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NTSPP – 161

NTSPP – 161

A Crossword by Bufo

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NTSPP - 161

The puzzle is available by clicking on the above grid.

A review of this puzzle by Prolixic follows.

Many thanks to Bufo for an entertaing puzzle full of fun and innuendo. Careful examination of the grid and all the clues reveals one startling fact {the letter E is not used} – a remakable feat to both fill the grid and to produce the clues in such a way.


1 God! Part of bra is diaphanous at front (5)
{CUPID} – Part of a bra is followed by the initial letters (at front) of Is Diaphanous

4 Guard dogs maul assailant (9)
{ALSATIANS} – An anagram (maul) of ASSAILANT.

9 It turns both ways (7)
{ROTATOR} – A word for something that turns produces the same word if the letters are reversed.

10 Sounding a horn in part of Wandsworth borough (7)
{TOOTING} – A double definition. This part of Wandsworth is where Citizen Smith was set.

11 Probability that it’s not two, four, six … (4)
{ODDS} – A word that describes numbers that are not even.

12 Mountain climbing at last in high Urals – idiot! (9)
{SUGARLOAF} – Put the final letter (at last) of climbing inside an anagram (high) of URALS and follow this with a three letter word for an idiot.

15 Old woman puts dodgy condoms on military chaps (9)
{COMMANDOS} – An anagram (dodgy) of CONDOMS goes around (puts…on) a two letter word for an old woman.

17 Airman has plan to fly round India (5)
{PILOT} – Another word for a plan goes around the letter that India represents in the NATO phonetic alphabet.

18 Shy boy attracts contrary girl (5)
{TIMID} – The name of a boy is followed by the name of girl reversed (contrary). Both names are diminutives for the full names.

20 Vanbrugh’s assistant put slabs by back parlour, say (9)
{HAWKSMOOR} – The name of a plaster’s slab with a handle underneath is followed by the reversal (back) of something of which a parlour is an example (say).

23 Put out by philosophical man giving you a tobacco box (5,4)
{SNUFF MILL} – A word meaning put out (as you would a candle) is followed by the surname of a famous philosopher whose first names were John Stuart

24 Nothing’s taboo in a Scottish town (4)
{OBAN} – The letter representing nothing is followed by a word meaning taboo.

27 Organ man has to play badly accompanying artist that’s half-cut? (7)
{HAMMOND} – … the maker of a brand of organs. A word meaning, in acting terms, to play badly is followed by the first name of the artist noted for his paintings of rectangles in primary colours with black lines between them.

28 Inspiring admiration, first-class location for a golf major (7)
{AUGUSTA} – A word meaning inspiring inspiration is followed by an A (first-class).

29 Southpaw trains vigorously in short gown (9)
{SINISTRAL} – … another term for someone who is left-handed. An anagram (vigorously) of trains goes inside another name for a gown (worn by barristers who are QCs) with the final K removed (short gown).

30 Tugsmany such found at Boston Harbor? (5)
{YANKS} – Another word for tugs is the same as the affiliation of those Americans who took part in the Boston Tea Party.


1 Narcotics bust by Yard in capital (6,4)
{CARSON CITY} – … of the state of Nevada. An anagram (bust) of NARCOTICS is followed by the abbreviation for yard.

2 It’s crazy to quit swinging city (7)
{POTSDAM} – A word meaning crazy is followed by a word meaning to quit. The whole lot is reversed (swinging) to give the name of a city in Germany that was the venue for a conference at the end of World War II.

3 Hits Mrs Cotton’s son (4)
{DOTS} – The first name of East Ender’s Mrs Cotton is followed by the abbreviation for son.

4 A small portion of goulash adds fat on bottom (7)
{AGROUND} – … as a ship might be if on the bottom. The A from the clue is followed by the first letter (small portion of) Goulash and a word describing the shape of someone who is fat.

5 Old city’s upstanding administrators (7)
{SATRAPS} – Reverse the name of an ancient Greek city noted for the austerity of its citizens to give the name of ancient Persian administrators.

6 Practising promiscuity by mimicking a particular author? (10)
{TROLLOPISH} – Mimicking the author of the Barchester Chronicles.

