NTSPP – 220

NTSPP – 220

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A review of this puzzle follows later today.

 A gentler Radler crossword this week with a linguistic theme in the answers to 1a, 12a, 16a, 1d, 4d, 5d, 6d and 18d.  Many thanks to him for an enjoyable solve.


1 Take off, then endless space forever, I see Enterprise finally gets to boldly go? (5,10)
{SPLIT INFINITIVE} – An informal word meaning take off or depart is followed by a word for space that goes on forever with the final letter removed (endless), the I from the clue, the Latin abbreviation for see (from Vide) and the final letter of Enterprise.

9 Act of telling all but withholding name by otherwise dumb pair (5,4)
{BRAIN DUMP} – An anagram (otherwise) of DUMB PAIR with the abbreviation for name inside (withholding).

10 Purplish line drawn from centre on one of hipbones (5)
{ILIAC} – A colour that is purplish has the middle L (line) removed (drawn from centre).  The remaining letters go after (on) an I (one).

11 Withdraw, taking rap for one remaining (6)
{EXTANT} – Another word for withdraw or leave has the I (one) replaced by a word meaning rap or hit.

12 Rules caused pound to trail German mark and schilling (8)
{GRAMMARS} – Another word for pound or hit goes after (to trail) the abbreviation for German.  This is followed by a word meaning mark or spoil and the abbreviation for schilling.

14 For threefold experience of drugs culture I start to take Ecstasy (10)
{TRIPARTITE} – A word for the experience taking drugs gives you is followed by another word for culture, the I from the clue, the first letter (start to) of take and the abbreviation for Ecstasy.

16 Made a low noise when discussing feeling (4)
{MOOD} – A homophone for the sound made by cattle in the past tense (a low noise).

18 Advertisement for the supernatural monster? (4)
{PUFF} – Double definition, the supernatural monster being a magic dragon.

19 Fine-grained backup delivers fragments inconsistently (10)
{PULVERISED} – Reverse (back) UP and follow this with an anagram (fragments inconsistently) of DELIVERS.

22 Love largeness of body, excusing my voluptuousness (8)
{OPULENCE} – The letter for nothing or love is followed by a word meaning largeness of body without the initial COR (excusing my).

23 One half of Status Quo rocking with limited numbers (6)
{QUOTAS} – An anagram (rocking) of STA (half of status) QUO.

26 Grunts intermittently to fiend with marksman in the middle (5)
{OINKS} – The even letters (intermittently) of TO FIEND with the middle letters of MARKSMAN.

27 One can blame broadcast for bias (9)
{IMBALANCE} – An anagram (broadcast) of I (one) CAN BLAME.

28 Harry hastens redesign, seeing problem (15)
{NEARSIGHTEDNESS} – … for which you need glasses.  An anagram (harry) of HASTENS REDESIGN.


1 Citizen, perhaps French (7)
{SUBJECT} – Double definition, the second being something you might study at school.

2 Hurried male wanting mother to get to the point (5)
{LEAPT} – Remove the MA (wanting mother) from MALE and follow this with a word meaning “to the point”.

3 I wasn’t outside getting upset and my teeth are fine (5,3)
{TENON SAW} – Put the wasn’t from the clue around (outside) ONE (I) and reverse the letters (getting upset).

4 It’s often common, and will be after United’s demotion (4)
{NOUN} – If you take this part of speech and drop the U to the end, you would end up with a word (3-1) describing something common.

5 Abandoned private pirate movie, having nothing to lose but a 16 (10)
{IMPERATIVE} – An anagram (abandoned) of PRIVATE MOVIE after removing the O (having nothing to lose).  Unfortunately, the anagram then has an extra V that is not accounted for in the wordplay.  It seems that the clue should have been “Abandoned pirate movie…”   [It does now say “pirate movie” – sorry for the typo.  BD]

6 Source of individuality in language and writing (6)
{IDIOMS} – The first letter (source of) individuality goes inside a language (an alternative to Esperanto) and this is followed by the abbreviation for manuscript (writing).  The whole clue is a definition of the answer.

7 They follow this rota, timing’s nothing on reflection (9)
{IMITATORS} – The answer is hidden and reversed in this rota, timing.

8 Lined up Norman from teenager’s complaint (7)
{ENCASED} – Reverse (up) the French (Norman) for “from” and a spotty complaint that teenager’s get.

13 Treatment of aching nuts stopping flow (10)
{STAUNCHING} – An anagram (treatment) of ACHING NUTS.

15 Largely eloquent interruption of neo-Nazi contagion (9)
{INFLUENZA} – A word meaning eloquent with the final letter removed (largely) goes inside an anagram (neo) of Nazi.

17 Worried and foolish, but older (8)
{TROUBLED} – An anagram (foolish) of BUT OLDER.

18 It is, say, not Charlie or Earl (7)
{PRONOUN} – Another word meaning say has the final (Charlie) and E (Earl) removed.  The whole clue is a definition by example as this part of speech stands in place of a person’s name.

