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NTSPP – 127

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 127

A Puzzle by Hieroglyph

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NTSPP - 127

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A review of this puzzle by Prolixic follows.


1 Philosopher’s art review is partial (6)
{SARTRE} – The name of a philosopher is hidden inside (is partial) ‘s art review

4 Inferred journalist’s giving coverage to fascist (6)
{EDUCED} – A word meaning inferred comes from putting the name of an Italian fascist leader inside the abbreviation for editor (journalist).

9 Murderer – one in prison (4)
{CAIN} – Put an I (one) inside an informal word for a prison to obtain the name of the first murderer recorded in the pages of the bible.

10 Given free range to run (7,3)
{CHICKEN OUT} – A double definition for “to run (away)” and what might describe a free range hen.

11 Only source of notes for official film music (2,4)
{AT MOST} – A word meaning only comes from a source of notes (hole in the wall machine) followed by the abbreviation for Original Soundtrack (official film music).

12 Here, media storm obliterates last of Murdoch’s goodness (6,2)
{DEARIE ME} – An expression for goodness (as an interjection) comes from an anagram (storm) of HERE MEDIA after removing the H (obliterates last of Murdoch)

13 Thinks about passage of sunset a tide majestically reflects (9)
{MEDITATES} – Hidden and reversed inside sunset a tide majestically is a word meaning thinks about.

15 Fish-wife survived! (4)
{PARR} – The surname of one of King Henry VIII’s surviving wives is also the name of a fish.

16 Second greatest part of Indonesia? (4)
{BALI} – Part ofIndonesia comes from the second letter of the alphabet followed by the name of the boxer who declared he was the greatest.

17 Loner’s to give the game away, repeatedly (9)
{SINGLETON} – Two words (4 and 3,2) meaning to give the game away when put together give a word meaning loner.

21 Fake diamond once used to explain the Trinity (8)
{SHAMROCK} – A floral three leafed example used to explain the Trinity comes from words meaning fake and diamond.

22 Uproariously funny Stephen King book – a novel (6)
{LOLITA} – This novel comes from the text abbreviation for uproariously funny followed by the name of on of Stephen King’s books and a final A from the clue.

24 South London area’s cold, yellowish-brown reservoir (10)
{CAMBERWELL} – Put together the abbreviation for cold, a yellowish-brown colour and word for a reservoir gives the name of an area of South London.

25 Mobster corrupting American cop (4)
{CAPO} – An anagram of A (forAmerica) and COP gives the name of a Mafia mobster.

26 Piece of ground in front of animal’s lair is very wet (6)
{SODDEN} – A word meaning very wet comes from a word for a piece of ground followed by the name of an animal’s lair.

27 The Queen’s Head’s leading clientele (6)
{TOPERS} – These clientele of bars and pubs comes from a word for head followed by the abbreviation for the Queen with the S (‘s in the clue) added.


1 Celebrity let off alarm (7)
{STARTLE} – A word for a celebrity followed by an anagram (off) of LET gives a word meaning alarm.

2 007? (5)
{RINGO} – The clue needs to be split 00 and 7.  A person who was a 7d in the Beatles comes from another word for an O following by another O.

3 Old Irish policemen with too much Austrian cheese (7)
{RICOTTA} – An abbreviation for the Royal Irish Constabulary followed by an abbreviation for too much and the abbreviation for Austria using the IVR code gives a type of cheese.  I don’t think that you can really clue Austrian as A as the IVR code leads to Austria.

5 First of all, did inside knowledge thwart ability to order? (6)
{DIKTAT} – The initial letters (first of all) of “did inside knowledge thwart ability” give a word meaning order.

6 Republican did a tendentious piece for nominee (9)
{CANDIDATE} – Hidden inside (piece) “Republican did a tendentious” is a word for a nominee.

7 Tattoo artist’s daughter is increasingly strange (7)
{DRUMMER} – A musician who produces a beat (tattoo) comes from the abbreviation for daughter followed by a word meaning is increasingly strange.

8 Pirate, one from the east, with black stuff that is beginning to scare the children (13)
{KIDDIEWINKIES} – This affectionate word for children comes from the name of a famous scottish pirate followed by an I (one) and E (from the East), the name of black stuff that you write with, the abbreviation for that is and the first letter (beginning to) of scare.

14 Individual to criticise a corrupt city (9)
{ISLAMABAD} – The name of this city inPakistan comes from an I (individual), a word meaning to criticise, the A from the clue and a word meaning corrupt or rotten.

16 Removes top from a bed she made (7)
{BEHEADS} – An anagram (made) of A BED SHE gives a word meaning removes top from.

18 Astronomer’s delay looking up a constellation (7)
{GALILEO} – This famous Italian astronomer comes from reversing (looking up) a word meaning delay, an I (a from the clue standing for one) and the name of a constellation.

19 Short month’s work for swimmer (7)
{OCTOPUS} – The name of this sea creature (a swimmer) comes from the short form of the month October followed by another word for a work (usually used for musical compositions).

20 Husky’s greyish-white puppies ultimately tethered to end of sledge (6)
{HOARSE} – A word meaning husky comes from a word meaning greyish-white and the final letter (ultimately) of puppies and the final letter (end of) sledge.

23 Setter’s last cryptic clue about bread (5)
{LUCRE} – An anagram (about) of the final letter of setteR and CLUE gives another word for bread (in the sense of money).

9 comments on “NTSPP – 127

  1. Slightly easier than the usual Hieroglyph, well I thought so. Some splendid d’oh moments, particularly 2d which ranks as one of my top favourites. Thanks Hieroglyph once again for a nice Saturday diversion.

  2. Thanks to Hieroglyph for a very enjoyable puzzle. I agree with CS that 2d is superb, but I also liked 17a and 27a.

  3. On a dreary wet afternoon , I found this really difficult and only completed 2/3s without recourse to hints. The mix of American, new, old and just obscure references made life very difficult.

    Not complaining, it was nice to have a bit of a stretch and from the review all the answers were well clued.

    How would the seasoned solvers rate it for difficulty?

    Thanks to Prolixic for the review which came in very handy.

    Thanks to Hieroglyph , I am Murray to your Federer, well beaten.

    1. If it were on the back page of the DTi, I would say 3*, if it were a Toughie 2* and for a Hieroglyph defnitely 2*

      Not sure whether that helps or not :0

  4. I finally finished apart from 11 and 27A , the latter I read in Gazza’s hints and IMHO is OTT! sorry but I do think it is far-fetched among some really good clues like 15A and lots more. Anyway, thanks toHieroglyph for a mainly entertaining crossword and Gazza whose explanations were vital or I’d still be going through the alphabet trying combinations to fit the clue.

    1. I’m not sure if this comment is in the right place (?). If it is then you have the wrong reviewer – the plaudits should go to Prolixic and not to me.

  5. Most enjoyable. Thanks to H & to P although I’m proud to say I didn’t need the hints…mmm…smug mode…

  6. Excellent stuff so thanks to Hieroglyph.

    Favs 2d and 27a.

    Ta also to Prolixic for an excellent review.

  7. Just back from my holidays, so belated thanks for all your comments and to Prolixic for the review. Hope to see you again soon :-)

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