NTSPP – 227
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A review of this puzzle by Prolixic follows.
A warm welcome back to Toro with an inventive and fun crossword to entertain us. Lots of clues to enjoy but 26a is fantastic and qualifies as the top clue for me.
1 Scrap of land has tenants (5)
ISLET – Split 2,3 the answer indicates that a property has tenants.
4 Millions go in and play, play, play (9)
PYGMALION – An anagram (play) of M[illions] GO IN PLAY.
9 Flight path of seabird following slick (7)
PATTERN – A three letter word meaning slick followed by a four letter word for a seabird.
10 Sit on fence and get soiled by tar (7)
ABSTAIN – A two letter abbreviation for a seaman (tar) followed by a word meaning get soiled.
11 A bit of a hand? Appreciate it! (5)
DIGIT – A three letter word meaning appreciate followed by the IT from the clue.
12 Most buoyant lake in Switzerland is French (9)
CHEERIEST – The IVR code for Switzerland followed by the French for the word “is” inside which you include the name of a lake.
13 Ethnic clan on windswept plain (3-9)
NON-TECHNICAL – An anagram (windswept) of ETHNIC CLAN ON.
17 Preparation for unqualified success? (6,2,4)
SCHOOL OF LIFE – A cryptic definition of where a person who has not received a formal education get his or her knowledge for success.
22 Performing in musical is against some people’s principles (2-7)
UN-ISLAMIC – An anagram (performing) of IN MUSICAL.
24 Shop window material changing hands (5)
GRASS – Replace the L in the material that is used in windows with an R (changing hands).
25 City grandees converted mere into marshland (7)
FREEMEN – An anagram (converted) of MERE inside a three letter word for marshland.
26 Woman introducing fly in my soup? (7)
THERESA – From the old start of a joke – Waiter – There’s a fly in my soup.
27 Lousy tune rendered without much conviction (9)
TENUOUSLY – An anagram (rendered) of LOUSY TUNE.
28 Write off to heads of the Alliance and Leicester (5)
TOTAL – The TO from the clue followed by the first letters (heads of) The Alliance Leicester.
1 Saucy politician, nude, revelling in it (8)
IMPUDENT – The usual abbreviation for a member of parliament and an anagram (revelling) of NUDE goes inside the IT from the clue.
2 Drunk at gin cocktail party (8)
LITIGANT – A three letter word meaning drunk followed by an anagram (cocktail) of AT GIN.
3 A bit of Goethe at Reading Playhouse (7)
THEATRE – The answer is hidden inside (a bit of) GOETHE AT READING.
4 Feature-length Disney classic (9)
PINOCCHIO – A cryptic definition of the boy whose nose grew when he lied.
5 Gee whizz! Amazing thing! (5)
GRACE – … from the John Newton hymn. A G (gee) followed by a word meaning whizz.
6 Gangster flees one country for another (7)
AUSTRIA – … another country. Remove the name of Mr Capone from a country in the Southern hemisphere.
7 Setter’s no spring chicken, as revealed by medical scan (6)
IMAGED – A two letter abbreviation for I AM (setter’s) followed by a word meaning that someone is no spring chicken.
8 Musicians arranged in tens? No (6)
NONETS – An anagram (arranged) of TENS NO.
14 Unwell with severe chill, taking temperature by insertion in a naughty way (9)
ILLICITLY – A three letter word meaning unwell followed by a word meaning with a severe chill inside which you add (taking or by insertion – take your pick) of the abbreviation for temperature.
15 Part of a joint of meat in dressing (8)
LIGAMENT – A type of meat – usually a type of bird meat inside a four letter word for a surgical dressing.
16 Shellfish suffer after three months without oxygen (3,5)
SEA SNAIL – Three months may be season. Remove the O (without oxygen) and follow this with a word meaning suffer.
18 University leaves physicist with zero capital (7)
COLOMBO – The name of the physicist who have his name to the unit of electrical charge without the U (university leaves) followed by an O (zero).
19 Fancy hospital taken over by soldiers in combat (7)
FIGMENT – Another word for a combat has the H (hospital) replaced (taken over by) a word for soldiers.
20 Business attire (6)
OUTFIT – A double definition of a business and another word for a set of clothes or attire.
21 Homer‘s uncast spell? (6)
PIGEON – Another word for iron before it is cast followed by a word for a period of time or spell.
23 Impersonators present script without any backing (5)
MYNAS – A two letter abbreviation for manuscript goes around (without) a reversal of the ANY from the clue.