NTSPP – 241
A Puzzle by Wiglaf
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A review of this puzzle by Prolixic follows
Congratulations to Wiglaf on a superb crossword that will undoubtedly have increased the number of users of the Mine to find the corresponding states for their capital cities that were the theme of the across answers.
Apologies for the lateness of the review. Time seems to have vanished this weekend.
6 Deer takes shallow route across river (8)
HARTFORD (Connecticut) – Another word for a male deer followed by the name given to a shallow river crossing.
8 An English saint’s day at last (6)
ALBANY (New York) – The first English believer to be martyred and honoured in the name of a Hertfordshire town followed by the final latter (at last) of day.
10 Famous woman abducted by Paris Academician (6)
HELENA (Montan) – The name of the woman whose capture triggered the Trojan War followed by the abbreviation for Academican
11 Well-heeled demi-mondaine (8)
RICHMOND (Virginia) – Another word for having a lot of money followed by the first half (demi) of MONDaine.
12 Heather’s concealing the answer (7)
LANSING (Michigan) – The abbreviation for answer goes inside another word for the plant heather.
14 Stray, after tucking into food, … (6)
PIERRE (South Dakota) – Another word for stray or commit an error goes inside a type of food encased or topped with pastry.
15 … remains very poorly in Tyneside (9)
NASHVILLE (Tennessee) – Another word for burnt remains, the abbreviation for very and another word for poorly all go inside the area of the country were Tyneside is to be found.
19 Daughter’s never out of style (6)
DENVER (Colorado) – The abbreviation for daughter followed by an anagram (out of style) of NEVER.
21 Student requires pass to enter bar (7)
LINCOLN (Nebraska) – The abbreviation for a pupil followed by another word for a mountain pass inside another word for a bar or public house.
23 What sounds like a business logo (8)
BISMARCK (North Dakota) – A homophone of biz (business) mark (logo).
25 Fanny Adams staggered away from giving in to the devil? (6)
AUSTIN (Texas) – Remove the letters in the abbreviation for Fanny Adam from Faustian (giving in to the devil)
26 Crown? I’ve found it abandoned by river (6)
TOPEKA (Kansas) – Another word for a crown followed by the famous exclamation of Archimedes having removed URE (river).
27 Timid girl in conversation (8)
CHEYENNE (Wyoming) – A homophone of shy Anne.
1 New star emitting a wave that’s dispersed (6)
STRWEN – An anagram (wave) of NEW STAR after removing the letter A.
2 Officials harassed senorita (8)
NOTARIES – An anagram (harassed) of SENORITA.
3 Hold court every so often to create a stink in these cities (4)
ODOR – … the American spelling from the alternate letters (every so often) of hOlD cOuRt.
4 Nutty cutlet for starters followed by a bit of pineapple cake (6)
MADCAP – … cake as in a slang word for a fool. A three letter word meaning nutty or insane followed by the first letter of cutlet, the A from the clue and the first letter of pineapple.
5 Jack live with potential energy on electrical unit (8)
ABAMPERE – … a unit equal to 10 amperes. A two letter abbreviation for a sailor (jack) followed by a two letter word meaning live or exist, the abbreviation for potential energy and the abbreviation meaning on or about.
7 A bit of a tit tackled role in Carmen? (6)
AREOLA – … the dark coloured area surrounding the nipple (sorry Gazza but no picture clue for this one). An anagram (tacked) of ROLE inside AA (car men).
9 Tracey initially hurried on over to display her work? (3-3)
NON-ART – Reverse (over) the first letter of Tracey and RAN ON.
13 Offered learner driver a banger? (5)
GAVEL – A four letter word meaning offered or handed over followed by the abbreviation for a learner.
15 Covering up ashes after five effigies are burned during this time (8)
NOVEMBER – Another word for covering or over reversed (up), the Roman numeral for five and another word for ashed.
16 Ruled through investing in bogus tele-ad (8)
LINEATED – IN (through) goes inside an anagram (bogus) of TELE-AD.
17 Actor from Brazil employed by Droylsden ironworks (2,4)
DE NIRO – The answer is hidden inside (employed by) DROYLSDEN IRONWORKS.
18 Foreign national, I note, is briefly going in and out (6)
INDIAN – The I from the clue and the abbreviation for note followed by the first letter (briefly) of Is inside an anagram (out) of AND.
20 Surprisingly dearer? Maybe check the small print again (6)
REREAD – An anagram (surprisingly) of DEARER.
22 Fought to get Jack ejected? Just so (6)
OUSTED – … just so implying that the wordplay element is also the definitionRemove the abbreviation for Jack from jousted.
24 Abandon that book Icke penned (4)
KICK – The answer is hidden inside BOOK ICKE.