NTSPP – 007

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 007

No, there’s no Bond theme! by Anax

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Welcome to the seventh in our series of weekly puzzles.  If you were wondering about the title, this is puzzle no. 007.

Anax is experimenting once more.  This one should be medium difficult, say four stars.  See if you agree.

The puzzle by Anax is available here

Feel free to leave comments about this puzzle.


15 Comments

  1. Posted March 27, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Thanks Anax ..like the NTSPP’s so lets get started…

    • Posted March 27, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Oh a very enjoyable puzzle….though I looked at it for 10 minutes before I got into the style of it ..then it just flowed. Although I got all the answers could not see how on 28a and 15d and 1d. Some really good clues as well that made me laugh…Thanks

      • Posted March 27, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Permalink | Reply

        The pleasure’s all mine – thank you!
        I recently suggested to BD that the NTSPP should be reviewed “same day”; not sure yet if that will happen today but I’ll hold back on explaining the three clues you mentioned, just in case.

        • Prolixic
          Posted March 27, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Permalink | Reply

          I’m up for writing a review if that would be helpful for people.

        • Posted March 27, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Permalink | Reply

          Whoops not good on forums seem to have posted twice…sorry. Best clue for me was 25a closely followed by 16a and 18a after staring at it for eons suddenly came to me with one of those eureka moments…..

  2. Prolixic
    Posted March 27, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Great puzzle Anax, many thanks for this. This is just my opinion but, on balance, I found this easier and quicker to solve than the previous NTSPP puzzle you set a few weeks back. The only clues that slowed me down a bit were those that lapsed into a spot of Yoda speak. Generally, I found the indicators fair and well signposted, perhaps not as well hidden than in other puzzles that you have set. My only question is with the indicator for the final letter of 26d.

    • Posted March 27, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks pal; glad you enjoyed it. Yes, I wanted the indicators to be reasonably challenging but clear. As for the last letter of 26d, Chambers (perhaps grudgingly) ackowledges that ought/aught/naught/nought are pretty much interchangeable except for “aught” which can mean anything, if you catch my drift.

      • Posted March 27, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Permalink | Reply

        Oh a very enjoyable puzzle….though I looked at it for 10 minutes before I got into the style of it ..then it just flowed. Although I got all the answers could not see how on 28a and 15d and 1d. Some really good clues as well that made me laugh…Thanks

  3. Radler
    Posted March 27, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I agree with Prolixic and found this easier than your last NTSPP puzzle, though every bit as enjoyable and entertainingly deceptive. Especially liked “Mo”, “buffet”, “breeze blocks” “blue ribbons” “too far away” – to name just a few!

  4. gazza
    Posted March 27, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Just to be different, I thought it was a bit trickier than the last Anax special (I’d say ** or *** as a Toughie). It was thoroughly enjoyable – my favourite clues 11a, 1d and 20d.

  5. gnomethang
    Posted March 27, 2010 at 8:05 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I’m with gazza on this one – took a little while to get started until the switch clicked.
    Despite being massively dissappointed at finding no Bond references (despite the warnings) I had loads of fun completing.
    Favourite clue by far was 1d – Outstanding use of handbags!
    3d, 17a, 23a and 13d were also mighty fine.
    Slight grumble at 28a – is the def ‘aren’t crumbling’? I have the wordplay but have an issue with the tense.
    Many thanks for the puzzle, anax.

    • Posted March 27, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Sorry about the lack of a Bond theme – the puzzle was set at short notice and there wasn’t time to invent anything. BD mentioned the same thing about “aren’t crumbling” and the explanation I gave to Dave wasn’t as good as this one:

      If the answer had been COLLAPSE the def “are crumbling” would be as valid as a reference to the singular verb. “They collapse”/”they are collapsing” are near enough identical to pass for each other. The clue at 28a uses the same principle but opts for the antonym rather than a synonym.

      • gnomethang
        Posted March 27, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for that explanation. Still feels a bit wrong in my head but I will have a think about it.
        The lack of Bond theme quip was a bit of a joke! How could we possibly complain?!

  6. Mark
    Posted April 1, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I haven’t finished this yet (sigh!) but I am enjoying it. Thanks Anax.
    I am not going to look at the review yet!
    mark

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