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NTSPP – 206

NTSPP – 206

A Puzzle by Chaz

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The puzzle is available by clicking on the above grid.

[A welcome return from Chaz.  BD]

A review of this puzzle by Prolixic follows.

Welcome back to Chaz with an enjoyable crossword that was nicely pitched to be challenging in places without being hair-tearing.  I hope you all spotted the saying from Lao-tzu that forms a Nina around the perimeter of the grid starting with the top left hand white square reading in a clockwise direction.


7 Strangely undeniable missing Nile or another river (6)
{DANUBE} – An anagram (strangely) of UNDENIABLE after removing the letters in NILE from it.

8 One who instructs chap at or around 500 (8)
{MANDATOR} – A three letter word for a chap and the AT and OR from the clue go around the Roman numeral for 500.

9 Supple dance hen, Jordan‘s for example? (8)
{ENHANCED} – An anagram (supple) of DANCE HEN.  A picture opportunity for Gazza!

10 Returning nothing left or turn up en masse (4,2)
{ROLL IN} – Reverse (returning) a three letter word for nothing, the abbreviation for left and the OR from the clue.

11 Victory surrounding Earthly winger (6)
{WIGEON} – A three letter word for a victory goes around (surrounding) a three letter prefix meaning of the earth or earthy.

12 Thus rabbit wears doctor’s hat (8)
{SOMBRERO} – A two letter word meaning thus followed by the name of a famous rabbit in the Uncle Remus stories with a two letter word for a doctor around that name (wears).

13 Selfish, mostly naive with deadly exterior (6)
{GREEDY} – All but the last letter (mostly) of a word meaning naïve or inexperienced followed by the first and last letters (exterior) of deadly.

15 Capone gets damp cutting one about (6)
{ALMOST} – The first name of the famous gangster followed by a word meaning damp with the I removed (cutting one).

19 Newspaper boss receives wire about posh one who can be taught (8)
{EDUCABLE} – The two letter abbreviation for the boss of a newspaper and another word for a wire or telegraph go around the one letter abbreviation for posh.

22 Office fop traps headless cad (6)
{BUREAU} – A four letter word for a fop or dandy goes around a three letter word for a cad with the first letter removed (headless).

24 Native American on Java running amok (6)
{NAVAJO} – An anagram (running amok) of ON JAVA.

25 Nice request to small worker (8)
{PLEASANT} – A four letter word for a request or prayer followed by the abbreviation for small and one of the well known crossword workers.

26 Largesse cast greenery below the surface (8)
{EELGRASS} – … underwater greenery.  A anagram (cast) of LARGESSE.

27 Hebrew month in Kentish rite (6)
{TISHRI} – The answer is hidden in KENTISH RITE.


1 Teasing sound of bell surrounds relative (8)
{TAUNTING} – A four letter word for a small ringing sound goes around (surrounds) a four letter word for a female relative.

2 Missing goods cause fury: “It’s not right” (6)
{OUTAGE} – Remove the R (it’s not right) from a word meaning cause fury.

3 Highlighted droplet in icecream, quite the reverse! (8)
{BEACONED} – Put a four letter word for an ice cream cornet inside a four letter word for a droplet.

4 Engineer computer memory hard-wired in the brain (6)
{ENGRAM} – A three letter abbreviation for an engineer followed by a the abbreviation for random access memory.

5 Euro bounder (8)
{WALLAROO} – A cryptic definition of a sub-species (Euro) of marsupial of a size between a wallaby and a kangaroo.

6 Slimier being more light-headed, strips top off (6)
{OOZIER} – Remove the first letter (strips top off) from a word meaning more light headed or drunker.

8 Simple approach by saint (6)
{MODEST} – A four letter word for approach or method followed by the abbreviation for saint.

14 Old coppers found in Paternoster Square? (8)
{EXCHANGE} – A two letter word meaning old or former and a five letter word for coppers or coins to give one of the financial institution that has its home in Paternoster Sqaure.

16 Blotter I used in making operatic script (8)
{LIBRETTO} – An anagram (used) of BLOTTER I.

17 Laces restrain shoes (8)
{TRAINERS} – An anagram (laces) of RESTRAIN.

18 Rates proxy operating system (6)
{TEMPOS} – .. or the speeds at which music is played.  A four letter word for a part time or proxy worker followed by the abbreviation for operating system.

20 Seller of fabric oddly found in dark apple meets resistance (6)
{DRAPER} – The odd letters of DARK APPLE followed by the abbreviation for resistance.

21 Back to back graduates holding no second-rate tree (6)
{BAOBAB} – An abbreviation for a graduate, the second reversed (back to back) includes (holding) an O (no) and the letter indicating second-rate.