7 Girl with a ginormous booty with no top on (7)
{ABIGAIL} – The A from the clue is followed by a word meaning ginormous and a word meaning booty (or bottom) with the first letter removed.

8 Do wrong pinching bottom of young virgin? Possibly (4)
{SIGN} – … of which Virgo is an example. A word meaning do wrong goes around (pinching) the final letter (bottom) of young.

13 Caught Mr and Mrs Capp with small amounts of spun sugar. This? (10)
{CANDYFLOSS} – The abbreviation for caught is followed by the names of the cartoon strip characters of the surname Capp and the first letters (small amounts) of spun sugar.

14 School books finally lost in transit (2,8)
{ST TRINIANS} – … a fictional riotous girls’ school. The final letter of books is followed by an anagram (lost) of IN TRANSIT.

16 Occupying god-awful room with woman in Istanbul? (3)
{ODA} – … a room in a harem. The answer is hidden (occupying) in the words god-awful

19 Is this a gay kiss, Robin Gibb? (7)
{MANXMAN} – … being born on the Isle of Man, Robin Gibb would be thus described. Put the symbol for a kiss between two persons of the same sex to find the answer.

20 Cigar box cast from rhodium (7)
{HUMIDOR} – An anagram (cast) of RHODIUM.

21 Sarah inhabiting part of a building in Midlands town (7)
{WALSALL} – The diminutive name for Sarah goes inside part of a building (one of the (usually) four sides that encloses it).

22 Man who sang Rockin’ Robin solo (but only half of it) (7)
{ORBISON} – An anagram (rockin’) of ROBIN SO (solo with the final two letters removed).

25 So is it Ruth you kiss finally? (4)
{THUS} – The final letters if it Ruth you kiss

26 Pick up fruit. It’s not much to look at (4)
{UGLY} – A homophone (pick up) of a type of fruit.

14 comments on “NTSPP – 161

  1. Very enjoyable .Faves 6d,7d,13d .New word for me 5d which was last one in .
    Made me smile on a totally miserable wet day .
    Thanks very much

  2. Superb – fun from start to finish and very hard to pick a favourite clue as there were so many good ones in there. I would be interested to know if anyone else who has met Bufo could imagine him chuckling to himself as he worked out each splendid bit of wordplay?

    Thanks to Bufo for the tremendous lunchtime entertainment – The NOT E’S were duly noted.

  3. I still cannot access the hints for today’s puzzle. I get BD’s intro but cannot scroll down any further. Is it just me?

      1. Dave – I kept getting a message asking me to accept cookies. Having read in the DT today about BT Yahoo being hacked I declined (several times) – and got re-directed to Google! Eventually I took a deep breath and accepted the cookies and now it’s OK. Sorry to have wasted your time.

  4. I was going to try and display my opinions in similar fashion….

    … but I’ve had to give up because I insist on using “tour de force”, which is extremely illegitimate.

    Majestic, brilliant, etc!

  5. Needed Google’s assistance for the Vanbrugh clue and the Satraps one.

    Other than that quite a straightforward puzzle: it could be said that I managed it with some “ease”!

    1. Oops! Sorry, I forgot my P’s and Q’s.

      Many thanks to Bufo for providing a fascinating crossword that was outstanding for its imagination, individuality and high standard of workmanship.

      Thanks also to Prolixic for t’blog!

  6. Wow, fantastic and brilliant. Awfully smart and lots of fun – good for Bufo! Lots of thinking today – I didn’t do too badly with this but couldn’t do four. Can’t say much now – all said – off now! :smile:

    Dammit – I thought we were supposed to write our comments without the letter ‘E’!!!

    With thanks to Bufo and to Prolixic.

    1. So I was the only twit who misinterpreted ‘Can you spot what’s missing (unusually) from all parts of this crossword? If so you should post your thoughts accordingly.’

  7. Completed the puzzle (with help) and then spent ages trying to find what’s missing, to no avail, I was completely beaten
    by the question. Many thanks to Bufo for good challenge.

    Thanks to Prolixic for the review.

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