NTSPP – 236
Seasons in the Sun by Windsurfer
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A review of this puzzle by Prolixic follows.
Out thanks to Windsurfer for a seasonal crossword that this reviewer, for one, found to be fun though definitely at the tricky end of the scale. Looking at the grey clouds and rain outside the window at the moment, it seems as though this crossword was a couple of weeks’ too late as it seems more Autumnal at the moment.
The preamble to the crossword alerted setters to the fact that all of the across clues had a common companion. This was a seasonal word that could precede all of the answers (some more obscure than others!). That word was summer!
7 The Italian lying in park rejected flower (5)
TULIP – Put the definite article in Italian inside (lying in) a word meaning park or place down and reverse (rejected) the letters.
8 Fireball illuminating northern parts (9)
LIGHTNING – The abbreviation for northern goes inside (parts) a word meaning illuminating.
10 Friend smashing in court (6)
PALACE – A three letter word for a friend followed by a three letter word meaning smashing or superb.
11 Bucket perhaps for flowering plant (8)
HYACINTH – A double definition with a reference to Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced bouquet according to her) in Keeping Up Appearances. Solvers on other shores may have had difficulty with this one!
12 Leave Virginia – questionable action (8)
VACATION – The abbreviation for the state of Virginia followed by an anagram (questionable) of ACTION.
13 Unfriendly Poland located reactionary (4)
COLD – The answer is hidden and reversed (reactionary) in POLAND LOCATED. I am not sure that “reactionary” on its own is a sufficient hidden reversal indicator.
14 Lock-up outside extravagant home (7)
COTTAGE – A word meaning a lock-up or jail goes around the abbreviation for over the top (extravagant).
16 See why state may flatten tree (7)
CYPRESS – A homophone (state) of SEE and WHY followed by a word meaning flatten.
20 Return to release date (4)
TIME – Reverse (return) a word meaning to release or give out.
22 Last five disguised in celebration (8)
FESTIVAL – An anagram (disguised) of LAST FIVE.
25 It’s close-set at the beginning of summer (8)
SOLSTICE – An anagram (set) of ITS CLOSE.
26 Centre for some pictures or telephotography (6)\
RESORT – The answer is hidden (some) in PICTURES OR TELEPHOTOGRAPTH
27 Break repairs under tile (9)
INTERLUDE – An anagram (repairs) of UNDER TILE. Summer Interlude is a film starting Ingrid Bergman.
28 Family airline with posh accommodation (5)
HOUSE – The abbreviation for posh or socially acceptable goes inside (accommodation) another word for a pipe that provides air (airline being a lovely misleading clue sending us down the alleys of commercial travel providers!)
1 Sounds like animal escaped over in African city (8)
BULAWAYO – A homophone (sounds like) of BULL AWAY (animal escaped) followed by the abbreviation for over.
2 Perhaps a trap might be made from this ruin (3,5)
RIP APART – A build your own anagram clue. Supply your anagram indicator before an arrangement of A TRAP.
3 Fraudulent practice reportedly on the fly (7)
FISHING – A homophone (reportedly) of PHISHING (a fraudulent practice of trying to get your account details on-line by sending you an e-mail purportedly from your bank, etc). I went down the wrong route with this one by having TIPPING as in fly-tipping and tipping (reporting a favourable share deal to someone using inside information).
4 Old rule by a God – the chief unknown (8)
THEARCHY – THE (from the clue) followed by ARCH (chief) and Y (unknown) but cannot find a reference to THE as a God.
5 Inferior weak cavity plug (6)
INFILL – The abbreviation for inferior followed by a word meaning weak or unwell.
6 Couple untie knots (5)
UNITE – An anagram (knots) of UNTIE.
9 Lied foolishly in shop (4)
DELI – An anagram (foolishly) of LIED.
15 Animal sounds from terrorist (8)
GUERILLA – An homophone (sounds) of GORILLA. I think wordplay from definition does not work particularly well. Definition from wordplay is much preferable.
17 Artist at home location finds watermark (4,4)
RAIN SPOT – The abbreviation for an artist who is a member of the Royal Academy followed by a word meaning at home and a word for location.
18 Plant in main field (8)
SEAGRASS – Another word for the main or a body of water followed by a word for a field.
19 Clue for send maybe shocks? (7)
OFFENDS – Another build your own anagram clue. Supply an anagram indicator before an arrangement of the letters of SEND.
21 Arch conformity (6)
INSTEP – A word for the arch of the foot which, if split (2,4) would indicate conformity.
23 Energetic agent circles Reading for example (4)
SPRY – The abbreviation for reading (as in the three Rs in education) goes inside a word for an agent.
24 Common couple (5)
JOINT – A double definition, the first used in expressions such as joint enterprise and the second as in to make a connection or join together.