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NTSPP – 113 (Review)

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 113

Eye Scream by Radler

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Congratulations on making it this far.  If your brain has not finally exploded trying to solve this crossword, the following hints may assist you in completing it without losing your sanity.

This is a crossword at the trickiest end of Radler’s spectrum which generally ranges from hard upwards!  In additional to the normal clues that are hard in their own right, this crossword contains an unusual device.

Where a solution spans two or more grid entries the wordplay is complicated.  In a normal clue, the wordplay gives you the definition that you write into the grid.  In this crossword, the wordplay gives you a word or phrase.  You then have to find homophones of the word or phrase that match the definitions in the clue.  To take Rader’s example, the clue “Laugh and look sweet (3,6)” works as follows.  The word sweet (worplay) gives ICE CREAM.  Homophones of ICE CREAM are EYE and SCREAM (look and laugh – definitions).

Normally, a clue that gives another clue to the solution is strongly frowned upon.  However, here the device is explained at the outset and just about gives you enough to be working from.  I have highlighted the relevant clues in red and given the intermediate word from which the homophones are derived.

I recall from test solving this that it took me several days on and off to unravel the wordplay.  I see that it was almost a year ago that I did this.  Coming back to the crossword today it was no easier!


1 See 5 Down

4 Hound gang after one detained by Her Majesty is current supplier (5,4)
{POWER PACK} – A device that provides electrical current comes from an abbreviation for one detained (a soldier captured during hostilities), the abbreviation for the Queen and a collective noun for a group of hounds.

9/28/22D Yank to make a lot of noise articulating point for old Premier (3,4,5)
{TOW KNEE BLARE} – The old Premier gives us TONY BLAIR.  Splitting this into the homophones gives us a word meaning to yank, a word for a joint or articulating point and a word meaning make a lot of noise.

10 Conclusive manifestation of native merit (11)
{TERMINATIVE} – An anagram (manifestation of) NATIVE MERIT gives a word meaning conclusive.

11 Scream before one engaged in bowel movement produces bodily fluid (6,4)
{YELLOW BILE} – A form of bodily fluid secreted by liver and stored in the gall bladder comes from a word meaning scream followed by an anagram (movement) of BOWEL with an I included (one engaged in).

12 See 6 Down

14 Fertiliser sack filled with Class 1 substance (5,4)
{BASIC SLAG} – A form of fertiliser comes from an anagram (substance) of CLASS I inside a word for a bag.  I was not aware of this phrase for a fertiliser.  The use of substance as an anagram indicator did not make it any easier to solve!

17 See 13 Down

20 Skirt revealing a glimpse of her butt (5)
{HEDGE} – A word meaning skirt comes from the first letter of HER (a glimpse of) followed by a word meaning butt (in the sense of an end or side).

21 Garden light shows distant figure (4,5)
{COLD FRAME} – An article used in the garden with lights (or glass / clear plastic) in it used to shelter young plants comes from a word meaning distant or aloof followed by another word for a figure.

22/30 Whine and swallow a little dog’s breakfast (4,3)
{BAWL SUP} – A phrase for dog’s breakfast gives us BALLS UP.  Homophones of this phrase give us words meaning whine and swallow a little.

24 Break contact that gets old woman drugged (4,6)
{TRIP SWITCH} – A device in an electrical surface used to break contact comes from phase that could mean gets old woman drugged!

29 Add inch to one applying restraint, bursting at the seams (9,2)
{ABOUNDING IN} – A phrase meaning bursting at the seams comes from the an A (one) and a word meaning applying restraint with the abbreviation for an inch included.

30 See 22

31 English getting abroad less, taking peaceful break (9)
{ELEVENSES} – A word for a mid-morning break comes from the abbreviation for English with an anagram (abroad) of LESS with a word meaning peaceful inside.

32 Old-fashioned fidelity withholds sex at the outset (5)
{DUSTY} – A word meaning old-fashioned comes from a word for fidelity with an S (sex at the outset) included.


1 See 15

2 Made promise, broken by lies “unfortunately” (speech marks added) (9)
{VOWELISED} – A word meaning speech marks added (the word means to mark the position of vowels in a text that has only consonants) comes from a word meaning made a promise with an anagram (unfortunately) of LIES inside (broken by).

