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NTSPP – 064 (Review)

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 064 (Review)

64 by Anax

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When BD told me Anax had a themed puzzle for number 64, I had visions of another song based puzzle (When I’m 64). Instead we have an excellent puzzle with a mini-theme of notable events / things in 1964.

This review is rather brief as I am not available on Saturday so am preparing this in advance.

Many thanks to Anax for the crossword.


7aBird sees round butt as place for funny shorts (until ’64) (6,5)
{LOONEY TUNES} – These funny shorts are not those worn by Anax on holiday in Italy. They are a series of cartoons whose production ceased in 1964. Take a four letter bird and a word for sees around a three letter word for a butt (or target) to find the answer.

9a Accept evidence of unfinished snooker table? (3)
{NOD} – Groan out loud time. A word meaning that you have accepted something by a movement of the head also suggests that a snooker table had not had the semi-circular line at one end drawn on it.

11a Do over – about time (3)
{ACT} – A word meaning do comes from the Latin abbreviation for about which is reversed followed by an abbreviation for time.

12a Brown welcomes serenades in ’64 new town (11)
{BASINGSTOKE} – This new town established in 1964 comes from a word meaning brown (as may be done in an oven) with a phrase (4,2) meaning serenades inside.

13a Hatch-back one fast driver returned (it wasn’t his!) (4,3)
{HIRE CAR} – A vehicle that is rented comes from the final letter of hatch, and I (one) and a description of a fast driver reversed.

14a Bomb unit, say, boarding coaster – OK? (7)
{MEGATON} – A description of the explosive force of a bomb comes from an abbreviation for say inside a coaster (as may be used on a table) followed a word meaning OK.

16a/17a Leader of House is no Law Lord masquerading as PM in ’64 (6,6)
{HAROLD WILSON} – The Prime Minister in 1964 comes from H (leader of house) and an anagram (masquerading) of IS NO LAW LORD.

19a Furniture store (new in ’64) with hotel rather close by (7)
{HABITAT} – A trendy furniture store established in 1964 comes from an H (hotel) and a phrase (1,3,2) meaning rather close by.

21a Official thing husband finds cool (7)
{REFRESH} – A word meaning cool comes from a three letter word for a match official, a Latin word of three letters for thing and a final H (husband).

23a Indie band playing in a rock institute (11)
{SMITHSONIAN} – This institute (an American one) comes from the name of an indie band, a two letter word meaning playing and an anagram (rock) of IN A.

25a Go downhill and jump with determination? (3)
{SKI} – A word for going downhill on snow comes from a word meaning jump with the final letter removed (determination).

26a Horse and badger (3)
{NAG} – A double definition of a description of a horse and badger (as in pester).

27a Working hard, ideally, folded paper in ’64 (5,6)
{DAILY HERALD} – This newspaper that stopped in 1964 comes from an anagram (working) of HARD IDEALLY.


1d Book extract to make light of? (6)
{BLEACH} – A word meaning to make light of (as may be done with hair) comes from an abbreviation for book followed by a word meaning extract.

2d On border, dig a spectacular new ’64 crossing (5,4,6)
{FORTH ROAD BRIDGE} – A new river crossing opened in 1964 comes from a word meaning on (in the sense of go forward) followed by an anagram (spectacular) of BORDER DIG A.

3d National Organisation of Car-Booters (5-5)
{SERBO CROAT} – This national is an anagram (organisation) of CAR-BOOTERS.

4d My name applied to article about another name I use (6)
{ANONYM} – Another name used for something comes from reversing MY plus an abbreviation for name plus ON (about) plus A (article).

5d River Island’s empty shops? One is opening (4)
{ISIS} – The name of a river comes from an abbreviation for Island and the outer letters of SHOPS with an I (one) inside (opening).

6dFootball club in continual turmoil? Not unusual! (15)
{UNCONTROVERSIAL} – A word meaning not unusual comes from the name of a football team (think Tranmere) inside a anagram (turmoil) of continual.

8d Shocked as suspect keeps dry in scrap (7)
{TASERED} – A word meaning shocked (as in electrocuted by the police) comes from a three letter for for a scrap (as in a bit) around a four letter word meaning dry.

10d Outstanding news on a young woman (6)
{DUENNA} – A name for a young woman comes from a word meaning outstanding (as a debt may be) two abbreviations for new (news) followed by an A.

15d She danced around aging fellow in ’64 Bond film (10)
{GOLDFINGER} – This Bond film released in 1964 comes from the name of a famous dancer (surname Rogers) around a word meaning aged and an abbreviation for fellow.

17d Way outside ring-road, one’s lost, using plenty of gas? (7)
{WORDILY} – A word meaning using plenty of gas (or being prolix) comes from an abbreviation for way around a letter that resembles a ring, an abbreviation for road, an I (one’s) and an abbreviation for lost.

18d 27’s replacement in ’64, but he’s unusually content (3,3)
{THE SUN} – The paper that replaced the one referred to in 27a is hidden inside the phrase “but he’s unusually”.

20d Worthless old bass acquired by Charlie (3-3)
{TWO BIT} – A word meaning worthless comes from a word meaning Charlie (as in an idiot) around abbreviations for old and bass.

22d Barnet prostitute about to expose duke (6)
{HAIRDO} – A word for Barnet (as on the head) comes from a two letter word for a prostitute around a three letter word for expose and an abbreviation for Duke.

24d Leather passport that man carries (4)
{HIDE} – A word describing leather comes from a word for a man inside a word describing what a passport is.

4 comments on “NTSPP – 064 (Review)

  1. Following my entries in “NTSPP comments” I can now see how I got some of the answers – it’s always easier when someone explains it to you!

    Apart from some frustration at not being fully aware of some of the events of ’64 I can safely say this was a much more pleasurable task than redecorating No.1 son’s apartment! Thanks to Anax & to Prolixic.

  2. Many thanks to Prolixic for the excellent review.

    The intention here was always that the thematic answers would be known to most and that the 1964 link would be of trivial interest – hope that’s how solvers found it to be.

    Just a quick aside; visitors to the DIY COW forum will have been unable to access it over the past few days, and it’s still offline as I write this. The forum is hosted by Web-Mania and, unfortunately, they’ve had a major technical breakdown which has affected many of the websites they host. Last week’s challenge was won by our good friend Gazza and he has set a new one for you budding clue-writers out there. For now, we’re keeping things active via the DIY COW WordPress blog at http://diycow.wordpress.com/ so you can, at least, bob in to find out when the proper forum becomes active again.

    This is the second time recently that the forum has gone offline but I don’t really blame Web-Mania. A fairly well publicised hack of the MySQL software caused the original outage. This time they’ve been very upfront and told me about damage caused to their servers by a power supply unit failure which they are trying to address. It appears to be something requiring replacement of major hardware… and I’m sure you can imagine what it’s like trying to source and replace bits of computer hardware on the weekend!

  3. Excellent puzzle, really enjoyable. Some tremendous clueing here.

    Many thanks to Anax and Prolixic.

  4. I did enjoy this – I can remember 1964 but I didn’t think it essential to solve the puzzle. Thanks to Anax for the puzzle and Prolixic for the review – both excellent as usual.

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