# Checks broken canine? (11)

Somee cryptic crosswords clues I have made:

Checks broken canine? (11)

Hint:

Two meanings of canine are used here. This is a 'double straight'.

And a bonus:

Too many teeth? (5)

Hint:

This is a 'double straight'

• Please could you also tell us which letters you already know, and in which positions in the word? – Rosie F Jul 8 '16 at 12:20
• Just to clarify, are these crossword clues you saw or that you wrote yourself? I'm having a hard time getting started! – Arth Jul 8 '16 at 16:07
• Veterinarian would work quite well for the first clue (someone who would check a broken/injured canine/dog), but alas it is 12 letters :( – Arth Jul 8 '16 at 16:16
• @arth I wrote them myself. – Pureferret Jul 8 '16 at 19:06
• @Arth my wish is your command. – Pureferret Jul 11 '16 at 14:05

I think the first one could be

Houndstooth

since it

However, it doesn't seem to fit too strongly with the clue as a whole (although it might work with the first word)

• That's the solution. The pattern is often described as "broken checks". – Pureferret Jul 12 '16 at 6:33

tough.

Because

The "?" implies an unconventional reading of the clue. So perhaps the first definition is "too man-y" as in "like a man", which could be tough. Then the other definition is "teeth" and if something "has teeth" it's (at least idiomatically) tough.

Checks broken canine? (11):

Orthodontic
An Orthodontic treatment would be to check teeth including broken canine's.

Too many teeth? (5):

Natal
Extra teeth in children are called Natal teeth

• ... because ... ? – Gareth McCaughan Jul 8 '16 at 12:02
• Both are the correct length – Andrew Day Jul 8 '16 at 12:03
• So are METAMERISMS and ARRAS (picking two words at random). Why are your answers better than those? – Gareth McCaughan Jul 8 '16 at 12:05
• (I'm not saying they're wrong. Just that general practice here -- of which I strongly approve -- is that answers come with explanations of why they're right.) – Gareth McCaughan Jul 8 '16 at 12:05
• @GarethMcCaughan makes a fair point. Not only that, but the OP tagged this question cryptic-crosswords, and I don't see how either of the clues can be a cryptic clue for any of the answers suggested so far. – Rosie F Jul 8 '16 at 12:17