NTSPP – 143

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 143

A Puzzle by Wiglaf

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Today I am delighted to introduce a setter making his debut in the NTSPP series.  Wiglaf has had puzzles published in Crossword and The Listener and will have an Enigmatic Variations puzzle published later this month.  BD

NTSPP - 143

The puzzle is available by clicking on the above grid.

A review of this puzzle  by Prolixic follows.

A very warm welcome to Wiglaf, the newest contributor to the best series of amateur crossword setters’ work on the web.  He make a grand entrance with an excellent crossword as befits his legacy as a Listener and Enigmatic Variations setter.  Hopefully it will not be too long before he returns.


1 Copies recordings overlooked initially (4)
{APES} – A word meaning copies imitates comes from a word meaning recordings (of an audio kind) with the first letter removed (overlooked initially).

4 Mitt errs with an absurd broadcast again (10)
{RETRANSMITS} – An anagram (absurd) of MITT ERRS AN give a word meaning broadcast again.  Nicely topical with the US presidential elections only a few days a way and the verbal infelicities committed by Mitt Romney during the campaign.

9 Final insult? I m a teaser in part (8)
{ULTIMATE} – A word meaning final is hidden inside (in part) the words INSULT IM A TEASER.

10 Religious person reported with hesitation for The Inquirer (6)
{SEEKER} – A homophone (reported) of a follower of the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev followed by a word expressing hesitation gives a word meaning an inquirer or questioner.

11 Platitudes from actors swapping partners (4)
{CANT} – A word for platitudes comes from the collective name given to the actors in a play with the penultimate letter being changed from an S to an N (swapping partners – N and S being North and South, partners in a game of bridge).

12 A supposedly good person trendily cavorting loudly (10)
{STRIDENTLY}- The abbreviation for a saint (a supposedly good person) followed by an anagram (cavorting) of TRENDILY give a word meaning loudly.

14 One’s beloved flirting in cafe (6)
{FIANCE} – A word for one’s beloved or intended marriage partner comes from an anagram (flirting) of IN CAFÉ.

15 Woman to phone about old record (7)
{SHELLAC} – A word for an old gramophone record (from the material from which it was made) comes from a pronoun for a woman followed by a word meaning to phone reversed (about).

18 Doctor No in retreat, ready for the time when the night gets darker (7)
{MOONSET} – A times when the night gets darker comes from an abbreviation for a Medical Orderly (doctor) followed by the word NO reversed (in retreat) and a word meaning ready.

20 Bars letter envelopes, post going astray (6)
{ESTOPS} – A legal word mean bars or prevents comes from the phonetic spelling of S (letter) around (envelopes) an anagram (going astray) of POST.

22 Discounter arranged discounts (10)
{REDUCTIONS} – An anagram (arranged) of DISCOUNTER gives a word meaning discounts.

25 Only 25 letters for Christmas? (4)
{NOEL} – A word for Christmas said aloud sounds like the letter L has been removed from the alphabet (only 25 letters).

26 Musical work composed in record time? Just the opposite (6)
{SEPTET} – A musical works for seven players comes from putting an abbreviation for a record and the abbreviation for time inside a word meaning composed.  The words just the opposite tell us to reverse the instructions in the clue that tell us to put composed inside record time.

27 Circle hemisphere and attempt measurement of distance (8)
{ODOMETRY} – A word for the measurement of distance comes from the letter that resembles a circle, a word for a hemisphere (like the structure on the North Greenwich peninsular that is now the O2 Arena) and a word meaning attempt.

28 Steiger sat uncomfortably making plans (10)
{STRATEGIES} – An anagram (uncomfortably) of STEIGER SAT gives a word meaning plans.

29 Wingless birds out east can be agile (4)
{SPRY} – The birds in this clue are OSPREYS.  Remove the outer letters (wingless) and the E (out east) to leave a word meaning agile.


2 Metal safeguard (9)
{PALLADIUM} – A double definition for a type of metal (Chemical symbol Pd) is also a rare word for a safeguard (derived from the statue of Pallas on whose preservation the safety of Troy allegedly depended).

3 Disciple consuming lean dairy product (7)
{STILTON} – This type of cheese (dairy product) comes from a word for a disciple inside which (consuming) you add a word meaning lean (as in bend to one side).

4 Duke’s seen in cowboy films pursuing right old coach drivers (9)
{ROADSTERS} – A word for old coach drivers comes from putting the abbreviation for Duke with an S (‘s from duke’s) inside an North American expression for a cowboy films (OATERS) (from what the horses ate presumably) after (pursuing) the abbreviation for right.  The original version of this clue (now corrected) had film and driver, which meant that the final S was not indicated by the clue or the definition.

