NTSPP – 234
A Puzzle by Alchemi
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A review of this puzzle by crypticsue follows.
Alchemi produces more cryptic crosswords in a month than any other setter I know; some are straightforward, some have hidden, never-to-be-spotted themes and some, like this one, have a theme which becomes obvious fairly early on in the solving process.
1a Perhaps Morrison wins as food is distributed before a film of 6 (5,2,3,4)
SANDS OF IWO JIMA An anagram (distributed) of WINS AS FOOD with the Christian name of the lead singer of The Doors (perhaps Morrison) inserted.
9a Courtyards essential to expatriates (5)
ATRIA Essential to usually indicates a hidden word and this time is no exception – some Roman courtyards are hidden in expATRIAtes.
10a See 3 Down
11a/27a 6 originally what’s charged following damage (6)
MARION The themed person’s name before he changed it – Follow a verb meaning to damage with an electrically-charged particle.
12a Carved sculpture’s sides in cool environment (9)
CHISELLED The ‘sides’ of SculpturE inserted into a adjective relating to a cool environment.
13a Whiskey healthy for a big swimmer (5)
WHALE The letter that Whiskey represents in the NATO Phonetic Alphabet followed by another word for healthy.
14a Horse at home with, for example, outside encouragement (6)
EGGING The abbreviation meaning ‘for example’ goes outside the two letters representing the way a small child might refer to a horse, and the adverb meaning at home.
16a American custom: men drink before visitors (4,4)
AWAY TEAM The abbreviation for American, a custom or habitual course and then the drink the British consume a lot of goes before an abbreviation for Men which isn’t in the BRB!
19a Go away before Oliver dispenses with second film of 6 (8)
SHOOTIST An exclamation used to scare something away and the surname of Dickens’ Oliver with its second letter removed (dispenses with second).
21a Paradise bird’s head blown off by high explosive (6)
HEAVEN The abbreviation for High Explosive followed by a bird (some of which live at the Tower of London) with its head blown off, or first letter removed.
24a Cockatoo beginning to get in the way of finishing lunch (5)
GALAH The beginning of Get, a preposition meaning in the manner of (in the way of) and the ‘finish’ of lunch.
25a Film of 6’s cryptic return was in order to travel around (3,6)
RIO GRANDE Insert into RIDE (travel) both OG (‘cryptic return’ indicating the reversal of GO) and RAN (was in order)
27a See 11a
28a Told fantastic stories about new sort of paper (5)
LINED Insert the abbreviation for New into the past participle of a verb meaning to tell stories.
29a Trousers made by Genet and Cocteau (5)
JEANS Here you just have to known the Christian names of Messieurs Genet and Cocteau.
30a Dishevelled grocer tours Bonn, missing the final part of 6 film (7,7)
ROOSTER COGBURN An anagram (dishevelled) of GROCER TOURS BONN (as the clue says ‘missing the final part’.
1d Burn singer’s film of 6 (9)
SEARCHERS A verb meaning to burn or scorch followed by the singer who now appears more times in cryptic crosswords than she does in the hit parade!
2d Caring for Carol after bowler’s approach? (7)
NURSING A reversal of an approach up the pitch by a bowler before he releases the ball, followed by a verb meaning to carol or utter melodious sounds.
3d/10d Film of 6’s drama teacher (10)
STAGECOACH Split 5,5, this film becomes a trainer of performers in dramas.
4d Account included in dossier is superficial (6)
FACILE Insert the abbreviation for account into a dossier.
5d Scribble a new word for “erode” (4,4)
WEAR DOWN An anagram (scribble) of A NEW WORD.
6d Can Road to Whitley Bay be a Hollywood smash? (4,5)
JOHN WAYNE Today’s star – A slang term for a lavatory (as is can), a road or path and the abbreviation for that part of the country where Whitley Bay can be found.
7d Ship’s officer follows master and male with breasts (7)
MAMMATE Abbreviations for Master of Arts and Male are followed by a ship’s officer.
8d/24d Time to regret general slowdown in film of 6 (4,4)
TRUE GRIT The abbreviation for time, a verb meaning to regret, an abbreviation for General (another one that isn’t in the BRB) and the abbreviated musical term meaning with diminishing speed (slowdown).
15d Spooner closed Miss Gwyn’s little cases (9)
NUTSHELLS I am not a huge fan of Spoonerisms but this one did make me smile. The solution is possibly how the Reverend might have said saying belonging to Miss Gwyn and a verb meaning closed.
17d Politician having power to support this person’s constituents with large subsidy initially (9)
MANDELSON When I test solved this one, I see I wrote the word ‘complicated’ by my parsing of the clue. The main parts of a pronoun meaning this person’s are M AND E which should be followed by the initial letters of Large and Subsidy and how one might describe something that has power or is working.
18d Draw together when to call in note (8)
ASTRINGE A verb meaning to draw together – another word for when and a verb meaning to call (on the telephone) the latter inserted into the seventh note of the scale.
20d A pair of ducks hold hands with marmalade cat (7)
ORLANDO – Two letters that represent nothing – O AND O holding R and L (right and left hands)
22d Morrison perhaps engaged on splitting unionists in the country (7)
VANUATU This country is a South Pacific archipelago. Another musical Morrison – this time the Northern Irish singer-songwriter, is followed by two lots of the abbreviation for Unionist with a preposition meaning engaged on.
23d It’s from Scandinavia, where cars become useless on most frozen water (6)
NORDIC – Cars become useless when there is no road – NO followed by the abbreviation for road and almost all (most) of some frozen water.
24d See 8d
26d Make some adjustments and dance again (5)
REJIG – Split 2, 3 this verb meaning to make some minor adjustments would mean to dance again.