NTSPP – 226
A Puzzle by Wiglaf
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Many thank to Wiglaf for our Saturday afternoon entertainment with an enjoyable puzzle. The title alerted us to the fact that one letter had been clued in six different ways. All is revealed below.
9 Eager to play and harmonise (5)
AGREE – An anagram (to play) of EAGER.
10 A top jazz vocalist, without piano, without instrumental accompaniment (1,8)
A CAPPELLA – The A from the clue followed by a word meaning a top and the first name of the jazz singer whose surname is Fitzgerald all around (without) the abbreviation for piano.
11 Clare Short disciplined after firing fifty musicians (9)
ORCHESTRA – An anagram (disciplined) of CLARE SHORT after removing the L (after firing fifty).
12 Del Shannon – a blast after being sampled (5)
NABLA – The answer is hidden in the words SHANNON A BLAST. Del is another word for the mathematical symbol ∇.
13 A good time girl suffering from athlete’s foot? (6)
FUNGAL – Split 3, 3 this could be a good time girl.
14 23 to close tour after taking in Luxembourg? (8)
COSTELLO – … another singer with the first name being the answer to 23a. An anagram (tour) of TO CLOSE including (after taking in) the IVR code for Luxembourg.
16 A line from Genesis number about Tesla, the revolutionary behind electrical inductance (3,5,2,5)
LET THERE BE LIGHT – A number goes around the abbreviation for Tesla, the “the” from the clue and another word for a revolutionary. All of these follow (behind) the abbreviation for electrical inductance.
19 Cuts away the outer layers restricting escape (8)
RESCINDS – A word for the outer layers of fruit goes around (restricting) the abbreviation for escape used on computer keyboards.
21 A French Catholic boy with nothing on (6)
UNCLAD – The French masculine form of A followed by the abbreviation for Catholic and another word for a boy.
23 One so-named singer died – another lives (5)
ELVIS – An anagram (another) of LIVES. The living singer is the answer to 14a
25 ‘Twist and Shout’ on the radio? That’s odd (9)
SCREWBALL – A word meaning twist followed by a homophone (on the radio) of another word for shout.
27 Draw attention to minor hiding drug (9)
SPOTLIGHT – A word meaning minor includes another word for cannabis.
28 French composer is to compose symphony at last (5)
LULLY – A verb meaning to compose or quieten followed by the final letter (at last) of symphony.
1 A break in which you get to remove clothing? Yes (3,3)
DAY OFF – A two letter word meaning “yes” goes inside (in which you get) a word meaning to remove clothing.
2 Cricketer observes embellishments to score (5,5)
GRACE NOTES – The surname of the famous 19th century cricketer (William Gilbert) followed by a word meaning observes.
3 Clairvoyant left the tape running (8)
TELEPATH – An anagram (running) of L (left) THE TAPE.
4 Oscar finally received by top lyricist (4)
HART – The final letter of Oscar goes inside (received by) a word for a top. The original version of this clue had BART as the answer leaving us to wonder how bat was synonymous with top.
5 Tatty coat found in Cambridge burial-place (8)
CATACOMB – An anagram (tatty) of COAT goes inside the abbreviation for Cambridge.
6 Old keyboard work performed by a Spider from Mars? (6)
SPINET – What a spider does to make a web followed by the abbreviation for extra-terrestrial (from Mars?). I would have thought that the work performed by a spider is spinning rather than spin.
7 Sing ‘Bachelor Boy’ when daughter’s born (4)
BLAB – The abbreviation for Bachelor followed by a word for a boy (the same word as in 21a) with the final D (daughter) replaced by the abbreviation for born.
8 Song of a loafer (8)
LAYABOUT – A three letter word for a song followed by a word meaning “of”.
15 Set up with a student high-flyer for a lawyer (5,5)
LEGAL EAGLE – A word meaning set or solidify is reversed (up) followed by the A from the clue and the abbreviation for a student or learner and a bird known to soar high in the heavens.
16 Big ship getting close to the Bounty (8)
LARGESSE – A word meaning big followed by the abbreviation for a steamship and the final letter (close to) of the.
17 Perhaps make improvements to colourful English house (8)
REDESIGN – A primary colour followed by the abbreviation for English and another word for an astrological house.
18 Lambert encounters an Austrian composer who has no close friends (4,4)
LONE WOLF – The abbreviation for Lambert followed by another word for “an” and the surname of an Austrian composer.
20 Slight crunching of unopened oilnuts (6)
INSULT – An anagram (crunching of) OILNUTS after removing the O (unopened).
22 Suspensions in song covered by O’Connor? (6)
DELAYS – Another word for a song (the same as in 8d!) goes inside the first name of Mr O’Connor.
24 One of the old strings taken from a cello I’ve picked up (4)
VIOL – The answer is hidden and reversed in CELLO IVE.
26 Topless German may be crackers (4)
RITZ – Remove the first letter (topless) of German boy’s name.
The letter L is clued in this crossword in six different ways:
L = Fifty
L = Luxembourg
L = Unit of electrical inductance
L = Left
L = Learner
L = Lambert