5 Fasten pens in the middle (3)
{TIE} – A word meaning fasten comes from the inner letters (in the middle) of the pens where pigs are housed.

6 Arab leader’s butt-plug (5)
{ASSAD} – This Arab leader (President of Syria) comes from a word meaning butt followed by a word for a plug (the abbreviation for advertisement).

7 Sailors absorbed by improper tales of the breast (7)
{STERNAL} – The abbreviation for Royal Navy (sailors) inside an anagram (improper) of TALES gives a word meaning of the breast.

8 Thought student perfect (5)
{IDEAL} – A word meaning perfect comes from a word mean a thought or notion followed by the abbreviation for a student driver.

13 Teacher turned up with German dish (7)
{RISOTTO} – A type of rice dish comes from reversing (turned up in a down clue) a word for a teacher (what you used to call them) followed by the name of a German.

16 Sermonise when touring, making reappearances (9)
{EMERSIONS} – An anagram (when touring) of SERMONISE give a word meaning (in the context of astronomy) reappearances.

17 A saucer from Ganymede? (9)
{CUPBEARER} – In Greek mythology Ganymede’s job was this.  It also describes the function of a saucer (what it holds).

19 Prickly-pear? Auntie peeled one after work (7)
{OPUNTIA} – A type of prickly-pear comes from the inner letters of AUNTIE (peeled) and an A (one) after an abbreviation for work.

21 Stretchers for Bedouins? (7)
{TENTERS} – Used to stretch cloth whilst drying so that it holds its shape, these stretchers might also describe Bedouins from the structures that they live in.

23 Establish how Anna, whenever she felt afraid, held her head (5)
{ERECT} – You need to know your King and I to get this clue.  A word meaning to establish or set up also described how Anna held her head in the song “I whistle a happy tune”.

24 Pharaoh with extremely effeminate student (5)
{TUTEE} – The diminutive for Tutankhamen followed by the outer letters (extremely) of effeminate gives a word for a student.

27 Certainly in Souillac (3)
{OUI} – Souillac is a French town in the DordogneValley.  How its inhabitants might say certainly or yes is hidden inside its name.


  1. gazza
    Posted November 3, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Thanks to Wiglaf for a very entertaining debut. My favourite clue was 6d.

  2. crypticsue
    Posted November 3, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Wiglaf for a good Saturday diversion. Although I smiled at gazza’s favourite, I did like the chestnut at 25a.

  3. Windsurfer23
    Posted November 3, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Wiglaf for an entertaining puzzle.

    I quite liked RISOTTO, where I was initially misled into thinking of ‘with German’ as ‘und.’ 4a had a superb surface (let’s hope he doesn’t win!) Thanks to Prolixic for parsing ERECT (23d) for me. Must be a Freudian slip, but I read ‘breast’ as ‘beast’ in 7d.

    I used the crossword solver version today and inexplicably there seemed to be a problem with some of the enumeration and one or two clues (e.g. 4d had ‘driver’ rather than ‘drivers.’) When I reloaded later, it seemed to be OK. Was my computer having a Saturday rest or was there an issue initially? [Prolixic’s comment has helped.]

    • Posted November 3, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

      I amended 4d when the error was pointed out to me, but that was the only change.

    • Posted November 3, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

      I see what you mean about the enumeration. I transferred it to Crossword Compiler last night and there seem to be a few glitches.

    • Posted November 3, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

      I hope they have all been sorted now.

  4. pommers
    Posted November 3, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    Excellent stuff, thanks to Wiglaf for the entertainment. Favourite has to be 6d :grin:

    Thanks also to Prolixic for the review.

  5. steve_the_beard
    Posted November 4, 2012 at 12:55 am | Permalink

    To echo pommers, excellent stuff and thanks to Wiglaf and Prolixic.

    My favourite was 11A, which I suspect may be a chestnut to some, but was a new one one for me.

    I just couldn’t see why my answer to 6D was correct, until I read the hints, so that made me smile too.

    And so to bed :-)

  6. Kath
    Posted November 4, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    I thought this was a really good puzzle. I was defeated by the top left corner so used the hints for several of those – thank you, Prolixic.
    I liked 4, 14 and 29a and 19 and 27d. 6d made me laugh and was my favourite.
    With thanks to Wiglaf and Prolixic.

  7. 2Kiwis
    Posted November 4, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Permalink

    We had saved this one for our puzzle-less Monday morning. Very glad that we did as we had an enjoyable time working it all out. Got there in the end.
    Thanks Wiglaf and Prolixic.