23 Battle against living in base (6)
{RESIST} – Put a two letter word meaning living inside a four letter word for base (something you put another thing on).

15 comments on “NTSPP – 206

  1. A very pleasant diversion, although the quotation doesn’t ring a bell. Wonder where it’s from.

  2. Agreed, a very pleasant diversion. Thanks Chaz.

    Used a bit of Google to find the quotation, which I hadn’t come across. It’s from Lau-Tzu, Chinese philosopher (604BC-531BC).

  3. Very nice puzzle thank you Chaz – the NE corner took the longest to sort out but the rest fell into place very nicely.

  4. Nice puzzle, fairly straightforward, but with some nice twists.

    Thanks for the review Prolixic, needed for some parsing.

    Thanks to Chaz for an enjoyable diversion.

    Whoops just got the nina…clever stuff.

  5. I really liked this – it’s kept me out of mischief all afternoon.
    For the first time ever I’ve been “down the mine”. I knew of its existence but have never investigated it before – it’s brilliant. I needed it for 27a – could see it was a hidden-in-the-middle but didn’t have anything in at that point.
    The top right corner caused the most trouble for me.
    I liked 24a and 23d. My favourite, and one of my last answers, was 5d.
    With thanks to Chaz and Prolixic.

  6. PS I’m not being picky but according to the BRB a wallaroo, or euro, is a large kangaroo. Even though he sounds as if he should be a kangaroo/wallaby cross I don’t think he can be as wallabies are much smaller.

  7. Rather a nice puzzle! I found the lower half easier than the top. Like Crypticsue, the NW corner took longest to sort out. The clues I enjoyed most were 9a, 10a, 12a, 3d, 6d, and 21d. I needed just one explanation, that of the ‘euro’ in 5d.

    Incidentally, I looked for ‘wallaroo’ in the BRB and couldn’t find it. We have BRB in paperback (2012 edition). Is it lacking? I’ve been finding words in our old Websters which aren’t in BRB.

    Many thanks to Chaz. Well done! and I look forward to further puzzles. Many thanks to Prolixic for a super review.

    1. Our BRB is 11th edition hard back. It does have ‘wallaroo’ – it says ‘a large kangaroo, Macropus robustus (also called euro). Aboriginal word wolaru.

      1. Thanks very much, Kath. Nothing at all for ‘wallaroo’ in the papberback. It has entries for ‘kangaroo’ and ‘wallaby’.

        I’ve just taken a second look at the publishing details. The paperback is actually a 2007 edition, copyright 2012. My mistake in thinking it was a 2012 edition. Seems it must have some words missing which have been added in later editions. Am not a happy bunny!

        1. I don’t think the BRB is published in paperback form, but Chambers do publish other dictionaries.

          From the BRB:

          A large kangaroo, Macropus robustus (also called euro)
          ORIGIN: Aboriginal word wolarū

          1. Thanks very much, Big Dave. We have a recently purchased copy of The Chambers Paperback Dictionary, acquired online from a reliable source. At the time I tried to make certain it was the most recent edition. I have just visited another very old and reputable bookshop and the bibliographical information is given thus:

            ISBN: 9780550105462 – The Chambers Dictionary
            The Chambers Dictionary
            ISBN: 9780550105462
            Format: Paperback
            Publisher:Hodder & Stoughton General Division
            Edition: 4th Revised edition

            The other bookstore also says it is the 4th Revised Edition. Both sources give the publication date as 2012.

            Our copy matches the ISBN. Inside, the bibliographical details include this, and I quote:

            ‘ Previous editions published 1998, 2003,and 2007
            This edition published by Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd 2007

            C [copyright symbol] Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd 2012’

            There is nothing to indicate this is a concise or abridged version of the BRB in hardback.

            It has, however, been trimmed down. There’s no etymology, for a start.
            And definitely no ‘wallaroo’!

            It does have ‘wallaby noun (plural wallabies) a small kind of kangaroo’

            And this is the sum total of the entry for ‘wallaby’.
            Perhaps an earlier edition explains the streamlining.

            1. You have probably guessed from my ability to quote from Chambers at will that I use a program – not an online site. Chambers did at one time sell such a program but it hasn’t been updated since about 2003. The program I use is WordWeb Pro with the Chambers Dictionary and Thesaurus optional extra dictionaries (I also have the Oxford Dictionary of English, Shorter Oxford English Dictionary and the New Oxford American Dictionary). It isn’t cheap, but I find it invaluable. There is a free version, but that does not include the extra dictionaries. There is also an iPhone app that is considerably cheaper.


              1. Yes, had guessed that you had an armoury of dictionaries and thesauri at your fingertips. Thanks so much for the web link. Will investigate!

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