NTSPP – 237
A Puzzle by Wiglaf
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A review of this puzzle by Prolixic follows.
The legendary book of obscure words has been found by Wiglaf and put to good use in this challenging crossword. I think that I have unpicked the wordplay and set about the review.
1 Indecent wife associated with indecent lad (6)
RIBALD – A three letter archaic word for a wife followed by an anagram (indecent) of LAD.
5 Old Soviet leader could make one fall asleep in the auditorium (8)
ANDROPOV – The indefinite article (one) in the form used before a vowel followed by a homophone (in the auditorium) of DROP OFF (fall asleep).
9 Characters beginning to get laid (9)
ALPHABET – The first letter of the Greek alphabet (beginning) followed by a word meaning laid in the sense of having made a wager.
10 You briefly did time for beating up a freak (6)
ODDITY – An anagram (for beating up) of YO (you briefly) DID T (time).
11 Kitty rings old Irish detective (6)
POIROT – Another word for a kitty or sum of money goes around the abbreviations for old and Irish.
12 Elaborate image? No, a conceit (8)
EGOMANIA – An anagram (elaborate) of IMAGE NO A.
13 Hamlet’s opposite number takes castle wearing women’s underwear (10)
FORTINBRAS – A four letter word for a castle followed by an expression (2,4) that means wearing women’s underwear.
16 Carrier goes round a foreign city (4)
DOHA – Reverse (goes round) a three letter word for a brick carrier and follow this with the A from the clue.
17 Try using four different voices (4)
STAB – The abbreviations for Soprano, Tenor, Alto, Bass (four voices).
19 A German prince in South America who sings very well (10)
SUPERGRASS – Hold on tight! The abbreviation for South and a two letter abbreviation for America include (in) a three letter word for A (as in a head or each), the abbreviation for German and a three letter word for an Ethiopian prince.
21 Tell everybody the teapot’s broken? (5,3)
SPOUT OFF – A teapot without the spout would be broken!
23 She could be pulled in after palming a little money (6)
MADAME – A word meaning pulled in or earned includes (after palming) the A from the clue and the abbreviation (little) for money.
25 Cover for rector when parting knobbly knees (6)
SKREEN – An unusual spelling given in Chambers. An anagram (knobbly) of KNEES includes (when parting) the abbreviation for rector
26 Male character involved in New York event for women (3,5)
HEN PARTY – A two letter male pronoun followed by the abbreviation for New York inside which you add a word (involved) for a character or role in a film or play.
27 King, wearing frilly panties, offers asylum (5-3)
SNAKE-PIT – An abbreviation for King goes inside (wearing) an anagram (frilly) of PANTIES.
28 Boil requires cotton on it with salve ultimately (6)
SEETHE – A three letter word meaning cotton on or understand followed by the final letters (ultimately) of iT witH salveE.
2 Home Office supports revolutionary soldier (5)
IGLOO – A small room in the house for which “office” is a euphemism goes underneath (supports) a reversal (revolutionary) of an American soldier.
3 Wash in front of the others, after removing tops, and dry (7)
ATHIRST – Remove the first letters from BATH (wash) FIRST (in front of the others).
4 First-timers’ “date & dance” finally ends about one (9)
DEBUTANTS – The abbreviation for date and the final letter of dancE followed by a word for ends or bottoms around the indefinite article (one) used before a vowel (already used in 5a).
5 Father had a pot to boil right away (2,3,4,2,1,3)
AT THE DROP OF A HAT – An anagram (boil) of FATHER HAD A POT TO.
6 Female cross with daughter, getting on well with doctor (5)
DSOMO – The abbreviation for daughter goes over (getting on) a word meaning well or very (as in I was well or very pleased) and a two letter abbreviation for a doctor.
7 Card game for spinster (3,4)
OLD MAID – A double definition.
8 Some birds love to get instruction in developing chests (8)
OSTRICHES – The abbreviation for love followed by an anagram (developing) of CHESTS inside which you add the abbreviation for religious instruction.
14 Frank gets away with small fine in dock (9)
OUTSPOKEN – A three letter word meaning gets away or escapes followed by the abbreviation for small and a word for a dock or cage inside which you add the abbreviation for fine (in the sense of acceptable).
15 Scrap workers in street beginning to sell various items (9)
SORTMENTS – Inside the abbreviation for street add a three letter dialect for a scrap of food and another word for workers and follow all of this with the first letter (beginning to) of sell.
18 Jazzman who played piano, bass and sport followed by a lot of beer (8)
BRUBECK – The abbreviation for bass (already used in 17a) followed by the abbreviation for rugby union and the first four letters (a lot of) a brand of a beer.
20 Bureaucracy? It’s a bloody bind (3,4)
RED TAPE – Another word for bloody (in the colourful sense) and a word meaning to bind.
22 Admit to having done something wrong in work? Not entirely, it seems (3,2)
OWN UP – I think that this is a combination of a hidden word and build your own anagram clue. The letters iN WOrk (not entirely) form the subject of an anagram clue that means admit to having done something wrong.
24 It strikes me as totally crazy having only starters (5)
MATCH – The initial letters (only starters) of Me As Totally Crazy Having.