20 Drives away vehicle after reversing. Is parking restricted? (7)
{DISPELS} – Reverse a type of winter vehicle and put inside (restricted) the IS from the clue and the abbreviation for parking.

21 Foams when Tory’s original cuts agreed (6)
{YEASTS} – Another word for when and the first letter (original) of Tory goes inside (cuts) a word meaning agreed.

24 Perfect? Has wound up energy (5)
{TENSE} – Double definition, the second being a description of something under stress.

25 Second offence? (4)
{ABET} – A cryptic definition of a crime where someone assists or backs another’s criminal enterprise.



  1. Colmce
    Posted April 26, 2014 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    Click on grid and get nothing found message.

    • crypticsue
      Posted April 26, 2014 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

      I did email BD about this just after noon but think he must be still out ‘networking’ at the village market.

      • Posted April 26, 2014 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

        It works for me – even after logging myself off!

        • Colmce
          Posted April 26, 2014 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

          All fine now, safely printed, now the hard bit, solving.

    • Catnap
      Posted April 26, 2014 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

      Just to say I’ve had no probs printing off the .pdf of this a few moments ago.http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_yes.gif

  2. gazza
    Posted April 26, 2014 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    Thanks to Radler for a very enjoyable themed puzzle. Lots of clues I liked but I’ll have to pick the LOL 13d as my favourite.
    Unless I’m missing something (wouldn’t be the first time) the wordplay in 5d doesn’t quite work.

    • Posted April 26, 2014 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

      It was a late change made by Radler and I used his Crossword Compiler file! It should have said “pirate movie”. I’ll change it now.

  3. crypticsue
    Posted April 26, 2014 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    I first met this crossword last August which meant I sort of remembered it but didn’t – Thanks to Radler for the double enjoyment and to Prolixic in advance.

  4. Colmce
    Posted April 26, 2014 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    What I could do was very enjoyable, right at the top of my competence level, many dohs when I saw the review.

    Thanks to Prolixic for the review.

    Thanks to Radler for an enjoyable but taxing puzzle.

  5. Radler
    Posted April 26, 2014 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    Thank you to Prolixic for the review and to the rest of you who commented or just had a go at the crossword

    I apologise for my typo at 5d. When I looked at the puzzle again this week, I was worried the original clue was too hard and I decided to replace it with an anagram. Unfortunately, as I coincidentally wrote in an email to CrypticSue just a few days ago, my fingers sometimes disengage my brain when they’re in a hurry.

    24d, as well as the double meaning, I hoped the whole clue might also be read as
    TEN (perfect) + S (last letter of HAS) + E (energy)
    Does that work? (Or is it a little too opaque?)

  6. Expat Chris
    Posted April 26, 2014 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

    I got 1A straight away, which gave me a clue to a possible theme, but then slow going. I managed all but the top left corner without hints. Kicking myself for not seeing 1D but I would not have deciphered 3D or 14A in a month of Sundays. 13D made me laugh. Hats off to Radler and Prolixic for the brainteaser and review respectively.

  7. 2Kiwis
    Posted April 27, 2014 at 1:24 am | Permalink

    Not sure that we agree with the ‘gentler’ description of this puzzle as we found it a real challenge. Had a lot of trouble with the NE corner as we had ‘ilium’ for 10a so could not work out 8d for a long time. Like Expat Chris we got 1a straight away but it was uphill after that. Lots of well crafted clues and a tough workout for us.
    Thanks Radler and Prolixic.

  8. windsurfer23
    Posted April 27, 2014 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    I found this quite tricky and failed to parse 18, thanks Prolixic.

    Some really nice definitions here like ‘my teeth are fine.’

  9. Kath
    Posted April 27, 2014 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    I wouldn’t call this gentle at all – I only managed to do about half of it, if that.
    It’s a bit like the problem I have with Toughies – I know I can’t usually do them so I can’t – I know that I find Radler’s crosswords difficult so they are, to me anyway.
    I enjoyed the ones that I could do and I enjoyed reading the review and trying to decide which answers I would have got if I’d carried on trying for longer and how many I would never have got.
    With thanks to Radler and Prolixic.

  10. Catnap
    Posted May 3, 2014 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    Yes, it has taken me a whole week, picking it up and putting it down. I so wanted to complete this puzzle, and at last I have! And I have enjoyed the challenge immensely. I never find Radler ‘gentle’.

    Lots of super clues, fave being 13d.

    My answers were all fine, and most were parsed correctly. I value Prolixic’s review for explaining the wordplay of 3d and 21d. I didn’t see the amended version of 5d, and did the anagram but wondered about that extra ‘v’ . Now all is clear!

    Big thanks to Radler for this most enjoyable mental workout.

    Big thanks to Prolixic for explaining it all so beautifully.