NTSPP – 081 (Review)

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 081

A Puzzle by Chaz

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BD Rating – Difficulty */**Enjoyment ****

A warm welcome back to Chaz with the next in the NTSPP series. As Big Dave said, this was at the easier end of the spectrum. It took me about the same time to solve as an easier Rufus crossword. It did help to have spotted the theme almost immediately with 1a and 29a. For those who need a hint, the theme is explained in the brackets below.

{The books are all titles in the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett}.

I have highlighted my favourite clues below in blue.


1a Emotional art of MGM book? (6,8)
{MOVING PICTURES} – The first of our theme books comes from a word meaning emotional and a word describing the art form that MGM and other film studios produce.

10a United Nations prosecuted and ruined (5)
{UNDID} – A word for ruined comes from the abbreviation for the United Nations and a word meaning prosecuted.

11a Book heartfelt songs (4,5)
{SOUL MUSIC} – The second of our theme books comes from a phrase that describes heartfelt songs and sung by the likes of Ike and Tina Turner.

12a Coarse breathing from a pair of Greek characters inhaling nitrogen (7)
{RHONCHI} – A bronchial sound heard in snoring and heavy breathing comes from two letters of the Greek alphabet with the symbol for the element Nitrogen between them.

13a Erode each dictator holding point (3,4)
{EAT INTO} – A phrase meaning erode comes from the abbreviation for each and the name of the former dictator of Yugoslavia inside which has been added an N (one of the points of the compass).

14a A rhus or total bill (5)
{SUMAC} – A kind of tree in the Rhus family comes from a word meaning total (or add up) followed by a two letter abbreviation for a bill or account.

16a Note pulses with average flow (much more than average flow) (5,4)
{TIDAL WAVE} – A phrase meaning a flow of water that is much more than the average flow comes from a two letter word for one of the notes in the diatonic scale, a three letter word for pulses (a type of pea) a W for with and an abbreviation for average.

19a Book 9 or 21 for example (3,2,4)
{MEN AT ARMS} – The next in our theme books uses the title of one of the series as the clue to another in the series.

20a Ape short fruit (5)
{ORANG} – A word for an ape comes from a colourful fruit from which the last letter has been removed.

22a Advertising lines from film’s runner in ship (7)
{SLOGANS} – A word for advertising lines or jingles comes from the abbreviation for a ship inside which is placed the eponymous runner in the science fiction film X’s run.

25a State “Henry Jones’ dog” (7)
{INDIANA} – A double definition for a state in the USA, the nickname of Henry Jones son in the adventure films which came from the name of the family dog.

27a CIA scouts about for sound quality (9)
{ACOUSTICS} – A word for sound quality comes from an anagram of CIA SCOUTS.

28a Mary-Jane enthrals University College heads with clear speech (5)
{LUCID} – A word for clear speech comes from the initial letters of University College inside a slang word for an ounce of marijuana (indicated by Mary Jane – another slang word for the same). Alongside the theme of the Crossword, I hope that this and 7d does not represent another of Chaz’s interests!

29a Peers’ plant’s book (5,3,6)
{LORDS AND LADIES} – The next in our book theme. The name of a plant (also the titles given to peers) gives us the title.


2d Helper-out for Bond villain on isle (3-3,3)
{ODD-JOB MAN} – A phrase for a helper out comes from one of the villains in the James Bond series followed by the name of a isle in the North Sea.

3d Hindi caste embraces language group (5)
{INDIC} – A language group is hidden inside the phrase Hindi caste.

4d Chat to healthier engineer (3,6)
{GAS FITTER} – An engineer who may fix your central heating comes from a word meaning chat followed by a word meaning healthier.

5d Become used to things in lesser university uprising (5)
{INURE} – A word meaning become used to is hidden and reversed in the phrase lesser university.

6d Tamil tool used to create fruit (9)
{TOMATILLO} – A small type of fruit comes from an anagram of TAMIL TOOL.

7d To err again with, say, raw opium (5)
{RESIN} – A word to describe raw opium (among other things) when split 2-3 could mean to err again.

8d Copper’s lifting up flower, sweet stuff! (7)
{SUCROSE} – A form of sugar (sweet stuff) comes from reversing the chemical symbol for copper (with an ‘s at the end – as in the clue) followed by the name of a flower.

9/21d Book response to “quis custodiet ipsos custodes?” (6,6)
{GUARDS GUARDS} – The final book in our theme is defined cryptically by the Latin phrase in the clue which means “Who will guard the guards themselves?”

15d Manifestation of Christ as a purgation (9)
{CATHARSIS} – A word meaning purgation comes from an anagram of CHRIST AS A.

17d Very high flier in dreadful way to lose a wicket (9)
{DISMISSAL} – A word meaning to lose a wicket comes from a word meaning dreadful inside which is placed the abbreviation for the International Space Station (a very high flier).

18d Clan have a problem with sudden onset of snow (9)
{AVALANCHE} – A word for a sudden onset of snow comes from an anagram of CLAN HAVE A.

19d Wrongly name scam I’ll set to rights (7)
{MISCALL} – A word meaning wrongly name comes from an anagram of SCAM I’LL.

21d See 9

23d No sullen smell (5)
{ODOUR} – A word for a smell is a word sum of O (no) plus a synonym for sullen.

24d Capital of Valais shelters catholic heir (5)
{SCION} – A word for an heir comes from putting the abbreviation for Catholic inside the name of the capital of Valais (one of the Swiss Cantons).

26d Dished out grief to daughter (5)
{DOLED} – A word meaning dished out is a word sum of an old fashioned word for grief followed by the abbreviation for daughter.



  1. crypticsue
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

    Thank you to Prolixic for the review and for explaining the theme. II haven’t read any of the series so I didn’t see the theme at all but I have to say that, unlike the other crossword on this theme this week, it was possibly to solve Chaz’s puzzle without knowing anything at all about Mr P’s works.

  2. Qix
    Posted August 28, 2011 at 1:43 am | Permalink

    Re 23d: I think that the setter meant a word sum rather than a double definition:


  3. spindrift
    Posted August 28, 2011 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    Excellent! As a self confessed Pterry addict this was a joy. Strange though how we have had 2 similarly themed crosswords from different organs this week. Thanks to Chaz for a real treat & to Prolixic for a brilliant review.

    • spindrift
      Posted August 28, 2011 at 8:05 am | Permalink

      If possible can we have the PDF print option restored please?

      • Posted August 28, 2011 at 9:11 am | Permalink

        Sorry – I missed it when restoring the software options. It’s there now.