silvanus
045 Araucaria 94th birthday crossword by Penko 046 K9 by Sprocker 047 Ice by Viola 048 A Puzzle by Silvanus
049 A Puzzle by Beet 050 A Puzzle by Sprocker 051 A Puzzle by Unable Panda 052 A Puzzle by Snape
053 Double Crossing So and Sos by Silvanus 054 A Puzzle by Cyborg 055 Half Conceal the Soul Within by JollySwagman 056 A Puzzle by Fidelibus
057 4 Free by Penko 058 A Puzzle by Dutch 059 A Puzzle by Viola 060 A Puzzle by Moonlapse
061 A Puzzle by Hasslethymi 062 A Puzzle by Froy 063 A Puzzle by Topdown 064 Glastonbury by Beet
065 A Puzzle by Starhorse (Pulham) 066 A Puzzle by Mitz 067 A Puzzle by Barfly 068 A Puzzle by Snape
069 A Puzzle by Maize 070 A Puzzle by Axolotl 071 A Puzzle by Sprocker 072 A Puzzle by Metman
073 A Puzzle by Silvanus 074 Jerusalem by JollySwagman 075 A Puzzle by Hippo 076 Couplet by Cyborg
077 A Puzzle by AKMild 078 Border Agency by Hasslethymi 079 A Puzzle by Moonlapse 080 A Puzzle by Snape
081 A Puzzle by Maize 082 A Puzzle by Encota (Acteon) 083 Rookie Regulars by Sprocker 084 A Puzzle by Metman
085 A Puzzle by Silvanus 086 A Puzzle by Fringilla 087 A Puzzle by JollySwagman 088 A Puzzle by Fidelibus
089 Merry Christmas by Silvanus 090 A Puzzle by Cyborg 091 A Puzzle by Snape 092 A Puzzle by Topdown
093 A Puzzle by PaulT 094 A Puzzle by Encota 095 A Puzzle by Maize 096 Keynote Address by Sprocker
097 A Puzzle by Starhorse (Pulham) 098 A Puzzle by The Partygoers 099 A Puzzle by Silvanus 100 A Puzzle by Metman
101 Hushed up by JollySwagman 102 A Puzzle by Fidelibus 103 A Puzzle by Snape 104 A Puzzle by Drummond
105 A Puzzle by Encota 106 A Puzzle by Arepo 107 A Puzzle by Cyborg 108 A Puzzle by Tedgar
109 A Puzzle by Silvanus 110 A Puzzle by Wolfgang 111 A Puzzle by Metman 112 Easy by JollySwagman
113 A Puzzle by Arepo 114 A Puzzle by loonapick 115 A Puzzle by Starhorse 116 GoT by Sprocker
117 A Puzzle by Snape 118 A Puzzle by Cyborg 119 A Puzzle by Deuce 120 A Puzzle by Moolally
121 A Puzzle by Silvanus 122 A Puzzle by Metman 123 A Puzzle by Arepo 124 A Puzzle by loonapick
125 A Puzzle by Jeroboam 126 A Puzzle by JollySwagman 127 A Puzzle by MP 128 A Puzzle by Cyborg
129 A Puzzle by Webb 130 A Puzzle by Encota 131 A Puzzle by Dill 132 A Puzzle by Starhorse
133 A Puzzle by ShropshireLad 134 A Puzzle by Metman 135 A Puzzle by Deuce 136 A Puzzle by Arepo
137 A Puzzle by MP 138 A Puzzle by AKMild 139 A Puzzle by Dill 140 A Puzzle by JollySwagman
141 A Puzzle by Drummond 142 A Puzzle by Melvis 143 A Puzzle by Metman 144 A Puzzle by Jeroboam
145 A Puzzle by Webb 146 Coder by Fiddlesticks 147 A Puzzle by Deuce 148 A Puzzle by Clueso
149 A Puzzle by AKMild 150 No Prizes by Mucky 151 A Puzzle by Dill 152 A Puzzle by Sarah Lolley
153 A Puzzle by Arepo 154 A Puzzle by JollySwagman 155 A Puzzle by Jaffa 156 A Puzzle by Metman
157 A Puzzle by Clueso 158 A Puzzle by Mucky 159 A Puzzle by Deuce 160 A Puzzle by Italicus
161 A Puzzle by Dill 162 A Puzzle by Jaffa 163 A Puzzle by Metman 164 A Puzzle by AKMild
165 A Puzzle by Italicus 166 A Puzzle by Laccaria (FirmlyDirac) 167 A Puzzle by Mucky 168 A Puzzle by Jaffa
169 A Puzzle by MacLog 170 A Puzzle by Arepo 171 A Puzzle by Shabbo 172 A Puzzle by Dill
173 A Puzzle by Whynot 174 A Puzzle by Metman 175 A Puzzle by Rags 176 A Puzzle by Italicus
177 A Puzzle by Manxman 178 A Puzzle by Melvis 179 A Puzzle by Metatron 180 A Puzzle by Mucky
181 A Puzzle by Alan 182 A Puzzle by MacLog 183 High Street by Solemate 184 A Puzzle by Shabbo
185 A Puzzle by Raven 186 A Puzzle by MP 187 A Puzzle by Jaffa 188 A Puzzle by AKMild
189 A Puzzle by Metman 190 A Puzzle by Italicus 191 A Puzzle by Melvis 192 A Puzzle by Effra
193 A Puzzle by Metatron 194 A Puzzle by Maclog 195 A Puzzle by Wire 196 A Puzzle by Deuce
197 A Puzzle by Exit  198 A Puzzle by Laccaria 199 A Puzzle by Skinny 200 A Puzzle by Fiddlesticks
201 A Puzzle by Fiddler  202 A Puzzle by Dill
203 Homage by Whynot 204 A Puzzle by Rags
205 Capitalist Views? by Hippogryph 206 Shoe by Solemate 207  A Puzzle by Shabbo 208 A Puzzle by Raven
209 Premier et Dernier, Peut-être by Moutarde 210 A Puzzle by Kelotoph (AKMild) 211 A Puzzle by Zulu 212 A Puzzle by Effra
213 A Puzzle by Marg 214 Hurricanes by Maclog 215 A Puzzle by Wire 216 A Puzzle by Metman
217
A Puzzle by Exit 218
A Puzzle by Skinny 219
A Puzzle by Webb
220
Beasts by Perceval
221
A Puzzle by Fiddlesticks 222
A Puzzle by bob 223
A Puzzle by Hippogryph 224
A Puzzle by Atrica
225
A Puzzle by Shabbo 226
A Puzzle by Laccaria 227
A Puzzle by Zplig 228
A Puzzle by Rags
229
A Puzzle by Effra 230
A Puzzle by DMS 231
A Puzzle by Marg 232
A Puzzle by Skinny
233
A Puzzle by Perceval 234
A Puzzle by Hippogryph 235
A Puzzle by Atrica 236
A Puzzle by Shabbo
237
A Puzzle by Fiddlesticks 238
A Puzzle by Zplig 239
A Puzzle by Skinny 240
Whodunnit?
241
A Puzzle by Atrica 242
A Puzzle by Bardwig 243
A Puzzle by Loonapick 244
A Puzzle by Harold

Prolixic has prepared a document entitled “A brief guide to the construction of cryptic crossword clues” which can be downloaded, in pdf format, by clicking below.

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Created 14 April 2014

Updated 10 December 2018