3 See 23

4 Rebellious Arab policy curtailed concerned with moral lesson (9)
{PARABOLIC} – An anagram (rebellious) for ARAB POLICY with the Y removed (curtailed) gives a word meaning concerned with a moral lesson, like the stories that Jesus told.

5/1AHarbour revolution everywhere (5,5)
{WHIRL DOVER} – Everywhere gives us WORLD OVER.  The homophones of this phase give us words meaning revolution and a harbour.

6/12 Take down and bring in organised differently (4,4)
{REAP LAND} – Organised differently gives us RE-PLANNED.  Homophones of this word give words meaning bring in (as in harvest) and take down (as you might with an aircraft approaching the airport).

7 Being carnal, gets end away (5)
{ANIMA} – A word for being comes from a word meaning carnal with the final letter removed.

8/27 Requiring relief from René Artois? Massage a dwarf (5,5)
{KNEAD HAPPY} – Requiring relief gives us NEED A PEE.  The homophones (one with a French Allo, Allo accent) gives us words meaning  massage and one of the seven dwarfs.

13/17 Traveller, one without a home or means to get dry (4,5)
{WAIF AIRER} – Traveller gives us WAYFARER.  Homophones from this give us words meaning one without a home and a means to get dry (on which clothes may be hung).

14/19 Mound of eggs, yuck! (3,3)
{BAH ROE} – Another word for a mound gives us BARROW.  Homophones of this give us a word meaning yuck and a word for eggs.

15/1 Smuttiness gives hands a little strain (4,5)
{CREW DITTY} – Smuttiness gives us CRUDITY.  Homophones of this give use words meaning hands (as may be onboard a ship) and a word for a little strain or song.

16 Party fling as finally old man inserted several inches (9)
{GALAPAGOS} – The name of an island group (several inches – an inch being another word for an island) comes from a word for a party followed by a word for a fling or try at something and the final letter of AS with a two letter word for an old man inserted.

18 Sort out cases, dates arranged for drivers’ trials (4,5)
{ROAD TESTS} – A phrase for drivers’ trials comes from an anagram of DATES (arranged) inside (cases) an anagram (out) of SORT.

19 See 14

22 See 9 Across

23/3 Nelson’s first correspondence with Tom (5,5)
{WHORE RATIO} – Nelson’s first gives us HORATIO.  Homophones from this word give us another word for a tom (a prostitute) and a word meaning correspondence/

25 Nearly insure Barney Rubble (5)
{RUINS} – An anagram (barney) of INSURE with the final letter removed (nearly) gives a word meaning rubble.  Barney as an anagram indicator – discuss!

26 Drunk audience’s turn (5)
{WINED} – A word for drunk (past tense not a sot) comes from a homophone (audience’s) of a word meaning turn.

27 See 8

28 See 9 Across

4 comments on “NTSPP – 113 (Review)

  1. Thank you and well done Prolixic – It was a task and a half to test/re-solve this one without having to set to and explain the whys and wherefores. The mind boggles how he comes up with such complications but it was well worth it for the enjoyment factor, even if the darkened room was required once again.

  2. Boy am I glad to see your review, what a belter of a puzzle, filled the grid but with no degree of certainty…admitting to quite a lot of electronic help, trial and error and an eraser.

    But great fun and some laugh out loud answers, 6* difficulty/6* enjoyment.
    Is Radler related to Gazza?
    I marvel at the skill, deviousness and imagination that goes into a puzzle like this.

    Now rely on the met office forecast, or go out and water some newly sown grass?…

  3. I had fun compiling this puzzle, but as it was a little experimental, I wasn’t sure how it would be received. So many, many thanks to everyone who attempted it, regardless of whether they completed it. As usual, a special Thank You to Prolixic for his review, to CrypticSue for the test solve, and to BD who makes sure every NTSPP is fit for publication.

  4. Rather stupidly I had a go at this one – I should have been warned off because I didn’t even understand the “Setter’s notes”!
    I managed two answers! :roll: I thought things might improve if I “perservated” – they didn’t! :sad:
    I can’t do this – it really is much too difficult for me but if I don’t try I don’t know.
    Thanks to Radler and Prolixic – at the risk of sounding really weedy I’m not sure that it’s even worth going through the hints, although I might tomorrow – it’s meant to be raining and it’s how I’ll learn!

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