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NTSPP – 134

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 134

A Puzzle by Hieroglyph

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NTSPP - 134

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A review of this puzzle by Prolixic follows.


1/4 His was no modest invention – overlooking Watt and, originally, Schilling (6,6)
{THOMAS EDISON} – An anagram (invention) of HIS WAS NO MODEST omitting the “W” for Watt and one S (originally Schilling) gives the name of a famous inventor.  I think that the clue is designed as an &lit as the work of our inventor followed the work of other scientists such as James Watt and Pavel Schilling.  However, although Schilling was active in the field of telegraphy, in which Edison was also involved, I cannot immediately see any field of invention where both our inventor and Watt overlapped.  The closest is that light bulbs are rated in Watts but James Watt was not involved in the invention of the light bulb.

9 Top footballer (4)
{BEST} – A double definition of a word meaning top and a famous footballer who played for Manchester United andNorthern Ireland.

10 4 cuts out conquests? (10)
{SEDUCTIONS} – An anagram (out) of the answer to 4 across and CUTS gives a word which might describe sexual conquests.

11 Coming across Father Brown outside pub (6)
{TAVERN} – Reverse the short description of a priest or father and put another word for brown outside to give another word for a pub.

12 Protected invention of Dr. Moreau (8)
{ARMOURED} – Another word for protected comes from an anagram (invention) of DR MOREAU.  Although not incorrect, having used invention as an anagram indicator in 1/4 across, a different anagram indicator would have been helpful here.

13 Practitioner‘s 151 in return with Botham (9)

Practitioner’s 151 in return caught by Botham
{CLINICIAN} – A name for a medical practitioner comes from the Latin representation of 151 followed by a reversal of the IN in the clue and the first name of Sir Botham.  However, the original clue does not give an indicator the second C in the word.  At the time of writing, review, editor and setter are trying to resolve this!

The clue has now been amended (though may not appear in the Java version on line if you PC has cached a copy of the original).  The word play is now CLI (151 in Roman numerals) IN reversed follwed by a C for caught and IAN for the first name of the cricketer.

15 Blue fish swimming around Cuba (4)
{RACY} – A word for blue (as in close to the knuckle or adult) comes from putting the name of a flat fish around the IVR forCuba.

16 Covet new volume, you might say (4)
{ENVY} – If you were to pronounce the abbreviations for New and Volume together, you would say a word that means covet.

17 Market closing with a lift on initial offering, perhaps? (9)
{FLOTATION} – An anagram (perhaps) of the final letter of markeT and A LIFT ON and the first letter (initial) of Offering gives a word that might describe a stock market activity defined by the whole of the clue.

21 8’s vistor – he’s in 11, right out of place (3,5)
{THE RAVEN} – One of the characters created by the author at 8d in the story defined by 1d comes from putting HE in the answer to 4a and then moving the R in resulting word to the left.

22 Jumbo driver? (6)
{MAHOUT} – A gentle cryptic definition of the person who directs the movements of an elephant.

24 Petulant 23, or mum’s cooking (10)
{HUMOURSOME} – An anagram (cooking) of the answer in 23d and OR MUM gives a word meaning petulant.

25 Somewhat rough-spoken expressions of disgust (4)
{UGHS} – Hidden inside (somewhat) the words ROUGH-SPOKEN is a word meaning expressions of disgust.

26 Keats work initially involved minor revisions (6)
{TWEAKS} – An anagram (involved) of KEATS and the first letter (initially) of work gives a word meaning minor revisions.

27 Run over in pedigree race (6)
{CAREER} – Hidden and reversed inside the words PEDIGREE RACE is a word meaning run


1/2/23/19 Ooh! Fateful hot flushes here? Grotesque tale by 8 (3,4,2,3,5,2,5)
{THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER} – One of the most famous works by the author in 8d comes from an anagram (grotesque) of OOH FATEFUL HOT FLUSES HERE.

3 As poison? (7)
{ARSENIC} – The chemical symbol As gives the name of this poison.

5 Run off when copper, having sprayed pepper-spray, retreats (6)
{DECAMP} – Take the abbreviation for pence (copper) and followed this by a word meaning having sprayed with pepper-spray then reverse (retreats) the lot to find a word meaning run off.

6 Exciting stuff – last-minute scramble blocking Messi’s second (9)
{STIMULANT} – A substance that would make you excited comes from an anagram (scramble of LAST MINUTE without the final E (blocking Messi’s second).

7 23 in order? (7)
{NUNNERY} – A ctyptic(ish) definition of house where ladies in religious orders reside.

8 Author‘s strangely angered about every unfinished verse (5,5,3)
{EDGAR ALLAN POE} – The name of this author comes from an anagram (strangely) of ANGERED around a word meaning every followed by a word for verse with the final M removed (unfinished).

14 21’s refrain is always the same – or less (9)
{NEVERMORE} – The refrain of the bird (21a) in the tale in 1d includes this word.  If something is always the same or less it would be 5,4.

16 Emissions tax (7)
{EXHUAST} – A double definition of car emissions and a word meaning to tax or tire.

18 Supply period paint (7)
{TEMPERA} – This type of paint comes from a word for a supply worker followed by a word for a period of time.

19 See 1

20 Composer‘s vodka cocktail with a dash of red-bull (6)
{DVORAK} – The name of this composer comes from an anagram (cocktail) of VODKA with the first letter (dash of) Red-bull.

23 See 1

14 comments on “NTSPP – 134

  1. Liked this one a lot. At least I was vaguely familiar with the theme which helped a bit :smile:

    Too many good clues to pick a favourite but perhaps 8d as it opens up the puzzle.

    Thanks for the fun Hieroglyph, now off to watch the F1 qualifying :grin:

  2. Got 8d early which helped the solve.

    Thanks Hieroglyph; I particularly liked 11a and 16d. Not sure about ‘retreats’ in 5d if I have parsed it properly.

      1. Thanks crypticsue, I realised that but thought as it was a down clue it should have a reversal down indicator e.g. rising, upward etc (?)

        1. You are right in that there are certain indicators, like the ones you picked, that only work in a down clue. Equally, some only work in across clues, going west, left to right etc. But there are a lot that work in either – this is one example.

  3. This appears to be a Hieroglyph I haven’t seen before – I think he’s gone off me! Didn’t take long to solve once I got 8d but very enjoyable over a lunchtime sarnie. Thanks to Hieroglyph and to Prolixic in advance for the review.

  4. I did this one largely through a bit of luck and quite a lot of guessing which meant that I needed the hints to explain several. I got the 8d author quickly and the 1/2/23/19 was the first thing I saw when I looked him up. All of that did at least provide a way into the puzzle. I really liked it but it took me a very long time. Even though 24a was an easy enough anagram it was a word that I didn’t know. The simplest clue in the whole crossword, 9a, took me ages. :roll:
    My favourites were 15, 16 and 26a and 3 (dead clever and another one that, although I could see the answer, I didn’t know why for a long time) and 16d.
    With thanks to Hieroglyph for a great crossword (when do we get another alphabet one?) and Prolixic for filling in all my gaps in understanding.

    1. Don’t worry Kath, I put the answer in for 3d very quickly after getting a couple of checkers but it took me ages to parse it! And I’m a chemist :roll:

      At least Jenson won today :grin:

  5. Many thanks for your comments and to Prolixic for the review. A mea culpa is in order for that rogue ‘C’! Hope to be back anon, and who knows, another alphabetical some time soon. :-)

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