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.


  1. pommers
    Posted June 4, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    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.

    • Posted June 4, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

      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)

      • pommers
        Posted June 4, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

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

    • Prolixic
      Posted June 4, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

      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. crypticsue
    Posted June 4, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    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. gazza
    Posted June 4, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    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.

    • pommers
      Posted June 4, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

      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!

    • Spindrift
      Posted June 4, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

      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!

      • gazza
        Posted June 4, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

        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).

        • Spindrift
          Posted June 4, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

          Thanks Gazza however I still think my interpretation is better !

          • gazza
            Posted June 4, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

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