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NTSPP – 069 (Comments)

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 069

Menagerie by Radler

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Welcome to the latest in our series of weekly puzzles.

This week we have a delightfully themed puzzle from Radler.  Both Prolixic, who test solved it, and I agree that this one is at the easier end of the Radler spectrum, so why not give it a go?

The puzzle by Radler is available by clicking here:

NTSPP - 069

Feel free to leave comments about this puzzle on this post.

11 comments on “NTSPP – 069 (Comments)

  1. I enjoyed this one so thanks to Radler. Excellent themed puzzle with all the across ones well clued without mentioning the theme subject.
    I’ll have to wait for the review as I don’t really understand 6d or 31d. Never heard of 8d but guessed it from the checkers and the wordplay.
    I think favourite is 37a.
    Thanks again Radler.

    1. 6d Remove EN D (end-less) from a word meaning busy to get the challenge

      31d the beast is a charade of zeal and D(eparts)

      1. D’oh! Perhaps brain isn’t fully recovered from mate’s visit!
        Obvious or what?

    2. As BD mentioned, I test solved this one and found it very enjoyable. A review will be up later on today or sometime tomorrow depending on how sermon writing duties progress.

  2. When I first saw ‘Radler’, a moment’s despair crept in but would agree that this is very much at the easier end of Radler’s repertoire, helped I think by the theme. Lots of good clues but I would agree with Pommers that 37a is my favourite.

  3. Great entertainment from Radler and not as fiendish as he can be. I agree that 37a is top clue but I also laughed out loud at 24d.

    1. Hi Gazza, yes I laughed at 24d but then I do have a “Schoolboy” sense of humour! Never seen the word used in a crossword before!

    2. Excellent puzzle but tell me that 2d is the Latin word for “but” surrounding the flatulence going up. Yes?
      I’m looking for ward to the review as I think whoever it is they going to have their work cut out explaining some of the answers!

      1. I’m assuming that you’re referring to 24d. It’s a cryptic and humorous way of saying “stops (one) making flatulent noises” reversed (returning).
        The definition is attacked (from an aircraft).

          1. I’m sure you’re right, Spindrift. I’m just amused at the thought of a verb to de-fart :D

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