NTSPP – 239
A Puzzle by Prolixic
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Prolixic’s turn to fill the Saturday afternoon puzzle spot and good fun it was too, with an interesting hyphenated theme. Very little 27a required so it was relatively straightforward for one of his crosswords, but with the usual chance to learn some new words as you go along.
1a Bottle in the fridge? (5-8)
SPINE-CHILLING Bottle in the sense of nerve, backbone, followed by what a bottle of wine might be if you put it into the fridge.
9a Predict isotope decays – exactly the reverse (6,8)
DIRECT OPPOSITE An anagram (decays) of PREDICT ISOTOPE.
10a Fall following cut (4)
FLOP The abbreviation for following followed by another word for cut the top or ends of (usually of a tree).
11a Donations changing hands for insignia (4)
ARMS – Remove the L (left hand) from some donations to the poor and replace with an R (right hand).
12a Selection of prime numbers (4)
MENU Hidden in (a selection of) priME NUmbers.
15a Poet‘s university in Yemeni city (5)
AUDEN Insert the abbreviation for University into a seaport in Yemen.
16a Chemical engineer welcomes Bill into store (5)
CACHE Insert the abbreviation for account (bill) into the abbreviation for a chemical engineer (which makes a nice change from using that revolutionary!)
17a Brief solicitor’s note (3)
SOL Brief indicates that you need an abbreviation for solicitor which just happens to be the same word as the fifth note on the tonic sol-fa scale.
18a Dance around with fellow (3)
DON A fellow of a university is obtained by reversing (around) a word meaning to bob up and down (dance).
20a Northern French friend hides love for mother-in-law? (5)
NAOMI The mother-in-law of Ruth in the Old Testament – N (northern) followed by the French word for friend with O (hides ‘love’) inserted.
21a Endlessly evaluating toxic chemical (5)
RICIN This highly-toxic chemical found in the beans of the castor-oil plant can be obtained by removing (endlessly) the letters each end of a word meaning evaluating, estimating the cost of.
23a Letter to the Corinthians from India back to Austria (4)
IOTA The Corinthians were of course Greek and a Greek letter can be found by reversing (back) TO (from the clue) and inserting it between the letter known as India in the NATO Phonetic Alphabet and the IVR code for Austria.
24a Maybe Jon leaves wife for good kiss (4)
SNOG Take the W (leaves wife) from the surname of the Channel 4 newsreader and replace with a G (good) to get a slang word meaning to kiss.
25a Type of film I run after Japanese drama (4)
NOIR A type of film showing the darker side of life – Japanese drama followed by I (from the clue) and the abbreviation for Run.
27a Side’s infectious description of rebel leader (4-10)
HEAD-SCRATCHING What you might call when a coin is tossed to indicate the side you wish to win, followed by a word meaning infectious.
29a Gnawing grief’s grotesque and good (6-7)
FINGER-WAGGING An anagram (grotesque) of GNAWING GRIEF plus G (good).
2d Institute turned king away showing evidence of cold? (7)
ICICLED The abbreviation for Institute followed by a word meaning turned, went round, from which the abbreviation for King – R – has been removed (king away)
3d Private detective’s opportunity (3-7)
EYE-OPENING A private detective is sometimes known as a Private ***. Follow this with an opportunity or beginning.
4d Booth‘s put the lid on dismissing leader (3)
HUT Remove the first letter (dismissing leader) from a word meaning to put the lid on something.
5d Wanting to include naughty imps (3-8)
LIP-SMACKING Insert an anagram (naughty) of IMPS into a word meaning lacking, needing.
6d Vow to squash Latin heroine (4)
IDOL What you say when you make your wedding vows ‘squashes’ or goes before the abbreviation for Latin.
7d German son hides hat in planes (7)
GLIDERS – Insert an informal term for a hat into the abbreviation for Germany and then finish with S for son.
8d Note about old game (3-7)
TOE-CURLING – Insert O (about Old) into a musical note and follow with a game played on ice, common in Scotland.
11d Compere’s to take care of billiards shot (6,5)
ANCHOR NURSE Fortunately the wordplay is clear as what I know about billiards shots could be written on a small pin and still have room left over. A term for a TV compere followed by a verb meaning to take care of (especially medically).
13d Swedish can cook food (10)
SANDWICHES An anagram (cook) of SWEDISH CAN.
14d Henry’s wrong to control porpoise (7,3)
HERRING HOG I didn’t know the name of the common porpoise of the Northern Atlantic and Pacific Oceans – I wonder if it got that name because fishermen thought they ate all of a particular type of fish. The abbreviation for Henry, part of a verb meaning in the wrong, sinful, and a verb meaning to control for selfish means.
19d Rather dull side returns around the end of March (3,4)
NOT HALF A reversal (returns) of a word meaning dull, one of the side’s in a cricket field, into which is inserted (around) the end of MarcH
22d Note about article on Italy’s wine (7)
CHIANTI Insert the indefinite article into a short informal note or letter and finish with I (Italy).
26d A fault in part of the Hindu calendar (4)
ASIN The seventh month of the Hindu calendar – A (from the clue) and a fault or moral offence.
28d Old soldiers with a shooter (3)
TAW The abbreviation for the old name for the UK’s volunteer army followed by the abbreviation for With. This ‘shooter’ is a large or choice marble in a game of marbles.